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7 Tips To Help Stop Doggy Diarrhea

Updated on October 22, 2013

When your dog has diarrhea, it is not fun for you or for your dog. Believe me, I know - I have three dogs!

You are constantly being alerted to the fact that your dog has to go, even in the middle of the night. And sometimes, you do not get your dog out in time, which leaves a great big mess for you to clean up, and one embarrassed pooch.

Your dog’s eating habits are often the cause of its diarrhea, even though its digestive system can handle quite a bit of food (and other stuff) that a human could not handle. Use the following tips to help them get better, faster.

Causes, Symptoms and Treatment of Diarrhea in Dogs

7 Tips To Help Stop Your Dog's Diarrhea

1. Feed Fiber

Just as fiber can firm up our stools and help our digestive system work well, it can do the same for our four-legged friends. You can add it in powder form directly to their food. Alternatively, you can add a natural food ingredient that is high in fiber like pumpkin to their diet. Pumpkin can also help with their upset stomach.

2. Keep Lots of Water Handy

Diarrhea can cause their body to lose essential fluids, so it is important to keep a dog’s water bowl full. Some veterinarians will even recommend giving Gatorade to your dog as it can help to replenish minerals like potassium and sodium. If your dog does not want to drink water, then a visit to the vet is necessary.

3. Avoid Feeding Dairy

Some people enjoy giving their dog some milk or dairy products, but unlike other food that they can digest easily, dairy is hard to digest as they lack the enzyme needed (lactase). Therefore, if your dog has diarrhea, then cutting out the dairy may return its stool back to normal.

4. Avoid Medication

Even though there are a number of medications available to help with diarrhea, it is best to let it run its course. Your dog has diarrhea because it is trying to get something bad out of its system. This is a natural and necessary process, and trying to stop the diarrhea will only go against that natural healing process.

5. Get Out The Leash

Walking your dog will help to stimulate a part of the nervous system that keeps its gut calm. In addition, it can help your dog have diarrhea outside of your yard, which is always a benefit when cleaning it up. However, if your dog does not seem to be able to walk, then you may want to skip this step altogether. It is important not to push their body beyond its capabilities while they are sick.

6. Put Your Pet on a Fast For a Day

Sometimes, like during diarrhea, your dog can benefit from not having food. Fasting can be healing, and many dogs will naturally not want to eat when they feel sick.

During fasting, the body has a chance to get rid of all the bad and unwanted waste. Then, once the waste is gone, it can start repairing itself to a healthier state. Even though your dog will usually take the food if you put it out them, allowing your dog a chance to cleanse and repair its body is the better option.

7. Eliminate Stress

Your dog may be having diarrhea due to stress. If you have had a recent move, pet addition, or other change in the house, then you may need to eliminate as much stress as possible to help it become stress free again. The less stress it has, the quicker it will start to feel better.

Removing stress can be done by not scolding it for diarrhea messes, no matter how angry you get. This can also be done by talking to it in a reassuring voice, letting it sleep when it is tired, and giving it some space to relax.

The above 7 tips will help a dog feel better after eating something that didn’t sit well in their tummy or during a stressful part of their life, but if your dog has diarrhea longer than a day or two, you should seek out a veterinarian. This is especially true if the diarrhea is accompanied by vomiting or other abnormal symptoms.


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    • Bob Bamberg profile image

      Bob Bamberg 5 years ago from Southeastern Massachusetts

      Good hub! Most dog owners (not to mention the dogs) have suffered through such episodes and often it's because the owner has shared his own food or snack with the dog. It certainly doesn't take much.