One of the key factors behind the survival of canines is their digestive system. For starters, it is adapted to an omnivorous diet meaning the dog can eat a wide variety of foods. Secondly, it’s able to process just about anything the dog eats, and with their poorly developed sense of taste, dogs eat some stuff you don’t even want to know about.
It is therefore not surprising that dogs suffer the occasional bout of diarrhea. In fact, the amazing thing is that they don’t get it more often.
There are a number of reasons why a dog may get diarrhea including, anxiety, worms, an intestinal tract disorder or a more serious illness. It could also be a simple tummy upset. The thing is, you can never know for sure, so it’s always best to speak to a vet.
The vet will, in all likelihood, rule out anything serious and may prescribe medication to clear up the condition. But are you aware that there are also natural treatments that work just as well?
Here are some home remedies you can try (provided, of course, the diarrhea is not associated with a more serious disease);
There are quite a few homeopathic medicines for treating dog diarrhea, including arsenicum album and aloe. The right medicine to use will depend on the dog’s symptoms, such as the consistency of the stool.
Slippery Elm and L- Glutamine are both effective in treating inflammation in the gastrointestinal walls. Catnip is useful for treating flatulence, while Bayberry is a good medium for clearing bacterial infections.
Fiber Rich Foods
Fiber rich foods are excellent for promoting good intestinal health. Not only do they soften the stool in the case of constipation, but they also clear toxins from the system, thus eliminating a common cause of diarrhea.
In the wild, dogs get most of their fiber from grasses, but feeding foods like brown rice or pasta, pumpkin and oatmeal on a regular basis is an effective way to ensure a healthy digestive system.
ProbioticsProbiotic foods contain live bacteria cultures, so you are actually introducing bacteria to the body. The difference is that these are “good” bacteria that restore balance to the system.
There are a number of probiotic powders on the market specifically for dogs. These are generally tasteless, and can be added to food as a supplement.
If your dog has diarrhea, or is recovering from a bout of diarrhea, it is important that he takes in food and water. However, you don’t want to feed the dog anything that will make the problem worse.
For the first day you should withhold all food, but ensure that the dog gets plenty of water. From day two, begin to feed the dog a bland diet (boiled skinless chicken and rice is ideal). Continue with this diet until his condition returns to normal. Remember to always have fresh water available and to monitor his water intake as dogs with diarrhea are at risk of dehydration.
As advised earlier, you should always consult a vet first if your dog has diarrhea. However, once the vet has ruled out anything serious, the methods above are often just as effective as medication.