If you’re anything like most dog parents, chances are you already have your share of cleaning up wet, loose stools that have unfortunately come from your canine family member. And it’s highly likely that you’ve used conventional medicines once or twice to take care of this pet health problem, too.
But the thing is that there are actually natural remedies you can use to properly deal with diarrhea in dogs. Make sure you follow along because I’m going to walk you through what these are in just a few moments.
Let’s kick things off by finding out what exactly diarrhea in dogs is…
Unlike what a lot of people mistakenly think, diarrhea in dogs is not a disease in itself. It is rather a symptom of an illness that may have affected the overall function of your pet’s gastrointestinal tract, resulting in unformed stools that are mostly made up of water.
The most significant attribute of diarrhea in dogs is it derails the normal workings of the gastrointestinal tract. Besides preventing the intestines to properly absorb the ideal amount of nutrients and electrolytes from the foods ingested by your canine family member, it also speeds up the time it takes for fecal material to be expelled from your pet’s body.
It is crucial to keep in mind that the presence of blood in the loose stools as well as the intensity of its smell may be an indication that the underlying condition your dog may be suffering from requires immediate care and attention.
Now we’ve got that covered, let’s talk about the possible causes of dog diarrhea…
What’s really interesting is that there are a number of possible reasons why your precious pet is going through diarrhea in dogs. I’ve made a quick list of these factors so you can easily take note of them:
Abrupt change in his regular food or treats
Accidental ingestion of spoiled or contaminated food
Consumption of foreign objects such as plastic, rubber, and aluminum foil
Ingestion of contaminated water or beverage
Ingestion of toxic substances like poisonous mushrooms
Ingestion of harmful chemicals such as antifreeze, oven cleaners, and bleach
Use of chemical-based conventional medicines like antibiotics
Escherichia coli (E. Coli)
Other underlying conditions
Inflammatory bowel disease
Kidney or liver issues
Severe bouts anxiety, depression, or stress
Next, let’s discuss the indicators of dog diarrhea that you have to take note of…
Apart from the presence of wet and loose stools, it’s highly likely that your canine family member is going through diarrhea in dogs if you observe the following symptoms:
Sudden lack of appetite or total disregard for food
Retching that is accompanied by occasional drooling
Lethargy and lack of interest in play
On and off bouts of fever
Nausea and vomiting
Now we’ve got that out of the bag, let’s find out if dog diarrhea can be fatal…
Is Diarrhea In Dogs Life-Threatening?
The short answer is no. This is because all dogs will tend to experience canine diarrhea at some point in their lives without any issue. Moreover, it is also one of the most common health problems in dogs worldwide.
But here’s the thing. It’s an entirely different story if your canine family member is still very young, already in his senior years, or is afflicted with a serious underlying condition like parvo, severe anthelmintic parasite infestation, as well as kidney disease.
The lack of nutrients, electrolyte imbalance, and dehydration caused by chronic diarrhea in dogs can possibly lead to fatal consequences if your beloved pet isn’t given the immediate care and attention he needs.
Next, let’s talk about the length of time dog diarrhea typically lasts…
How Long Can Diarrhea Last In Dogs?
Depending on a dog’s age and overall wellness, canine diarrhea usually lasts for a day or two. However, it is not uncommon that this health problem can persist for a week or longer in some cases due to some underlying condition.
It is important to take note that while dehydration is the main issue when it comes to diarrhea in dogs, significant imbalances in electrolyte levels and nutrient absorption also get in the picture if this health issue lingers for more than three days.
Now let’s determine if canine diarrhea can be transmitted from one dog to another…
Is Diarrhea In Dogs Contagious?
Contrary to popular belief, dog diarrhea is not contagious in itself. It is the infections and similar conditions that set off diarrhea in canines that can be passed on from one dog to another.
Just to emphasize, it is the infections, particularly those caused by bacteria, parasites, and viruses that can be transmitted and not the diarrhea in dogs itself. Diarrhea is just a symptom of these health problems.
For the next part of our discussion, let’s answer a question a lot of pet parents and animal lovers have already asked me as a homeopath: can diarrhea in dogs go away on its own?
Can Dog Diarrhea Cure Itself?
While this may sound surprising, canine diarrhea can resolve itself in one or two days provided that the affected dog is generally healthy and is not suffering from any underlying condition. This is how resilient your pet’s natural immune response is.
However, it is crucial that you give your fur baby the care and attention he needs if this health problem lasts for more than three days and is accompanied by other issues such as weakness, dehydration, and sudden appetite loss.
And as I’ve promised earlier, here are the natural remedies that you can go for to properly deal with dog diarrhea…
Oral rehydration solutions help your dog’s gastrointestinal health get back on track.
The Amandeep Group of Hospitals shares that using an Oral Rehydration Solution (ORS) is a simple way to jump-start the gastrointestinal tract to function properly again when diarrhea strikes. ORS also encourages the body to absorb electrolytes like bicarbonate, chloride, sodium and potassium like it usually does.
Making your very own ORS at home to deal with diarrhea in dogs is not that tricky, too. You just have to mix four (4) to five (5) cups of water along with a teaspoon of salt and a tablespoon of sugar or honey in a pot.
Heat the mixture until it boils and let the whole thing cool down completely. Give your pet two to three tablespoons per meal time. Alternatively, you can also thoroughly integrate the homemade ORS with your canine family member’s food.
Pumpkins Provide A Much Needed Boost Of Dietary Fiber.
According to a study published in Today’s Veterinary Practice, pumpkin contains both fermentable and non-fermentable types of dietary fiber that not just helps with the ideal function of the colon and beneficial gut microbiota, but also increases fecal bulk to do away with unformed stools.
The most straightforward way of using pumpkin when dealing with diarrhea in dogs is by plainly boiling the same in water until it is fork tender. Depending on your pet’s size, mash an adequate amount and add it to his food.
Additionally, make sure you do not give your canine family member no more than four tablespoons of pumpkin each day. Besides encouraging flatulence, too much fiber can also potentially lead to abdominal cramps.
Rice Water Helps The Gut Absorb Nutrients Properly.
Here’s a quick recipe for rice water that you can use when dealing with diarrhea in dogs. Boil two (2) cups of rice in four (4) cups of water. Let the mixture boil until it takes on a slightly viscous consistency.
When the whole thing has completely cooled down, you can serve it immediately to your dog as a water substitute. Alternatively, you can also add a bit of honey to the rice water to make it more appetizing to your pet.
Yogurt Helps Keep Bad Bacteria In The Gastrointestinal Tract In Check.
Another study in the NCBI emphasized the beneficial effects of plain yogurt in the gastrointestinal tract, particularly in helping maintain a thriving population of good bacteria in the gut. The researchers also point out that the majority of these benefits are from the Lactobacillus casei in plain yogurt.
When using plain yogurt during canine diarrhea, a single tablespoon is already sufficient for a whole day’s serving. Just remember to only go for the plain variety and not for its sweetened or flavored counterparts to be extra sure for your pet’s safety. Some sweetened or flavored yogurts may contain xylitol or an artificial sweetener that is harmful to dogs.
And while we’re on the subject of natural options to go for when dealing with dog diarrhea, here’s something you should consider including in your home pet care ensemble…
A Natural Product to Check Out in keeping Diarrhea in Dogs At Bay
Zumalka’s HAPPY GUT is a homeopathic remedy that promotes healthy digestion and bowel movement. Besides being formulated to help deal with inflammations in the gastrointestinal tract, this product also soothes digestive upsets to get your pet feeling back to normal in no time.
HAPPY GUT is designed to address root causes of pet gastrointestinal issues and not just their symptoms to effectively resolve any short or long-term digestive upsets your animal family member may have.
Moreover, HAPPY GUT is also a handy product to have in your home pet care checklist to take care of constipation, diarrhea, vomiting, gas buildup, burning anus, including loose stools triggered by stage fright and fear or even food abuse.
A Final Word
Just to emphasize, diarrhea in dogs is a health problem that can significantly affect your canine family member’s quality of life if not given the attention it really deserves. But unlike what a lot of people mistakenly think, conventional medicines are not just your only option when dealing with this issue.
There are actually natural remedies—backed by concrete scientific evidence, too—that you can go for to support your pet during dog diarrhea. Apart from being able to get the job done, your canine family member won’t also be in for any adverse side effects sooner or later. And the best thing about these natural remedies is that you probably have them in your kitchen or pantry already!
If you’ve found these natural remedies for diarrhea in dogs fascinating, then you’ll be pleased to know that there are still lots of homeopathic options that you have yet to discover.
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Naturally with you and your pet, every step of the way!
HOMEOPATH & CO-FOUNDER OF ZUMALKA
Suzie Cyrenne co-founded Zumalka over five years ago, and has worked in naturopathic pet medicine for more than six. Day-to-day, she works as the lead manager for the Zumalka staff and specializes in training the team to have thorough knowledge of pet health and the company’s extensive line of naturopathic remedies.
Suzie has gained a lot of experience from years spent in the pet health field and she earned her degree in Homeopathy at the School of Classical Homeopathy in Quebec, Canada, (a partner of the European Academy of Natural Medicine (AEMN) in France).
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