Diarrhea is one of the most common health issues among dogs. It is mostly due to bad food habits and their tendency to eat just about anything. However, dog diarrhea may also be caused due to a serious underlying health issue. In most cases, diarrhea lasts for a couple of days before bowel movements are normalized. If diarrhea persists for longer, make sure to check with your veterinarian at the earliest. Also, if diarrhea occurs more frequently than it should in your dog, getting a proper health check-up done is essential to check for any underlying illness or disease. In this article, we would discuss some of the ways you can control and stop dog diarrhea effectively.
Keep your dog hydrated
Encourage your furry friend to drink as much clean water as possible. It helps in avoiding dehydration while ensuring that toxins in the body and digestive tract are flushed out along with the bowels. If your dog refuses to have water, tempt him by adding a little chicken or beef flavor to the water or serve beef/chicken diluted broth.
Your dog should be given a high-fiber diet during diarrhea to get that much-needed relief. Giving your dog white-meat chicken along with sweet potato or pumpkin would ensure that your canine friend is getting enough fiber to regularize bowel movements. Continue providing this diet until your dog is back to normal. If your dog vomits out this diet during diarrhea, give the same food after a couple of hours to ensure your dog doesn’t get too weak.
Boil one cup of white rice with four times the water until the water turns creamy white. Pour out this water in your dog’s bowl and let it cool. Give it to your dog and let him have it as many times as he wants through the day. If your dog refuses to have it in its current state, adding a little chicken flavor or baby food to it would help your dog find it more edible. It helps in strengthening the dog’s stomach and removes impurities from the digestive system to function normally.
Probiotics are considered good bacteria that help in aiding the digestive process and smoothing out any issues in the digestive system. The good bacteria do exist in the gut by default, but the numbers fall during infections and inflammations, resulting in diarrhea and other gastrointestinal issues. Having probiotics would ensure that your dog’s stomach can function normally and that any harmful bacteria are removed from the system. There are probiotics for dogs available in the store, and you can also ask for acidophilus cultures from your vet due to its high-potency.
If none of these techniques works in controlling and stopping diarrhea, consult with the veterinarian immediately. Even though diarrhea is common among dogs, it can prove to be fatal when left unchecked. The dogs can’t speak and tell you exactly how much they are suffering or are in pain, well the onus is on you to ensure that your dog eats right, remains active, and gets proper health check-up regularly.