How to Stop Watery Diarrhea

Watery diarrhea could cause your pet to suffer severe dehydration.
Watery diarrhea could cause your pet to suffer severe dehydration. (Image: stray dog image by Cherry-Merry from

Watery diarrhea in pets usually occurs when your pet eats contaminated foods, yet it may also occur when your pet has a viral or parasitic infection. According to Kansas State University, watery diarrhea is a common sign that your pet is infected with the coccidia or giardia parasite. If you don't stop watery diarrhea in a timely manner, your pet could suffer dehydration and possibly death.

Things You'll Need

  • Water bowl
  • Meat
  • Rice
  • Bottle
  • Protective gloves
  • Plastic bags

Quarantine your pet to a specific area in your home or yard to prevent the infectious or parasitic fecal material from spreading to other humans or pets.

Hold your pet's food. The ASPCA recommends that you avoid giving your pet any food for 12 to 24 hours while he’s experiencing diarrhea. This will allow your pet's stomach to settle.

Keep your pet's water bowl full and in plain sight to prevent him from becoming dehydrated. Every time your pet releases watery diarrhea, he loses a large amount of water.

After the 24-hour "no-feed" period is up, offer your pet a bland diet of boiled meat and rice. Provide the food in small portions until your pet is producing regular stools.

Take your pet to your veterinarian if the watery diarrhea continues, as he may be experiencing a severe parasitic or viral infection that requires proper medical action. The ASPCA recommends taking your pet to the vet if his diarrhea continues for more than a day.

Tips & Warnings

  • If your pet refuses to drink any water, use a bottle to force a little fluid into her. This will prevent severe dehydration.
  • Use protective gloves and plastic bags to clean the watery diarrhea immediately. This prevents other humans or pets from contracting any infection or parasite from the fecal material.
  • If your pet refuses to drink any fluids or eat the bland meal, take him to your veterinarian immediately.

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