Items you will need
Boiled chicken or hamburger
Bichons are generally happy and cheerful dogs. They're small, sturdy, compact and hardy. Bichons have seemingly boundless reserves of energy, and they're playful and agreeable companions. Still, like most dogs, they can develop diarrhea. Often the cause is as simple as a change in diet or environmental stress factors. The diarrhea may not affect your bichon’s energy levels or personality, but it needs to be treated. If you act promptly, you may be able to resolve this health issue within 2 to 3 days.
Cut the amount of the food you are feeding your bichon in half. His intestinal system is obviously in distress. The less work it has to do, the better.
Feed your bichon a bland diet until the diarrhea is resolved. Try a mix of 1/3 cup meat--such a boiled chicken or hamburger--and 2/3 cup rice with each meal. A spoonful or two of cottage cheese may be added. Do not add any oils or fats to your dog’s diet at this time.
Provide lots of water for your bichon. Mix unsalted chicken broth into the water to encourage your dog to drink it. Diarrhea tends to dehydrate, and you want to be sure to make ample water available.
Keep your bichon warm and in a quiet environment. Although he may show signs of high energy and enthusiasm, his diarrhea is indicative of an unbalanced state of health. He should be treated with care until it is resolved.
Give your bichon 1 to 2 tablespoons of yogurt with each meal; you can also feed him yogurt as a snack or treat. It will help to soothe the intestinal tract.
To prevent diarrhea, avoid abrupt changes in diet.
If your bichon’s diarrhea does not resolve within 48 hours--or if he becomes lethargic, listless or shows any signs of weakness--take him to a veterinarian. He may be dehydrated and require medical attention, such as subcutaneous fluids.
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