What to do when your Dog Has Diarrhea
Diarrhea is one of the most prevalent issues that lead to a visit to the veterinarian. If not treated promptly, even a minor case might progress to a dangerous condition. On the other hand, it could result from a minor ailment, such as a nutritional blunder, that can be resolved with simple therapy.
For example, switching your dog’s food or adding probiotics to their diet can sometimes be all that’s needed to stop Diarrhea. However, it can also result from a severe illness, such as cancer, that requires more involved treatments.
If your dog has Diarrhea that lasts for more than a day or two, or if they seem to be in pain, it’s essential to take them to the vet for an evaluation. Early diagnosis and treatment are often essential for the best possible outcome.
When Is It Safe to Treat Diarrhea at Home?
- Your dog is behaving normally and is full of energy.
- The dog has a healthy appetite.
- There will be no vomiting.
- Your dog’s vaccinations are up to date (such as vaccines for parvovirus or distemper virus)
- Your dog is an adolescent (not very young or old)
- There are no pre-existing medical conditions such as Addison’s disease, kidney failure, cancer, or other serious illnesses.
When Diarrhea Becomes a Medical Emergency
- You have reason to believe your dog has consumed a toxin or poison.
- You believe your dog has ingested something alien, such as a toy or clothing.
- Your dog has a low energy level and may appear frail.
- Vomiting (usually more than once or after consuming water or food). Even if they vomit once, consult a veterinarian if they vomit blood.
- Frequent bouts of Diarrhea that lasted for a couple of hours.
- Diarrhea has persisted for more than 24 to 36 hours despite home cures.
- There’s a lot of blood (red) in the stool — tiny blood spots aren’t always an emergency.
- The feces is either black or tarry.
- Your dog is straining to poop, but there isn’t much coming out.
- Your dog’s gums are white, bluish, whitish, or gray in hue.
- Your dog’s tummy hurts and is bloated (rapid panting, groaning, or avoids being touched)
- You see worms in your dog’s stool or find worms in their vomit.
When in doubt, seek guidance from your veterinarian or an emergency room.
Home Treatments for Dog Diarrhea
If your dog has Diarrhea, you can do a few things at home to help treat the condition.
- First, be sure to increase their water intake and give them small, frequent meals.
- You can also try feeding them plain yogurt, boiled chicken, or cottage cheese, as these can help soothe an upset stomach.
- If your dog’s Diarrhea is accompanied by vomiting, it’s essential to see a veterinarian as soon as possible.
- Vomiting can quickly lead to dehydration, which can be dangerous for dogs.
- If you’re not sure whether you should take your dog to the vet, err on the side of caution and give them a call. They’ll be able to advise you on the best course of action.
Other Tips if Your Puppy or Dog has Diarrhea
I learned a few cures for several common pet ailments from repeated visits to my veterinarians, and I was particularly interested in Diarrhea because of its recurrence. As a result, I am always satisfied whenever I can assist a fellow dog owner whose dog has Diarrhea and is unsure what treatment to give the dog.
I give my pet no food for around 24 hours after discovering Diarrhea to allow the digestive tract to cleanse. During this time, I give him as much water as he needs to avoid dehydration. Anything your dog likely ate caused it; therefore, you’ll need to adjust the dog’s diet for a while to avoid it happening again.
It could be because of the toys your dog is playing with, such as scraps of dirty paper, dirty pet toys, dug-up items in the garden (such as buried bones), etc. It could be lethal to the dog if you leave your medication on the dining table or within the dog’s reach.
To choose the best treatment for your dog’s Diarrhea, you’ll need to figure out what’s causing it in the first place.
- Could you not feed your dog his regular meals?
- Feed a bland diet in modest portions four to five times per day.
When I say bland diet, I’m referring to a combination of:
- White rice, boiled
- Turkey or boiled chicken (get rid of the skin and do not spice it in any way)
- Scrambled eggs or boiled eggs (the scrambled eggs should be without oil or butter)
- Potatoes boiled
- Potatoes baked
Continue to eat a bland diet in increasing amounts for a few days until the stool forms or solidifies. Then gradually alternate between bland and regular meals. It couldn’t be easier to treat your dog’s Diarrhea. During this bland diet therapy stage, avoid snacks, bones, and table scraps since these may disrupt your dog’s intestines and cause Diarrhea to recur.
You might also give your dog a dose of Pepto Bismol, Imodium AD, or Kaopectate every 8 hours if he’s vomiting.
Home treatment for dog diarrhea is only recommended for mild episodes of Diarrhea. Please see your veterinarian if the symptoms worsen or last longer than two days. You can take a feces sample and have it tested instead to save money. Depending on your area, this could cost anywhere from $25 to $75.