Dog Diarrhea Remedies To Try At Home

Dealing with a case of dog diarrhea?

I used to work at a vet. While I was there, I learned a few home remedies for common pet ailments.

The most popular home remedy we gave to our clients was for doggie diarrhea.

Thankfully, it can often be treated at home yourself.

I have personally tried each of the following home remedies with our dogs.

Usually, the diarrhea clears up in about 24 hours!

I thought I’d share, in order to assist dog owners everywhere when your pup gets a case of the runs…

Home Remedy For Dog Diarrhea

These are the best steps for treating a case of diarrhea in dogs:

#1 –Take away all food and water for 24 hours. Do not take away water if your dog is a puppyor if your dog seems dehydrated and hasn’t been drinking much before this. In that case, give only ice cubes or very small amounts of water several times a day.

#2 – After 24 hours, give your dog small amounts of water all throughout the day(not a full water bowl that your dog can lap freely from, though). And instead of your dog’s usual food, give your dog small servings of a bland diet 4 to 5 times throughout the day.

Choose from:

  • cooked white rice (no butter or flavorings)
  • cottage cheese (no liquid)
  • boiled chicken (no grease, no skin, no flavorings)
  • boiled turkey (no grease, no skin, no flavorings)
  • scrambled egg (no butter or oil)
  • boiled egg (no butter or oil)
  • boiled potato (no skin or flavorings)
  • baked potato (no skin or flavorings)

This is my all-time favorite home remedy for dog diarrhea. It has always worked the best for my dog.

#3Continue to feed several small servings of this bland diet for a couple days in gradually increasing amounts until a formed stool is passed. Also let your dog drink freely from his water bowl again. Then, start to wean your pet back to his regular food over the course of a week by gradually working in small amounts of his regular dry dog food.

#4 Do not give your dog any bones, snacks, or table scrapsduring this time — because they can further irritate your dog’s intestinal tract, which is already overly sensitive. Once the diarrhea has passed, you can go back to feeding your dog whatever you fed him before.

#5If you want to try to speed up the process, there are a handful of meds that help with dog diarrhea:

Diarrice is an all natural probiotic that was developed by a veterinarian to help with the discomfort and symptoms diarrhea in dogs. It works practically overnight – even for puppies, too!

Dogs can be given a dose of Pepto Bismol every 6 hours in the following dosage:

The typical dose administered to dogs is 0.5 to 1.5 ml per pound per day (1 to 3 ml/kg/day). The total daily dose should be divided into 2 to 4 doses. This amounts to approximately 2 teaspoons (10 ml total) per 10 pounds per day, ideally split between 2 to 4 doses. Source

Bonus: the Pepto Bismol also works to stop dog vomiting!

Two other over-the-counter medicines can be given to dogs with diarrhea: Imodium orKaopectatein the following dosage:

Dogs can have 0.05-0.1 mg/pound by mouth every 8 hours. Treatment should only be needed for 1-2 days. If diarrhea persists or worsens, contact your veterinarian.  Source

Please heed this word of warning before you dispense human medications to your pet.

#6 – Finally, here’s some advice on whether your dog needs to go to the vet or not — what to do if your dog has diarrhea for more than 48 hours.

About Lynnette

I like to help people find unique ways to do things in order to save time & money — so I 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 over 10 years before switching gears to pursue activities that I’m truly 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 & helpful websites).

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