There are many things you can do at home for your dog to relieve diarrhea symptoms. If your dog has diarrhea that lasts longer than three days or if blood is visible in his stool, you should take him to the veterinarian.
Dogs can get diarrhea from time to time. Dogs’ digestive system is part the immune system. It helps to restore balance and cleanse the body of any harmful substances. Normality will be restored in 2 to 4 days for a healthy dog with a strong immune function. You can help your dog with diarrhea.
What to do when your dog gets diarrhea?
Dog diarrhea can be caused by many things, including stress, dietary changes and food allergies. Even if your dog behaves normally, you shouldn’t be concerned about occasional diarrhea. Dogs can get upset stomachs just like people. A little pampering will fix it. (See below for foods you can feed your dog.)
If your dog is experiencing other symptoms, such as vomiting, bloody stool or black tar-like stool, call your veterinarian immediately. You should immediately seek medical attention if your dog has ingested poisons, toxins or foreign objects. You should consult your veterinarian before giving any over-the-counter medications, such as Pepto Bismal. These medications could cause additional harm.
How to stop dog diarrhea
There are simple ways to stop diarrhea in dogs.
- Fast him for 12-24 hours by removing food and treats. This will allow his body to rest and recover.
- Dehydration is a side effect of diarrhea. Make sure you have plenty of water. You can also offer him a quick hydration broth, which includes probiotics. These are available at pet retail shops.
- After six hours, if things are better, you can offer lukewarm, onion-free, low sodium chicken or bone soup. He needs to rest and not be fed as often as usual. Broth is a good option to hydrate your dog and help him eat regular meals again.
- Limit his activity and keep him cool.
How to feed a dog suffering from diarrhea
Dogs suffering from diarrhea are likely to be deficient in nutrients and beneficial bacteria. You can give your dog diarrhea-fighting foods. Your dog’s digestive system will return to normal if you give him a simple meal once a week. You can also give him:
- To make porridge, cook squash or pumpkin in chicken broth. Squash and pumpkin are great foods for dogs suffering from diarrhea. They are high in fiber and rich in important vitamins and minerals. They encourage the growth of beneficial bacteria as well as inhibit harmful bacteria. Fiber absorbs water and adds substance to the stool of your dog. You should look for canned pumpkin, pumpkin puree, or squash puree.
- A canine probiotic supplement can be added to your dog’s meals to help maintain and improve his intestinal health. Your dog can also be given:
- To replenish lost nutrients, you can make home-cooked meals from cooked lean meats such as unseasoned boiled chicken and very lean browned beef with white potatoes (easier to digest than brown). These can be prepared with broth or water.
North Colony Animal Clinic, says that diarrhea can be prevented by eating small amounts of bland food frequently and not “fueling your fire,” so to speak. You should not give your dog full meals. Once your dog has normal bowel movements, gradually reintroduce his food.
Dog diarrhea is common. It can usually be treated with attention and care in a matter of days. Consult a veterinarian immediately if your puppy has diarrhea that lasts longer than 3 days or is severe.