After the adoption of a new cat or
dog there is often a call or two that we receive from
"pet-parents" with questions about soft stools, or
diarrhea. The first consideration is the stress of the
adoption event and moving to a new home. Both of these can
often cause a temporary change in the stool.
However, any new animal has a high
chance of acquiring the messy condition when well-meaning
pet-parents introduce a new pet food immediately. People
often want to choose the same food that they had been
feeding their other pets instead of the food that was
recommended without considering the stress on the new pets
When there is a new arrival it is important that the
animal stay on the same food to prevent tummy-upset and
With most dietary induced bowel disturbances they
usually resolve themselves within a week to ten days, but
there can be other issues such as parasites or tiny
organisms that may require veterinary treatment. If
diarrhea is left untreated an animal could become
dehydrated and require veterinary care immediately.
If you have changed the diet and caused a digestive
disturbance in your pet stop giving the canned food in
addition to the dry until the diarrhea is under control.
Sometimes an additional diet could be purchased from your
veterinarian called R/D which is made by Hills
PREVENTING DIETARY FOOD INDUCED
DIARRHEA: Keep you pet on
the same diet and when introducing a new pet food do it
SLOWLY – Don’t Change Food Quickly! Start By Mixing 1/8th
of The “New” Food Portion With the Old Dry Food Portion
Customarily Served. Take A Week To Two Weeks To Slowly
Increase The Proportions Of The “New” Food.