The dog is man’s best friend and man does not like seeing his best friend sick. Therefore, recognizing and treating dog diarrhea is important to keep everyone happy. Recognizing and treating the symptoms early on will get your dog back to its usual happy go lucky self.
Causes of Diarrhea in Dogs
In most cases, diarrhea in dogs is caused by an improper diet. Generally, the owner is not feeding them a healthy diet, the puppy is sneaking food which is bad, or the dog has had a recent change in their diet.
Feed Your Dog a Proper Diet
The best way to make sure your dog is getting a proper diet is to feed it commercial dog food. However with all the dog foods available, it can be hard to determine which one to feed your dog. Personally, I recommend using a premium dog food. It may be more expensive up front but your dog will eat less and feel better.
Prevent the Dog from Stealing Food
Dogs which are neglected have a tendency to steal food but this is not the only reason. Sometimes, people inadvertently teach their puppy to steal food by offering them people food as treats. The dog learns that people food is good and acceptable to eat and then steal the treats they smell.
Change in Diet
It happens to everyone. For whatever reason, the dog needs to change food. It could be temporary or it could be permanent. In either case, the result is dog diarrhea. In most cases, when this happens, you will just have to wait it out.
Symptoms of Diarrhea in Dogs
When your puppy does not feel well, you know it. They may not want to eat their food. They may be less active. They may not want to play or get attention. All of these are symptoms of diarrhea.
Common Symptoms of Diarrhea
- Loose Stools
- Frequent evacuating of the bowels
- Foul odor
- Change in color of stools
Treatment for Diarrhea in Dogs
The most important thing to remember is that diarrhea is dehydrating in dogs just like it is in people. Therefore, you will need to provide your dog with plenty of clean fresh water. Your dog will need to drink more and thus urinate more. So keep the water down and the leash handy.
If your dog has diarrhea that last more than 12 hours, then you will want to start some treatment. This is simple enough because you want your dog to stop eating anything. Just give your dog fresh water for 24 hours. This is like hitting the reset button on your puppy. It allows them to get all the “bad” stuff out while keeping them hydrated.
After 24 hours, start feeding your dog a very bland diet. Boil some chicken and some rice. The chicken will give them the protein they need and the rice will act as binding fiber. Feed your dog this for a few days. If the diarrhea is gone, then slowly introduce the dog’s regular food back in over the next 2 days.
Human Medication for Dog Diarrhea
If you are worried about your dog or your dog feels particularly uncomfortable, then you can give your dog human medication. You will need to adjust the dosage to the weight of your puppy dog.
- Pepto Bismol – 1ml of Pepto-Bismol for every 10 lbs. of your dog’s weight
- Loperamide Immodium – 0.5 mg of for every 10 lbs. of your dog’s weight