Tummy Trouble?

A cookie here, some crackers there, a few extra bones, or another helping of catnip … and maybe a sock or two left on the floor.  The holidays present so many tasty opportunities for our pets to indulge. Unfortunately, many of those indulgences  — or, depending on how you look at them, indiscretions — can cause upset stomach and even diarrhea.  Both are uncomfortable for your pet – and no fun for you either.

Here are some tips for helping your pet avoid bouts of diarrhea during the holidays and throughout the year:

  •  If you have guests staying with you, be sure they know the house rules on feeding your pet, especially about whether they can give your pet any “people food.”  Let them know which treats – and how many — your dog and cat are allowed to have.  That way Grandma will know not to slip Fido Christmas cookies under the table and your littlest guests will understand what foods and items are off limits for your pet.
  •  Go easy on the tasty treats.  If Santa Paws left your pet treats under the tree, give your furry friend just a few on the big day then dole them out as you normally would. Letting your dog or cat have a bunch of treats at one time is good way to cause gastric distress.
  • Try not to leave temptation out for your pet. In the rush of the holiday season, it’s easy to forget how much your dog loves to chew on your kids’ toys or how your cat likes to eat your favorite houseplant.  Before the rush of guests arrive, consider putting problem plants, toys, and other enticing items in a place where your pet can’t get to them.

If diarrhea does set in, try to determine what the culprit was so you know the source.  And pay close attention to your pet; if the diarrhea lasts more than a few days, be sure to contact your veterinarian. Left untreated, diarrhea can lead to dehydration and other serious problems.

Endosorb tablets can provide some relief from diarrhea. These tablets contain treated mineral clay that absorbs toxins in the stomach and relieves discomfort, cramping, and irritation due to diarrhea. Be sure to give your pet plenty of fresh water when administering Endosorb.

You might also want to consider giving your pet probiotic products to reduce the effects of diarrhea and help stop it from even starting. Probiotic supplements are over-the-counter products that promote healthy intestinal and immune function.  Probiotics are usually given daily either in a tablet, chewable, or a powder that can be sprinkled on food.

FortiFlora is one popular probiotic supplement formulated for dogs and cats. It contains a special strain of probiotic that promotes healthy intestinal function and manages diarrhea. FortiFlora also has a high level of antioxidants, which help support your pet’s immune system.

How do you help your pet when she has diarrhea? Have you had success with probiotics? We’d like to hear what you think in the comments section below.

Have a Happy Start to your New Year!