Acute diarrhoea in cats and dogs

Homeopathic treatment for acute diarrhoea in dogs and cats. Diarrhoea is a common cause for a visit to the veterinary surgery. It is a symptom and not an illness in itself. It is the most common sign of gastro-intestinal disease.

Diarrhoea can be classified into two types: acute and chronic. Acute diarrhoea begins very suddenly and lasts a short period of time (less than 3 weeks) – this is the type of diarrhoea that we will be discussing in this article.

The stools are watery and can sometimes contain mucus or blood.

Other symptoms that are associated with acute diarrhoea include: a loss of appetite, lethargy and vomiting.

If fever, abdominal pain and significant dehydration occur, this may indicate a more serious complaint and you should attend your veterinary surgery immediately.

Even though non-viral acute diarrhoea is mild and self-limiting, there are effective homeopathic remedies that can be used to stop it, improve the concomitant symptoms and accelerate the healing process.

Homeopathic treatment for acute diarrhoea in dogs

The first and most important thing to do is to make sure that your pet does not eat for 24 hours. Intestinal motility is much faster in canines than in human beings.

When food consumption is halted, the digestive tract is able to concentrate on reducing inflammation and reconstruct its mucous membrane.

The following point is crucial: The vast majority of acute diarrhoea episodes can be resolved through the diet (you can allow your pet to drink water if it is able to hold it down. If this is not the case, you should attend your veterinary surgery immediately)

The most useful remedies are:

Podophyllum: Podophyllum diarrhoea is watery and profuse. It emerges from the anus in an explosive manner, in a stream.

The anus is irritated and the pet is exhausted. This is accompanied by abdominal pain, rectal urgency and increased flatulence. The diarrhoea is most common in the morning.

China: its primary characteristic is abdominal swelling – the entire abdomen is distended and loud rumbling can be heard. The diarrhoea may or may not be painful, but is always exhausting.

Arsenicum album: frequent and abundant diarrhoea. The bowel movements are painful and abrasive on the anus and faeces are foul-smelling.

The general wellbeing is affected. Arsenicum album is used in gastro-enteritis that is caused by food poisoning.

Veratrum: copious, frequent diarrhoea causing fast dehydration. The pet is prostrate and its body is cold. Strong, painful abdominal cramps occur. The pet is very thirsty.

If there is intense abdominal pain, the following remedies can be added to one of the previous remedies:

Colocynthis (this is especially useful if applying pressure to the abdominal area relieves pain) or Schussler salt Magnesia Phosphorica D6 tablets.

Dosage: all remedies are given in a dilution of 9C.  10 granules can be crumbled into a 20ml vial and 0.5ml of the solution can be administered every 30-60mins during the acute diarrhoeal episode.

Homeopathic treatment for acute diarrhoea in cats:

Cats do not suffer frequently from acute diarrhoea. It usually is brought about by ingesting something rotten or not well tolerated, taking medication or by a parasite infestation. If we are aware of the cause (medicine, parasites…) we must remove it. A remedy that doesn’t usually fail is Arsenicum album 9C granules, twice a day.

Mercurius solubilis: for diarrhoea that is green, viscous and contains blood. The pet has a continuous need to defecate. This type of diarrhoea is usually linked to foul-smelling breath and other symptoms affecting the mouth such as excessive salivation, inflamed gums, enlarged tongue and extreme thirst.

Cats must not fast! During the diarrheal episode, you should feed your cat boiled chicken (particularly wings and legs). If your cat will accept it, you can feed it yoghurt (approximately half a pot a day – a small amount of sugar can be added if necessary). This will help towards replenishing intestinal flora.*

If diarrhoea affects a kitten, the causes and treatment are different so these suggestions will not apply. If the pet is less than 12 months old and has a fever and general malaise, you should not treat it yourself and should take it to the veterinary surgery, as it may have a severe viral infection.

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