Maybe you're not sure if your dog got into something harmful when you took them on that last walk, or perhaps you switched them to a new food that is hard on their system. Now your dog has diarrhea, which can be hard on both dog and owner.
Regardless of the cause, you'll want to act fast to restore your dog's system to its natural balance because dehydration can start quickly in dogs due to their low body weight.
Normal hydration is necessary for basic biological functions such as circulation, digestion, and waste removal, so it's important to take your dog to the vet if the diarrhea does not stop in 24 - 48 hours.
Be sure to look for the following symptoms to see if your dog is dehydrated:
Since your dog can't tell you about the symptoms they might be experiencing, it's important to be on the lookout for any of the symptoms above.
Fortunately, there are some simple, natural remedies for diarrhea in dogs that you can try at home so that dehydration does not become a problem.
Remedy #1: Feed them a bland diet.
After a 24-hour fast, you'll want to start them on a diet of bland food, mixed with a little bit of their normal food. If you begin to see improvement, substitute a little less of the bland food and more of their normal food until they're completely back on their normal diet.
Foods that are good for a bland diet2:
*No seasonings or butter should be added to any of the above.
Remedy #2: Plain unflavored yogurt or cottage cheese.
Try adding a dollop to their next bowl of food. Yogurt or cottage cheese can restore some of the healthy bacteria to the intestinal tract that can be lost with diarrhea.
It's important to keep your dog well-hydrated during his bout with diarrhea by providing a full bowl of water and encouraging him to drink.
If your dog has frequent bouts of diarrhea, a more serious condition may exist and a trip to the vet is highly recommended, especially if accompanied by vomiting or blood in the stool.
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Use the above natural remedies for diarrhea in dogs to help ease your dog's discomfort and get his system regulated once more.
Beggles Dog Treats offers information and opinions from our own experience and from research done online. We aren't a substitute for professional veterinary diagnosis or treatment. Please consult with your veterinarian before taking any of our home remedies; only your vet can give you advice based on your pet's own unique needs and medical history.