A bad case of dog diarrhea is not fun for you or your dog. Nothing is more upsetting than your pet being ill and you not knowing what to do to help. The good news is there are several remedies for dog diarrhea you can use right now from your own home.
There may be more severe cases that will warrant veterinary care such as a lot of blood in your dog’s stool, a fever, and bloating, so if you feel like there may be a problem you should take your pup to the vet. However, many times dog diarrhea is just a result of new dog food or an upset stomach from something it ate. In these cases, you can help your dog from home.
If you are wondering how to help your dog get some relief, continue reading to learn 10 home remedies for dog diarrhea. Many of these remedies are natural probiotics, which are great for helping your canine's digestive system get back on track. Don’t forget that every dog is different and not every remedy works for every dog. You may need to try several of these remedies before finding one that works for your pup.
If your dog has a bad case of diarrhea, the worst thing you can do is continue to feed it its regular dog food. One of the first remedies you should always try is just a simple fast for up to 24 hours. You should also limit water intake for the first six to 12 hours.
After this time period, if your dog ceases to have diarrhea or is making good progress, you can start giving it small amounts of water every few hours.
After six hours of only water, you should start slowly introducing your dog back to food. It’s a good idea to start by giving bland food or food with probiotics which includes many of the foods on this list. You can even start with a liquid diet of broth, rice water, or other liquids and then progress to different foods in larger amounts over the next couple of days.
Pumpkin is great for your dog’s digestive system and will likely help a lot with its diarrhea. You’ll be happy to know that you don’t need to run down to the store and grab a whole pumpkin and prepare it for your dog.
Rather, you can just grab some canned pumpkin and mix it into its water. You will need to make sure that it is just plain canned pumpkin free from any sugar. Keep away from pumpkin pie filling completely.
You can also freeze the canned pumpkin into ice cubes or mix it with other ingredients used to help dog diarrhea. Once your pet is eating more solid foods you can make your dog treats with pumpkin in it to help prevent diarrhea from coming back.
3. Slippery Elm
Slippery elm is one of the few herbs that you won’t have to worry about giving your dog. While you typically have to be very cautious when giving your canine herbs, slippery elm is great for its digestive system. In addition to many other benefits, slippery elm has a mucilage that protects and soothes mucous membranes throughout your dog’s digestive tract.
It is made from the inner bark of an elm tree and comes in its stringy natural form, capsules, or powder. It is easiest to buy the capsule or powder form of slippery elm because it is very hard to make into a powder yourself. Two common ways to feed slippery elm to your pet is to mix the powder with wet dog food or to make a syrup out of the powder that dogs really like the taste of.
4. Rice Water
To make rice water for your dog, you simply need to cook some rice and use the leftover water. Rice water is gentle on your dog’s stomach and will help balance its electrolytes. You can even mix over-the-counter probiotics into the water.
Yogurt is known for being filled with plenty of probiotics that are great for helping with your dog’s diarrhea. Yogurt also helps fight off any infection your canine may have, such as a yeast infection, and provides lots of protein. Dogs usually love yogurt too, so your pup should happily lap it up.
When picking out your dog's yogurt, make sure you get an unflavored nonfat yogurt that does not have any added sugars in it. If your dog has any intolerance or allergies to dairy products you will want to avoid giving it yogurt.
6. Raw Goat Milk
Many dogs have an intolerance to cow milk since it contains alpha-s1-casein protein. If your dog already has diarrhea you definitely don’t want to give it something that will make it worse. One great alternative to giving your canine yogurt or another dairy product is to give it raw goat milk.
There are plenty of probiotics in goat milk that can help with your dog’s stomach issues and diarrhea.
Kefir is a type of fermented drink that can be bought in the store or made at home. Kefir is traditionally made with cow milk, but there are several different types of kefir made from almond milk, coconut milk, or goat milk. Kefir is full of tons of probiotics and good yeasts that fight off any harmful yeasts living in your dog’s body.
Kefir can just be fed by itself to your canine. If your dog has never had kefir before you may want to start with very small amounts to help it get used to the taste and see how it affects its digestive system. Make sure to not get a kefir made with cow milk if you know your dog has an allergy or intolerance to it. Depending on the size of your dog, give it one to three teaspoons of kefir a day to help with its diarrhea.
Regular potatoes and sweet potatoes are both easy for your dog to digest and can help with its diarrhea. However, you should only feed it potatoes in moderation because they have a lot of sugar and starch.
It is a good idea to give your dog boiled potatoes that are then mashed. You can even mix together regular potatoes and sweet potatoes so your dog can get the benefits of both. Make sure to remove all the skin from the potatoes.
9. Cottage Cheese
Just like yogurt and milk kefir, cottage cheese is a dairy product that should be avoided if your dog is allergic or intolerant to dairy. In addition to being a good food to feed your dog while it is struggling with diarrhea, cottage cheese is full of calcium and protein while also being low in fat.
Some cheaper brands of cottage cheese don’t have any probiotics in them, so you will want to look at the labels of the cottage cheese you buy and choose one that has probiotics. Apart from providing probiotics, cottage cheese is a bland food that will be gentle on your dog’s stomach.
You can feed your canine a moderate amount of the cottage cheese by itself or mix it in with some rice. Later on, you can also mix the cottage cheese in with your dog’s normal food when it first starts eating it again.
Fennel is an herb that you should be cautious about giving to your dog. It may be a good idea to consult with your veterinarian before giving your pup any fennel. Fennel is a plant that is part of the parsley family and is known for its ability to fight bloating due to its anti-inflammatory properties. It is also an antioxidant that can help prevent cancer.
Fennel is not considered toxic for dogs and is known to be beneficial for helping canines with their digestive issues. You should avoid buying fennel as a concentrated oil, and only feed fennel to your dog in small amounts. Feeding your dog large amounts of fennel can make its diarrhea worse.
To prepare fennel for your dog, you need to start by buying either fresh fennel or dried fennel. Then add only one teaspoon of either the fresh or dried fennel to boiling water to make a tea. You can then put a couple of teaspoons of this tea in your dog’s water. Smaller dogs should only have a teaspoon or two, while larger breeds can have up to four teaspoons.
As you can see, there are plenty of home remedies for dogs with diarrhea. Remember that all canines are different so you will need to be wary of your dog’s tolerance to different foods — especially dairy. Don’t hesitate to take your dog to the vet if you notice any concerning behaviors. If you try all these methods and your pet's diarrhea is not getting any better after 48 hours, you may need to take it to the vet.