The number one question you frequently ask to vets is what to do when your dog has diarrhea. We are not vets but we can help you learn a few things that would make diarrhea stop and tell you when you need to visit a vet. Diarrhea is not an illness but is a symptom and in most cases it is a symptom of a dysfunction in the gastrointestinal tract and can be treated efficiently and easily at home. In some other cases of diarrhea it is an indication of a more complex matter that needs you to visit a doctor.
Warning signs accompanied with diarrhea
- Black stool ( indication of blood)
- Loss of appetite
- Very long duration of diarrhea
You should look out for the above signs, if any of them occurred with the diarrhea you should visit a doctor right away. In normal cases when only diarrhea is present, the below courses of action can be taken from home.
- It is recommended to avoid giving your dog any food for 12 to 24 hours, but continue supplying with water so not to cause dehydration. After 24 hours start giving your dog small meals of boiled rice and chicken or any bland food until stool is firm again then you can switch back to whatever diet your dog was on.
- Another way suggested is to give your dog rice water, in addition to the regular water they drink. To make rice water you simply need one cup of rice boiled in 4 cups of water for 20 minutes. You then remove the rice and let your dog drink from the rice water as much as he/she can, after it cools.
These are all home remedies that you can try at home but remember if any warning signs start to occur you need to visit a vet right away.
Written by Farah Khaled
Sources: Pet MD , The Bark , The fun times guide for dogs