What to Do If Your Dog Gets Diarrhea

Diarrhea is quite a common canine affliction as your pet will put almost anything in its mouth. This problem is a symptom of gastrointestinal issues and is characterized by loose, frequent stools which may be accompanied by abdominal pain and lethargy. Diarrhea varies in duration, intensity, and frequency from one dog to another.

While you might not be able to completely prevent diarrhea in your pet, knowing as much as you can about it could help you limit the occurrence of these nasty episodes.

Causes of Diarrhea in Dogs

Quite a number of things can disrupt your dog’s digestive system balance causing diarrhea. Some of the most common causes of loose stools in dogs include:

  •  Dietary indiscretion - eating spoiled food could lead to what is referred to as garbage toxicosis in veterinary circles. If your dog eats something inappropriate such as too much grass or rocks, it could irritate the digestive system resulting in diarrhea.
  • Sudden change in your dog’s diet – it takes a few days for your pet’s digestive system to adapt to new diets. This is the reason why most dog-food companies instruct pet owners to go slow when switching from one dog food brand to another.
  • Food intolerance – just like humans, your dog may be hypersensitive to dairy foods or those rich in gluten and fats.
  • Parasites – intestinal parasites such as roundworms, whipworms, hookworms, coccidia, and giardia could be the underlying cause of your pet’s loose stool. These can lead to severe stomach problems. Therefore, take your dog to the vet immediately you suspect parasitic infestation for a proper diagnosis and prognosis.
  • Stress – dogs are sensitive creatures and are prone to highs and lows. Irregular bowel movement in your dog could be caused by stress, anxiety, and emotional imbalance.
  • Medication – most medications administered on your four-legged friend have gastrointestinal side effects such as diarrhea.

How to Stop Dog Diarrhea Naturally at Home

ChiaFreezeAlthough undesirable, diarrhea is nature’s way of helping your pet flush out toxins from its system. As long as your pet is not overly lethargic, there are no blood spots in the stool, and it does not show signs of being in pain, it is safe to try to treat diarrhea naturally through the following ways:-

  • Keep your pet hydrated – just like humans, diarrhea in your pet dehydrates him pretty fast. Make sure your pet drinks lots of clean water. If need be, add Pedialyte or beef/chicken broth to the water to motivate him to drink.
  • Activated charcoal – this is an effective treatment for dog intoxication and is sold in most drug stores. Depending on your dog’s size and if it has no other clinical symptoms, add one to three tablets or half a teaspoon to one teaspoon of activated charcoal powder to your dog’s drinking water.
  •  Chiafreeze – this natural food for your pet is made from natural ingredients such as Chia seeds, raw goat milk, yogurt, and coconut flour. Chia is rich in omega-3 healthy fats, protein, fiber along with minerals such as calcium, manganese, and phosphorous. Once consumed, Chia seed gel and absorb toxins from your pet’s digestive system. Raw goat milk is packed with vitamins, minerals, proteins, fatty acids, enzymes, trace elements, probiotics, and prebiotics. Raw goat milk helps in the digestion process and is more tolerable for your pet compared to cow’s milk. Coconut flour is roughly 60% pure flour and is a detoxification booster.
  • Canned pumpkin – plain canned pumpkin is great for your dog as has high fiber content. It is also a rich source of vitamins, minerals, and prebiotics. Add one to four tablespoons of pumpkin to your pet’s food depending on its size.

When Should I be Concerned about Dog Diarrhea?

If your pet is experiencing diarrhea due to diet changes or because he ate something inappropriate, he is probably okay, and diarrhea will resolve in a day or two with simple home care. However, if dog diarrhea persists for more than two days or are accompanied by the following symptoms, you will need to contact your vet right away. 

  • Lots of blood in the stool (this is characterized by red blood or dark/blackish stool)
  • Vomiting
  •  Lack of appetite
  • Reduced urination
  • Pain and discomfort
  • Extreme lethargy
  •  Changes in behavior

Your pet’s wellbeing is likely to be compromised by ongoing diarrhea if he is too small, too young, very old, or if he is already battling another medical condition such as kidney disease or diabetes. Such dogs can rapidly succumb to dehydration.

Google Review

  • My dogs LOVE their new food!! I used to feed them dry kibble and they would leave their food in the bowls for 2 days before they would eat. Now they wake me up in the morning ready to eat. They also have so much more energy, they act like they are puppies again. The customer service is awesome! Too bad all companies don't have this kind of service. I will continue to buy Steve's Real Food for my dogs.

    Kelley Dillon Avatar
    Kelley Dillon
  • CONVENIENT, RELIABLE, DOGS LOVE THE FOOD I switched my dogs to a raw diet about 2 months ago. My older dog was panting a lot and he had a potato sized growth on his shoulder. The growth is now the size of an egg and his excessive panting has stopped. My younger dog was overweight despite the fact that she was very active and on a strict low calorie diet. She has slimmed down quite a bit.

    Trish C Avatar
    Trish C
  • We were skeptical of feeding raw. Finally we decided to take the plunge. The first surprise was, my dogs loved it. And the goat milk yogurt is a complete hit! They all love it. We had one small issue with the shipping and after one email everything was taken care of. But now that it's been several months we have noticed many other things. None of my dogs chew on their feet anymore. None of my dogs have itchy flaky skin anymore. And they are all pretty and shiny with tons of energy.

    Denise Moitoza Avatar
    Denise Moitoza
  • My dog was a picky eater and overweight. After 4 months of eating this raw diet he is almost at his recommended weight. I no longer have to coax him to eat by doctoring up his kibble. He eats the food as is and empties his bowl right away.

    Carrie Thompson Avatar
    Carrie Thompson
  • I wanted to give a shout out to Tara at the corporate office. She really went above and beyond! I had several questions about switching my dog over to raw food and the transition that's involved. She met with me in person and took the time to listen and gave me some great suggestions/feedback to my questions. She shared what her own dog went through and how raw dog food helped. Tara made me feel comfortable and was so kind and thoughtful to take the time out of her busy day to be so helpful. My dog is LOVING the food and has been transitioning very smoothly. Thanks so much for being so awesome, Tara. It meant a lot to me and because of the experience I had and the kindness you showed to me, I will continue to be a grateful customer and will recommend Steve's to all my fellow dog moms and dads.

    Susan Romney Avatar
    Susan Romney

Connect With Us

Contact us

Steve's Real Food

2034 East Fort Union
Cottonwood , UT 84121
United States