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Dog Diarrhea – Causes and Solution For Diarrhea in Dogs

Diarrhea in Dogs

In case you’re wondering why I got around to writing this… last week Bunk had diarrhea. I am of course smitten over him and was freaking out. Banfield was closed until the next morning and I had to do something soon to stop this soupy-smelly mess. Immediately I started looking online for homemade remedies to try to solve this matter.

Dog diarrhea is a pretty common sickness that can happen to a dog. It is the same as humans. I think every dog has diarrhea at least once in his or her lifetime. In order for you as the dog owner to understand how to treat the diarrhea, it is important to find out what kind of dog diarrhea you are dealing with and what is the cause.

Diarrhea can be classified into two different kinds. One is called acute diarrhea and the other is called chronic diarrhea.

Acute Dog Diarrhea

Acute dog diarrhea is the more common type of diarrhea, which we can see in dogs. This is when a dog has diarrhea for a couple of days and then stops. This is usually a healthy, healing process and not a disease.  Don’t be alarmed if your dog is acting reasonably well. This healing reaction should be supported, using our suggestions, not inhibited by the use of antibiotics or over the counter drugs designed to stop diarrhea.

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Causes of acute dog diarrhea

  1. One of the most common causes of dog diarrhea is the eating of garbage or rotten food. Our dogs (especially pugs) have a habit of sticking their nose and MOUTH into every thing around them. When we see food in the fridge that is going bad, we throw it away. When dogs get the strong “going bad” smell in their nostrils it makes them curious and entices them to try the rotten goods. Disaster in their pants ensues when they indulge in such items and we call it dog diarrhea.
  2. Some dogs can get diarrhea from the excitement or stress of being away and them coming home. This can happen if you have left them for a while in someone else’s care. Dog diarrhea from change is common but we need to treat it and not ignore it.If the diarrhea has come on suddenly, consider if you have made any changes to your dog’s diet. Often cheaper brand dog foods can cause diarrhea as can a sudden change in diet. Feed your dog a good high quality diet. Cheap dog food may ultimately cost you more with higher vet bills. My advice is to feed your dog the best possible food that you can afford. Cheaper dog foods are bulked out with vegetables and carbohydrates which pass straight through your dog. Rule of thumb: If you put rubbish into your dog, rubbish will come out of your dog.
  3. Dog diarrhea can also be caused by dairy intake in dogs due to lactose intolerance. Dogs and puppies do not need to be given milk to drink. Some dogs are OK with milk but not all.
  4. People food. Spicy food and other people food can upset your canine friend’s tummy.

Remedies for acute dog diarrhea

Remember, severe dog diarrhea needs to see the vet because he needs fluids and proper care.

  1. Day 1: Feed the dog nothing but water for an entire 24 hours. This will provide rest to your canine friend’s tummy and help it recover. Make sure there is plenty if water!
  2. Day 2 and 3: Feed your dog a small portion of bland homemade food. With bland food, you usually want 1/3 meat and 2/3 rice or other bland grain. This could be a mixture of boiled rice and boiled chicken. Sometimes you can even substitute the boiled chicken with hamburger as long as there is NO fat in it. Make sure that there is NO OIL AND NO FAT in the dog’s diet at this point. One of our vets recommend a little bit of low fat plain yogurt and a little bit of low fat cottage cheese is added. Yogurt is soothing, even though it is not known to provide any significant benefits. CANNED Pumpkin is also known to help treat diarrhea. Sweet potato is also a natural stool hardener.
  3. Day 4: On day 4 your dog should be able to return to his or her normal food. If your dog has diarrhea again once returned to normal food, immediately see a vet!

Dog diarrhea in puppies

Puppies can get a bug much more easily than older dogs. Therefore, dog diarrhea in puppies is not something to ignore. If you are trying the above remedies for puppy diarrhea, Day-1 is the only thing that needs to be changed. I find that 24 hours with no food is too much for puppies to take so you might want to feed small portions of bland food (again plain boiled rice and chicken) throughout the day.

If a puppy has severe diarrhea, then dehydration will become a secondary problem. YOU MUST give the puppy water, or better yet, pedialac, or sub fluids (lactate ringer), under the skin intravenously, (talk to your vet).

Mild diarrhea is soft stools, or pudding texture, serious diarrhea, is projectile, uncontrolled watery texture – LIQUID SQUIRTS.

Do NOT fast any puppy under 7 weeks. A young puppy, with diarrhea, usually needs medical attention immediately. Pups under 4 weeks can die quite quickly with diarrhea.

It can sometimes be hard to determine the cause of diarrhea unless further testing is done. It is a good idea to take a stool sample to your vet, if diarrhea cannot be stopped in a couple days, OR if it has blood in it, or if it is watery squirts.

It is important to consume the same amount of fluids as the volume that has been lost in order to prevent dehydration.

If your dog has a couple runny poops, omitting water for a bit is ok (for EARLY onset diarrhea). To stop diarrhea, before it progresses to secondary severe diarrhea. Intravenous fluids may be needed If the diarrhea has turned secondary and is coming out as fast as you put fluids in. DO NOT OMIT water on a dog with uncontrolled severe diarrhea.

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  1. Frankie Furter and Ernie on

    What a super post. I think this one is worth PRINTING OUT and putting with our impawtant papers and stuffs. It is the REAL Scoop on Poop… and I mean that in a GOOD WAY!!!

  2. Bunkie, we hope you are feelin’ better! Besides sending puggie juju to Payton, we’re sending juju your way as well.

    Your humans did a great job on the poop post! Such good advice. I remember a post you did earlier in your career, when you had the runs while in your crate….I’m sure you remember that one. Was it written by your mom or dad? That one was hilarious. We ask about who it was written by because the style was so different.

    Drools and licks,
    Minnie and Mack

  3. Minnie and Mack: I have multiple-personality-disorder. One of my personalities is sick, twisted and has no manners. Another is silly and goofy yet an upstanding citizen.

  4. Please help me. My dog is vomiting and has diarrhea for 24 hrs now. We don’t have veterinary clinics in our town. My parents couldn’t help me. I’m only 11 what should I do. I don’t want to loose my pet. Thanks

    • You should first find out the cause of your dog’s diarrhea. Then CALL a veteranarians office and ask them for help. Even if you can’t take him in, you should still be able to get help that way. Good luck, and let us know what happens.

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