How to Cure Diarrhea in Fawns

Learn how to treat a fawn with diarrhea.
Learn how to treat a fawn with diarrhea. (Image: fawn image by apeschi from

Fawns are often found lost and abandoned on private property, and well-meaning people want to provide these poor creatures with care. A common problem you are likely to find with an ill fawn is diarrhea. If not dealt with very quickly, a fawn can die from a bout of diarrhea. The reason being that she will dehydrate fast and not have any energy to survive. The most important factor in curing a fawn is to make sure she is drinking and retaining a lot of fluid.

Things You'll Need

  • Pepto Bismol
  • Pedialyte

Replace half of the fawn’s milk bottles with bottles of water. Do this for several hours, and check the progress of the fawn’s bowel movements.

Give the fawn 1 or 2 tbsp. of Pepto Bismol at two-hour intervals between bottle feedings.

Stop milk feedings entirely if the diarrhea persists. Start an electrolyte feeding routine of Pedialyte, and continue giving Pepto Bismol.

Collect a stool sample from the fawn if bowel movements aren’t completely normal after a day of this treatment.

Bring the sample to a veterinarian as soon as possible to determine whether the fawn requires a course of antibiotics.

Tips & Warnings

  • Check with a knowledgeable wildlife vet at the earliest possible chance in regard to fawn care.
  • Do not approach a fawn unless you are sure he has been abandoned; if he hasn't moved for at least 24 hours, he is likely alone, without anyone coming back for him.

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