Diarrhoea in Dogs, A Common Issue with a Simple Cure…
Diarrhoea in dogs is one of the main reasons people end up on our page. And we’re often not talking about the occasional episode here! Most of us would not be trawling for answers after just one occasion. The occasional stomach upset can happen to us all, certainly with dogs who get their noses into all types of things. However, it is more than likely that you are here as your dog is suffering from recurring diarrhoea. They might even have anal gland issues as a result of the soft poo. These are dogs that can never seem to put the weight on.
The Cause of Recurring Diarrhoea in Dogs is The Wrong Food…
Everyone wants to know what they can put in to stop diarrhoea in dogs happening. However more important than what you put in at this point it what you take out of the diet, certainly for dogs where diarrhoea keeps happening. Far and away the most common cause of diarrhoea in dogs is wheat gluten (most dry food, dog treats, bread, pasta, biscuits, etc). But there are a number of other causes too. Please see our article on colitis/IBS in dogs for more on these.
The Solution to Diarrhoea in Dogs
The immediate solution to diarrhoea in dogs is the same as it is in humans
- Skip a meal or two
- Leave out fresh water (maybe with a pinch of sugar and salt in it)
- His next meals should be a nice, home-made, easy to digest diet. Ideally, this would be a plain, low-fat, easy to digest hypoallergenic raw dog food diet which you can make yourself, such as turkey mince (cooked or raw) and cooked mash potato (not rice)
- Adding some probiotics will help the micro-flora in the guts. Probiotic yoghurt is OK (always use the full-fat version, low fat means high sugar which a troubled gut does not need) although specialised canine probiotics are far more effective (they’re different to us in there, don’t forget)
- Pick up some slippery elm or marshmallow (two herbs that do the same thing though the latter is more readily available) in the local health store! Great for tums! Our product BioFunction8 is especially for guts and contains these herbs and more!
Most important for a dog suffering recurring bouts of diarrhoea is the long-term diet plan. You need to remove the most common causes of diarrhoea in dogs as the article on IBS in dogs highlights (dry food, pet store treats, all wheat, cooked meat, nasty chemicals, the easy-to-reach bin) and move them to a fresh, biologically appropriate and hypo-allergenic diet, one that you know will not irritate the gut. In this regard, I strongly recommend duck or turkey meat mixes. I don’t buy from pet food companies at this point as I can’t be sure of cross-contamination from other meats. I’d use a butchers.
Leave your drugs in the chemists pot if you can cure your patient with food
Hippocrates, founder of modern medicine, 400yrs BC