Aqueduct Animal Hospital

2721 Balltown Road
Schenectady, NY 12309



Home-made Diet for the Vomiting/Diarrhea Animal


3:1 cooked rice:chicken (or hamburger). Feed small meals several times daily

1:1 mashed rice and mashed chicken (or hamburger). Sometimes a little baby food mixed in will help the cat eat it too. Sometimes cats will try to pick out the meat. Mashing the rice and chicken or pulverizing it can help prevent this. 

Famotidine (Pepcid AC) 10mg:

Take your dog's weight, divide it by 4. For example, a 50lb dog would get 1 tablet twice daily. 

Adult cats should get 1/4 tablet by mouth twice daily. 


  • Your dog/cat's gums are pale and/or dry
  • Your dog is not vaccinated for Distemper/Parvo.
  • Your dog/cat is lethargic.
  • Your dog/cat is trying to vomit repeatedly and can't get anything up.
  • Your dog's belly is getting larger.
  • Your dog/cat's diarrhea is black, bright red, has mucous, or looks like raspberry jam.
  • You believe your dog may have eaten something he/she shouldn't have.

Dogs love to eat:

  • Socks/underwear
  • Kids' toys
  • Their own toys if they swallow a piece
  • Your food/garbage food
  • Cats love to eat:
  • Their fur (it can cause a blockage)
  • String (see below)
  • Kids' toys
  • Your food/garbage food
  • Small rodents or critters

If your cat appears to have something under his/her tongue like a string, DO NOT ATTEMPT TO PULL THE STRING OUT UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCE!

***Bring a fecal (poop) sample with you to the vet. It helps us make sure no parasites are causing this issue. 



Learn about other home remedies if your pet is having itching/scratching problems.