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How to Treat a Dog with Diarrhea

When your dog’s stomach is upset you many times end up with a disgusting, liquid mess all over your home – aka dog diarrhea.

Common Causes of Dog Diarrhea

There are probably hundreds of diseases that can cause a dog to have diarrhea or dogs can have diarrhea that is caused by something other than a disease. Some of the most common reasons are:

  • Giardia
  • Stress
  • Food allergy
  • Eating too much of a rich food or treat (i.e. peanut butter, bully sticks, etc.)
  • Medication side-effect (i.e. an antibiotic, pain medication, etc.)
  • Round and tape worms
  • Ingesting foreign objects
  • Poisons

What To Do If You Know The Cause Of The Dog Diarrhea

If you know why your dog is having diarrhea and it’s not something a vet needs to treat like giardia, poison, or a foreign object, then you should be able to treat your dog at home like you would yourself.

  • Start with a 24-hour fast of food. Be sure to give your dog plenty of water

After the fast, you have some options:

  • Feed simple foods like home cooked chicken and rice (or another simple protein your dog can handle)
  • Pumpkin (it’s full of fiber and will help “firm up” your dog’s stool)
  • Probiotics are very helpful in clearing up loose stools (can also be used preventatively)

If your dog has chronic issues with diarrhea due to stress, getting into things he shouldn’t, etc., you may want to ask your vet for a prescription diet like Science Diet ID to have on hand when his stomach is upset.

What To Do If You Don’t Know The Cause of The Diarrhea

Normally, if your dog has loose stool because of something they ate (an allergy or they got into the trash) the diarrhea should stop once it’s out of their system. If your dog has diarrhea for more than 24-48 hours, take them to the vet ASAP. At this point, your dog will be starting to get dehydrated and it could be something serious.

NOTE: If you have a puppy, diarrhea can be a symptom of the life threatening Parvo, among other diseases. Puppies (and small dogs) will get dehydrated much quicker than an adult or large breed dog. Use common sense and good judgment.

Even if you think you know why your dog has diarrhea, but aren’t sure or if more symptoms occur such as a fever, lethargy, shortness of breath, err on the side of caution and go to a vet at once. Better safe than sorry with your best friend.

How to Prevent Dog Diarrhea

Probiotics and digestive enzymes are important tool in your arsenal to fight tummy troubles. By maintaing your dog’s proper balance of gut flora proactively, you can prevent or minimize bouts of diarrhea in the future.

Learn more about our Pronine formula, which contains not only probiotics, but prebiotics, digestive enzymes, and herbs. 

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Written by Kristina Lotz
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