So, with a cat with allergies and a sensitive stomach and a kitten in a new environment with new foods, we’ve dealt with plenty of unfortunate litterbox issues. But it’s not just limited to cats (though in my experience, cats seem to be a bit more sensitive), I’ve had dogs with potty problems too. I’m actually talking about diarrhea and not animals relieving themselves in places they shouldn’t.
I feel like I probably don’t need to go into what diarrhea looks like, so we’ll move on. Diarrhea is a symptom of many different problems from simple gastro-intestinal issues to more serious problems such as liver disease and diabetes. Most cases tend to be mild and can be treated easily; however, if left untreated, it can develop into something serious—mostly due to the animal losing vital nutrients and fluids. If you see signs of lethargy, vomiting, blood in the diarrhea, and/or your pet won’t drink, you should get them to the nearest vet (or emergency vet) as soon as possible.
Your vet may perform a variety of tests depending on accompanying symptoms and the history of your pet, but once they’re found the cause, treatment can begin. For mild cases, your vet may recommend skipping a meal for your pet or giving them something bland (usually boiled chicken and rice or pasta). These foods are pretty easy to digest and allows for the digestive system to return to normal while you slowly reintroduce the normal pet food. Medications may also be prescribed but if anything was not said or recommended by your vet, DO NOT try to self-medicate your animal. More intensive treatments are your local vets may be necessary if your animal does not improve within 48 hours and you should take your animal back to the vet if this occurs.
The level of emergency for diarrhea depends entirely on the severity of the condition. As always, if you are unsure about anything, contact your vet.
Info: Green Cross Vets: https://www.greencrossvets.com.au/pet-library/articles-of-interest/diarrhoea/