Diarrhea Cures: Best Home Remedies for a Dog with the Runs

Posted by Mateja Lane

A dog with diarrhea is not fun for the human nor the pet. See some things you can do yourself to help your dog's diet. 

A dog with soft stool is one of the most common veterinary visits. While it looks serious, most cases of dog diarrhea are preventable and curable.

Here are some home remedies to help your dog's digestive ailments.

Bland Diet 

Your dog might be reacting to the dog food you are feeding them. It may be too high in protein or not agreeable to your dog's digestive system.

Take away their food for a day and feed them plain foods such as boiled white rice, boiled chicken or turkey, scrambled egg, cottage cheese, or potato skins.

You can also give them Gatorade or Pedialyte to drink to help replenish electrolytes.

 Flax/Chia Seeds

Chia and flax seeds absorb an exorbitant amount of water; nearly 10-12 times their weight! When they absorb the water they get slimy and expand. While in the dog's stomach, the seeds coat the lining and help ease inflammation in the digestive tract.

Sprinkle a small amount of the seeds over your dog's food, raw or boiled.

Probiotic Supplement

When a dog gets diarrhea it passes the healthy floras from its gastrointestinal tract.

In order to replenish their floras in the intestines, adding a probiotic supplement to the dog's meals will help.

We use Purina's Fortiflora packets in our household to ensure consistent bowel movements.

There are many reasons your dog could have diarrhea. It could have eaten something it shouldn't have, it could have some sort of bacterial infection in its bowels, or it could be something more internally serious. They could also have food allergies that you weren't aware of.

If the diarrhea persists for more than a few days, if your dog has a fever, is vomiting, has abdominal pain, or if you start to see bloody diarrhea, it is time to visit the vet. Your dog may need medical attention since chronic diarrhea in dogs can mean something more serious like cancer, parvovirus, coccidia, or inflammatory bowel disease.

Because our pup has diarrhea fairly often, I really suggest dog insurance. It is worth it.

What do you do when your dog has loose stool? Tell us in the comments below!

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