The Straight Poop on Diarrhea

When do I need to see the vet? What can I do until then?


Diarrhea can be the result of a simple dietary indiscretion, a transient GI upset or the sign of a serious illness. Most commonly diarrhea can be resolved with simple treatment. Diarrhea is not usually an emergency, however, persistent diarrhea (more than 3 days) should be treated to avoid dehydration and to evaluate the possible causes to rule out a more insidious process.


When should I see my Veterinarian?

If your pet is still eating, active, and not vomiting, diarrhea is not an emergency. We recommend having an evaluation with a Veterinarian after the third day of diarrhea. During that time, you can withhold food for 12 hours, then re-introduce bland foods such as:

  • Hill's (Science Diet)i/d or equivalent

  • Single-ingredient baby food (early stage/stage 2: chicken or turkey)

  • Steamed white rice (no salt or seasoning)

  • Boiled chicken (no bones or skin)

  • Cottage cheese

  • Water is fine and should be offered.

When is Diarrhea an emergency?

If your pet is vomiting, lethargic, and/or is not eating, they should be taken to a same-day hospital right away.

While a tinge of blood in the stool can happen, it is only an emergency if there is pure blood produced.

At this time, most veterinary hospitals in the area are overbooked. Our clients have given us good feedback about Animal Urgent Care in Burbank and Metropolitan Animal Specialty Hospital in Hollywood, and True Care for Pets in Studio City is very popular, however, many same-day clinics have an hours-long wait list, so clients should unfortunately expect to wait.

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