Home remedies for dogs with diarrhea can be helpful information to know in a pinch, because doggie diarrhea isn’t fun for you or your precious pet. Occasional diarrhea in the canine species is not an uncommon occurrence, mainly because dogs love to stick their curious muzzles anywhere and everywhere. Old dogs, young dogs, puppies, all follow their sensitive noses into any place that smells even remotely inviting.
In many instances, this irresistible attraction to all things aromatic and stinky ends up with your dog eating, drinking, or licking something not-so-good-for-him. This can result in a case of canine diarrhea for your pet.
Stress can also cause diarrhea in your dog; many pets that are boarded in a kennel during the family’s vacation often have diarrhea for a day or two.
**It’s important here to distinguish the difference between the occasional bout of diarrhea caused by stress or ingestion of something undesirable, and chronic diarrhea. A chronic condition is one that is long-term, or constantly recurring. Chronic diarrhea in your dog can be indicative of a more serious underlying cause, such as certain bowel disorders, a bacterial or viral infection, or intestinal parasites. You should not try to correct a case of chronic diarrhea in your dog with a home remedy, but should instead consult your veterinarian.
Home Remedies for Dogs With Diarrhea
When your poor furry baby has digestive issues, the main things we want to accomplish with these home remedies are easing his digestive discomfort, and firming up his stools.
Less Food, Less Digestive Upset
You want to give your dog’s gastrointestinal tract some time to rest and recover, and the best way to do that is to take away his normal food for 12 to 24 hours. (If you have a puppy, a toy breed, or a dog with diabetes, check with your vet first, as these pets should not be fasted for long periods of time.)
Avoid Dehydration Caused by Diarrhea
During this fasting time, make sure your dog has access to plenty of fresh water. He is losing more fluid than he should be and it needs to be replenished to avoid dehydration. If he is having very watery, uncontrollable diarrhea, you should provide Pedialyte (unflavored is best), or mix one part water with one part Gatorade in his water bowl. This will help replace lost electrolytes such as potassium, sodium, bicarbonate, and chloride.
Bland is Best
After the fasting period, you’ll want to start your dog back on solid food with a bland diet. If he’s feeling better and the diarrhea has slowed down and he’s acting hungry, start with a small amount of boiled rice and chicken (canned or stewed ~ no fried chicken or skins.)
The rice should be the bulkier part of this dish, and you want to feed small amounts every few hours, rather than a big bowl all at once. As long as your Good Buddy continues to feel better, you can gradually start adding in his regular dog food to these small meals, until you gradually wean him back to his regular diet.
Boiled chicken and rice is balanced in carbs and protein, digests easily, and yields a firm stool. You can also substitute boneless, skinless turkey for chicken.
Foods That Naturally Firm Up a Dog’s Stool
Other than the bag or boxes of rice you may have in your cupboard, there a couple of other foods you may want to keep on hand for doggie digestive episodes.
BRAN ~ All bran is rich in fiber and has nutritional value for your digestively challenged Baby. Be it wheat bran, oat bran, or rice bran, sprinkle a bit in his food.
PUMPKIN ~ Not a whole Halloween pumpkin and not Thanksgiving pie filling, but a super digestive aid especially for pets with occasional diarrhea. In fact, this is one of those ‘miracle foods’ that helps with both diarrhea and Canine Constipation. You can get canned pureed pumpkin from your grocery store, but the benefits of treating digestive upset in dogs and cats with pumpkin is so well-known that you can get it from any pet supply company.
I always keep a few cans of Organic Pumpkin for Pets in my cupboard for my dog’s occasional gastrointestinal issues; But canned pumpkin is considered a healthy canine treat and many folks add it to their dog’s supper bowl a few times a week to keep things running smoothly. Most dogs love it!
There is an all-natural high fiber anti-diarrheal supplement version of pumpkin packaged in powder form, to mix with water and add to your dog’s supper bowl. It is packaged this way to conveniently plan for high stress times for your pet such as long car trips, boarding kennel visits, fireworks, vet visits, etc. It’s actually called “Firm Up! ~ Pumpkin.”
FOODS HIGH IN CALCIUM ~ Calcium-rich foods can firm your dog’s stool, just be careful to use small amounts. You can add a spoonful of low fat cottage cheese or yogurt to your dog’s regular meal. However, be aware that some dogs, (just like us) are sensitive to dairy products.
Dogs can also eat regular cheese like mozzerella, cheddar, american or swiss; However, these should only be given in moderation. That means very small amounts every so often (like a spell of diarrhea), since most dogs love cheese and most cheese is high in fat content.
Can I Give My Dog Human OTC Stuff for Diarrhea?
Imodium A-D liquid is about the safest Over The Counter human medicine you can give your dog for diarrhea. The canine dosage should be: 1 milligram per 20 lbs. of body weight every 5 hours or so.
**Certain breeds should not be given Imodium because of brain barrier sensitivity. These include Collies, Australian Shepherds, Shetland Sheepdogs (Shelties), and Whippets.
If your dog’s condition hasn’t improved after 24 hours, you should consult your veterinarian.
The Natural Approach is the Best Approach
When treating the occasional spell of diarrhea in your dog, the natural approach is always the best approach; Over the counter human medicine should be used only as a last resort.
These natural home remedies for dogs with diarrhea should be used when the problem stems from stress or ingestion of something he got a hold of (in the garbage, on the street, at the dog park, or on an afternoon at the river). If the digestive condition lasts for more than a few day, or if your dog won’t eat, it’s time for a visit to the vet.
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