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How to Deal with Diarrhea in Dogs

How to Deal with Diarrhea in Dogs?

If your dog has a stomach upset, it is unsuitable for them and you. In such cases, they will be busy heading to their toilet spot, and if they cannot make it in time, there is the chance that they might poop at home. All you want in such cases is to make it stop.

However, what can you give your dog to stop diarrhea quickly? The best options are plain rice and chicken, scrambled eggs, and 24-hour fasting. Fasting is good because it ensures your dog has nothing to pass or throw up.

What to feed your dog?

The most important thing you can do is avoid giving kibble or rich food. It has to be for at least three days after the problem starts. We have already given you a couple of options suitable for such conditions. However, you have other alternatives, such as the following:

  • whitefish and plain rice
  • porridge oats cooked in water
  • brown rice
  • tapioca
  • wholemeal pasta
  • polenta
  • plain potatoes

The good thing about all these foods is that they are bland. So they would not upset your dog’s stomach any further.

Getting your dog too fast 

If your dog is not vomiting, there is no need for them to go on a fast for 24 hours. However, if you withhold their food even as their digestive system settles down, there is nothing wrong with it either. However, you need to make sure that your dog is fully healthy if you plan on having your dog fast for 24 hours.

Seniors and pups must never fast at all. The same is also applicable for adult dogs who are in bad shape health-wise. Fasting must never be over 24 hours. Even if the vet advises fasting for pups and seniors, it must not exceed 12 hours.

Reintroducing solids slowly 

Once diarrhea stops, you must not give them the food they usually have. Instead, you should mix bland food with kibble for the next two to three days. It would help them get used to the kibble again.

If you put them back on their regular food, it would shock their system significantly. It could well lead to yet another episode of diarrhea. Mixing the food is a gentler and better method for their stomachs.

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Using diarrhea supplements 

There are some supplements that you could use if your dog is showing signs of diarrhea. They can help replace the electrolytes your dog loses during such an illness and ensure they are healthy.

You would get all of them from your vet. So, it is significant that you speak to them first before you get these meds.

The two most prominent options are Oralade and Probiotics or Prebiotics. You can use Oralade to replace the electrolytes that your dog loses during vomiting and diarrhea. You can use Prebiotics or Probiotics in their food to keep their gut healthy.

Using over-the-counter medicines  

You can also use some over-the-counter medicines to deal with the symptoms of diarrhea in your dog. You can get them from your vet and online too. However, before you give any medication to your dog in such cases, please speak to your vet.

Diarrhea tablets work pretty much the same way that Imodium works in the case of humans – they stop diarrhea from happening by settling their stomachs. You can sprinkle diarrhea powder on the food and giving them when they have diarrhea.

When do you need to see a vet?

It is not as if you worry when your dog suffers from diarrhea. Usually, if a dog has diarrhea, it is not that serious. Still, it is better that you are safe rather than be sorry. Certain conditions may be related to this illness, and they may be worrying, such as infection, poisoning, parasites, and virus.

If you see any of the following signs in your dog when they are suffering from diarrhea, you should get in touch with the vet straight away:

  • lethargy
  • black stools
  • bloody diarrhea
  • sticky stools, either bloody or black
  • bloody vomit

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So, we can now assume that you have some idea of how simple it can be to stop diarrhea in your dog. The best ways to go about this are fasting, slow reintroduction to regular food, and bland foods while suffering from the condition.

We have told how the signs the situation is tricky, so if you see them take your dog straight to the vet.

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