When Your Dog’s Rear End is in a Rut: Dealing with Diarrhea and What You Can Do
Dr. Philip Rodger
Owner and Clinic Director
There’s nothing quite like the smell of fresh, warm diarrhea to start your day off on the wrong foot (or paw, as it were). But as unpleasant as it may be, diarrhea is a common issue that many dog owners will have to deal with at some point. So why is your dog experiencing the runs and what can you do to help?
First things first, it’s important to understand that there are many different causes of diarrhea in dogs. Some common causes include dietary changes, stress, and infections. It’s also important to note that diarrhea can be a symptom of a more serious underlying condition, so it’s always a good idea to consult with your veterinarian if your dog is experiencing prolonged or severe diarrhea.
So, what can you do to help your pup feel better? One natural option is to try a bland diet for a few days, such as boiled chicken and rice or a high-quality, easily digestible dog food. You can also try adding a probiotic or probiotic-rich food to their diet to support a healthy gut.
Another tip is to make sure your dog stays hydrated by providing them with fresh, clean water. If your dog is dehydrated, it can make the diarrhea worse. You can also provide them with an electrolyte solution to help replace lost fluids.
Additionally, giving them a small amount of pumpkin puree can be a great solution, as pumpkin is known for its natural binding properties and can help firm up their stool. Honest Kitchen makes a great product that we like to use that really helps with loose stools. That particular product is their “Perfect Form – Herbal Digestive Supplement”.
Now, we know that dealing with diarrhea can be a stinky situation, but try to keep your sense of humor about it. After all, as the saying goes, “when life gives you lemons, make lemonade. When your dog gives you diarrhea, open a window.”
Just remember, if your dog’s diarrhea persists or becomes severe, it’s important to consult with your veterinarian for proper diagnosis and treatment.