The runs are far from being fun, especially when you are constantly cleaning after your dog. However, as much as it feels like a curse, the truth is, diarrhea is Mother Nature’s way of helping your dog get rid of something harmful—fast. Diarrhea may happen because your dog ate something that didn’t agree with his stomach, he may have an intestinal virus or parasites. Because in some cases diarrhea may be serious, please read the following article: is you dog is a good candidate for dog diarrhea home remedies? If your dog doesn’t show any alarming symptoms listed in the article, you can proceed by following this step by step guide guide on curing your dog’s diarrhea naturally.
Step 1: Fast your dog
After working so hard in expelling something that didn’t agree with your dog, your dog’s intestines are praying for some peace and quiet. If you keep on feeding your dog, those over reactive intestines will keep spitting things out. So give your dog’s intestines some well deserved rest by fasting your dog for about 24 hours. Don’t worry about him starving; he may end up being far worst if he eats and keeps on tiring his intestines. If the diarrhea doesn’t get better during this time, it’s time to see the vet.
Step 2 Provide Water
Repeated squirts of diarrhea can dehydrate a dog and deplete the body of fluids. Make sure you provide plenty of fresh water while your dog is fasting. You can entice your dog to drink by adding a little chicken broth with no onion or garlic to the water. If your dog has repeated squirts, some Gatorade may help replace lost electrolytes. If your dog’s skin over the shoulder blades doesn’t spring back in time or remains lifted when you pull it upwards, see your vet for fluids.
Step 3 Add Some Bland
After the fast, you can feed a bland diet that’s gentle on the intestines. In this case, you can try white rice and boiled chicken with no skin or bones. Two parts rice to one part meat works best. The chicken is mostly there to entice the dog to eat the rice. Feed this diet in small amounts every 4 to 6 hours for 2 to 3 days. Alternative recipe for dogs having trouble digesting rice: ground turkey with plain canned pumpkin or plain mashed sweet potato in a 50:50 ratio fed in small amounts, 3 to 5 times a day. Both pumpkin and sweet potato are great sources of fiber and are easily digested.
Step 4 Try Some Fiber
If your dog’s stools are still on the mushy side, you can add some Metamucil to firm them up. The fiber in the Metamucil will draw water out of the stool. The dose may vary between 1 and 1/4 teasoon to 1 tablespoon a day based on your dog’s size. You can feed this for 1 to 2 days. Make sure to mix it well with your dog’s bland diet. Alternatively, you can try some pumpkin for dog diarrhea.
Step 5 Return to Normal Diet
If your dog did fine on the bland diet, you can gradually return to his regular diet, but again, go slowly. Replace about 1/4 of the bland diet with his regular food for about two days, then 1/2 for another two days and then finally feed his normal portion of food.
Warning: it may be tempting at times to give medications such as Imodium. Read this article on Imodium for dog diarrhea before giving your dog this drug.