Home remedies for canine diarrhea

Updated July 20, 2017

Canine diarrhoea is a common problem that can arise suddenly due to changes in a dog's diet or if the dog has eaten something it should not have. Typically diarrhoea in canines is not serious and can often be treated with home remedies. Before taking a dog to the veterinarian for diarrhoea, try these remedies at home to help alleviate the symptoms.

At the first onset of diarrhoea symptoms, discontinue the dog's usual diet and immediately stop feeding it with dog food. Start the dog on a 12- to 24-hour fast with water only and no food.

Give the dog Pepto Bismol every three to four hours. Use a syringe and give the dog 1/2 to 1 tsp for every 4.54kg. in weight. Only give Pepto Bismol to puppies 6 weeks or older.

On the second day after fasting, feed the dog a bland diet. Mix cooked white rice with boiled skinless chicken breast or hamburger. Keep the portions small and split accordingly to feed on a three to four times per day schedule.

Cottage cheese, plain non-fat/low-fat yoghurt, and pumpkin can be added to the bland food mixture. This can help provide fibre, soothe the dog's stomach and help with its bowel movements.

Continue the bland food diet while slowly adding the regular dog food to the mixture at each feeding until the dog is completely off of the bland food diet and back to its usual diet.


Make sure the dog has access to lots of fresh and clean drinking water to prevent dehydration.


Watch for symptoms that may be signs of something more serious than just a typical bout of diarrhoea. Some of these serious symptoms include blood in stool, vomiting, straining to defecate, loss of appetite, lethargy, fever and unexplained weight loss. If diarrhoea symptoms do not improve after two to three days, consult a veterinarian for help.

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