Diarrhoea in your Siberian husky can make the dog as well as you miserable. Your husky doesn't feel well and there is continuous cleaning involved on your part. Most dogs will go through bouts of diarrhoea. It is a regular occurrence for some. Diarrhoea has various causes--many common, and some serious. Developing a good plan of action will help to determine the cause and bring a halt to the problem.
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Things you need
- Rectal thermometer
- Fresh water
- Boiled chicken
- Cooked rice
- Cottage cheese
- Baked potato
Assess your dog for any other signs that might indicate an illness. Take his temperature using a rectal thermometer inserted into the anus. Fever over 38.3 degrees Celsius, vomiting and lethargy are symptoms that should be reported to your vet.
Administer an over-the-counter medication to help halt the diarrhoea. Human medications containing loperamide are a good choice. According to Pet Education, the correct dosage is 0.05-0.1 mg/lb. by mouth every eight hours.
Check your dog's stool for any indication of worms. Other signs of worms are anal licking and scooting his butt on the carpet, due to itching. If worms are suspected, ask your veterinarian about prescribing a worm medication.
Determine if your Siberian husky has eaten any foods that may have caused the diarrhoea. Often dogs will get into trash or grab food off of kitchen counters. Since they can't discriminate good from bad, they will eat whatever appeals to them, which is usually everything.
Recall if you have changed your dog's diet recently or introduced any new medications. A dog's digestive system has difficulty adjusting to sudden change and some medications warn of diarrhoea as a possible side effect.
Supply an adequate amount of fresh water at all times. Dehydration is a threat during a bout with diarrhoea. Watch carefully to make sure she is drinking.
Withhold food from your dog for a 24-hour period. Your dog's overworked digestive tract needs time to rest.
Offer a bland diet consisting of boiled chicken, cottage cheese, baked potato and cooked rice. Your dog needs time to adjust to having solid food in his stomach again.
Resume feeding your dog his regular diet. Initially offer small amounts mixed with the bland diet. Gradually decrease the bland diet ratio until your dog is once again fully on his regular food.
Disinfect the dog's sleeping area often during this time. Keeping his bedding and surrounding area clean is crucial to preventing any continual exposure to bacteria or worms.
Call your dog's veterinarian if the diarrhoea does not subside or if she develops any additional symptoms.
Tips and warnings
- Let your dog outside frequently during the time he is suffering from diarrhoea.
- Put foods not meant for your dog behind closed doors.
- Keep your dog on a worm-prevention program.
- Do not delay in calling your vet if your dog's diarrhoea worsens.
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