Diarrhea for Dog Home Remedies

No one likes diarrhea, people and dogs alike. Diarrhea is a sign that something isn’t right inside your dogs gut. Your dog may have diarrhea and act fine. There are so many causes of diarrhea in your dog, so let’s start there…

Home Remedies for Your Dog with Diarrhea

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Why Does My Dog Have Diarrhea?

  • Your dog ate something he wasn’t supposed to
  • Your dog is stressed
  • You changed your dog’s food suddenly
  • Your dog has a viral or bacterial infection
  • Your dog has parasites

Here are two great medical resources that you can refer to for more details:
How to Stop Diarrhea in Dogs by PetMD
A Survival Guide for Dog Diarrhea by the AKC

As long as your dog is normally healthy and does not have any other illnesses, and is not a young puppy or a senior dog, then it’s pretty safe to say you can attempt to treat his diarrhea at home for a couple of days before rushing to the vet.

IMPORTANT: If you notice blood in your dogs diarrhea, vomiting, is lethargic, or shows any other signs of being in pain, call your vet right away. If your puppy is younger than 9 months old, call your vet right away.

If you’ve just adopted your puppy or dog, allow him a few days and even a few weeks to fully adjust to his new home. Read the 3-3-3 Rules of Bring Your New Dog Home to fully understand the stages a new dog goes through. It’s not uncommon for a dog to show signs of stress, one, two or even three weeks after bringing him home. This dog may just have soft stools and not diarrhea.

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I am trying to remember back to each dog we’ve ever had in our home, resident dogs and foster dogs… and I think most of them have had an episode of diarrhea at one point or another. I think diarrhea is one of those nasty things dog parents just have to deal with, and we just need to be there to comfort our dogs until they feel better. This list should help your dog get over his diarrhea quickly:

5 Easy Ways To Help with Diarrhea for Dog at Home

1. Lots of Liquid

Make sure your dog is drinking a lot of water. Just like people diarrhea can quickly make your dog dehydrated. If your dog isn’t interested in drinking water, you can encourage him by adding some chicken or beef broth to his water or make rice water.

2. Pure Pumpkin

Give your dog some pure pumpkin. Pumpkin is a great source of fiber and can help your pups upset belly quickly.

A bonus tip: when we open a can of pumpkin, we take about half of it and freeze it into ice cube trays. This way you will always have pumpkin handy, they make great everyday treats too!

Native Pet offers organic air-dried pumpkin that is a great to have in your pantry all year long. Just add water and it turns into a delicious pumpkin puree. We use it to make frozen treats and the dogs love them!

Read why pumpkin is a super food for your dog and can be good for diarrhea or constipation!

3. Bland Diet

The best food for your dog with diarrhea is something bland like boiled chicken and rice. Stop feeding your dog his regular food and offer him a small amount of bland boiled chicken and white rice. Feed him small amounts at a time to make sure he can keep the food down. If so, then slowly feed him more and more until he is feeling better.

4. Good Bacteria

Feed your dog some plain yogurt. Just like humans, dogs can benefit from the good bacteria found in yogurt. Stay away from the sugary filled yogurts, you want to find just plain yogurt.

I highly recommend adding a probiotic supplement to your dogs daily food. When I started giving our dogs a probiotic it made a huge difference in their overall daily health.

The best probiotic I’ve tried so far is by Only Natural Pet. It’s available in powder or treat form.

NWC Naturals Total-Biotics Probiotic is also a great option. It supports healthy immune system functions and could help with a variety of health-related issues.

5. Medicine

Over-the-counter diarrhea medications such as Imodium may also be effective for your dog. There are some restrictions, so before you give it to your dog, read this article by PetMD Imodium for Dogs: Is it a Good Idea?

When is it Time to Take Your Dog to the Vet?

When is it Time to Take Your Dog to the Vet?

If your dog has had diarrhea for more than 2 days, has any signs of red or blood, mucus  in his poop, vomiting, lethargic, or shows any other signs of being in pain, call your vet right away. If your puppy is younger than 9 months old, call your vet right away. The vet may say you can wait a couple of days, but at least they can give you more details on what to watch for. A dog with diarrhea and/or vomiting can be as simple as stress or as serious as a life-threatening illness. If you have any worries, just call your vet! A phone call is free and can ease your mind.

Allergies

If your dog has, or you think may have, any food allergies, be careful about feeding him any dairy, chicken or beef. Our dog Ginger is allergic to all three of these foods, so we need to be careful of feeding her anything with these ingredients. If your dog shows any signs of allergies, and you aren’t sure yet what he is allergic too, stay away from the yogurt, chicken, and broth. The food allergies can also be a cause of diarrhea.

A Note About Parasites

The first thing I check when we get a new foster dog is their poop! It’s not uncommon for our foster dogs to have diarrhea, not only are they stressed, likely have changed foods a lot, but they’ve also been exposed to some terrible environments.

Recommended reading: My dog has Worms

With the rescue I work with, we don’t release a dog to be adopted until he is 100% healthy. But some other rescues are all about getting the dogs adopted quickly to make room for the next dog. So if you just adopted a dog, watch him closely the first few weeks, check his poop daily. If you see any signs of white rice looking things in his poop, call your vet right away. If you see anything moving around in his poop, then he could very likely have worms or a parasite.

In Conclusion, Doggy Diarrhea Stinks

So to recap, if your dog has diarrhea and/or vomiting for more than two days, call your vet. If your dog is normally healthy, then you can treat his diarrhea at home with a few home remedies, such as rice water, pumpkin, yogurt, Imodium and a mild chicken and rice diet.

Our dogs are part of our family, so taking care of their health is a very important part of being a “pet parent”. If you are ever unsure, always err on the side of calling your vet.

P.S. Do you have any other home remedies for diarrhea that work for your dog? Comment below and help the rest of our Rescue Dogs 101 community. And I hope your pup feels better soon!

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Debi McKee is a mom of three kids, three dogs and the creator of Rescue Dogs 101... where she guides you in your journey of adopting and raising a rescue dog every step of the way. She also volunteers for a local dog rescue and Humane Society.

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  1. Hi I'm from the Philippines. Three days ago, i noticed that my dog has been sleeping for the whole day. He ate something bad and he also ate a rock. We don't have enough money to go for a vet. he's been vomiting until now. it's been 4 days that he won't eat anything. Please help me. I don't know what to do.

  2. My pug has started having trouble breathing an can’t sleep also diarrhea. How can I help her from home, I am on a fixed income. She has never had a health issue now her sleep is interrupted by her breathing.

  3. My sister noticed that her dog has been pooping and vomiting for days, which is why she has decided to start looking for a vet clinic that may address the matter. Well, you made a pretty good point that a bacterial infection could be one of the main causes. Thank you for clarifying here as well that her dog could be suffering from a parasite.

  4.  You may wonder, “What can I give to my dog with diarrhea?” You can give your dog small meals of boiled, white-meat chicken with white rice. Substitute pure canned pumpkin or sweet potato for the rice to increase fiber intake. Continue to feed this diet to your dog until her stool returns to normal. 

  5. My chihuahua has had diarrhea on and off her hole life and she only weighs 4 lbs. She just goes through these fazes where she has bloody, mucusy, diarrhea and don’t want to eat. The vet always gives her a antibiotic and sends her home. It always comes back maybe 2 or 3 times a year for a couple days each time. What should I do??

    1. You need to keep a diary of when it happens. What she is eating, did you change foods, has she been outside somewhere she could have eaten something she wasn’t suppose to, etc. There is a cause you need to figure out what it is. What does your vet say it can be from?

  6. My 3 month puppy has a parasite when she poop and vomit also. I don’t trust our vet here because my last 2 pups died because of some reason. What home remedy can i gave to my puppy? thank you

  7. I wanted to thank you for going over some remedies for dog diarrhea. It’s good to know that pure pumpkin, being a great source of fiber, can help a dog’s upset belly quickly. I’m interested to learn if the amount of pumpkin could be different depending on how big your dog is.

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