Diarrhoea In Dogs, A Common Issue With A Simple Cure. Here's Dr Conor Brady with more...
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 and that is something we are total specialists at fixing.
Below are a few tips and a handy video to summarise the best approach to fix the issue so it doesn’t keep happening. If you need specialised help you can book me for a consultation.
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. If your dog is suffering recurring diarrhoea then it’s likely you’re making some simple mistakes diet-wise. The first he’s likely to be dry fed. Dogs should be fed species appropriate raw dog food. That aside, the most common causes of diarrhoea in dogs is wheat but also nasty food chemicals and terrible pet store treats. Thus, I suggest, once you fix the immediate issue with the advice below, then please check out the most popular article on our site Allergy in Dogs. It will explain the dietary cause and solution to this all-too-common in dogs.
Leave your drugs in the chemists pot if you can cure your patient with food
Hippocrates, founder of modern medicine, 400yrs BC
The Immediate 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, let him dry up a bit
- Leave out fresh, ideally distilled, water. The reason for this is that most water contains a lot of chlorine and that won’t help the struggling good bacteria in his guts. To this water, I would add with a pinch of good quality salt, something like Himalayan rock salt (find on Amazon) as it’s full of useful electrolytes. To this, I would also add a good tablespoon of local honey, not just for energy but it’s also great for troubled guts.
- His next meals should be a nice, home-made, easy to digest diet. Ideally, this would be a plain, low-fat, easy to digest meal which you can make yourself. I recommend a 50/50 mix of carbs and cooked meat, e.g. 50% boiled oats (porridge) with tinned tuna or cooked turkey mince. Small meals.
- To his food, you can add some bits that help shore up the soft poo. The first is a good fibre supplement. We have StoolRite (see below). It’s a seaweed fibre which also acts as an anti-inflammatory, settling the gut. Shipped worldwide, it costs €17 ($19) for 200g. If you’re short on cash, simply boil up some sweet potato with the skin on (that’s where the good stuff is). Mash and add a dollop to the diet above, that should bind things together for your poor dog.
- Other herbs sure to help him that you will find on Amazon are slippery elm or marshmallow, two herbs that do the same thing, which is regenerate the mucous lining of the gut, though the latter is grown more sustainably. We add these herbs in organic and a few others to StoolRite in another product BioFunction8 is especially for guts and contains these herbs and more, though I would go for plain StoolRite myself first, and it’s a touch cheaper!
- Adding some probiotics should 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 (as meat eaters, they’re different to us in there, don’t forget, the fact you’re not feeding him like one is part of his current problem!). Easily sourced on Amazon.