Unfortunately, diarrhea can happen to dogs for a lot of different reasons. However, I’ve tried to list some of the most common reasons and treatment options for you. Each of these can cause a dog to have a bout of short term diarrhea.
If loose bowels are caused by something more serious such as disease, then the episodes are more frequent, on and off and last for longer periods of time.
Possible Causes For Diarrhea in Dogs
- Getting into the garbage and eating trash
- Drinking standing water from ponds, streams, etc.
- Over eating
- Feeding table scraps TOO rich for dogs (gravies, sauces, etc.)
- Diet change
- Nervousness and anxiety disorders
- Disease/Illness (eg: IBD, Colitis, Parvo & Distemper to name a few)
- Consumed Poison
- Toad licking (there are 2 very toxic toads within the U.S. – Colorado River toad found in the South West & Marine toads found in Texas and Florida)
IF ANY OF THE FOLLOWING APPLY – SEE A VET!
- If your dog has had diarrhea for more than two days.
- If there is blood in the stool.
- If your dog is lethargic or has labored breathing.
- Dog diarrhea accompanied by vomiting.
- Ingested poison.
- Weight loss.
- Frequent episodes of watery diarrhea.
10 Best Ways To Treat Diarrhea in Dogs
- The best thing that you can do for dog diarrhea and especially dogs with chronic diarrhea often caused by IBS or IBD (irritable bowel syndrome or inflammatory bowel disease) is to provide digestive enzymes and ESPECIALLY probiotics on a regular basis. Don’t stop! Digestive enzymes help by absorbing vital nutrients in the food. Diarrhea happens because the intestinal cells are damaged.By adding enzymes to your dogs diet, you protect the intestinal cells while healing. Probiotics provide a healthy flora and keep your dog’s gut intact. I include digestive enzymes and probiotics with my dogs meals daily.
- With hold food for 12 to 24 hours is the first thing Vet’s usually recommend. However, be careful with puppies and smaller dogs who run the risk of hypoglycemia. 12 hrs. might work better for these guys.
- White sticky rice such as Jasmine rice works best with boiled chicken or boiled ground beef after the 12-24 hr. period and continue this bland diet for 2 days.
- Avoid giving dogs with diarrhea pumpkin and instead give 1 teaspoon of ground flaxseed per cup of food.
- If and only if your dog isn’t showing signs of any serious illness, restrict his water intake and give him small drinks at a time for 24 hours. It’s important that you don’t allow your dog to become dehydrated. Give ice cubes if your dog will eat them.
- You can administer Pedialyte or Gatorade by mixing 50/50 with his water to help with hydration. This helps to replace lost electrolytes.
- Pepto Bismol or Kaopectate (both of these products contain salicylates – see warning below): The dosage for dogs is 1/2 to 1 teaspoon per 5 pounds of body weight. No more than 2 tablespoons 3 times daily, or one table per 15 pounds of body weight up to 3 times a day. This should only be used for temporary relief and not on a regular basis. I prefer Pepto Bismol over Kaopectate. Warning: NEVER use any product that contains salicylates if you’re giving your dog aspirin or any type of NSAID such as Rimadyl, Metacam, Deramaxx, Etogesic, etc. without talking to your dog’s vet first. NEVER GIVE CATS PEPTO BISMOL.
- The Honest Kitchen Form is an ALL NATURAL EFFECTIVE supplement that I’ve heard others say works well for dogs who experience frequent bouts of dog diarrhea although I’ve never personally used it for my own dogs. It’s natural and could be a great product to have on hand.
- The MOST IMPORTANT tip of all if your dog continues to have soft, messy stool is to feed a better food. A high quality food in a freeze dried or dehydrated form of foods.
- Feed 3 small meals daily vs free feeding.
Here’s another article that may be of help as well.
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