Home cures for dog diarrhea

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Home cures for dog diarrhea
Home remedies can be effective at treating mild dog diarrhoea. (dog image by Michal Tudek from Fotolia.com)

Dealing with dog diarrhoea can be uncomfortable and messy for pet and owner alike. If your dog has diarrhoea, you're likely to want to clear the symptoms up as soon as possible. Severe diarrhoea might need veterinary treatment to determine the cause and help replace any fluids your dog has lost. However, if your dog's diarrhoea is mild and it isn't exhibiting any other symptoms, you might be able to treat it using home remedies.

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Probiotics are bacteria that naturally appear in the gut and intestines. The most common is called Lactobacillus acidophilus and can be purchased from health food shops.Giving your dog probiotic supplements will help restore the natural balance of its digestive system, as well as fight off and protect the gut from any bad bacteria. This might help relieve its diarrhoea.


Water is crucial for dogs that are suffering from diarrhoea. With this condition, a dog can dehydrate very quickly. Therefore, it is important that your dog has a supply of fresh water at all times. You can also add probiotic powder to the water if your dog is unwilling to eat any food. Dehydration can make your dog seriously ill so, if your dog doesn't want to drink or the diarrhoea doesn't stop within three to four days, seek advice from a vet.

Bland Diet

Your dog might not have much of an appetite if it is suffering from diarrhoea. However, it needs to eat to maintain its energy levels and replenish vital nutrients that it may have lost through its diarrhoea. Bland food, like a broiled hamburger or cooked chicken and rice, can help settle your dog's stomach. Your dog's stomach should settle after three or four days on this diet. However, if the diarrhoea continues or your dog is also vomiting, you should seek advice from a vet.

Pepto Bismol

According to online information resource Dog Health Guide, a dog's diarrhoea might be helped by Pepto Bismol. If your dog is sensitive to aspirin, you can give it bismuth subsalicylate (Kaopectate) instead. You can give your dog 0.5 to 1.5ml of Pepto Bismol per pound of weight every 12 hours, or 0.5 to 1.5ml of bismuth subsalicylate per pound of weight every 4 hours. However, you must check with your vet before giving your dog any medicines meant for humans.

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