Diarrhea in dogs.

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Every dog suffers from diarrhea at some point in his life.

This can be a distressing – and messy – problem
for both of you, but it doesn’t have to be!

Need to know how to stop diarrhea in dogs? Here
are the easiest, most natural ways to do it at home.

How To Stop Diarrhea In Dogs Naturally

For the most part, diarrhea and vomiting are
nature’s way of allowing the body to cleanse and
remove a toxin. A small amount of blood or mucus can sometimes
be seen in the stool when the intestinal bacteria
are out of balance but this isn’t necessarily cause for alarm.

If at any time your dog is extremely lethargic,
feverish, bloated, there is a large amount of
blood in the stool or vomit, or you’re concerned about him,
seek veterinary care as soon as possible. But for
those dogs who are presenting with simple
diarrhea and vomiting, there are 4 steps you can take to help.

4 Natural Remedies For Dog Diarrhea
1. Fasting: An Important First Step

Most animals will fast themselves when they have
digestive disease and it’s a good idea to stop
feeding your dog if he doesn’t fast himself. You can start
with 6 to 12 hours of no food or water with most
dogs. If your dog is very small and prone to
hypoglycemia, you should give him tiny licks of honey or
karo syrup each hour, or as needed, if he appears weak and trembly.

After the fast, if there is no further vomiting
and the diarrhea has stopped or slowed, offer
small sips of water (a few teaspoons in very small dogs and
up to ½ to 1 cup in large dogs) every few hours.
Be certain to use filtered or spring water. After
6 hours of water only, you may start some broth or small
amounts of food. Gradually increase the amounts
of food over the next 4 to 5 days.

2. Bland Food: Prevent The Recurrence Of Dog Diarrhea

Once your dog is reintroduced to food, a bland
diet will help prevent a recurrence of diarrhea.
Starting with soup is a gentle way to smooth your dog’s transition
back to his regular diet. You can
Once your dog is reintroduced to food, a bland
diet will help prevent a recurrence of diarrhea.
Starting with soup is a gentle way to smooth your dog’s transition
back to his regular diet. You can find a soothing
recipe here.vnonao (opens in a new tab)

Bone broth is another nutritious bland option. It
provides a hearty mix of vitamins and nutrients,
but it’s easy on your dog’s stomach. It’s easy to make,
just
Bone broth is another nutritious bland option. It
provides a hearty mix of vitamins and nutrients,
but it’s easy on your dog’s stomach. It’s easy to make,
just follow this recipe here. (opens in a new tab).

PRE & PROBIOTICS
3. Probiotics

These will help repopulate the intestine with
healthy bacteria and there is a growing research base showing they
boost the immune system
in the digestive tract as well as the rest of
the body. Probiotics help maintain the mucosal
barrier and enhance cellular repair.

Probiotics can be given while a dog is on
antibiotics; just be sure to give them at a
different time than the antibiotic. They can also be used during
stressful times, such as weaning, boarding, agility trials and when
traveling.

4. Prebiotics
3. Probiotics

These will help repopulate the intestine with
healthy bacteria and there is a growing research base showing they
boost the immune system
in the digestive tract as well as the rest of
the body. Probiotics help maintain the mucosal
barrier and enhance cellular repair.

Probiotics can be given while a dog is on
antibiotics; just be sure to give them at a
different time than the antibiotic. They can also be used during
stressful times, such as weaning, boarding, agility trials and when
traveling.

4. Prebiotics

Prebiotics are indigestible food components that
travel undigested to the colon where they ferment
and are converted into short chain fatty acids (SCFA).
The SCFA are involved in inhibiting the growth of
harmful bacteria, acting as a source of energy
for colon cells and preserving electrolyte and fluid balance,
thus allowing the intestine to move properly.
When present in the bowels, prebiotics can
promote and support a healthy digestive bacterial flora.

It’s recommended that
prebiotics be used in combination with probiotics
to support the growth of the good bacteria from
the probiotic. However, they can also potentially
feed harmful intestinal bacteria. These harmful bacteria
are the often the cause of digestive disease – so
their use may be controversial.

Besides FOS (fructo-oligosaccharide), beet pulp
is another well known prebiotic. Some dogs
however, don’t always process beet pulp well and can suffer
from bloating, nausea and flatulence.
Other Intestinal Support To Prevent Dog Diarrhea

Slippery elm is a great herb to consider with
digestive upset. If you buy it in capsule form, give:

list of 3 items
• ¼ capsule twice daily to small dogs
• ½ capsule twice daily to medium dogs
• 1 capsule once or twice daily for large dogs
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If the slippery elm is in powdered form, give a ¼
tsp powder for every 10 lbs body weight. Mix the
powder or capsules into food or some yogurt.

You can also prepare a syrup from the slippery
elm. Mix 1 rounded tsp slippery elm powder in 1
cup cold water, bring to boil while stirring, turn down
heat, stir and simmer 2 to 3 minutes. Remove from
heat, add 1 tbsp of honey and let it cool.

Dose 4 times a day according to weight:

list of 3 items
• For dogs under 25 lbs, give 1 to 2 tbsp
• For dogs 25-50 lb, give 2 to 4 tbsp
• For dogs 50 lbs and over, give ¼ to ½ cup

There’s a huge range of safety and effectiveness.
I’ve found this therapy to be much safer and more
effective than Kaopectate and Pepto Bismol, both of
which contain salicylates and are unsafe for dogs.

A healing mixture for the intestinal tract can
also be made by using equal parts slippery elm
powder, FOS (fructo-oligosaccharide) powder and L-Glutamine
powder.

list of 3 items
• Give 1 tsp twice daily for small dogs
• 2 tsp twice daily for medium dogs
• 3 tsp twice daily for large dogs

L-Glutamine is an amino acid that heals
intestinal cells. If you wish to give your dog
L-Glutamine alone, give 500 mg per 25 lbs of body weight per day.

I’ve had mixed experiences with digestive
enzymes. For dogs not being fed a raw diet, it
makes sense to supplement the digestive enzymes they’re missing
from a natural raw food source. Some animals have
improved digestion and do well on digestive
enzymes, while some dogs react with intolerable abdominal
bloating and gas. It’s best to observe your dog
and start at a reduced dose at first.

Some animal digestive support products contain
digestive enzymes so be sure to read the labels.
Dogs with exocrine pancreatic insufficiency require additional
pancreatic enzymes (which include proteolytic
enzymes, lipases, and amylases) in order to
digest their food properly. These are usually prescription products,
however.

Dog Diarrhea: Additional Care

In many cases, especially if your dog is healthy,
the diarrhea will resolve itself in a few days
(even a few hours) with a little help from you.

However, if your dog’s digestive disease is
severe or persistent, and you notice lethargy or
vomiting along with it, head to your holistic vet.

Your veterinarian’s suggestions may include:

list of 4 items
• Fecal exams to rule out parasites
• Blood work to rule out liver , kidney, endocrine or other problems
• X-rays or abdominal ultrasound to rule out
foreign objects, obstructions and cancer
• Endoscopy to visualize the stomach and intestinal mucosa.
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Author: David Diamond

David Diamond, Owner/Head Trainer: I use positive training methods and a firm, caring approach so owners and pets can learn to live together in harmony.

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