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My Westie Has Diarrhea – I can hear his stomach making noises!

Can Pumpkin Help?

When should you get concerned when your Westie has diarrhea? As a general rule of thumb, if there is blood or mucous, there should be concern. If there is a lot of straining and there is liquid shooting out, this can dehydrate your Westie quite quickly.

What are the reasons your Westie has diarrhea? Dietary indiscretion is the prime reason though there may be parasites, bacteria, foreign body ingestion, inflammatory bowel, pancreatitis, liver disease and so on. If it continues for more than 24-48 hours after a 12-24 hour fast, your Westie should be seen by your vet.

Are there over the counter and prescription medications that can be used for dogs with diarrhea? Over the years we have given our dogs Cherry Flavored Kaopectate Liquid. We normally give a tablespoon every 4 hours for a max of 6 times along with a bland diet such as cooked rice with some canned chicken broth. If that has not helped after a day or so, we get serious about going to the vet. If your Westie is vomiting with diarrhea, you might want to put him on a fast for 12-24 hours.

Why does your westie’s stomach make loud noises? This condition is called Excessive Borborygmus, which just means the dog has loud stomach noises. What you hear is the rumbling noise produced by the passage of gas through the dog's intestinal tract. Excessive formation of gases is sometimes present when a dog has loud stomach noises.

One remedy is to add a little fiber to your dog's diet. It will also help if your dog has constipation. Adding fiber to your dog's diet means food will get faster to the intestines and gases will have less time to develop. Try adding about two teaspoons of canned pumpkin to your dog's meals ("pure" canned pumpkin, not the spiced pumpkin pie filling mix). It's best to start with 1 teaspoon to see how that goes, and then increase to whatever amount your dog will tolerate. For a dog the size of a St. Bernard, you may be able to give as much as 5 teaspoons a day. For a Westie, starting off with one teaspoon will make sure it does not cause loose stools, or diarrhea.

Anti-gas enzymes supplements such as Digel, Maalox, and Mylanta might help. The liquid form of these over the counter drugs work better on dogs than the chewables. A dog has a shorter digestive track than a person, and a chewable can be swallowed un-chewed, and pass right through the dog. Talk to your vet for the correct dosage.

You might try feeding your dog smaller portions, two, three, or even four times a day. You should be sure that your dog's meals are "served" in a quiet, isolated location. Limit water intake after meals too, particularly if your dog regularly drinks large quantities of water at a time. Smaller portions served more often is better than a lot at once. It is also helpful to avoid situations that provoke nervousness and to prevent greedy fast eating, both of which result in swallowing air.

If possible, your dog should be walked outdoors within 30 minutes of his meals. This encourages defecation and elimination of intestinal gas.