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 reasons behind a visit to the vet. While diarrhea can be serious if untreated, most cases of dog diarrhea are preventable and curable. It's important to monitor your dog's diarrhea and take steps to correct the issue, since your dog can become dehydrated. Acute diarrhea can often be managed with home treatment.

If your dog is a puppy or has diarrhea along with additional symptoms, like lethargy, loss of appetite, or vomiting, get your dog to the vet right away. If your dog's diarrhea is intermittent, mild, or arises after you've fed him a new food or treat, you should still contact your vet but can probably treat your dog's digestive ailments with these home remedies.

Bland Diet 

Your dog might be reacting to the dog food you are feeding him. It may be too high in protein or not agreeable to your dog's digestive system, and sudden dietary changes can also cause stomach upset.

Take away your dog's regular food for a day and feed him a bland diet such as boiled white rice, boiled chicken or turkey, scrambled egg, cottage cheese, or potato skins.

You can also give your dog 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 and good bacteria from your dog's 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.

Understanding the Cause of Diarrhea

There are many causes of diarrhea in dogs. Your dog could have eaten something he shouldn't have, he could have some sort of bacterial infection in his bowels, or the diarrhea could be something more internally serious. Food allergies can also cause diarrhea in dogs.

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, giardia, 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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