How to treat my dog's diarrhea
Most dogs have diarrhea at least once in their life. Diarrhea is one of the most common problems that affect dogs and is a significant percentage of visits to the vet. Although most cases of canine diarrhea are not serious and are solved without veterinary care, the problem can be unpleasant for both the dog and its owner, so it is important to know what to do when our four-legged friend is suffering from this disease. In this article we explain how to treat a mild canine diarrhea .
Try to find the cause
One of the most common causes of diarrhea is dogs eating garbage or food in poor condition, so if you have discovered that your dog has been rummaging through the waste you know where the discomfort comes from. However, canine diarrhea can also be caused by specific medical conditions of your dog or by the ingestion of toxic substances, so it is essential to know what ingredients are harmful to this animal. To discover it, we invite you to consult our articles:
- Toxic food for dogs
- Toxic plants for dogs
If you know or suspect that your dog has ingested a toxic substance
Take him to a veterinary clinic immediately so they can provide treatment as soon as possible. It is also recommended that you take your dog to the vet immediately if he is showing other worrisome symptoms, such as: fever, lethargy, weight loss or abdominal pain.
Home treatments for diarrhea
If your dog does not seem to be suffering from a medical condition and has not ingested a toxic substance, diarrhea can probably be treated at home. First, make sure that the dog is drinking water regularly to avoid dehydration, this aspect is essential to ensure your well-being.
In our article how to make a dog drink water we give you some keys to achieve it successfully.
You can try and add a powder probiotic to the dog's water, or feed your dog a healthy food brand that includes probiotics in its components. In the case that the diarrhea has been intense the best thing is to provide the animal with a soft diet, in our article what a dog should eat with diarrhea we reveal the best foods for that condition.
Other important measures
In addition to moisturizing your animal and offering a soft diet to be recomposed, you can carry out other measures that will ensure its rapid improvement:
- Empty and clean the dishes or bowls from where the dog feeds several times a day, this way you will prevent water and food from being damaged leading to diarrhea and gastric discomfort.
- Fasten the dog for 12 hours or until it is completely "empty". If the stools are bulky and continue even when the dog is supposed to be "empty, " consult your veterinarian, as it can be a bacterial infection.
- You can give your animal mashed pumpkin, most dogs love its flavor, this is a unique fiber that helps regulate the intestine. This food will make the stool color, but you should not worry about it.
- You can also give him some boiled chicken (shredded after cooked) and white rice . Both are soft foods that will help keep your dog hydrated. Slowly, you can get your dog to return to the eating habits he had before the illness. If diarrhea returns after your dog has returned to its regular diet, consult your veterinarian immediately!
- It is always a good idea to consult with your veterinarian before administering any type of treatment, including natural medicines. Once you have the approval of your veterinarian, administer the medication according to the instructions of the product.
Consult the veterinarian
If your dog is still suffering from diarrhea and / or begins to show other symptoms, take your pet to see a veterinarian, as it may be an underlying medical condition that requires specific treatment.
- Always before administering any medication or modifying the diet of your dog consult it before with the veterinarian.
- These tips should be applied only for cases of mild diarrhea. In case of other symptoms (fever, abdominal pain etc.) go immediately to the veterinarian.