Treat Dog Diarrhea Naturally

Learn how to treat dog diarrhea using home remedies. 

Comet enjoyed his last hikes despite intermittent bouts of diarrhea when his health was declining.

I did not treat his dog diarrhea with medication. Instead, I often fed him cooked rice and broth to settle his stomach and replace the liquids lost.

GSD thin from diarrhea and vomiting due to cancer.

When to Take Your Dog to the Vet

However, there are definitely times when you will want to take your dog to the vet for runny stool.

  • Bloody diarrhea that smells like raw hamburger and looks like raspberry jam (hemorraghic gastroenteritis). Could be caused by cancer or acute pancreatitis.
  • Continuous amounts of pure blood from the rectum - same as above.
  • Continuous diarrhea. This will dehydrate your dog and could easily be fatal if the liquids are not replaced pronto.

Possible Causes of Dog Diarrhea

  • Garbage eating
  • Cheap kibble
  • Cancer
  • Other diseases or illnesses such as Parvo virus
  • Too much food at once
  • Too much fatty food

The first thing you want to do is figure out whether the dog has eaten something he or she shouldn't have.

That is, if the dog has been healthy otherwise and had the proper round of Parvo virus shots as a puppy.

There are many possibilities:

How to Treat Dog Diarrhea:
Natural Remedies

Diarrhea Relief for Dogs by Maureen from Plainfield, IL

If you want diarrhea relief for dogs, there's a simple remedy: Canned pumpkin!!!! Not the kind w/ the spices... but just the regular pumpkin. Sometimes I will give 1/2 the can, (I have 70 lb dogs). This gives a lot of fiber so their poop firms right up. And they love it! 

If you have a smaller dog, try freezing dollups (heaping tablespoons). Then you can thaw when needed. Too much of it can give diarrhea (so if they're constipated it works too!). 

*** Note if your pup continues to have the runs after the pumpkin trick - it could be something that he needs to see the vet for. 

Lisa commented: My vet just told me a couple weeks ago to use pumpkin for constipation! What a multi-purpose food. LOL

Diarrhea Remedy for Dogs by Brian from Rhode Island

My dog was having "loose stools" and I fed him ground beef and rice and it helped "firm him up."

Editor's note: Thank you, Brian. We have always been told to just feed plain rice for a dog with diarrhea for the first day or two, but if a dog can handle the beef too it seems like a better option since beef will provide protein and other things that rice will not. Note that you might want to cook the beef just in case the dog's immunity is down - a vet recently advised us to do that with Comet. Also, you may want to pour off the grease if you are using ground beef high in fat and your dog's tummy is still upset.

Contributor Lisa says: Or try cottage cheese and rice. You can add cooked chicken to that too or beef if you prefer. I have heard that yogurt is helpful but I haven't tried that yet. I like different options in case one doesn't work.

I have found that canned pumpkin works for constipation but not the pie filling kind. Just plain canned pumpkin. My dog hates pumpkin so its a hassle to give it to her.

Editor's note: Lisa, that's interesting you should mention cottage cheese and yogurt to treat dog diarrhea. We gave yogurt to Comet for the probiotics to help with his digestion while he was wasting away from cancer. Diarrhea was a problem on and off. He also loved cottage cheese and seemed to have no problem with it. Small amounts of food also helped. 

One More Way to Treat Dog Diarrhea by Jo, editor of this site

Another cause of diarrhea may be what you are feeding the dog (or what the dog has managed to get into by him or herself!)

I know that when we were feeding our Lab-Shepherd mix, FB, cheap kibble due to a constrained budget that his stool was often loose and he would poop big piles.

Once we were able to afford a better kibble (from PetsMart rather than the local grocery store), his stool firmed up and he pooped about half the amount - much easier for cleanup on those walks!

The other benefit was that he had had a flea allergy when he was eating the cheap food and his skin and coat cleared up with the better kibble - the fleas mostly left him alone after that.

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