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What can you give a dog for diarrhea?

Updated on February 7, 2013

A dog is often joked as one with a “steel” digestive system. Look how the way these animals eat. In spite of the high quality dog food provided by the owner, dogs would still raid trash cans and eat spoiled food. A dog eats edible and non-edible things with gusto. Mud, stones, tree barks, grasses even plastic wrappers will be eaten by the dog. Dogs acquire a number of diseases because of their indiscriminating eating habits. Would it be surprising if a dog would suffer from stomach upset and from diarrhea from time to time? Of course diarrhea can also be due to lactose intolerance or a change of diet. A puppy that has no access to the garbage can may have diarrhea when the dam’s milk is replaced with solid food. Diarrhea can also occur if the diet of the dog is replaced with a new one.

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Diarrhea would be extremely uncomfortable not only for the pet but also for the owner. The pet would be uncomfortable because of the pain. A pet that has diarrhea means it can not wait to go to the bathroom. The owner will certainly be pestered with cleaning the mess created by the pet. But more than the cleaning that has to be done, the owner will be concerned with the health of the dog. This is especially true if the diarrhea is accompanied by vomiting and fever.

What can you do to help the pet suffering form diarrhea? Some would say that diarrhea is not actually an ailment as this is the dog’s way of purging the toxic substances from its stomach. In most cases, a visit to the vet will not be necessary as diarrhea can be resolved at home. Owners would just let the diarrhea run its course. It would be a good idea to withhold the food for 24 hours in mature dogs and for 12 hours in younger dogs. Fasting will give the stomach a chance to rest. However, do make sure that drinking water is provided all the time. You would not want your pet to be dehydrated, would you? You can try feeding the dog with milk mixed with arrowroot. After the fasting period you can give the pet boiled rice and chicken. These bland foods will be “kinder” on the stomach as they are easy to digest. Take note: This management is only for acute diarrhea. It would be an entirely different matter if what the dog has is chronic diarrhea. This type of diarrhea needs immediate treatment as it can result to dehydration and endanger the life of the pet.

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