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Runny Tummy? 10 Natural Dog Diarrhoea Treatments

by Sami Stretton 21 May 2021
Dog lying on bed


When it comes to your dog's health, diarrhoea is an illness that deserves your full attention too.

Dog diarrhoea can be a symptom of many different problems. Severe disease can put dogs at risk of dehydration especially young pups and seniors. Diarrhoea can be painful for your pet and frustrating for owners who get to clean up. Dogs can produce a mountain of poop!

Diarrhoea means your dog has a watery or more frequent bowel motion. Diarrhoea often means that your pet has an underlying more serious health issue.

Your vet may use a combination of blood tests, faecal testing for parasites such as Giardia and urinanalysis if a health condition is suspected. Hospitalisation for IV fluids and medication may be necessary if your pet has severe diarrhoea causing dehydration or certain health conditions.

Dog Diarrhea Treatment

How to Stop Occasional Diarrhoea

  1. Fasting - fasting is a powerful healing technique to allow the gut a rest and the liver a chance to detox and catch up
  2. Smaller dogs may need a small amount of bone and vege broth to prevent low blood sugar ( hypoglycaemia)
  3. Use filtered water and probiotics
  4. Mashed pumpkin, boiled chicken and white rice can also be easy to digest.
  5. Detox your pet by using detoxic clay or our Doggy Detox. These products contact natural food ingredients that can bind excess fluid, provide a natural alkaline environment and act as a vehicle for providing the pet with vitamin C, chlorophyll, zinc and iron.

If you are looking for a dog or puppy diarrhea home remedy these are simple to add to your pet's meal and taste great. They can assist your pet to firm up in 24 hours.

  1. Fibre - added fibre is easy to provide via grated vegetables
  2. Probiotics can be useful to return the natural gut flora to the intestines.
  3. A superfood/dog gut health supplement such as Doggy Daily contains a range of beneficial foods that are well known for improving the good bugs in your pets microflora. A healthy and resilient Microbiome is protective when it comes to dog diarrhea.
  4. Add an electrolyte like pedi a lute to the water bowl. It is available over the counter.
  5. Cuddles and rest will also be appreciated as your pet needs to rest to recover.

Long term solutions include working with your vet to identify puppy diarrhea and diarrhoea triggers such as scavenging and overeating “ treat “ type food.

Many owners will try to change their brand of dry food if their dog develops diarrhoea. Switching food is often unhelpful. Instead, add extras to your usual food to solve the runny tummy problem long term and restore dog gut health.

If your dog is otherwise well and acting normally then pet parents can try some of these tips for 12-24 hours. If your dog gets repeated or frequent diarrhoea with complications such as tiredness, a high fever, bloating or blood in the stool please call your vet.

Dr Heidi
Dog Mum and Dr Pet Veterinarian

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