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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!
Tenor had diarrhea yesterday, and I spent all morning trying to find the perfect combination of human foods that he would eat.
These are the best human foods have been proven to help with dog diarrhea:
- Cooked white rice – no go. He wouldn’t touch it.
- Scrambled egg – nope. Not having that either.
- Canned pumpkin – ah ha! He was interested at first, but then no way.
By noon, I was struggling to find a food that would help to bind him up and 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 canned pumpkin stored in the refrigerator, I decided to try one last thing. I combined all of that with a little chicken broth — for my homemade dog diarrhea treatment.
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 diarrhea in dogs 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 dog diarrhea treatment.
A Word About Pumpkin For Dogs
Pumpkin is an ingredient that is often included in dog bland diet recipes.
The most important thing when you’re buying canned pumpkin is to use 100% pure pumpkin puree and NOT “pumpkin pie filling”. They look similar, but the pumpkin pie filling has extra sweeteners and spices added as flavorings. Dogs should only eat 100% pure pumpkin puree.
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, 1 to 2 teaspoonfuls is all that is needed.~ Source
How To Treat Diarrhea In Dogs Yourself
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 their stool several times throughout the day. (About 4 or 5 times.)
- Don’t feed your dog their normal food during this time. (Only a few bits mixed in, if you need to get your dog to notice the new foods that are there.)
- Don’t let the diarrhea continue for long without phoning or visiting the vet — especially if your dog is a puppy. (Diarrhea in dogs can quickly get worse, and it might signal something more serious is going on.)
- At the very least, an all-natural probiotic like Diarrice will help alleviate the symptoms of dog diarrhea — even for puppies. (It works practically overnight.)
Must read: Vet or No Vet When Your Dog Has Diarrhea?
More Good Foods, Less Time Squatting
Finally, (and this is a difficult one to do as a pet parent)… don’t let your dog outside 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 they really need to go — as opposed to when they’re just uncomfortable and keeps thinking they have 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 dog diarrhea home remedy 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 is to play with your dog during this time and do things that take their 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 of them. If your dog’s diarrhea is to the point that they’re messing in the house, then by all means let your dog do whatever they have to do… outside!
UPDATE: A Few More Tips I’ve Learned Along The Way!
If your dog is finicky and has no interest in eating the bland dog food diet, try adding a small amount of baby food OR a few small pieces of a dog food/treat that your dog is already familiar with to the bland food mixture. (Best would be a healthy single-ingredient dog treat or a healthy dog kibble — like Biljac frozen dog food.)
I always keep Biljac frozen food in my freezer for dog diarrhea days AND as a high-reward treat for my dogs at various times throughout the year. I divide the Biljac into into lots of smaller serving-size freezer bags – so I can just grab smallish bag and dole out the pellets as treats, without rushing through the entire $10 bag of frozen Biljac food.
And another go-to that I’ve found super easy to prepare for my dog’s bland diet on diarrhea days is baby potatoes!
My youngest dogs are 50 lbs each. For this dog diarrhea treatment, I microwave 2 small baby potatoes per dog.
- Pierce holes in the potatoes first, so they’ll cook faster and more evenly.
- Microwave all 4 potatoes at the same time for about 1 minute and 30 seconds.
- Then, allow the potatoes to cool completely.
Sometimes, I mash up the baby potatoes and serve them that way to my dog. Other times, I use a sharp knife to dice the potatoes into bite-sized pieces. Both ways are a hit with my dogs!
If I had to pick one food to start with when your dog has diarrhea, I’d say start with plain white rice. Make sure that it’s really fluffy (all of the water has been absorbed and there are no hard pieces of rice left). The last time my dogs got diarrhea (yep, both at the same time – ugh!) the white rice seemed to work the best for them. It’s a really great “binder” in a sick dog’s tummy!
Foods To Always Keep On Hand For Dog Diarrhea
You never know when a case of dog diarrhea will strike — so it’s best to always be prepared!
This list will get you through a round of dog diarrhea, and give you lots of options if your dog decides to turn his nose up at one or more of them.
These are the human foods that I always keep in the house for dog diarrhea treatments:
- Biljac frozen dog food (you can find it at most grocery stores these days – in the regular refrigerated section of the store OR inside a refrigerated cabinet near the pet aisle)
- White rice
- Small baby potatoes (also called new potatoes, creamers. fingerlings, Yukon golds, baby russets)
- Canned chicken breast
- Chicken broth (or beef broth or vegetable broth, ideally low-sodium)
- Baby food
- Canned pumpkin (100% pure, not pie filling!)
Having these foods on hand is especially helpful if you happen to be the only one home when your dog gets diarrhea — because I wouldn’t want to leave my dog home alone (with the squirts!) while I rush to the store.
If you don’t want to keep your pantry stocked with foods for your dog, then I would recommend keeping one of these Under The Weather freeze-dried food packets on hand year-round as a dog diarrhea treatment.
You just add water to any of these flavors:
- Rice, Chicken & Pumpkin Bland Dog Food Diet
- Rice, Turkey & Sweet Potato Dog Food Diet
- Rice, Hamburger & Bone Broth Dog Food Diet
- Rice & Chicken Bland Dog Food Diet
We’ve tried 2 of the 4 flavors listed above. They’ve been great for my dogs! We keep these on hand for times when we have a pet sitter stay with our dogs — because they’re so easy to prepare. You just add water, and the dogs love them.
In addition to being good for diarrhea, they’re also good for any other time your dog isn’t feeling well:
- Maybe your dog was chewing on a bone and bit off a bigger piece than they’re used to. As long as it was on this list of dog-friendly bones, it will likely pass without incident (eventually) — but the upset tummy may linger for a day or two.
- Any time a dog has been under anesthesia for surgery (or a spay/neuter procedure), veterinarians always recommend a bland dog food diet for the first day or two afterwards.
- If you switch dog food brands too quickly (rather than mixing the new brand in with the old brand and introducing it slowly), your dog might experience some discomfort in their digestive system.
- If your dog gets into the garbage can or eats too many scraps from your family meals, an upset tummy can result. (Hello, Pancreatitis!)
- You get the idea…
By the way, these Under The Weather bland dog food diets are also available in bulk package sizes — if you have more than one dog and want to make sure that you’re always prepared. (The shelf life is 3 years!)
To give you an idea of how much is in each packet… A single package of this freeze-dried bland diet gets us through one complete round of diarrhea with two 50-lb dogs, feeding several small meals of this food for 2 days.
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I like to help Dog Parents find unique ways to do things that will save time & money — so I write about “outside the box” Dog Tips and Dog Hacks that most wouldn’t think of. I’m a lifelong dog owner — currently have 2 mixed breed Golden Aussies that we found abandoned on the side of the road as puppies. I’ve always trained my own dogs and help friends train theirs, as well. Professionally, I worked at a vet and have several friends who are veterinarians — whom I consult with regularly. (And just because I love animals so much, I also worked at a Zoo for awhile!) I’ve been sharing my best ideas with others by blogging full-time since 1998 (the same year that Google started… and before the days of Facebook and YouTube). My daily motivation is to help first-time dog owners be better prepared from the first day your new puppy enters your home. I like to help dog owners understand what’s ‘normal’ and what you can expect in terms of living with and training your dog — how to get through the ups & downs of potty training, chewing, teaching commands, getting your dog to listen, and everything else that takes place during that hectic first year! When I’m not training, walking, grooming, or making homemade treats for my dogs, you will find me at the corner of Good News & Fun Times as publisher of The Fun Times Guide (32 fun & helpful websites). To date, I’ve written over 600 articles for dog owners on this site! Many of them have upwards of 200K shares.