7 Ways to Care for Dog Diarrhea Safely at Home

Find out how to care for dog diarrhea safely at home. Offer plenty of water and a bland diet. It's okay to give a dog Pepto-Bismol at the right dosage, and pure pumpkin may be a helpful supplement. But stay away from pumpkin pie mix: it contains xylitol which is harmful to dogs.

7 Ways to Care for Dog Diarrhea Safely at Home

Find out how to care for dog diarrhea safely at home. Offer plenty of water and a bland diet. It's okay to give a dog Pepto-Bismol at the right dosage, and pure pumpkin may be a helpful supplement. But stay away from pumpkin pie mix: it contains xylitol which is harmful to dogs.

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7 Steps to Treat Dog Diarrhea Safely at Home

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It’s not a subject that many people like to talk about. However, if you own a dog, chances are you have found yourself cleaning up doggie diarrhea more than you’d care to think about.

This article will help you understand the main causes of diarrhea in dogs, as well as how the canine digestive system differs from ours. We will learn how to treat dog diarrhea safely at home by offering him plenty of water, a bland diet of rice and chicken, adding pumpkin powder to his diet, and knowing when to call the vet. And yes, you can even give your dog some Pepto-Bismol under the right circumstances!

Diarrhea in Dogs

The frequency, duration, and severity of diarrhea in dogs can differ from one animal to the next. Although you might not be able to completely prevent it from happening, being as knowledgeable as possible about it could help you reduce its frequency and duration.

Diarrhea in dogs isn't an illness itself but rather a symptom of many different possible diseases. These include minor bacterial or viral infections to more serious illnesses like kidney failure or cancer.

If your pet's diarrhea is caused by a minor condition, it can usually be managed at home. Fortunately, there are several over-the-counter remedies available to treat dog diarrhea.

It's also vital to note, however, that if treatment is not started quickly enough to prevent severe dehydration and fluid imbalance, even diarrhea brought on by a mild illness could develop into a serious condition.

Possible Causes

Dogs digest food differently than humans. Knowing this is essential to understanding the causes of diarrhea in dogs. They have mouths that are ideally suited to crushing and gobbling up food. Their salivary enzymes are essentially made to kill bacteria, so they can typically tolerate substances far better than we can.

Since canine stomach acids are roughly three times as powerful as human ones, dogs can easily process and pass largely undigested food. But despite their sturdy digestive systems, dogs sometimes develop loose stools.

A primary cause of sudden diarrhea in dogs is eating trash or other repulsive or irritating materials or changing their diet since their stomachs are unaccustomed to different foods. Acute diarrhea can also be brought on by stress, particularly after traveling, boarding, or experiencing other environmental changes.

In some cases, diarrhea could be a symptom of another disorder, such as allergies, a bacterial or viral infection, inflammatory problems, organ pathology, or just general unwellness.

Dog eating from trash bin

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When to Be Concerned

The severity of diarrhea can be determined by how long it has lasted and how many different symptoms are present.

If your dog develops severe, bloody diarrhea and displays numerous general signs of illness, such as weakness, fever, vomiting, abdominal pain, or loss of appetite, or if the diarrhea is accompanied by dehydration, the cause may be serious.

If you are concerned about your dog's health and wellness, do not hesitate to contact a veterinarian for professional diagnosis and treatment.

How to Care for Dog Diarrhea

You can learn how to treat dog diarrhea at home by following these seven steps. It's always suggested that you consult your veterinarian before giving your dog medication or supplements of any nature.

  • Water: Fresh drinking should be made available to your dog as soon as possible to avoid dehydration.
  • Pause or restrict meals: Treatment at home may first entail depriving your dog of all food for 12–24 hours or just giving him very small, frequent doses of a basic diet.
  • Prescription diet: The recommended diet is usually a veterinary-prescribed diet that is easy to digest and contains ingredients like prebiotic fiber to help the intestinal tract withstand whatever causes diarrhea.
  • Home-cooked diet: A bland diet may also be suggested by your vet that contains a mix of overcooked rice with poached chicken. This conservative approach relies on your dog's healing mechanisms to correct the problem and heal itself. When the stools reach the traditional consistency, you may reintroduce your dog's regular food by mixing it in with the rice and chicken for a few days.
  • Pepto-Bismol: The majority of dogs can safely take Pepto-Bismol, according to the American Kennel Club. After consulting with your veterinarian, only administer one or two doses if it is necessary. For every 10 pounds of body weight, you may administer a safe dosage of 1 teaspoon. You may give it to your dog every 6 to 8 hours, but if diarrhea persists after two doses, stop giving the medication and contact your veterinarian. Additionally, if you've never administered Pepto-Bismol to your dog before, confirm the dosage with your vet.
  • Pumpkin: You can safely add one to four tablespoons of pumpkin powder to your dog's meal to help treat his diarrhea. To avoid adding too much fiber to his diet, it is a smart idea to start with a small amount. You can buy pumpkin powder made specifically for dogs at your local pet store. Regular cooked pumpkin is also safe for dogs if prepared correctly. Incorporating pumpkin into your pet's diet may be beneficial overall. It naturally contains a lot of fiber, potassium, iron, and vitamins A, C, and E. Do not feed canned pumpkin pie mix to a dog. The xylitol it contains is toxic to them.
  • Prescription medication: Depending on the cause, antidiarrheal agents, dewormers, or probiotics may be prescribed by your vet for you to administer at home. In extreme circumstances, severe diarrhea may lead to dehydration, at which point your dog may require emergency medical care. After a day or two, if your dog still doesn't show signs of improvement, your veterinarian might need to perform some additional tests.

Final Thoughts

Every dog is different, and so is the frequency, length, and severity of their diarrhea. Being as informed as you can about the condition may help you know how best to react in offering treatment. You can learn how to care for dog diarrhea safely at home using the seven ways outlined above.

If you are worried about your dog's health or well-being, don't hesitate to call a veterinarian for a professional diagnosis and treatment.

Sources and Further Reading

  • Can Pumpkin Help With Dog Diarrhea? Can Dogs Eat Pumpkin?
    Does your dog have diarrhea? Here are the health benefits of feeding pumpkin to dogs with diarrhea, so that you can help get your dog back on track.
  • Diarrhea in Dogs | VCA Animal Hospital
    Diarrhea is unformed or loose bowel movements, usually with increased amount and frequency. It is a result of faster movement of fecal material through the intestine combined with decreased absorption of water, nutrients, and electrolytes.

This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. It is not meant to substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, or formal and individualized advice from a veterinary medical professional. Animals exhibiting signs and symptoms of distress should be seen by a veterinarian immediately.

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