Here are some frequently asked questions about dogs’ upset tummies, diarrhoea, pancreatitis and other digestive disorders, answered by our expert veterinarians. Make sure you discuss your dog’s individual condition with your vet.
What is triggering my pet’s upset stomach?
Most of the time stomach upsets are caused by pet’s over eating, eating the wrong kind of food (such as spoiled food), eating something that they have a reaction to, or bolting their food. With a little help, most pets get over these kinds of upsets relatively quickly. Some pets though have more long lasting disorders that never seem to fully resolve, or that flare up at various times. In such cases, you should consult your vet.
What should I do when my pet is suffering from vomiting or diarrhoea?
If your pet is suffering from vomiting or diarrhoea, remove temporarily the access to food and give only small sips of water until vomiting stops. If the pet seems unwell, continues to vomit or has blood in the vomit or diarrhoea, contact your vet immediately. If the vomiting and diarrhoea settles after 24 hours, ask your vet about offering small amounts of a highly digestible dog food, like Hill’s™ Prescription Diet™ i/d™ which is available from veterinary practices.
My dog looks very sick and is not eating anything. What should I do?
If your pet continuously refuses to eat and is looking weak or prostrated, it might be a sign of a more serious gastrointestinal disorder, so you should consult your vet immediately.
My dog loves his snacks every now and then. Could they be the cause of his frequent “carpet emergencies”?
We know it’s tempting to treat your pet every now and then but usually “people” food or table scraps are high in fat and spicy, which can upset your pet’s digestion and cause the unwanted mess on the carpet. It is better to avoid treating your dog with inappropriate snacks and/or use special dog treats in moderation. You can always reward your dog with his regular food kibbles – he’ll appreciate the fun of hand feeding!
My vet recommended feeding my dog special food for digestive disorders, Prescription Diet i/d. How is i/d different from my dog’s regular food?
Hill’s™ Prescription Diet™ i/d™ is a vet recommended, clinically proven food that is specially formulated to help recovery of your pet’s digestive tract. It is also:
- Highly digestible so it helps absorption of nutrients in your pet’s upset digestion tract
- Formulated with high levels of electrolytes to help reduce the losses associated with vomiting and diarrhoea
- Great tasting so your dog can enjoy eating i/d whilst recovering his digestive tract
Does my dog need Hill’s Prescription Diet i/d Low Fat?
When your pet has an upset digestive tract it has difficulties digesting fat. In that case your vet might recommend you Hill’s™ Prescription Diet™ i/d™ Low Fat Gastrointestinal Health – special food formulated with low fat levels that help compromised digestive tract and support its recovery.
How much i/d should I be feeding my dog every day if he is recovering from pancreatitis or other gastrointestinal disorder?
You’ll find an easy-to-use chart on the Hill’s™ Prescription Diet™ packaging that shows you the recommended average portion size for your pet based on his/her weight. Your vet or vet nurse can adjust this portion size based on your dog’s real weight and body condition score.
Do I still need to feed my dog his regular food as well as i/d?
No, Hill’s™ Prescription Diet™ i/d™ is a complete, high quality food which is recommended by your vet to address your pet’s digestive disorders. It comes in great tasting crunchy dry kibbles and an appetising canned formula so you cab choose the most suitable form for your dog.
How should I switch my dog from his current food to i/d?
You should introduce i/d™ over a 7-day period, by gradually increasing the amount of i/d and decreasing your pet’s current food until only i/d is fed. However, your vet will recommend a transition plan specific to your pet’s needs, especially when your pet has an acute digestive disorder.
My dog has been prescribed medication by my veterinarian. Is it safe to feed him i/d as well?
Feeding your dog i/d™ is completely safe in conjunction with medication or on its own. Always discuss your vet before changing your dog’s medication or food.