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)
More Good Foods, Less Time Squatting
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!