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How to Cure Diarrhea in Fawns

| Updated September 26, 2017

Things You'll Need

  • Pepto Bismol

  • Pedialyte

Fawns are often found lost and abandoned on private property, and well-meaning people want to provide these poor creatures with care. A common problem you are likely to find with an ill fawn is diarrhea. If not dealt with very quickly, a fawn can die from a bout of diarrhea. The reason being that she will dehydrate fast and not have any energy to survive. The most important factor in curing a fawn is to make sure she is drinking and retaining a lot of fluid.

Replace half of the fawn’s milk bottles with bottles of water. Do this for several hours, and check the progress of the fawn’s bowel movements.

Give the fawn 1 or 2 tbsp. of Pepto Bismol at two-hour intervals between bottle feedings.

Stop milk feedings entirely if the diarrhea persists. Start an electrolyte feeding routine of Pedialyte, and continue giving Pepto Bismol.

Collect a stool sample from the fawn if bowel movements aren’t completely normal after a day of this treatment.

Bring the sample to a veterinarian as soon as possible to determine whether the fawn requires a course of antibiotics.


  • Check with a knowledgeable wildlife vet at the earliest possible chance in regard to fawn care.


  • Do not approach a fawn unless you are sure he has been abandoned; if he hasn't moved for at least 24 hours, he is likely alone, without anyone coming back for him.