No one likes having diarrhea – regardless of if you're human or a dog! The discomfort, the pain and the constant need to use the bathroom can be horrible. So, imagine how hard and awful it must be for your pup when they’re suffering from an upset tummy, too!
Unfortunately for our fluffy friends, they can’t tell us when something is wrong, so we need to make sure that we know how to help them through these tough times. First things first, what has caused the upset tummy? Stress, diet change, allergies or eating something they shouldn’t could all be the root of the doggy diarrhea, but sometimes a runny stool could be an indicator for a larger, more sinister health problem; chronic disease, parasites or a viral/bacterial illness.
Having a poorly pup is never nice as a doggy parent, especially when you’re having to clean up the mess they’re leaving behind with every bathroom break. It is extremely important for you to know when to seek veterinary assistance or when you need a few simple tricks from the comfort of your own home.
Our furry friends can’t talk to us, but if they could, they may say something like, “I don’t like that new treat” or “Help me, my tummy hurts.” It is down to us to know when something is wrong and try and work out the cause of the problem. Although the odd bout of diarrhea is incredibly normal and nothing to concern yourself with, knowing the signs and indicators of something more serious is imperative, like the following:
See your vet as soon as possible if your pup is showing signs of any of the above along with diarrhea. On the other hand, if your pup isn’t showing any of these signs but is still experiencing loose stools, take a look at 5 home remedies that you can try to ease their discomfort:
When your pup is struggling with their tummies, the best thing you can do for them is to reduce the amount of food they’re consuming. Sometimes, when the issue is small, the best thing for you to do as the puppy parent is to give their gastrointestinal tract some time to heal and rest. How do you do this? Well, our advice is to avoid any food for 12 – 24 hours to allow your pup’s system to flush through any issues that are causing the problem.
While your pup is in this fasting stage, you need to make sure that they stay hydrated. Having water available for them throughout the day will be perfect, but keep an eye on them – don’t let them drink too much at once as this can induce vomiting and may even cause more loose stools.
Once the fasting 24 hours are over, it is time for you to introduce food back into your dog’s body. If they’re still struggling and suffering from diarrhea, keep them off food for another 12 hours and introduce when the loose stools have stopped.
As the cause of your pup’s bad tummy could be due to something they have eaten – or even an allergy they have developed from their normal food, you will need to make sure that they are re-introduced to food with a very simple diet. Slowly get them to eat small portions of plain, boiled white meat – like chicken, finely shredded over plain, boiled white rice.
But we can’t forget those puppies with grain intolerances or on a grain-free diet! For these adorable pups why not try mashed banana? Every few hours, get your four-legged friend to eat 2 spoon-fulls of mashed banana and gradually increase the amount as the day goes on. After the 24 hours period of bland food is over, still introduce their normal food slowly, starting with 75% plain and 25% of their normal food. Continue this for a day or two, then mix 50/50 and reduce every day until your pup is back to their normal, healthy self.
Just like us humans, when our pups suffer from diarrhea, the healthy bacteria in their tummies are expelled along with the bad bacteria, so it is important to re-gain these as soon as possible. How? A probiotic is the best option. This can be simple and easy – and you don’t have to change their diet too drastically to get the probiotic into their system. Plain, live yogurt will do the trick. Add a spoonful or two into your pup’s simple dinners (while they’re in the 50/50 stage) and mix. The natural and healthy bacteria from the yogurt will help your pup’s stomach health.
The best thing when your pup has a funny tummy is to provide them with foods that will not cause any more bother. Pumpkin puree, chia seeds, and plantains are all great sources for healing and supporting stomach problems. The pumpkin in particular (which is in an abundance this time of year) is full of fiber which can help keep stools solid and healthy. Chia seeds are also a great source of fiber, along with having the ability to absorb excess water, whereas plantain can provide important antimicrobial properties, which are extremely beneficial to support your pup’s overall health once the problem has paced.
Of course, we recommend that you consult with your vet before you make large changes to your dog’s diet…you don’t want to do something to cause more stomach problems.
It is always a good idea to try and get ahead of health problems, regardless of whether your dog has never had previous difficulties – knowing that you’re supporting them in the best way is important as a puppy parent.
Giving your pup an extra boost to help support their overall health is the perfect way to prevent and ease tummy issues. Our Multivitamin Chews are delicious, tasty treats that have been formulated to improve your pup’s natural defenses and keep them happy and healthy for longer, avoiding bugs and irritants that can upset their tummies.
A bout of diarrhea is never nice, whether it lasts a few days or longer - leading to something more serious, it isn’t fun for you and it defiantly isn’t fun for your furry pal either. As long as you’re aware of what you need to look out for to get further medical advice, you can support your pup in the correct way, helping them to make a full recovery and say goodbye to those wet stools and uncomfortable bellies.