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Often times, your dog will not need medical treatment for diarrhea. As long as your dog’s diarrhea does not last longer than a few days, there are many at home treatments and remedies to help get rid of the problem faster. Acute diarrhea is usually very easily treated with extra care and attention. Home remedies are an excellent, natural way to treat your dog’s diarrhea. These remedies are safe for dogs and can usually be found right around the home or at your local health foods store.
Always talk to your veterinarian if your dog’s case of diarrhea becomes worse, lasts more than two days or if he is required to take medical treatment for diarrhea. Some prescribed treatments can be accompanied by home remedies, but sometimes home remedies may interfere with medical treatment.
The First Step
The first step in curing your dog’s diarrhea is to take away his dog food. It is important to clear the stomach and intestines of food for the first 24 hours. If your dog has diarrhea, avoid giving him rawhides and treats. Your dog should be encouraged to drink plenty of water, unless vomiting is accompanied by diarrhea.
With persistent diarrhea, electrolyte beverages such as Pedialyte can be added to his bowl of water to avoid dehydration. If your dog refuses to drink any water, consider adding a low-sodium broth to his water.
Diet and Exercise
The next step to treat your dog’s diarrhea is to only give him bland meals. (This should only happen after the 24 hour fast.) These are easily digestible and low in fat. You can feed your dog three or four small meals a day for the first few days. Some foods to consider are cooked white rice, boiled hamburger or chicken, cooked oatmeal, cooked macaroni or cottage cheese.
After a few days of only eating a bland, fat free diet, you can slowly introduce your dog’s regular food back into his diet.
Exercise can also help with treatment for dog diarrhea. As long as he is willing, try and take him for a short walk twice a day. The nervous system responsible for maintaining normal digestion may be stimulated by a bit of exercise.
Herbs and Supplements
Herbs & supplements are great home remedies for dog diarrhea. There are some vitamins and herbs you can give to your dog to help support his digestive system:
- L-Glutamine: this is an amino acid which is a source of fuel for cells lining the intestinal tract.
- Slippery Elm: This is a herb. Slippery elm neutralizes stomach acids and soothes inflammation in the gastrointestinal tract.
- Saccharomyces boulardi: A probiotic yeast. This helps reduce the symptoms of frequent antibiotic-associated diarrhea.
- Licorice: Licorice helps the healing process in the intestinal lining by increasing blood flow.
- Enzymes: These are essential for proper digestion and nutrient absorption. They also have anti-inflammatory properties.
If your dog’s diarrhea is triggered by excitement or stress, it is important to try and remove him from the situation. Help him adjust to the environment or situation and be sure to give him a lot of attention until he can calm down. Your dog will probably not want to be alone during a stressful situation, so it is not advised to leave him alone during this time.