dog diarrheaUnfortunately, diarrhea occurs in dogs for a lot of different reasons.

So, I’ve tried to list some of the most common reasons and treatment options for you.

Each of these can cause a dog to have a bout of short term digestive distress.

However, if the underlying problem (such as food or disease) isn’t identified and corrected, your dog will most likely continue with routine problems such as unformed, messy stool.

If loose bowels are caused by something more serious such as disease, then the episodes are often more frequent, on and off, and last for longer periods of time.

So, it’s important that you pay attention to your dog’s stool on a daily basis.  Keep in mind that the appearance of your dog’s bowel movements tells a lot.

Possible Causes For Diarrhea in Dogs

  • Getting into the garbage and eating trash
  • Drinking standing water from puddles, ponds, streams, etc.
  • Over eating
  • Feeding table scraps; not all table scraps, just those that are TOO rich for dogs (gravies, sauces, extra spicy) etc.
  • Low grade kibble
  • Diet change
  • Nervousness and anxiety disorders
  • Disease/Illness (eg: IBD, Colitis, Parvo & Distemper to name a few)
  • Consumed Poison
  • Beach diarrhea (ingesting sea water)
  • Toad licking (there are 2 very toxic toads within the U.S. – Colorado River toad found in the South West & Marine toads found in Texas and Florida)

If any of the following apply – see a vet!

  • If your dog has had diarrhea with no improvement for more than two days.
  • If blood is present.
  • If your dog is lethargic or has difficulty breathing.
  • If accompanied by vomiting.
  • Fever.
  • Ingested poison.
  • Weight loss.
  • Frequent episodes of watery , messy stool.

Immediate Treatment to Eliminate Your Dog’s Diarrhea

I’m listing some ideas below on how to immediately treat the stool problem, but also how to treat and eliminate future problems with recommended products. Don’t get carried away and try a bunch of different products at one time.  Take it slow.  Review the products that I recommend and move forward from there.  If one doesn’t work, try another while keeping in mind that food or food related allergies might be the problem if your continues to show little to no improvement.

  • Evaluate your dog’s diet closely. Are you sure that you’re feeding a good food?  What your dog eats can lead to chronic diarrhea that’s often caused by IBS or IBD (irritable bowel syndrome or inflammatory bowel disease).  Trust me, it’s cheaper to feed your dog correctly than it is to try and correct an ongoing problem that is often related to your dog’s food intake.
    • If your dog is generally healthy, but his stool is a mess and nothing happened to cause the messy stool (drinking contaminated water, etc.), then it’s most likely related to poor diet.  You have to be willing to feed your dog a meal that agrees with him. You can’t and shouldn’t try and cover up the problem by relying on products that just temporarily relieves the diarrhea, which happens because the intestinal cells are damaged. See the supplement below that I recommend to help build intestinal cells. You can also add probiotics which provide a healthy flora and keep your dog’s gut intact. But, they don’t always work alone.
  • With hold food for 12 to 24 hours is the first thing Vet’s usually recommend. However, be careful with puppies and smaller dogs who run the risk of hypoglycemia. 12 hrs. might work better for these guys.
  •  Jasmine rice is very sticky once cooked and works best with boiled chicken (squeeze excess water from chicken) or  boiled ground beef (drain fat, rinse and blot beef dry with paper towels) after the 12-24 hr. period and continue this bland diet for 2 days.
  • If and only if your dog isn’t showing signs of any serious illness, restrict his water intake and give him small drinks at a time for 24 hours. It’s important that you don’t allow your dog to become dehydrated.  Give ice cubes if your dog will eat them.
  • Avoid giving dogs with diarrhea pumpkin. More often than not, it causes much bigger problems.
  • Feed 3 small meals daily vs free  feeding.
  • Here’s a recipe for rice water. Boil 1 cup rice to 4 cups water for 25 minutes. Drain the liquid.  Allow him to drink as often as he wants. If he doesn’t respond to the rice water, try adding a little (one teaspoon) chicken baby food.
  • You can administer Pedialyte by mixing 50/50 with his water to help with hydration for the first 24 hours. This helps to replace lost electrolytes.
  • Pepto Bismol or Kaopectate (both of these products contain salicylates – see warning below): The dosage for dogs is 1/2 to 1 teaspoon per 5 pounds of body weight. No more than 2 tablespoons 3 times daily, or one table per 15 pounds of body weight up to 3 times a day. This should only be used for temporary relief and not on a regular basis. I prefer Pepto Bismol over Kaopectate. Warning: NEVER use any product that contains salicylates if you’re giving your dog aspirin or any type of NSAID such as Rimadyl, Metacam, Deramaxx, Etogesic, etc. without talking to your dog’s vet first. NEVER GIVE CATS PEPTO BISMOL.

Recommended Products To Eliminate Reoccurring Problems

  • The Honest Kitchen Form is an ALL NATURAL EFFECTIVE supplement that supposedly works very well for dogs who experience frequent digestive problems, although I’ve never personally used it for my own dogs. It’s natural and could be a great product to have on hand.  It’s inexpensive and receives glowing reviews.
  • Another great product I recently learned about is called Seacure. It’s a whitefish protein that can work wonders for diarrhea stemming from IBS. Read reviews.
  • L-Glutamine is an amino acid that many dogs lack due to poor diet and not enough quality protein such as meat and fish. L-glutamine works by replacing intestinal cells. It is often recommended for dogs suffering from chronic bowel problems. It’s also very good for leaky gut and food allergies. I use this myself. :)  Daily dosage can range anywhere from 250-3000 milligrams.  Start slow!!  This is the exact product that I use myself.
  • The MOST IMPORTANT tip of all if your dog continues to have soft, messy stool is to feed a better food .  You have got to avoid supermarket foods and others such as Ol Roy, Purina (including Beneful), etc.  If kibble is a must, look to foods such as Fromms Four Star Nutritionals, Carna4, Acana.  Your dog will be happy and it will show in his or her stool.

You can find additional help in the comments below. If you have any home remedies for treating doggy diarrhea that you can share, please add your own comment below.

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  • Corrine
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    Hi,
    Thank you so much for all of your help with this site. I came here to help my 2 year old Pom, she is only 5 pounds. She has had a bout of diarrhea for over a week. We brought her to the vet, all her tests and stool sample came back without issue. They gave me meds for the diarrhea and antibiotics and nothing has helped yet. The meds appears to make her groggy….sleepy and a lack of energy.

    I am led to believe that dried chicken treats from Trader Joes are to blame. She has been eating them at least once a day, small piece…but possible a bad batch? I have thrown them all out after reading that dried chicken treats have been linked to illness and even death.

    I have been feeding her rice and chicken since she got sick. She is very fickle with her food. Eats all the chicken and leaves the rice. I have tried yogurt and she wont eat that either. I already spent $600 at the vet. I am hoping these changes help to rid her of this, but havent seem any progress yet.

    Any reccomendations? I worry because she is so small.

    From reading your site I purchased the Wellness canned food, fromms dry food, the NWC Naturals probiotics and the Vetri-science cell advance and will start those shortly.

    Thanks for any advice you may have.

    • janie knetzer
      Reply

      Hi Corrine:

      I’m sorry to hear about your little girl, and thank you for your kind words. Yes, by all means, always stay away from chicken jerky coming from China. Anything coming from China. The packaging can be tricky and you have to read the front, back and small print. Some things are manufactured in China and sent here to the U.S. to simply place in the packaging. These jerky treats have killed many dogs.

      Try baking a sweet potato and mashing it, then adding it to the boiled chicken. See if she’ll eat it, and give it to her in small portions 3 times daily. See if that works Corrine and I recommend that you start her on the supplements as soon as possible since both will help with recovery. An excellent inexpensive product to keep on hand at all times is called “Form”. It’s made by The Honest Kitchen and it’s all natural and works very well for diarrhea issues.

      I hope this helps. Let me know if this works.

      Janie

  • shalabh
    Reply

    My 3.5 month puppy recently survived parvo.

    But, in the last 3 days, everything seemed normal until today. His stool is not watery, but very loose. Maybe it’s because he stole my piece of pizza and ate it, plus he ate a calcium bone. I am worried about him.

    Please help.

    • janie knetzer
      Reply

      Hi Shalabh:
      I’m sorry that your puppy isn’t feeling well. Try withholding food for 12 hours. Give an ice cube every couple of hours instead of water for the next 12 hours.

      After that, can you try feeding him a bland diet for a couple of days such as boiled chicken and rice (drained of water). Or, as I mentioned in the above article, you can try feeding rice water for a day. Feed in small portions.

      Janie

  • Leigha
    Reply

    Hi Janie,

    I posted a while back about our retriever Buddy. This is the weirdest thing, but I have noticed since December that he has diarrhea every time I open a new bag of dog food (the same kind, which is IAMS Chicken & Rice). The monthly cycle is the same. I open the dog food, he starts having diarrhea, I then take away his food for 24 hours, feed chicken and rice, start back dog food, and waaaa-laaaa, he is back to normal. Does anyone else have this problem. His stool is normal until I open up another bag of food…..Do you have any idea as to why this would be and what I can do to fix this?

    I appreciate your help.

    Leigha

    • janie knetzer
      Reply

      Hi Leigha:

      The body, whether human or canine has a way of letting us know when it’s time for change. IAMS isn’t a food that I recommend ever. When the body doesn’t get what it needs, it reacts whether through diarrhea, vomiting, allergies, etc. Buddy’s body is definitely trying to tell you that it’s time for change.

      You would be doing him a big favor by feeding him a healthier diet Leigha. If you must feed dry, look into Fromms Four Star Nutritionals which is reasonably priced. But, I recommend that you add Wellness Ninety Five Percent canned dog food topper to it regularly. This will be a huge help. Also, feed him a good multivitamin daily.

      If you want a good brand of multivitamins, let me know and I’ll recommend one for you.

      Hope this helps.
      Janie

  • Leigha
    Reply

    Hi Janie,

    Thank you for the help. Is there a brand that is a tad cheaper, close to the $40-$50 range? Or is this food so much better that you feed them less since adding the topper. Also, before you stated not to get the dogs vaccinated yearly….why do you say that? Just curious. We recently relocated and live in an apartment complex and they require the updated shots.

    Thanks again.

    • janie knetzer
      Reply

      Hi Leigha:
      The Fromms Four Star Nutritionals is a good dry food; but, dogs NEED meat Leigha to excel. That’s why I recommend that you add the Wellness Ninety Five Percent Topper. If the Wellness is to pricey, try spreading it out over a couple of days (2) in order to get more from the can. Or, you can check into Merrick 96% Grain Free which is cheaper than the Wellness. I don’t like it as much, but it will work. I recommend this combination to a lot of people and they are always very happy with the results.

      With regards to yearly vaccinations; you dog does not need and should not be vaccinated yearly. When you do this, you are literally crushing your dog’s immune system by poisoning him. Think about it; those vaccinations are poisons and pesticides that you are flooding your dog’s body with yearly. Updated shots should be no more than every three years and NEVER allow them to give your dog bundled vaccinations.

      Please read more about vaccinations on my page here. It’s 2 pages, so be sure to read both pages. When veterinarians push you to vaccinate your dog yearly, that’s for money Leigh. Those vaccinations last 10 years, but because veterinarians need this to make money, our dog’s suffer. Please read the page to give you a better understanding of how to approach it. Holistic vets understand the damage these vaccinations do and they work with you, but not traditional vets.

      Hope this helps. Let me know if I explained the vaccination issue a little better for you.

      Janie

  • olivia
    Reply

    Hi,

    I have a 3 month old puppy that has had diarrhea for 2 weeks now. he had it when we first got him and we took him to the vet and she gave him some antibiotics, put him on a special hill’s prescription diet and also gave him some forti flora supplements. he started gaining weight, but as soon as he started back on his normal diet, he eats hill’s lamb and rice puppy food, his diarrhea started again and is now painfully thin. I can see all his ribs. I can’t afford to be taking him back to the vet, so now I have him on the bland white rice and chicken diet. On Sunday I want to start him on a new food I ordered since I read online that it was good for puppies with sensitive tummies and is grain free. The new food is taste of the wild pacific stream salmon flavor. My question is, I know it was the food that caused the diarrhea because he was doing better when he was on the vet’s special diet. When I start him on his dry food again do I give him half of his old food mix with the new one or can I just give him a mix of the bland diet mix with his new food? I know we have to mix the foods before we switch them up. I also plan on keeping him on the forti flora supplements since I think he has a very sensitive stomach. he is really, really skinny. he eats and drinks water, but he doesn’t play much. Any suggestions? I really have fallen in love with my new puppy, but I can’t afford to be taking him to the vet again.Thanks

    • janie knetzer
      Reply

      Hi Olivia:
      You are in the perfect position for taking your dog’s health into your own hands. You have the power to either allow him to become one of the millions of dogs battling ear, skin and digestives issues or take control now. Do that by spending as much as you can afford on good food for your dog. I don’t know a whole lot about Taste of the Wild brand; but if he continues with soft stool, then move on to another food. Consider Precise Holistic Complete formula and even add Wellness Ninety Five Percent to it. The Wellness is all meat and your pup needs meat. Give your puppy a good multivitamin formula for life. Natures Farmacy makes a good one. It’s called Complete.

      Regarding vaccinations; be very careful, please. Read my page here and I also have another page that discusses rear end paralysis due to the rabies vaccine. These vaccinations are dangerous – all of them. Learn about them. I also urge you to NOT USE chemical flea and tick spray, that too has caused many dog deaths and problems including seizures. I use this brand and I’ve used it for years on my dogs. Only one year in 6 years did we develop an issue with fleas and that was because of our yard. Be your dog’s caretaker and think natural. Avoid chemicals at all cost and when you need a vet, look into a holistic vet who will treat your dog as a whole and not just prescribe chemicals. Think about his body from the inside out. Don’t feed rawhide, ever. Stay away from anything remotely related to China.

      Transition his food over 5 days by taking away a little of the old food and replacing it with a little of the new food daily. Increase the amounts each day until you’ve reached his daily intake. Don’t assume that traditional vets have your dog’s best interest in mind; that’s not always the case. They are running a business Olivia.

      I hope this information has helped you.

      Janie

  • olivia
    Reply

    I forgot to mention in my last comment. He had a stool sample tested and had no worms. all vaccinations are up to date. parvo was also negative. thanks

  • Lou
    Reply

    Can I give my 6 month old husky yogurt? He’s had diarrhea for almost 2 days now but not he isn’t showing any signs he’s hurting. Please help!!!

    • janie knetzer
      Reply

      Lou, yogurt is not going to help diarrhea. Look at all the options I share on the page and choose something such as “Form” along with a gentle diet for several days that consists of boiled chicken and rice.

      Janie

  • olivia
    Reply

    Hi I just wanted to say thanks for the response. I actually kept him on a blend of white rice and chicken for about a week, then I transitioned him to a blend of white rice and taste of the wild, all blended with lots of water. I have slowly increased the ration of rice to kibble. I started with 3 1/2 cups of white rice to a cup of taste of the wild and blended with lots of water until I got a gerber consistency. I am now giving him about 3 cups of rice to 2 1/4 cups of kibble plus I started mixing in un-blended kibbles in his food. I still add the supplements to his food to help strengthen his tummy. His stool is still a little soft, but nothing compare to the extreme liquid diarrhea he had before. He has gained weight and the life is back in his eyes. I didn’t think he had more than a day left to live a few days after I wrote this review he stopped eating and not moving anymore. he became extremely dehydrated and I had to inject water into his mouth and spoon feed him. He is more active and playful now. I will slowly keep transitioning him to 100% taste of the wild, but I think the food made all the difference. It saved my puppy’s life.

    • janie knetzer
      Reply

      Hi Olivia:
      I’m glad to hear that your puppy is better.

      Janie

  • MercySeat Emmanuel
    Reply

    I have a serious need. I live in southwestern nigeria and i am an intending dog breeder. my GSD passed a watery green stool with rice grain size worm twice within three hours. i feed her with 3 life size raw chicken most times daily and the growth has been impresive. sometimes, i make a concentrate for it and she has been good. i suspect it is the meat she ate the previous night so i have disengaged her from food. what next please?

    • janie knetzer
      Reply

      Hello:

      It’s sounds like your gsd may have contracted a bacteria from the chicken, most likely “salmonella”. Salmonella is common in chicken and humans can contract it from their pet. Give lots of fresh water and if you have access to coconut water in Nigeria, but, if so, give 1/2 cup at a time 3 times daily until she improves. The coconut water is a natural source of electrolytes and may help. I would withhold food for 24 hours and as mentioned, give her lots of clean water as well as the coconut water. After 24 hours, try feeding her just the rice water for a day or two until you see improvement. Read the article again and see where I suggest rice water.

      If it looks like she’s passing grain size rice, that is most likely tapeworms. I think you should avoid feed raw chicken in the future, since you can’t be sure that the chicken isn’t carrying bacteria. You must also use careful hygiene because salmonella is highly transmittable. Here’s a link with some ideas for curing tapeworms naturally.

      Good luck.
      Janie

  • Denise Chin
    Reply

    Hi. I’m from Australia and I have a 4 month old Boxer. He has been on Core Wellness grain free puppy food since I got him at 2 months old. He’s stool was solid and bowel movement were normal. But he was gassy. 2 weeks ago, he had a mild case of diarrhea and I suspected it was either something he ate from the backyard, fluff from tennis ball (which I found) in his stool or a new brand of puppy treat. I stopped the puppy treat and gave him boiled rice and chicken 3 times a day. His diarrhea stopped but his stool was soft mudcake like. Usually a little hard when he starts to poo and end with really soft stool and mustard colour. He was on rice and chicken diet for a week until last week I took him to our local RSPCA to have him neutered. I voiced my concern about his stool and they said because he looked healthy and active to continue giving his rice and chicken diet till it firms up. It’s been 2 weeks on this diet and I’m getting uncomfortable that it’s too long and not getting the right nutrition. I thought maybe it’s the chicken that he may be allergic to so last 2 days I gave him his normal kibble in mornings and rice and chicken for the next 2 meals. Stool were firmer after morning feed. And soft mustard colour stool after next 2 meals. So I thought it’s the chicken then and today I gave him kibbles (1 1/2cup) each meal. But I must also add that yesterday and today I gave him peanut butter which he loved with his kong as I had to go out. Tonight, he started having mild diarrhea again. I’ve changed his bedding twice and sitting with him at 4.30am. He’s active, hungry all the time, lean body. Next Wed I’m taking him to the vet to get his stitches removed. Should I just switch back to rice and chicken again?

    • Denise Chin
      Reply

      Jasper had diarrhea this morning again. I gave him the rice water and he drank all of it. I did not give him his morning meal. For lunch, I gave him a very small portion of chicken and rice. His stool was semi hard which was good. Him having diarrhea could be 1) Overfeed him 2) kibbles too rich 3) too much treats and peanut (he’s going to puppy school) . Should I continue giving him chicken and rice in small portion but frequent? Should I change to another brand of kibble? His current one is one of those top end brand. I would like to give him cooked meals at night and kibbles during the day but because Jasper has a sensitive stomach like most boxers, I’ve no idea what to actually give him. I’ve done so much research until I end up getting confuse.

      • janie knetzer
        Reply

        Denise:
        Peanut butter will definitely cause soft stool. A tiny bit is okay. The key word here is “tiny”. Since he’s been on the boiled chicken and rice for two weeks, I understand your concern. You can try switching to boiled beef and rice and see if that firms it up. Once his stool has returned to normal, I would try Wellness Limited Ingredient Dry Formulas such as salmon and potato.

        I also urge you to start feeding him a high quality multivitamin NOW. Don’t wait until he’s older and has issues. Do it now. Prevention is always the best treatment. Try to find a good multi-vitamin there in Australia for dogs that includes probiotics and digestive enzymes. Stay away from any dog foods that contain gluten. It’s good that you want to home cook for dinner. That’s magnificent. The key is to not overcook the meat. Bake the beef until it’s slightly light pink inside. Include steamed kale or spinach and even a little brown rice. Make sure there’s more meat than anything else. You can include salmon (don’t under cook this) and sweet potatoes or even cod and sweet potatoes.

        Watch vaccinations and any other chemical things that poison our pets such as flea and tick treatments, etc. I hope this helps you Denise.

        Janie

  • LadyV
    Reply

    Hi, I have a 3 month old Beagador (Labbe) who came down with diarrhea last night rather suddenly. I got him when he was 8 weeks and he had been eating Pedigree Puppy. His stool was loose in the beginning so I used the pumpkin puree a few times and that seemed to work well. About three weeks ago I gradually switched his food to Canidae All Life Stages Chicken and Rice. He seemed to do well with the switch. His stool is much more dense now but he seems to be more gassy lately. I also use a ‘Slow’ bowl for feeding to keep him from gobbling his food down too fast. He’s had a variety of treats but primarily he has Milk Bone biscuits and Milk Bone Soft and Chewy Healthy treats. He also likes the Besty Farms Chicken Jerkey. Last night I introduced him to a new treat, Wells Sportmix Roasted Peanut Gourmet Dog Biscuits. He had two over about a three hour period. About an hour after the second biscuit the diarrhea hit. He’s never had a poop accident in the house but I guess he couldn’t hold it. He had another two accidents overnight. This morning he ate his food with no problem but he is not his normal playful self.

    I’m just wondering if this is a delayed reaction to the food switch or if the new biscuits were to much too soon. I’m not sure how to go about finding the root cause of the diarrhea.

    • janie knetzer
      Reply

      Hi LadyV:

      It could definitely be a delayed reaction to the treats.

      You have a puppy and I want to share some critical advice with you now while he’s still very young that will help with longevity, unnecessary vet bills and most of your dog’s health and happiness.

      Keep him away from Pedigree at all costs. Food is your dog’s life force and what goes in is what’s going to determine how his digestive system will respond now and the long-term effects that it will have with age. Unfortunately, most people don’t think about health issues, until they are hit in the face with them. Don’t allow that to happen.

      While Candidae is okay; they are no longer an independent company and we all know what big business cares most about. Their bottom line! What I have an issue with is that they don’t identify the fish meal in the food you’re feeding. That means it’s just any old left over fish (who knows what kind) thrown in. The “meal” should always be identified.

      If you’re going to feed a kibble I recommend Fromms Four Star Nutritionals as an economical choice. Purchase their line of all natural treats as well. This is a great company and I interviewed the owner years ago. He oversees quality control himself. For a high end kibble, definitely Acana or Carna4!

      I also recommend that you mix it up. Include raw into your dog’s diet. He’s young enough and this will be very, very good for him. By adding more meat to his kibble, you’ll be doing him a favor in the long run. If you can afford The Honest Kitchen dehydrated food, then please go for it in place of dry and rotate between morning and evening meals or simply feed raw and kibble one day and raw and The Honest Kitchen another. The idea is to save his liver and kidneys down the road.

      Watch vaccinations and don’t be buffaloed by your vet. In fact, search out a good holistic vet who uses titer testing for vaccinations. See my article here.

      Don’t start your dog on chemical flea and tick medicines. Instead, use natural. These chemical products are related to many health problems in dogs and dogs are dying of cancer at alarming rates. Here’s the one I use for my dogs and recommend to my readers. They also make an excellent spray for the teeth.

      Hope this helps.
      Janie

  • cat
    Reply

    My dog had diarrhea so I just kept her on fluids. Then I gave her rice, but she has not pooped at all.

  • Jennifer
    Reply

    Hi, I rescued a 5 month old lab mix about a month ago and we just had him fixed about a week and a half ago and yesterday morning we woke up to really funny green diarrhea. He’s still acting normal and playful and I gave him a little bit of food which he ate and he’s still drinking normally too. But we still woke up to the same thing this morning. Yesterday he had one small normal colored stool later on in the day but nothing other than that. He only goes outside on a leash so I don’t think he got into anything (although he can be very sneaky). We feed him purina puppy chow since we rescued him so haven’t changed anything there. We did take him to our local dog park a couple days ago where he had a blast but I’m wondering maybe he got sick from something there?

    • janie knetzer
      Reply

      Hi Jennifer:

      It’s hard to say, but he definitely could have picked something up at the dog park.

      I do urge you to PLEASE change him over to a better food and I don’t mean another kibble. Purina Puppy Chow is a very, very, very low grade food. Kibble IS NOT RECOMMENDED PERIOD, but Purina Puppy Chow is the bottom of the totem pole.

      Your pup needs to start on a good diet NOW, not later when his health starts to decline. Starting with a puppy and using healthy practices from the beginning, including the right food (raw diet is the best), healthy treats free of sugar, dyes and other colors are good (none from China), no rawhide, give deer antlers instead, give a few good supplements such as a multivitamin, fatty acids such as krill oil daily.

      Watch vaccinating and learn what you can about it. I have several articles. Rabies is the only one required by law, but can cause so much harm to your dog’s health. Use natural flea and tick medicines and avoid chemical products at all cost.

      Take care of his teeth and a good raw diet can help with this as well.

      If you start on the right tract now Jennifer, you will save yourself money down the road and your dog will be much healthier and happier. If you need help with choosing a raw food, or if you absolutely must feed a dry, then let me know and I share some options with you. But, I have to be honest, I won’t recommend any cheap kibble foods that are void of the necessary nutrition your pup needs to grow into a healthy dog and stay that way.

      Janie

      • Jennifer
        Reply

        I was reading the other comments and saw which ones you recommended so I bought Fromms puppy food and also Wellness ninety five percent. I am going to feed him chicken and rice to help stop his diarrhea and then slowly introduce the new food.

        • janie knetzer
          Reply

          Good for you Jennifer.

          Although I think raw is the best, I also like the Wellness Ninety Five Percent combined with Fromms very much. Thank you for reading and researching better ways to care for your pup. If you ever have any questions, please feel free to ask. I do my best to get back to reply to any comments within hours.

          Janie

  • Michelle Louise
    Reply

    Hi,

    I got my new lab pup 2 weeks ago. He is 10 weeks today his breeder fed him
    Isms puppy food which I was not going to continue. I have an older 8 y/o mix 13 lb dog who I switched to Diamond Naturals small chicken breed about a year ago so I started my pup on that. He seemed to switch well, some still change then I gave my pup a rawhide stick with dried pork & chicken. Then his diarrhea started. I stopped the treats, and now his poop cycles in a 24 hr day from semi firm, to mostly liquid at night. I’m tired of getting up to liquid mess and little sleep. What can i do? I’m at my whits end.

    • yourolddog
      Reply

      Hi Michelle:
      Rawhide should be avoided at all cost. No matter what kind, brand, etc. It’s bad. Unfortunately, the brand choices you are feeding are also not good. Iams and especially Diamond are both low grade foods. Although your older 8 year old may be doing okay now on Diamond, it’s truly only a matter of time before he starts showing the effects of the food he’s been eating.

      As a means of clearing up the diarrhea, I would follow the ideas on my page. However, if you want to avoid liquid stool and digestive issues, you have to change the diet to a good food. Your dogs should be eating what they are designed to eat, which is meat. The best thing you can do for both of these dogs is to switch either to raw, home cooked or at least a much better kibble with some raw or home cooked included.

      I promise you that they will both have ongoing problems unless you make these changes.

      Janie

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