Diarrhea is much more common in dogs than in cats. If your dog or cat has diarrhea (soft watery feces) and it goes away in 8-12 hours then it may have been a mild gastrointestial issues which has resolved. If there is no vomiting then keep your pet on their regular dog food diet: NO TABLE FOODS. NO MILK.
If the diarrhea continues and there is vomiting as well or you notice blood in the feces then its time to have your pet examined. There is a long list of possible causes of diarrhea in dogs and cats. Have they been fully vaccinated, how old are they, what is there diet, did they eat something they should not have, are they on heartworm preventative. This is just a few of the questions you will be asked by our veterinarians. If our pets could only tell us what they may have ingested or how they feel this would help greatly.
Following the examination by our veterinarian you will both discuss the possible causes and together decide on a treatment plan which is best for your pet. Some cases of diarrhea can be treated with medications and the patient sent home. Other patients have much more serious conditions which may require additional diagnostics and hospitalization.
Our veterinarians will discuss the history and do a physical exam of your pet. Treatments for diarrhea vary. Some patients with mild diarrhea and no other signs of illness may initially be treated with medications and sent home. In more serious cases additional diagnostics and hospitalization is required.