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RUSSELL ANIMAL HOSPITAL:  BLAND DIET INSTRUCTIONS

A bland diet has been recommended for your pet. The following instructions are provided to assist you.

1. Withhold food and water for a period of 4-6 hours. If vomiting occurs during this period, call the hospital.

2. If no vomiting occurs during this period begin to offer the bland diet in small amounts every 4 hours according to the following scale:

*Cats and small dogs weighing less than 20 pounds: 1-2 tablespoons
*Dogs weighing 20-40 pounds: ¼ to ½ cup
*Dogs weighing over 40 pounds: ½ to ¾ cup.

A bland diet is an easily digested diet. Feed the bland diet at first in small amounts about every 4-6 hours for the first day. If vomiting occurs, hold off and restart as above. If the pet is holding the bland diet down, then gradually increase the amounts of bland diet and the time between feedings over the next two days until your pet is getting roughly the same amount of bland diet at about the same frequency (I.e. if you feed your pet 1 cup of food twice daily, the goal is to eventually feed 1 cup of bland diet twice daily)

3. You can offer small amounts of water or ice cubes. Do not give large amounts of water at first since this will tend to result in further vomiting.

4. Feed the bland diet until you have 3 days of no vomiting or diarrhea. Realize that with some cases of diarrhea, your pet may actually have cleared out everything in the intestines and it may not defecate for up to 48 hours. Once you have 3 days of no vomiting or diarrhea, slowly change back to the regular diet as follows: for 3 days, feed ¾ bland diet, ¼ regular diet, then for 3 days feed ½ bland diet, ½ regular diet, then for 3 days feed ¼ bland diet, ¾ regular diet.

Acceptable Bland Diets

Dogs
1. Low fat cottage cheese and boiled white rice. One part cottage cheese should be combined with 3 parts rice.
2. BOILED chicken or BOILED hamburger and boiled white rice (1:1 ratio) Do not boil the rice in the same water as the chicken or hamburger.
3. Meat baby food and boiled white rice.
4. Beef or chicken broth over boiled white rice.
5. Hill’s Prescription Diet I/D or W/D or Purina EN

Cats
1. Low fat cottage cheese and boiled white rice. One part cottage cheese should be combined with 3 parts rice.
2. Boiled chicken or boiled hamburger and boiled white rice
3. Beef or chicken broth over boiled white rice.
4. Hill’s Prescription Diet I/D or W/D or Purina EN

**These diets are for temporary use only and do not meet nutritional requirements for long term use with the exception of Hill’s Prescription Diet I/D or W/D and Purina EN.