I Finally Found The Perfect Dog Diarrhea Treatment!

dog-has-diarrhea.jpg I’ve had dogs all my life, and I’ve tried a number of different dog diarrhea home remedies through the years.

With my previous dogs, they would pretty much eat whatever I gave them to try – from a bland baked potato, to cooked rice, to scrambled eggs.

Not this dog!

Our current dog had a bout with diarrhea yesterday, and I spent all morning trying to find the perfect combination of human foods that he would eat and that would actually help to bind him up.

  • Cooked white rice – no go.
  • Scrambled egg – nope.
  • Canned pumpkin – ah!… interested at first, but then no way.

By noon, I was struggling to find a food that would help to put an end to the diarrhea that he would actually eat. Then, I found it!…


Chicken Soup Is Good For The Soul

Finally, I remembered chicken broth!

Since I had all of this leftover cooked rice, scrambled eggs, and pumpkin spice stored in the refrigerator, I decided to try one last thing: combine all of that with a little chicken broth. It worked.

Oh, and I also added a few chunks of his all-time favorite kibble that I keep stored away for special occasions (like for use in his treat toys).

For the rest of the day, he couldn’t get enough of that combination of diarrhea-curing foods!

And by late evening, his diarrhea was completely gone. I’ve never been able to clear up a case of doggie diarrhea that quickly before. Usually it takes overnight. Two days is typically the norm before I take my dog to the vet for a professional diagnosis and diarrhea treatment.

For what it’s worth, pumpkin can have both a binding effect (good for dogs with diarrhea), as well as a loosening effect (good for dogs with constipation) — so as an at-home remedy, it works differently with different dogs at different times.

Since the dietary fiber in canned pumpkin absorbs water, it can be a great help to a cat or dog that has diarrhea. Some pet owners report that it firms up their pet’s loose stools or diarrhea within a few hours. Again one to two teaspoonfuls is all that is needed.  Source


How To Treat Dog Diarrhea

Some tips when treating dog diarrhea yourself at home:

  • Feed your dog only very small portions of these human foods at one time. (about a palmful each time)
  • Feed your dog the foods that will help to bind his stool several times throughout the day. (about 4 or 5 times)
  • Don’t feed your dog his normal food during this time. (only a few bits mixed in, if you need to get him to notice the new foods)
  • Don’t let the diarrhea continue for long without phoning or visiting the vet. (the diarrhea can quickly get worse, and it might signal something more serious is going on)

Read: Vet or No Vet When Your Dog Has Diarrhea?


More Good Foods, Less Time Squatting

dog-squatting.jpgFinally, (and this is a difficult one)…. don’t let your dog out to go to the bathroom too many times in a row.

Only you will know what your dog’s signals for going outside are, and you should be able to tell when he really needs to go, as opposed to when he’s just uncomfortable and keeps thinking he has to go.

Once you get to the point that straight liquid is coming out, I’ve found that it’s helpful if you can help those foods do their work by letting them sit inside the dog’s tummy to “bind” for awhile.

Otherwise, your dog will indeed keep squirting liquid, and you’re likely to have a dog with a sore behind in no time. Plus, the diarrhea will take longer to cure.

That’s just what I’ve learned with my 3 dogs through the years. Everyone may not feel the same way on this, but even if you can get your dog to wait 5 extra minutes each time — that could make a difference in how quickly the diarrhea goes away. The idea would be to play with your dog during this time and do things that take his mind off of having to go to the bathroom.

Of course, this only applies when your dog is not having any difficulty keeping the diarrhea inside him. If your dog’s diarrhea is to the point that he’s messing in the house, then by all means, let your dog do whatever he has to do… outside!

Read: What To Do If Your Dog Has A Bad Case Of Diarrhea & The Vet Is Closed

Lynnette Walczak

Lynnette Walczak

I like to help people find unique ways to do things in order to save time & money -- so I frequently write about "outside the box" ideas that most wouldn't think of. As a lifelong dog owner, I often share my best tips for living with and training dogs. I worked in Higher Ed several years until switching gears to pursue things I was more passionate about. I've worked at a vet, in a photo lab, and at a zoo -- to name a few. I enjoy the outdoors via bicycle, motorcycle, Jeep, or RV. You can always find me at the corner of Good News & Fun Times as publisher of The Fun Times Guide (32 fun websites).

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  • Marybkitts

    any daiharii my dog ever has is clear up with a few teaspoon of plain or vanilla yogort

  • 2sunlight8

    Hi Lynnette,

    Why did you say “no way” to canned pumpkin? 100 percent pure pumpkin in the can (not pumpkin pie filling) is by far the best remedy for diarrhea for dogs and humans. It works within 1 to 5 hours depending on the dog. It works for constipation and diarrhea. 

    My German Shepherds love the taste and will eat it by the spoon. When they have diarrhea I feed them boiled chicken and rice (no kibble, just a bland meal, rice and chicken) with a tablespoon of pumpkin.  Then before they go to bed at night I give them another table spoon of pumpkin off the spoon. Two to three tablespoons of the pumpkin is more than enough for a big dog.

    I have never seen anything that works like the 100 percent pure pumpkin.


    • http://thefuntimesguide.com/ FunTimesGuide

      2sunlight8 – I didn’t say “no way” to canned pumpkin. My dog did.  I offered it, but he didn’t like it. From the article above: “Canned pumpkin – ah!… interested at first, but then no way” I agree with you, pure pumpkin is great for dogs – if your dog will eat it 😀