How To Stop Dog Diarrhea
If you have a dog, sooner or later you're going to need to know how to stop dog diarrhea, and you're going to need to know fast! As much as we like to think of our dogs as little people, the truth is they still have that scavenger instinct, and are happy to eat just about any piece of garbage they can get their paws on. Anything they find on the floor or in the garbage can is fair pickings for them. Unfortunately, many of these things lead to an upset stomach and dog diarrhea. But there are a few things you can do to help your four legged pal get over the worst of it.
- If your dog is under one year of age or is not vaccinated, you should take it to a veterinarian immediately. Diarrhea can be a symptom of several very serious diseases, including parvo virus. Additionally, small dogs and puppies can become dehydrated very quickly, turning what might have started as a minor problem into something life threatening.
- If you need to stop dog diarrhea in an adult dog who is not showing other signs of illness such as vomiting, fever or lethargy, you can try treatment at home first. Your first course of action should be to withhold food for 12 to 24 hours. Do not withhold water; your dog needs a constant supply of fresh water to prevent dehydration.
- If the dog diarrhea shows signs of improvement, put it on a bland diet of plain rice and boiled chicken, with no added salt or other spices. Feed small portions, three or four times a day.
If the dog diarrhea was caused by something your dog ate, it should be much improved after two days on a bland diet. If your dog still has diarrhea, or if its condition worsens in any way, you should immediately contact your veterinarian.