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Treating Diarrhea

Home Remedies for Diarrhea

Diarrhia that does not cause dehydration can be treated at home. Adult dogs with no fever will drink enough water to remain hydrated if moderate to severe diarrhia does not persist for more than 24 hours. Young pupppies and elderly dogs with acute diarrhia are at high risk for dehydration and you should not try to treat them at home, they should be seen by a veterinarian.

Some home remedies include:

Coconut Milk
Coconut flakes
Coconut Macaroon Cookies
Canned Pumpkin

Too much coconut or pumpkin can be constipating, before starting any treatments please check with your vet to see how much to give to your pooch.

Other Remedies Include:


These drugs are safe when used as directed by a veterinarian.

Acute Diarrhia

The most important step in treating acute diarrhea is to rest the GI tract by not feeding for 24 hours. The dog should only be drinking and encouraged to drink plenty of water. With persistent diarrhea, consider giving a supplemental electrolyte solution such as Pedialyte, available over-the-counter in pharmacies and grocery stores. Dilute it one-half with water and add it to the dog’s drinking bowl. If the dog won’t drink the electrolyte solution, offer water only.

Acute diarrhea will usually respond within 24 hours to intestinal rest. Start the dog on an easily digestible diet that is low in fat. Examples are boiled hamburger (one part drained meat to two parts cooked rice) and boiled chicken with the skin removed. Cooked white rice, cottage cheese, cooked macaroni and soft boiled eggs are other easily digestible foods. Feed three or four small meals a day for the first two days. Then slowly switch the diet back to the dogs regular food.

ALWAYS consult your veterinarian for questions or concerns!

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