Diarrhea is one of the most common symptoms of a larger medical problem in pups. However, sometimes, it can really just be the case of a mild problem.
It’s up to pup parents to figure out whether or not their pups diarrhea is a symptom of a serious issue or a more minor one, like a result of diet change or a mild stomach bug.
If your pup’s diarrhea is accompanied by loss of appetite, frequent vomiting, dehydration, or lethargy, then you should take them to the vet. The same goes for abdominal pain and diarrhea that is black, tarry, or bloody – or even just if the condition lasts for longer than forty-eight hours, and sooner in puppies, small dogs, and those with chronic illness.
But if your pup seems healthy overall apart from loose stools, then you can attempt one of these five home remedies!
Give your pup only rice water, or water mixed with Pedialyte, for twelve to twenty-four hours. This will give your pup’s system the chance to heal while also ensuring hydration and electrolyte balance. Don’t let them drink too much at one time, though!
2. Bland diet
Usually recommended after a period of fasting, giving your pup bland foods that are easy to digest can help ease diarrhea. Start with boiled, skinned, plain shredded chicken, mixed with either plain white rice, mashed over-ripe banana, or canned pumpkin. Just give your pup a few spoonfuls every two or three hours, slowly increasing the quantity each time. To revert to your pup’s normal diet, mix their regular food with the bland diet food in slowly increasing amounts.
Diarrhea happens when your pup’s system is attempting to flush out bad bacteria, but unfortunately, it also gets rid of the good ones. Giving your pup a probiotic can help cultivate healthy cultures in their system again. Plain yoghurt can also be used, but it’s not nearly as effective.
4. Holistic foods
In general, many dog-safe holistic food have benefits that can help heal your pup’s system. Chia seeds, canned pumpkin puree, slippery elm, and plantains are all great for various purposes. Just talk to your vet before giving these to your pup!
Loperamide is an ingredient in many anti-diarrheal drugs. It’s found in many medications, but remember to talk to your vet about what products and doses that you should be using.
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