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Just like humans, diarrhea can affect dogs from time to time.
Acute diarrhea is rather normal and will usually pass in a day or two. It is a nature way for animals (including people) to get rid of unwanted irritants, such as bacteria, viruses, toxic food, or simply things that are indigestible.
As such, acute diarrhea is a healthy, healing process, not a disease. We should not try to suppress the symptom.
At the same time, it is important to keep an eye on our dog's behavior. If she is acting rather normal and looking happy, then there is nothing to feel particularly alarmed about. Just make the necessary precautionary arrangement, be prepared to let our dog go to the bathroom more often, and let nature take its course.
Here are some common dog diarrhea causes:
Take your dog to a veterinarian if she has diarrhea and is showing some of these signs and symptoms:
Diarrhea causes loss of fluids within the body, which can lead to dehydration, acid-base imbalance or electrolyte interference.
In particular, if diarrhea is accompanied by vomiting, fever and your dog refuses to drink water, this is cause for concern and veterinary attention and treatment is necessary.
If your dog has mild acute diarrhea but does not show any of the above listed dangerous signs and symptoms, try some of these remedies:
Very often, for a case of mild diarrhea, a simple liquid fast for the first 24 to 48 hours will be sufficient treatment.
To avoid dehydration, make sure that your dog drinks a lot of water. One way to ensure your dog has sufficient water intake is to feed her a vegetable broth. Make the broth using vegetables, meat, and rice, but feed only the liquid part to the dog several times a day.
After the liquid fast and when diarrhea stops, you can feed your dog a bland diet of ground turkey with plain canned pumpkin (50:50 ratio) in small amounts 3 to 6 times per day.
Many veterinarians recommend a "bland" diet of ground beef and rice for diarrhea in dogs. But ground beef still has too much fat and may further cause digestive problems.
Although rice contains fiber, it is a grain rich in carbohydrate that tends to ferment - meaning "gas" inside the dog's GI tract. Also, dogs cannot digest grains too well, so it is not recommended to feed rice to dogs who are already suffering from digestive problems like diarrhea.
On the other hand, plain pumpkin (or sweet potato) is high in fiber and easier to be digested even by dogs with diarrhea.
You may also consider using this natural remedy - Only Natural Pet Tummy Support (Affiliate link).
This Tummy Support contains enzymes, probiotics and B vitamins and works quickly to normalize digestion, balance microflora levels and help detoxify the GI tract. Good for dogs with upset tummy and loose stool.
If the condition is more severe, then try giving your dog slippery elm.
Slippery elm is THE herbal choice for diarrhea. It soothes and protects the mucuous membranes and contains precious nutrients.
Use an herbal extract of the herb such as Animal Essentials Slippery Elm Digestive Herbal Extract Liquid (Affiliate link).
Use as instructed on the product label.
Note: If, after 2-3 days on a bland diet, your dog still has diarrhea, then it is time to visit the vet.
Natural remedies, such as dietary supplements, herbs, and homeopathic remedies, are effective in treating chronic diarrhea in dogs. Please visit this page for more information.
Diarrhea is not pleasant for both you and your dog, to say the least. To prevent episodes of diarrhea from occurring in your dog, here are a few suggestions: