10 Effective Methods for Treating Your Dog’s Diarrhea

by janie knetzer

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Unfortunately, diarrhea occurs in dogs for a lot of different reasons.

So, 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.

However, if the underlying problem (such as food or disease) isn’t identified and corrected, your dog will most likely continue with routine problems such as unformed, messy stool or diarrhea.

If loose bowels are caused by something more serious such as disease, then the episodes are often more frequent, on and off, and last for longer periods of time.

So, it’s important that you pay attention to your dog’s stool on a daily basis.

Possible Causes For Diarrhea in Dogs

  • Getting into the garbage and eating trash
  • Drinking standing water from puddles, ponds, streams, etc.
  • Over eating
  • Feeding table scraps; not all table scraps, just those that are TOO rich for dogs (gravies, sauces, extra spicy) etc.
  • Low grade kibble
  • Diet change
  • Nervousness and anxiety disorders
  • Disease/Illness (eg: IBD, Colitis, Parvo & Distemper to name a few)
  • Consumed Poison
  • Beach diarrhea (ingesting sea water)
  • 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)

Dog Diarrhea

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 your dog’s stool.
  • If your dog is lethargic or has labored breathing.
  • If your dog has diarrhea and it’s accompanied by vomiting.
  • Fever.
  • Ingested poison.
  • Weight loss.
  • Frequent episodes of watery diarrhea.

10 Best Ways To Treat Diarrhea in Dogs

  • First, if your feeding a good diet and you’re positive that food isn’t the problem, continue here.  If your dog has seen a vet and they ruled out anything serious (obstruction, infection, parasites, etc), the best place to start is by including a good antioxidant formula to help manage oxidative issues in the bowel.  This is the ideal place to start, because the antioxidants replace vital nutrients that your dog is eliminating due to the constant diarrhea.  It will help repair and control inflammation caused by irritable bowel.  Honestly, you will be doing your dog a big favor by keeping him or her on the supplement indefinitely. It’s also a buffer for cancer (even dogs battling cancer) and other major diseases.
  • Next, evaluate your dog’s diet closely. Are you sure that you’re feeding a good food?  What your dog eats can lead to chronic diarrhea that’s often caused by IBS or IBD (irritable bowel syndrome or inflammatory bowel disease).  Trust me, it’s cheaper to feed your dog correctly than it is to try and correct an ongoing problem that is often related to your dog’s food intake.  BUT, if the problem continues and you know it’s not related to food, start your dog o
    • If your dog is healthy, but his stool is a mess and nothing happened to cause the messy stool (drinking contaminated water, etc.), then it’s most likely related to poor diet.  If you’re not willing to improve the food that your dog eats, then I recommend including the antioxidant formula that I mention above.  I also recommend that you keep your dog on the supplement for life.  Diarrhea happens because the intestinal cells are damaged. By adding important nutrients back to your dog’s diet, you protect the intestinal cells while healing.  You can also add probiotics which provide a healthy flora and keep your dog’s gut intact. But, they don’t always work alone.
  • 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.
  • Jasmine rice is very sticky once cooked and 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.  You have got to avoid supermarket foods and others such as Ol Roy, Purina, etc.  If kibble is a must, look to foods such as Fromms, accompanied by Wellness Ninety Five Percent as a nice topper, especially when added to a good food such as Carna4, Acana or Fromms.  Your dog will be happy and it will show in his or her stool.
  • Feed 3 small meals daily vs free  feeding.
  • Here’s a recipe for rice water.  Boil 1 cup rice to 4 cups water for 25 minutes. Drain the liquid.  Allow him to drink as often as he wants. If he doesn’t respond to the rice water, try adding a little (one teaspoon) chicken baby food.

You can find additional help in the comments below.   If you have any home remedies for treating doggy diarrhea that you can share, please add your own comment below.

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Audreylambchop January 21, 2011 at 7:37 pm

Very informative, especially about the toads. Didn’t know this. I live in Georgia, and have a pool in the back yard. Frequently after heavy rain, we have toads near the pool, and the dog has sniffed at them. I never gave it a second thought, but now I will be cautious about letting her toy with them.

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Anonymous January 21, 2011 at 7:53 pm

Hi Audrey: We don’t have a pool, but we get a ton of toads around our home (by woods and stream). My lab leaves them alone, but my Doberman, she’s a different story. She’s never eaten any completely, but she’s chomped down on a few and gotten very sick!

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Pam February 8, 2011 at 1:45 am

I thank you for the information. The first place I went to on the web was “vets on line” to help answer any questions. But before they will answer, you have to put in your credit card number along with how much your willing to pay. I think this is sad because there are so many of us that really love our animals, but just don’t have the money or credit cards.

Thank You again. Pam in Oklahoma

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admin February 8, 2011 at 2:03 am

Hi Pam:
You are very welcome and I’m so glad that you found my blog helpful. ~Janie

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Amy May 20, 2011 at 7:16 pm

I HAVE BEEN TREATING MY 4 1/2 YR. OLD YELLOW LAB FOR OVER TWO WEEKS NOW REGARDING HER DIARRHEA ISSUES. I FIRST TOOK HER TO THE VET AND THEY PUT HER ON METRONIDAZOLE 500 MG TABLETS (4x’S A DAY FOR 5 DAYS). THEY DID A FECAL TEST WHICH PROVIDED NO INFO. THEN, I TRIED KAOPECTATE. SHE HAS A RUMBLE IN HER TUMMY ALL DAY BUT ONLY HAS ONE BOWEL MOVEMENT A DAY – WHICH IS THE CONSISTANCY OF PUDDING. NOW, I AM TRYING A 24 HOUR FAST SOON FOLLOWED BY RICE, BOILED CHICKEN AND SWEET POTATO. IF THIS DOESN’T WORK, DO YOU HAVE ANY OTHER SUGGESTIONS? OTHERWISE, SHE ACTS OK. STILL INTERESTED IN EATING, NOT VOMITING, AND HAS ENOUGH ENERGY FOR A POOR GIRL SUFFERING WITH DIARRHEA FOR TWO WEEKS. ANY INFO WOULD BE APPRECIATED. THANKS!

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admin May 20, 2011 at 8:05 pm

Hi Amy:
You said the vet did a fecal test. I’m assuming that they were testing for giardia protozoa as well as whip worm etc. The problem with that is they really need a warm stool and even then if the giardia proto isn’t present in that particular sample – you will get a false reading of negative. This means that your dog could have the giardia protozoa but they are not seeing it.

If you have changed your dogs food, are overfeeding, etc. this can all cause diarrhea if you suddenly changed the food without doing it correctly over time. This would be a problem that usually corrects itself in a week or so.

Having access to standing water (lakes, ponds, etc.) can cause a parasitic problem.

It would be very helpful if you could share more information as far as the type of food you are feeding, how often, do you include a probiotic and enzymes and does she have access to standing water such as ponds and lakes? Let me know o.k.

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Amy May 20, 2011 at 9:06 pm

I am not sure about the particulars of the fecal test but thank you for asking so I can check those q’s with the vet. I have not changed her diet or the food she has been eating. I found out several years ago she had allergies to the protein in the food and had to put her on ZD Ultra allergen free. That was too expensive to keep up so thru trial and error I found Purina One Lamb & Rice. That has worked wonders for me (and Maggie, my love!). I feed her one cup of the dry food in the morning and one cup in the evening. I haven’t given her any treats or table food. She has had no access to standing water. This has appeared out of the blue and is troublesome to me as well as Maggie. I feel for her and want to provide a good life for her but with these current issues, I feel at a loss. She gets walked frequently and has started to have a bit of foam/drool since her diarrhea issues occurred. Not sure what is going on and now funds are low – so vets office is out of the question for now. Just trying to find ways to help her at home and naturally. Thanks again for your help!

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Tammy May 26, 2011 at 1:35 pm

Well here is my problem. I have to big dogs, 8 & 10yrs . They both ate 6 raw pork chops bone in, betweem them from off the counter top. So about an hour after it happened and a call to the vet I gave them both 3 tps. of peroxide to make them puke it up, but it didn’t work. Now one week later I’m still dealing with aweful runny diarrhea every 2-3 hrs and the odd puking, (not fun) but I’m concerned because it has now lasted this long. I have done the 24hr fasting making sure they are drinking water and I tried pumkin in a small amount of food, they have really no appetite for dog food so it’s hard to get them to eat it. but if they see people food they want to eat it ….lol They are other wise very healthy. Their noses are cold and damp and they are very alert and seem fine but I know things are not fine. I Don’t know what to do next. I can not take them to the vet unfortunatly, I feel really bad but I’m not financially stable right now. Is there anything else that I could try at home? or do you think they need meds? Thank you for your time, anxious in hearing from you.

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admin May 26, 2011 at 6:02 pm

Tammy:
Activated Charcoal is sold in drugstores and comes in either tablet or powder form. This is excellent for absorbing toxins, poisons, drugs and other irritating substances. It works great for treating diarrhea that was caused by eating spoiled food or toxins.

Mix with water and give by mouth every 3-4 hours for a 24 hr. period (exclude sleeping time). Only use this for a short period since it interferes with digestive enzymes. Depending on size – use 1/2 to 1 teaspoon of powder or 1-3 tablets.

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kathy January 29, 2012 at 6:01 pm

I have a question. I have an older dog who has on and off issues with diarrhea due to parasites and bacteria She also has a heart murmur, high blood pressure that is controlled and a life long history of higher alk phos levels. She’s been on a liver diet for years and fine. All other behaviors, energy and desire to eat are normal.

So, she was treated for 3x/day for 5 days with metro and her stool firmed up fairly nice…
3 days after off the med she had cowpies…
Bacteria still in her fecal sample, but her vet said otherwise she felt “ok”…
So, now metro 2x/day for 3 weeks.
It started to firm and then 4 days after metro restarted..cowpie

I am giving her organic yogurt twice a day with 50% food and 50% rice.

Thoughts? Does this stuff go up/down even with treated with meds?

I worry about her so much. She’s my little soul mate.

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admin January 30, 2012 at 2:48 am

Hi Kathy:
I’m so sorry to hear about your old girl. A liver diet for years? How old is she and what breed? Does she vomit or show any other symptoms? What does her skin and coat look like? Is it dry? Also, are you in the U.S.?

Did your vet indicate that your old girl has parasites and if so, what kind of parasites? Intestinal worms? Was it your vet that also said she has bacteria in her fecal matter and if so, was this determined by doing a culture on the feces?

Can you give me her complete diet – everything that she eats daily? Is she an inside dog or an outside dog? Before I start making recommendations to you, I need to know what you can afford? We all have budgets and I don’t want to make suggestions that you simply can’t afford. There are some things that you can do for the diarrhea, but my biggest concern is the parasites that you mentioned. If your vet said she has parasites, then he should be treating her with something other than metro and I’m assuming that he isn’t because of her heart murmur? Parasites are usually picked up from either another dog who is also infected or by mosquitoes or flea bites.

Let’s see what we can do for your little soul mate. :o
Janie

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Kathy February 3, 2012 at 2:36 am

Estimated age of 13. 32lb mutt from a rescue 7yrs ago. Parasites in the past but it seems bacteria now & 2 months ago. Metro each time. Fecal sample & they simply said rods/cones or such. Initial dose vs second sample showed less bacteria & some yeasts but overall…better after metro. Yet it came back. Started lower dose metro & no go. Increased back to 3x/ day with addition of 1/2 tap psyllium husk. Seems soft formed now 4 days later….we live in the USA. I’ve spent $300 in tests & meds this month. Oh she also has a heart murmur thats fairly s trong but w her as long as I’ve known her 7 yrs. alk phos 400-600 for years. Tests done on liver, ultra of heart all have been basic. Otherwise coat is fine, no vomiting, energy fine. Also takes 2 blood pressure drugs that totally help, milk thistle, Sam-e, omega, glucosamine & goodness….that’s it. A mix if some meds & some natural things. Yes yogurt twice daily also.

So is it normal for it to take a week or so for metro to knock down the bacterial overgrowth & get soft forming firmer poops that are up/down some still.

Can psyllium husk powder give gas also?

Vets think gi, it’s more so than heart, liver……

I worry so. Thank you for ideas & help.

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admin February 3, 2012 at 4:16 am

Hi Kathy:
I’m sure we can get your little soul mate in order. First, we need to get the digestive tract healthy. I don’t know if I missed it in your comment, but what food are you feeding and can you afford a better food if I recommend one? Also, what source and how much of the Omega are you giving? Is it capsules or liquid and what brand? Metro is a temporary fix with a double edge sword. It clears up the bacteria temporarily and depletes the system of the necessary bacteria to fight off future problems. I NEVER recommend yogurt because it often causes diarrhea symptoms for dogs. There are much better sources of probiotics that we can talk about.

I work with this issue so much and almost always by incorporating a few items and food, the dog is fine. Your dog is so small that the items and food will go a very long way.

Do me a favor and use this form to send me a private email with the response to my questions so that we can communicate that way and please include your normal email so that I can respond. It’s easier for me o.k. and I assure you that I don’t share your email with anyone else and I WILL NOT send you spam.

Janie :o

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danielle May 8, 2012 at 9:59 pm

Hi, I came across your site searching for if onowur current thunderstorms could be making my dog have diarrhea. Now I have noticed she has been acting completely off. She is usually hyper, runs around the yard, eager to follow us out to the backyard when I have a cigarette and is always loving and wanting attention.

Today, she is completely distant, she is drooling and never has before, she will stand in a place for the longest time tail between her legs, head down and just seems to be in a trance.. then she will almost lose her balance it seems. She then will find a different place to lie down. Her stool is like soup, she has eaten maybe 3 bites of her food today, her water bowl is clean and fresh and after staring at it for a few minutes she started lapping a little bit up. her breathing is very slow, her heartbeat is normal-ish. I am very worried about her and don’t have money to see a vet. She got out through the front door before and a neighbor filed a complaint just a few days ago we recieved it saying she was aggressive, which she’s not they just have personal issues with us, and my mom thinks they may have poisoned her but theres no proof. She’s only a year and a half old Australian Shepherd mix. I am very worried about my baby, Reesie, please if you know anything about what could be happening, if it was the thunderstorm that gave her anxiety AND all these other symptoms?

danielle

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admin May 9, 2012 at 12:27 am

Danielle:
If indeed your girl was given rat poison, you MUST GET HER TO THE VET IMMEDIATELY. Here’s the symptoms to look for. Her symptoms fit poisoning:

She’s listless – dull
no desire to eat or turns away from it
Blood in urine or stool
nose bleeding
very green stool
fatigue
irritability
drooling
her gait is off balance (uncoordinated)
Tremoring
Weak
Cold
Unable to stand
slight cough
breathing problems
depression
vomiting
diarrhea
excessive loss of hair or coat
bruising
comatose (lethargic)

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danielle May 9, 2012 at 5:55 pm

So she seems to be in heat now, she’s bleeding pretty heavily and she’s had one heat before. I don’t have any money at all and no one will help me get her to a hospital. Could it be she’s just in heat?

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danielle May 10, 2012 at 1:38 am

Well I took her into the vet earlier today and we got some home medications and IV’s and after we got home we layed her in a nice bed… and she just passed away 20 mins ago… RIP Reesie I loved you so much

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admin May 11, 2012 at 5:18 am

Oh Danielle, I’m so very sorry. I can only imagine how hard this whole ordeal has been for your family. It’s hard enough to lose our dogs to old age and devastating to lose them so young and for no good reason like what happened to Reesie.

Did the vet say what the cause was, did he think that she was poisoned?

danielle May 9, 2012 at 6:02 pm

ok new symptom she is now throwing up all the water she drank, and then brown stuff. i guess tghats bile for dogs. i dont know what to do i am sooo worried

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Danielle May 20, 2012 at 11:11 pm

Sorry to get back so late I’ve been going through personal issues (had some drug problems) and I was getting sober when Reesie died and I just about lost it. All I wanted to do was go use. But I’ve been good. I did have a seizure (had 5 in my life) the other day but its because of my detox.

As for what the vet thought she could have when I took her and she was alive still, Parvo was negative. She said it could be anything from bacteria infection, or viral infection, or very well could be poison. but she had lost so much blood already they pretty much knew she wouldn’t make it but i insisted on trying to make her better by nursing her. right when i got her home after they gave her fluids and anti-nausea med’s, we laid her in a bed and she lay on her side breathing so fast, heart rate up there, and she didn’t move for 45 minutes when i got off the phone from my husband who is in jail he told me to tell her he loved her (she was our dog) and i came down to check on her and right when i leaned down she seemed to try to bark and her breathing slowed, her heart rate slowed, she made 2 more little last breath/bark attempts and her heart stopped. :(

<3 her forever.

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admin May 21, 2012 at 7:16 pm

Hi Danielle:
Again, I’m so very sorry and you ARE in my prayers. She crossed the rainbow bridge in your arms, but you can count on seeing her again one day when you too cross over. I know this is a hard time for you, but please stay clean and stay strong for your beloved Reesie. There are those cheering for you. :o ~Janie

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Kristen M. September 29, 2012 at 11:30 pm

We took our two month old Japanese Chin fishing with us. Shortly after he drank out of the stagnet water he vommited and started with diahrrea. He keeps having to “go” but all that comes out is water looking liqued tinged red. I am very worried about him as he is lethargic and wont drink. We don’t have money to take him to the vet. I have probiotics for humans, charcoal and gatoraid, he is all of maybe 4 to 5lbs. Please tell me what I can do to help this little fella, he has only been with us a short time but I love him so much. He usually is peppy and running all over the house. I’m heart sick already.

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admin September 30, 2012 at 12:25 am

Hi Kristen:
I’m sorry to hear about your little fella. The problem with drinking stagnet water is that many, many parasites live in that water including Giardia. These parasites attack the intestinal system and the dog will soon show signs of diarrhea, vomiting and DEHYDRATION…

Unfortunately, there is nothing you can do at home if he is infected with a parasite and you need to get him to the vet. It’s debatable as to whether or not Giardia is contagious to humans — with cats — it definitely is.

You MUST wear gloves when cleaning up any feces and be extremely clean with your dog and yourself and the environment until you get it under control. I can’t say for sure what type of parasite if any is infecting your little guy, but you can’t guess and hope it will go away. You’re going to have to get him to the vet if you want to clear this up.

Unfortunately, probiotics, charcoal and gatorade are not going to get rid of an intestinal parasite. I know this isn’t the answer you wanted to hear, but I hope it helps.

Janie

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ansley November 3, 2012 at 5:32 am

i have a 8 weekold pit bull an he started having loose stool today i recently gave him some dog treats so im not sure if it was to strog for his tummy..an h has ate some table food(i know not good for him)..he is still drinking an stuff..an ive givin him some gatorade an water mix…can u tell me anything to do to help wih his stool?

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admin November 4, 2012 at 1:29 am

Ansley:
I would try a little PLAIN Metamucil. You can try an 1/8 teaspoon sprinkled on his food. If you have canned pumpkin – NOT PUMPKIN PIE FILLING – JUST PLAIN PUMPKIN IN THE CAN – you can also try a little of that. The funny thing about pumpkin is that for some dogs it firms up the stool, yet for others it can cause more loose stools.

Hope this helps.
Janie

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Cynthia November 9, 2012 at 3:52 pm

First let me say Thank You for having a site like this for those of us that are almost sure taking their dogs/cats to the vet IS the last trip they will go on. That is how things are in my case.
I have a 17 plus year old pekinese named Paws, he has always been is great health until about the last 3 years.
He now is almost blind, his hearing is barely there and really bad arthritis. He has never been one to be or get sick, however i have always had him on good food(science diet lamb and rice or iams), i know how fortunate we have been with him being the breed that he his.
However, here is the problem now, he has had diarrhea for 3 days now. But with this, there is a lot of mucous or jelly looking substance in his stool. At his age with no health problems other then what i have listed, what could be the cause and what can i do to try to keep him comfortable? I refuse to put him through a lot of testing at his age, he reminds me of a man 100 yrs old….grouchy, very slow and just wants to be left alone; but every so often has
good days. As odd as it may sound it seems that Paws feels a lot better on the days after i make a comment about needing to put him down, which makes things worse on me. As harsh as this may sound, i wish it would happen naturally because what if i put him down and he isnt ready?! I just really need advice on the diarrhea and if possible, are there signs when they have given up and “ready”? I know that is not related to the subject but any advice would be appreciated.
Thank you ever so much,
Cynthia

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admin November 9, 2012 at 4:46 pm

Hi Cynthia:
I’m very sorry to hear about your little old guy and “thank you” for your kind compliments about our site. First, let me start by saying that we’ve found that our dogs have always let us know when it’s time by their look or mannerisms. I wish I could make this decision easy on you, but that’s not possible. But what I can say is that, you’ll know when it’s time. The signs are that they simply look exhausted and no longer want to eat.

Here is a link for an excellent natural product made by Newton Homeopathics for treating diarrhea and gas in dogs. It gets great reviews and it’s a gentle formula and not to expensive. $14.99 plus shipping I think and you only need a tiny bit. I would try this on your old guy because you can use it as often as needed. Secondly, if you can, try and give him a really high end food such as Fromms (dry) and then include meat such as Wellness Ninety Five Percent. If you’re not giving your old dog a multi-vitamin, please do. I could recommend many things to you, but this is a great start.

I hope this answered your question and I hope that it helps. I know what a difficult time you are at right now. We’ll be thinking of you.

Janie :o

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Amy December 2, 2012 at 5:15 pm

We have an almost one year old american blue heeler/border collie mix (we found him as a small puppy at a local shelter) that has had diarrhea going on three days. The first day he seemed a bit sleepy and calm, but he’s been pretty normal since then. He’s had way too many table scraps since Thanksgiving and got into a bag of our trash last week. He’s had diarrhea before, but never for this long and never so messy. :( We have had to clean his kennel twice and three other accidents in the house. What can we do for him to help him get better on his own?

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admin December 2, 2012 at 8:55 pm

Hi Amy:
I recommend withholding food for 24 hrs. then feed small amounts of boiled chicken and cooked rice mixed with probiotics until the stool forms again. If this doesn’t work, I recommend that you see a vet.

Janie

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Meshell December 4, 2012 at 5:31 pm

My Sam is a 7 year old black lab mix who has been suffering from diarrhea for nearly a month! He was on Metro at 2x/5 days and took Panacur. The vet wasn’t able to offer a diagnosis, though they felt he was suffering from bacteria and/or parasites. A little over a month ago I went backpacking with the guy, and I unknowingly allowed him to drink from several stagnant water sources (an unwise idea that I have learned caused this problem).

He is underweight in my opinion (67 lbs when he is normally 72), has always been a “lazy lab” so I cannot tell if he is lethargic, on a bland diet of 2 cups of rice and chicken mixture with a tablespoon of pureed pumpkin. I am not sure what else to do because my budget is beyond spent for the vet (already spent $500! plus time off to take dog to vet).

I am scared for the guy, and his stools are still straight water. They smell like food, and he has not gone inside the house. He has already finished his meds and I dread taking him back to get another round of $100 meds when the problem doesn’t seem to be addressed at all.

Unfortunately, the two stool samples we’ve taken have come back negative.

Do you have any suggestions or thoughts? I am very scared for my guy, and while he has a relatively healthy, cold and wet nose, at times it gets a little dry and he spent all day napping with me yesterday.

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admin December 5, 2012 at 3:18 pm

Hi Michelle:
You MUST put him on a good PROBIOTIC supplement immediately to help fight off the bad bacteria in the body. Also, you can’t continue to feed him the chicken and rice diet long term since it’s not balanced and contains no calcium. It’s vital that you keep him on a good probiotic for life…..

However, for now I recommend that you continue with the diet but add 1 heaping tablespoon of kidney beans (rinsed and dried off) to the chicken and rice. Add one cooked scrambled egg (use non fat cook spray) and also include the crushed egg shell to the mix. STOP THE PUMPKIN. Add 1 teaspoon of ground flaxseed (cold pressed – we get it in our all natural section of the supermarket here) per cup of food and include cooked, mashed sweet potato. DO NOT use the sweet potatoes in a can with syrup! I would also like to see you add 1/4 cup of steamed kale (super green food) as well.

Keep him on this until you see change. Again, the probiotics (not just any – get a good one) are a MUST!

Hope this helps. Let me know how things how things progress please. :o
Janie

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Meshell December 5, 2012 at 3:37 pm

Thank you. My roommate is a holistic nutritionist and the other is an energy worker. Between the three of us, we high quality probiotics and enzymes. I am not sure which probiotics to put him on, but I took one of the highest quality ones and fed half of it to him this morning along with half an enzyme bill. I also added one leveled tablespoon of pumpkin and psyllium husk. I was exited to see him start forming up some stools, however it is still mush.

I will take him off pumpkin completely and added a scrambled egg with crushed egg shell to his morning and evening feedings. Will add some roasted sweet potato to his diet (that was in my dinner menu already :) ). I believe my roommate has some ground flax seed (cold pressed), however if not, I will run to the Wholefoods down the street. I have also read that the use of lemon or peppermint essential oils on his pads promotes deinfestation of parasites in his body.

Currently his stool is still yellow, he feels a bit more lethargic, and he will be seeing the Bansfield vet clinic on Friday (I’m very meh on their services as I did not feel I was provided this information like you provided; I’ve had better vets in the past… c’est la vie; at least Sam is getting taken care of). Thank you!

Thank you again for your prompt response.

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admin December 5, 2012 at 6:04 pm

Hi Michelle:
You’re very welcome. Please be sure to include the mashed kidney beans ok and I would only give one egg a day for now – maybe half in the morning and half at night. Give him several small meals – maybe 3 vs 2 bigger meals. I only want you to include the egg as a good source of protein. Make sure that the roasted sweet potato has nothing on it – just plain. You want the meal to be somewhat dry if that makes sense. It’s excellent to give both digestive enzymes and probiotics and in fact, I always recommend that, but when diarrhea is a problem, you’re better off with just the probiotics until his belly is in order.

Janie

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Mac December 15, 2012 at 4:12 am

Hi Meshell and Admin,

Curious to know how you r Lab is ? We have a 5 yr. old Vizsla that is experiencing similar conditions. Tested for basic worms due to soft stool or diarrhea (negative), Girardia (positive) so 6 days of Panacur – still diarrhea . Supposed to fast for 24 hrs. but did not – long story. Metronidozale and bland diet (Id kibble/rice/nonfat cottage cheese) for 14 days. Added Forti Flora Probiotic about the 8th day of Metronidozale, and added 2mg of Imodium per 12 hrs to see if that would help symptoms. About 11 days into Metronidozale no improvement (very watery). Next step would be to do and extensive diarrhea lab panel according to the Vet. Followed everything except for the fast. Energy is ok, no vomiting, no blood. Any advice???? Thanks in advance!

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admin December 17, 2012 at 3:52 pm

Hi Mac:
I’m so sorry for the delay; been very busy with the holidays. You absolutely MUST add a good probiotic supplement to your Vizsla‘s diet. My brother has 2 Vizsla’s (one a show a dog) and we went through a similar situation with his. Although I’m not a huge fan of kibble; my brother and his wife didn’t have the time to feed any other type of diet at the time, so I recommended Fromm’s dry formula along with Wellness Ninety Five Percent and a good probiotic. The dog’s are doing very well.

I hope this helps.
Janie
Site Admin

Eileen December 15, 2012 at 3:33 pm

I have a 13 year old border collie/beagle mix that my ex-husband got for my daughter when my daughter was 5 years old. Fluffy (our dog) had to go live with my sister 2 years ago when my ex-husband couldn’t take care of her anymore. There were no other pets in her house and she was treated like a queen. A week ago my sister couldn’t keep her anymore so now I took her. I have 2 cats (ages 8 and 13 years old). The meeting went better than i expected seeing as no body died..but I know all 3 animals are stressed out. I bought a cage for the dog along with a muzzle. She is very good about not going potty in the house, however she has has diarrhea for 2 days now. She went twice in my house. I bought dry dog food but because she was so stressed and felt bad I gave her chicken breast and chicken burgers and now hot dogs to her to eat. The chicken didn’t seem to cause any problems but the most recent, the hot dogs may have? Could it be the food or the stress maybe? She has never had to be in a cage or wear a muzzle. I only keep her in the cage when I’m not home and the muzzle is only when she barks at the cats and for 5 to 10 minutes tops as a training method for her. Please help! I don’t want to put her down..I knew it would be hard with the cats but I’m trying to keep the dog but if the diarrhea continues..I don’t want to ruin my house!!

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admin December 17, 2012 at 4:12 pm

Hi Eileen:
I’m sorry to hear about your issues. The diarrhea is most likely being caused more to the stress of change than anything. However, the food you’re feeding probably just added to it. Often times our own stress trickles over to our animals and they are very intuitive and pick up on it.

Is it possible to give your kitties an area of the house of the house for them say upstairs or downstairs (you get the point) allowing them their freedom somewhat and then giving your dog the same freedom in an area of the house (I don’t mean locking her in a basement). If you have a two story house you could do this. The good thing is that the dog is older so the drive to confront should be less.

Your goal should be to find a happy medium for both without upsetting the routine any more than it has to be. The crate and the muzzle I feel are only adding to the problem of diarrhea, etc. Instead of throwing a muzzle on her because she barks; you need to talk gently to her when she starts and let her know that it’s ok. Reinforce this continuously until you see behavioral change.

HER DIARRHEA IS A COMBINATION OF STRESS AND DIET – YOU NEED TO FOCUS ON BOTH….

TO STOP THE DIARRHEA:
Start with boiling chicken and adding cooked white rice. Do this for a couple of days to see if the diarrhea stops. Add a multi vitamin to the food. You CANNNOT keep her on this diet long term with out adding a multi vitamin. This is recommended as a temporary diet only.

I hope this helps Eileen.

Janie
Site Admin

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Eileen December 15, 2012 at 3:40 pm

I also want to add that Fluffy, my dog, always got table scraps at my sister’s house as well and even at my ex-husbands when my daughter was there visiting…and i even would slip her a piece or 6 of whatever lunchmeat he had in his fridge when I was there..so..she is very used to table scraps. I’m sure some would upset a dog’s stomach..or new to them might…but hot dogs or chicken..I wouldn’t have thought so..I’m not giving her any now..obvioulsy, because I want the diarrhea to stop, and she’s not eating her dry food..but is drinking water. That’s her only symptom that anything is wrong with her..her nose is cold and wet.

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Lauren December 29, 2012 at 10:26 am

Hello,
I have a 7 week old husky puppy. Recently I believe she may have swallowed some pieces of a Nylabone. I bought one big enough that she couldn’t swallow it whole and her teeth didn’t seem to do much damage to it. But now, I cannot find the bone and she is having diarrhea. She was changing foods, so I know that is part of it. I am more worried about the potential obstruction from the nylabone. She acts normal, no tenderness in belly, no vomiting and she is not hard of breathing. She only has the diarrhea. Will the pieces pass through okay? It’s going on 36 hours since she swallowed some of the pieces (not sure the size, but best guess would be small chunks less than dime sized). She had soft stools before the bone, but now they are much more runny. Thank you.

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admin December 29, 2012 at 4:33 pm

Hi Lauren:
I’m not sure which Nylabone you gave, but if it’s the non-edible bone, then Nylabone says that if small pieces are ingested that they should pass through just fine (pieces the size of rice). But, if the dog swallowed a larger piece, then contact a vet. I would keep an eye on her and watch for any behavioral changes. It’s especially important to get her to the vet if her stool is watery and contains blood.

I recommend following Dr. Mercola’s advice for treating a puppy with mild diarrhea.

Hope this helps your little girl. :o
Janie

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Lauren January 2, 2013 at 5:51 am

Thank you!
Luckily we finally found the bone. She somehow was able to put it inside her pet bed. Very talented puppy she is. But thank you so much for your response. Now to fix the diarrhea from switching puppy foods. Again, thank you :)

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Kathy hilderbrand January 22, 2013 at 1:46 am

Hello

I have a question. I have 2 big dogs and a medium dog. My two big dogs are now showing signs of diarrhea (it really watery and bright yellowish tan about the color of the food.) but not my medium one. I am not sure if it is the food as the two big ones eat (pediagree) and the medium is on as special food. Or if it is some cookies that were bought for them.(I have stopped giving them the cookies) but my medium did not have the runs just soft stool then it firm up. I have started them on no food for 24 hours and have given them each a half of a immodim(sorry for the spelling)and started them on a 50/50 pedilight and water mixture.

I was wondering if there was something else I can do for them at home as I am on a fix income.

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admin January 22, 2013 at 3:49 am

Hi Kathy:
I’m sorry to say this, but you are feeding what I consider to be one of the worst dog foods available. I’m not sure what formula you’re feeding, but here’s an example of their “Adult Complete Nutrition” for dogs formula. What you see below are the ingredients from this formula and it includes everything that is NOT RECOMMENDED TO FEED DOGS (outside of a few supplements). There is nothing in this food that is good for your dog and everything that’s bad for them:

GROUND WHOLE CORN, MEAT AND BONE MEAL, CORN GLUTEN MEAL, ANIMAL FAT (PRESERVED WITH BHA/CITRIC ACID), SOYBEAN MEAL, GROUND WHOLE WHEAT, BREWERS RICE, DRIED PLAIN BEET PULP, NATURAL FLAVOR, SALT, VEGETABLE OIL ([SOURCE OF LINOLEIC ACID] PRESERVED WITH BHA/BHT), POTASSIUM CHLORIDE, VITAMINS (CHOLINE CHLORIDE, a-TOCOPHEROL ACETATE [SOURCE OF VITAMIN E], NIACIN, BIOTIN, d-CALCIUM PANTOTHENATE, RIBOFLAVIN SUPPLEMENT [VITAMIN B2], PYRIDOXINE HYDROCHLORIDE, VITAMIN A SUPPLEMENT, VITAMIN B12 SUPPLEMENT, THIAMINE MONONITRATE [VITAMIN B1], VITAMIN D3 SUPPLEMENT) MINERALS (ZINC SULFATE, ZINC PROTEINATE, COPPER SULFATE, POTASSIUM IODIDE, COPPER PROTEINATE, MANGANESE PROTEINATE), ADDED FD&C COLORS (RED 40, YELLOW 5, BLUE

I’m not surprised that your dogs (even though it’s only 2 of them) have diarrhea and honestly you can expect this on and off if you keep feeding this food. The reason the medium dog does not have diarrhea is because he’s eating a special food as you said. I understand Kathy that you are on a fixed income, but for the sake of your dogs, you need to find a way to get them on a better food and that doesn’t mean Ol’ Roy or Royal Canin. Even Iams would be a huge step up from Pedigree. You’re probably already paying around $26 for 36 pounds of Pedigree and Iams Proactive Healthy mini chunks is roughly $36 for 33 pounds. If you do change their food, do it slowly over a weeks time by slowly eliminating the old food and slowing introducing the new food until the old food is all gone.

I’m sure you are doing the best that you can; but your dogs are going to have a lot more problems than just diarrhea if you don’t find a way to feed them a better food. I wouldn’t typically recommend Iams, but it’s in and round the same price range and a definite step up for your fur babies. Don’t feed rawhide EVER – ok. It’s bad news. No Chicken Jerky – dogs are dying from jerky and the FDA is placing warnings all over the place. Watch the dog treats you feed. You’re better off not giving any treats than giving treats that are unhealthy for your dogs. An example of bad ingredients in dog treats would look much like the ingredients listed in Pedigree.

After the 24 hour fast, you should start feeding them either boiled chicken and rice or boiled ground meat (fat rinsed) and rice diet until the stool forms.

Take care Kathy and I hope you can find a way to make some necessary changes for your furry family members.

Janie

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kathy hilderbrand January 22, 2013 at 4:04 am

Thank you so much you just confirmed what me and my hubby were talkking about. I know you don’t suggest yogurt do you have something else with the good stuff that I can add with the rice and chicken

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admin January 22, 2013 at 5:03 am

You’re welcome Kathy. One of the best things for diarrhea is flax seed, but you have to get that at a health food store. The rice and chicken should firm up the stool nicely without adding anything else to it. Definitely not yogurt. Canned pumpkin – not pumpkin pie filling – just plain pumpkin given with the chicken and rice can be tried; however, pumpkin can work two ways. It can relieve constipation – meaning cause a dog to move their bowels or do the opposite and help firm up the stool. Only give a teaspoon to each dog at each feeding.

I would simply try the boiled chicken and rice until you see some change.

Hope that helps.

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E January 29, 2013 at 1:41 am

My dog has been eating Science Diet for weeks with no problems and seems to enjoy it. He even eats it when he visits his dog friends at another house. For the last three days, however, he is completely uninterested in it and has just developed awful diarrhea today.

Is the food making him sick? I’ve switched foods before and he has had loose stools here and there but never like this. I want him to be healthy and enjoy his food but I’m afraid of switching foods often. Tonight I tried 50/50 food and chicken because when I do try to fast he vomits foam. He doesn’t have access to stagnant water, only fresh.

I’m stumped. Any suggestions?

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admin January 29, 2013 at 3:00 am

The fact that he has diarrhea is concerning. When a dog vomits white foamy fluid; it’s usually a stomach irritation such as acute gastritis, pancreatitis, peritonitis or an obstruction in the intestines (did he eat something he shouldn’t have such as a toy, sock, etc.). It’s typically recommended that you withhold food and water for twelve hours in order to rest the belly.

You can give ice cubes or small doses of water based on your dog’s weight in order to see if he can keep it down. Pedialite mixed with a little water can also be given. If he seems ok after the 12 hour fast and he can keep the water down; vets usually recommend some bland food such as BOILED chicken and rice given in small amounts every couple of hours. If he can keep the food down, you can start to introduce his regular diet again. However, Science Diet IS NOT a food that I RECOMMEND. Here’s a list of some of the dog food brands that I prefer.

If he starts to vomit again; take him to the vet. In the mean time, keep a very close eye on the timing of when he vomits which is very important (eg: after eating, drinking, when he gets up, when he comes in from outside, etc.)
Janie

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Donna February 6, 2013 at 8:31 pm

We have a 5 yr old German Shepard that we rescued about a yr and a half ago from an abusive home. He has had an active stomach(gassy sounds) for a couple of days. He has been feeling really good. But he had a normal bowel movement this morning but then this afternoon he went out and pooped and he had maroon colored blood on his fur and his anal area. Some of it looked mucusy. I tried to clean him off but the smell made me start to dry-heave. Can’t really afford the vet at this very moment but he is up to date on his shots. Not sure what to do at this point. :(

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Linda February 14, 2013 at 1:34 pm

Hello, please advise… my dog, 14 months is a 63 lb Border Collie/Ausie mix rescue dog. He recently spent 5 weeks at a an indoor /outdoor Kennel. He did not have direct contact with other animals. Since he had come home, he has had watery or very soft stools every morning. We were feeding him the same dog food prior to attending the Kennel. (Taste of the Wild) he was feed Blue ?? Something at the Kennel.

We had switched him to Precise Canine ( which contains no corn,wheat,dairy, soy or grain sorghum) no improvement with the stools. He has a history of being treated for giardiasis 2 times as a puppy with panacur, ( age 4 months and then again about 9 months) with a negative stool followed by the second occurrence. Since you can purchase the panacur online, I started him on it 2 days ago (6 gms/ day x 3 day total) tonight will be his last dose, though I thought I would see some improvement in his stools by now, this morning it was very watery, where the consistency had been similar to watery mashed potatoes.

The dog has been back home from the Kennel for 4 weeks now, he is eating his dog food morning and evening, though he is not excited to eat. ( prior to the Kennel stay, he was always excited to eat his food) he does not eat table food, most of the dog treats we give him are natural, or liver.

Thank you for any advise you can provide. Linda

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janie knetzer February 14, 2013 at 4:37 pm

Hi Linda:
My recommendation is to get him on probiotics (good probiotics) and keep him on them. This is especially important for dogs that are going to be kenneled or go to doggy daycare etc. ALL DOGS should be on probiotics just to keep their immune system nice and strong. Since he seems to be having the problem over and over and he’s already been treated for giardia (which probably isn’t a definite diagnosis), here’s my thoughts:

I recommend adding a digestive blend to his meals to help with any GI sensitivities he has. This is a good one and you can check out the reviews yourself.

If this doesn’t help, I would then switch his food to a limited ingredient dog food. Wellness makes a good one. But, continue with the above blend.

Please write back and let us know how it goes ok.

Janie
Admin. and HUGE dog lover

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alisha February 18, 2013 at 1:41 pm

My dog is a beagle/english bulldog mix. We’ve had a hard time finding the right food for him, because it always seemed like his stools were slightly soft and smelled terrible. And then the got the most terrible watery diarrhea for a couple days. We finally saw our local animal nutritionist and he’s on Acana free-run duck and bartlett pear, and getting 1/4 cup of tripe twice a day, as well. He’s been on this mix for a little over a week and is doing well. However, after a couple instances of diarrhea in the last couple days, we’ve finally figured it out: he gets diarrhea when he runs of gets overly excited. He gets diarrhea at the dog park about halfway through which continues once we get home. And we visited family and he ran around the house excited to see the other dog, and ended up getting diarrhea 3 or 4 times that night. Do you think probiotics/enzymes will help his gut flora to where this will stop happening? I can’t just not exercise him, he’s only 7 months old and needs exercised and socialized. I’ve been reading people say they have the same problem and nothing helps. Please tell me I’m not doomed to never run my dog again!

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alisha February 18, 2013 at 1:52 pm

A little backstory I meant to include: we got him at 6 months old (about 6 weeks ago) and he had been severly underfed, and on Iams at that. He looked terrible. Bones sticking out. Since we got him, he’s grown 2 inches and gained 10 lbs. We put him first on Nutro limited ingredient, but his poop, while not runny, was sticky and smelled horrible. We transitioned him over to Authority grain free, thinking grain might have been an issue fr him. He did okay for a week and a half, but the bags were so small, we decided to switch to a grain free that had larger bulk-sized bags. So we switched to Wellness Core. This was the food that all of his issue started with, and our local nutritionist told us to get him off it, and onto Acana, and also with tripe. I know we’ve done a lot of food-swapping, I’m hoping we can finally call it done. I’m mostly just wondering is physical activity can cause diarrhea in a healthy dog, or if it’s his gut health still not being up to par.

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janie knetzer February 19, 2013 at 8:01 am

Hi Alisha:
I’m sorry to hear about your little guy. Yes, you have done alot of food swapping which can really have a tremendous affect on a dog’s digestive system. Personally, I don’t think he’s getting diarrhea from getting excited. I think he has an already sensitive digestive system and the excitement just adds to it.

I would stick with the advice of your nutritionist though or you can take look at my list of 10 dog foods that I recommend. Digestive enzymes help your dog to absorb the nutrients in the food he eats, while probiotics provide good bacteria as you mentioned. Including both of these is always a good idea for your dog. Here’s the formula that I use for my dogs which includes both.

I’m not certain that it will solve all of your dog’s issues; but I think it will definitely help. I’m not a huge fan of kibble – period. If you’re going to feed kibble, I believe in supplementing it with a real meat such as Wellness Ninety Five Percent. No matter how good the kibble is, it’s still kibble.

Here’s an article that may help about a dog named “Boo” and how I finally got her soft stool issues on track.

Janie :o

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Kori March 9, 2013 at 4:23 am

We have a 17 week old mixed standard schnauzer/mini schnauzer. Today he had a loose stool, not watery but like pudding. He also had two very smelly farts. I have not changed his food but bought him an nylabone puppy edible made out of lamb and apple. I feed him Wellness just for puppy dry mixed with the canned one. This is made out of chicken. So I’m wondering if the nylabone edible caused the loose stool. He has been acting normal, very playful and energetic. Should I take him to the vet or should I just try something at home? Thank you so much in advance.

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janie knetzer March 9, 2013 at 6:25 pm

Hi Kori:
The first important issue is whether or not his stool was soft before you gave the nylabone or not? That will tell you alot. I would try a little boiled chicken and sticky rice and gradually add his regular food back.

Janie

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Kori March 9, 2013 at 6:38 pm

Hi Jamie, thank you for replying. His stool was hard before giving him the nylabone. I have given him a nylabone edible before but it was bacon flavor and he was fine. This morning his stool was a little harder than last night but still not like before. I will try the chicken and rice. How much do I give him. right now he is eating 1/2 cup dry food mixed with 3 teapoons of wet food twice a day.

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janie knetzer March 9, 2013 at 10:42 pm

Hi Kori:
I would give him about 1/2 chicken and rice plus approx. 1/8 cup to make up for the the 3 teaspoons of wet food. If you continue to feed him the edible nyla bones and see that he has problems – I recommend stopping them completely Kori.

Janie

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linda.cosey October 26, 2014 at 4:25 am

my dog has had diraha for over a month my vet put her on prisption dog food i cant aford it and pay my bills to, can any body sugest something else this dog food one hundred and sixty dollars a month.

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janie knetzer October 26, 2014 at 6:30 pm

Hi Linda:

What is your dog on prescription food for? Have you seen my book that includes recipes for dogs diagnosed with disease and illness. These recipes and this book were created as a way for dog owners to provide their dog with a better option of food vs expensive, disgusting prescription diets. Plus, the recipes include only 5 ingredients (most of them) and they are made in the crock pot.

Keep in mind that any dog can eat these recipes, even though they re tailored towards the needs of dogs with specific diseases and conditions. Also, when use these recipes, you must include a daily multi-vitamin as well.

Let me know why your vet placed your dog on a prescription diet okay.

Janie

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Finola Poon October 29, 2014 at 8:04 am

Hi Jani, my dog has had diarrhea over 2 months and we have tried everything we could and its just on and off, please let me know if you have anything in mind? Here is how it started.

Bubby, 17months old Old English Sheepdog, male, always been healthy, and on homecooked diet, 34kg. We went to the Beach in late Aug, his first visit, and he drank some seawater. After then his has soft stool and I thought it will go in a few days, however, 4 days later it became so bad, spinkler like, frequent, watery and loads of mucus diarrhea came along, and then vomiting at mid night.
Took him to vet A ( we have seen many vets so just to make it less confusing), diagnosed with gastroenterities, had some medicines and an injection to stop the vomitting. He was all good for 1-2 weeks, the diarrhea came back, again smelly as it could be, watery nad MUCUS! And they sometimes just randomly comes out from his butt.
Took him to vet B, diagnosed Giardia with giardia speed test, we also did blood test which was normal. 5 days of metronidazoles 250 3.25 tab twice a day together with other supplements e.g. probiotics. Got better straight away with firm stool, weight raised back to 32.3kg after 5 days treatment. Slight mucus can only be found when i open up his stool, so vet B gave us another 5 days of the same medication just to make sure it is all cleared up. And so after total of 10 days, fecal examination showed all clear, weighting 32.6 kg. Next day he jumped into the pool and I quickly pull him back up, 30 minutes later, diarrhea with MUCUS came again, and it stinks. So I called Vet B and he gave us another 7 days of metronidazoles, same dose. After then a check up with giardia speed test showed negative, weight 34.2 kg. Given probiotics and GI protection to rebuild his system. (He has always had boiled chicken breast and white rice and pumpkin when he has diarrhea or on meidcation, once hes off I started giving him vegies and other meats)
A week later, we are on it again, took him to Vet C, did stool routine, Leptospira spp test, and giardia cysts test. All clear. But the vet gave us: metronidazoles 200mg 2 tabs twice a day,Sucari 500mg tablet, twice a day, 2 tabs, Direa (Crospovidone) tablet, twice a day, 3 tabs and
Trimethoprim 480mg tablet, twicw a day, 1 tabs, 7 days treatment. He stopped our probiotics too. Bubby then didnt get straight back to normal like before, it took him 2 days for diarrhea to stop, yet he starts panting, he breath so quickly, and he has relatively high tempreture than he usually has (38.6 degrees celsius even after walk), we got 39.2, 39.4 all at night time 10pm before he sleeps. He is so tired too, but appetite is good as always. After 4 days of those medication, I thought he might be getting worse so we consulted our 4th vet, Vet D.
Vet D did a blood test and rectal smear, blood test nomal but with BUN is high yet CREA was noraml, so we did not have much concern about it, though he drinks excessively loads of water. Rectal smear came back and showed that bacterial rods & cocci admixed with mucus and blood, and low numbers of erythrocytes and increase numbers of degenerate neutrophils. The lab suggested that there was an active inflammation in his colon/ rectum going on. Both me and Vet D agreed to stop him from Vet C’s medication, and just to be back on probiotics, with bland diet, and prokolin paste (only when his stool is abnormal, 5 unit, twice a day), to see if he feels better. After 3 days of that Bubby seems panting lesser, but still he is lethargic. Then on 5th day he had soft stool in the morning with slight mucus, and in the evening watery splashing with mucus again, i quickly gave him the prokolin paste, he stopped pooping for 24 hours (meanwhile I gave him another 2 times of prokolin). Since he has no poop over 24 hours so we stoped prokolin, and diarrhea came back straight away in the afternoon. I noticed that his breath smells differnt and so does his sweat in his paws.

We are all very worried about Bubby and do not know what to do. He just had 2 times (9am and 11am) diarrhea again… and this morning he refused to finish his food, and went to drink water instead, which he has never done that before. We are trying this new probiotics (FortiFlora) too. I know that this is a very long comment, thank you very much for reading it!!!!

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janie knetzer October 29, 2014 at 1:13 pm

Hi Finola:

I’m so sorry about Bubby. This must be really frustrating since he was a picture of health not so long ago.

A little mucus in your dog’s stool is normal, but large amounts are not, especially when the stool is in diarrhea form and includes blood. This could indicate an infection or inflammation within the intestines. It can also signify colon cancer or an obstruction in the bowel. I think Bubby is a little young for colon cancer, but with the frequency of diarrhea; infection and inflammation are most likely (or were) present. When I say “were present”, I’m referring to an infection, because I’m assuming one of these vets put Bubby on an antibiotic. However, inflammation could still be a problem and an obstruction should also be considered. But, I believe they checked for that as well, correct?

Anyway, what I would recommend is using a holistic approach (shared by one of my favorite holistic vets) and provide a good antioxidant formula to control oxidative bowel damage. Most often diarrhea stops completely within a week. While some dogs only need the antioxidants temporarily, others need them permanently. I strongly recommend this brand for Bubby.

I also recommend that you seek out a good holistic vet vs traditional veterinarians who work to control the symptoms, but not the problem. Let me know how it goes please. Often times people forget to share the results which are important for others looking for help here on my site.

Janie

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Finola Poon October 30, 2014 at 6:52 am

Hi Janie,

Thank you very much for your reply. His rectal smear showed that he has active colon/ rectum inflammation. We are pretty certain about that just we cannot find out why. His blood test is normal, stool routine shows theres no parasites, he has no stress recently.

I was thinking if it was because of all the metronidazoles antibiotics he had that damaged his intestines (by killing all the good bacteria in his gut), but we have tried with probiotics for over nearly 2 weeks, and no improvement is seen. And so I am trying to start with change of diet now. I gave him boiled chicken only without rice, so as to see if he has a problem with grains, yet he has always done well with all rice and stuff. Or it could be the chicken.. His diarrhea is getting worse and worse and more frequent, he is lethargic too. Some people here suggested me to put him on dry dog food again (which he always had until 10 months), what would you say about that?
I have been searching for holistic/ Traditional Chinese Medicine vets here, but not much luck so far.
I fast his food for 24 hours yesterday, he felt better I guess.. We are trying everything we could now, running some more tests too to try and find out why. Will keep you posted!

Thank you very much!
Finola

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janie knetzer October 30, 2014 at 11:28 am

Hi Finola:

I can’t recommend enough that you include an antioxidant formula which can be a big help with inflammation in the bowel and IBD. This is NOT the same as probiotics Finola. With regards to switching him back to a dry food; I most definitely DO NOT recommend switching back to a dry food.

If anything, since he was eating a home made diet, I recommend that you look into The Honest Kitchen formulas which are dehydrated and you simply add water.

Please do keep me posted.
Janie

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Finola Poon October 31, 2014 at 1:34 am

Hi Janie,
Thank you for your recommendations. They do not sell the antioxidant here but I can always get them online and have them ship over, will have a try with them.
Yes, me too, have been trying to explain to others how Bubby should stay with homecooked bland diet, but dry food, is not bland..
If he still doesnt improve with “just boiled chicken”, maybe I will introduce some other fresh meat, what would you recommend us on this? Would boiled, non fat salmon fillet be too heavy? He has mild allergy reaction to beef so we do not have much choices.

Thanks alot.
Finola

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janie knetzer November 1, 2014 at 2:54 am

Hi Finola:
However you have to get the antioxidant, you should.

Here’s the problem when you just feed meat; the meal is not balanced and that’s not good. I would also NOT RECOMMEND boiling salmon. Taking all the fat out his diet, isn’t good either.

Please understand that feeding a small amount of grains on occasion is NOT a bad thing, despite what you read. The problem is when a dog eats more grain than anything else on a routine basis; that’s bad. But, feeding a healthy amount of whole grains or white rice for certain conditions like diarrhea, is fine. If I were you, I would try making some rice water and see if that works.

Boil one cup of good white rice (not instant or Minute rice) to four cups of water for roughly 25 minutes. Strain the water into a pitcher or a jar. You can save the rice and add it to boiled chicken later if you want. The rice water will help to replenish electrolytes. See if hell drink it; if not, add about a teaspoon of baby food (chicken, etc) and see if that works. You can give it to him as often as he’ll drink it. Get the antioxidant!

I have a cookbook that has alot of 5 ingredient recipes for the crock pot (many without grain), which might interest you once you get your boy straightened out. Although the book includes recipes which are tailor made to meet the needs of dogs with certain diseases; healthy dogs can also enjoy the recipes. Just sharing this with you because the recipes are easy and include a nice variety.

Janie

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Finola Poon November 6, 2014 at 6:45 am

Happy Update :)

Bubby is all good now after we replaced his chicken and rice with halibut fish with sweet potato. He truns right back around after introducing the new menu, without any medication. We think it might be the chicken that he had over 2 months that was bothering his intestines.

Our case is he caught Giardia and he got out of it from antibiotics, however the 17 days treatment has caused inflammation in his intestines and therefore as an outcome, bad diarrhea. After then we have been feeding him boiled chicken breast and rice, as it is good for diarrhea, apparently, plus more medication, which only made things worse. We then stoped the medication but still no improvement, so we decided to change his menu, and he turned right back around!

We are now gradually switching him back to normal diet with variety of food, and he is doing very well. No more mucus in stools, all perfect.

Thank you Janie for your help and I hope others would find our experience helpful too.

Finola

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janie knetzer November 6, 2014 at 9:15 pm

Finola:

This is WONDERFUL news!!! Go Bubby, yippee…. You did a wonderful job Finola. Bubby is a very lucky boy. :)

Janie

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emma November 17, 2014 at 2:21 pm

My dog had watery diarrhea with a bit of blood and was vomiting yellow mucus. When I took her to the vet, the vet asked me to not give her water or food. She did not eat anything or have water for 3 days; instead was given glucose and meds by drip.

Then on the 2nd day she did not eliminate; on the 3rd day she had a bit blackish poop. Now she has been put back on food and water, but has had only curd and a little fish and rice yesterday. She has not eliminated at all for 2 days.

Is it normal to stop eliminating completely after diarrhea?

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janie knetzer November 17, 2014 at 9:14 pm

Hi Emma:

I’m sorry to hear about your girl. Did your vet check her for an obstruction? I would hope so.

If she is only eating a small amount compared to what she would normally eat, then I think it may be possible for her body to just absorb the nutrients in the food. I would try walking her and giving her a little solid food and see what happens.

Hope this helps.
Janie

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Stacey November 22, 2014 at 12:43 am

My 1 1/2 year old Bloodhound woke up with diarrhea. When I got home tonight I was cooking him rice, hamburger and green beans, I looked down and there was blood everywhere on my walls. Vet is closed. Not sure what to do. I have read several of your comments and it said to with hold his food for 12-24 hours. Should I start there or take him to vet hospital

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janie knetzer November 22, 2014 at 3:21 am

Stacey, I would definitely take him to the hospital! Don’t wait.

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