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…
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
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.
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:
What to give a dog for diarrhea
If your dog has had diarrhea for more than a few days or has any signs of bloody stools, then talk with your vet right away and ask for their recommendations to what to give a dog for diarrhea.
Here are 5 easy ways to help your dog with diarrhea at home. Most cases of diarrhea are not an emergency and can be treated at home with these natural remedies.
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!
3. Bland Diet
Dr. Katie with The Natural Pet Doctor (my favorite holistic vet) says the best food for your dog with diarrhea is something bland like white fish, turkey, sweet potatoes, pumpkin and bone broth.
Feed your dog small amounts at a time to make sure they can keep the food down. If so, then slowly feed them more and more until they are 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.
Adding a probiotic supplement to your dogs daily food can help keep his gut health in check every day.
I have tried more probiotic brands that I can remember, searching to find the best one… they all claim to be superior but until now I didn’t see a noticeable difference.
A friend recommended Daily Dog by FullBucket. And wow! It has given us the best results in terms of overall health in all three of our dogs. I can see their coats getting shiner, poops more consistent and more energy in our 7 year old lab, Bear.
If you call your vet, they may prescribe an antibiotic such as Metronidazole. Dr. Katie with The Natural Pet Doctor us to be informed of the side effects before giving our dogs any antibiotics. You can read more about that in her article: Metronidazole for Dogs & Cats: Exploring Natural Alternatives and Safer Options for Diarrhea.
Dr. Katie recommends trying Slippery Elm and Marshmallow Root. She recommends giving your dog “slippery elm in capsule form or mixing the powder with water to create a paste. Start with 1/4 tbsp mixed in 1/4 cup broth or water and give 2-3 times a day to help soothe the inflamed digestive tract.”
She also recommends Coptis Herbal Remedy, a herbal remedy from Chinese medicine. “You can give your pet one tea pill per 10 pounds of body weight for 5-10 days at most, depending on the severity of their symptoms. This is a very cooling remedy meant only to be used short term.”
Over-the-counter diarrhea medications such as Imodium may also be effective for your dog but isn’t really a natural remedy. There are some restrictions and possible side effects, 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?
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.
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.
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