Sadly sooner or later, all pet owners will be introduced to a bout of dog diarrhea.

In this article we share the difference between acute and chronic diarrhea in dogs. We also share more than one natural remedy for diarrhea that can help your dog bounce back nutritionally.

Unfortunately, many pet owners grow frustrated after repeated visits to the vet only to be given a medicine used to treat dog diarrhea, but that only seems to help for a brief period. Synthetic medicines temporarily treat the dog’s stool issues, inflammation in the large intestine, parasites and bacteria. The problem is that drugs like these only mask the problem, so pet owners are left scratching their head trying to figure out what to do next.

It’s important that you pay close attention to your dog’s stool on a daily basis. This is one of the first indications that all is well or something is not quite right.

3 Systemic Root Causes That Can Contribute to Chronic Dog Diarrhea

dog diarrhea remedyThere are what we call three systemic root causes that may lead to chronic diarrhea.

Systemic means that the entire body is suffering as a whole. When your dog suffers from chronic diarrhea and soft stool, there’s a bigger problem.

Hippocrates said “our food should be our medicine and our medicine should be our food.” He also said “all disease starts in the gut.” This is not only true for human beings, but it’s true for our pets as well.

Feeding foods high in nutritional value is the best medicine of all. Second, resist over vaccinating and avoid using topical poisons for fleas and ticks.

It is our opinion that the following three things contribute to the systemic breakdown in the health of our pets today. The following information provides insight into common practices used to treat and care for our pets that can have lasting negative effects.

Diarrhea is a symptom of a bigger problem. Identifying what we as pet owners are doing (or not doing) is the key to the healing process.

  • Feeding your dog the wrong diet is first and foremost. This includes treats. While dogs are scavengers by nature, they are carnivores first and they must be fed a diet that includes plenty of quality protein. Feeding a kibble diet, whether high protein or not, IS NOT what nature intended for your dog. Canned dog foods are no better. Raw and home cooked diets are ideal. The right diet helps build immunity against infection, sickness and disease. It also helps to build muscle vs fat. Feeding the right diet is your dog’s first defense against digestive problems including diarrhea.
  • Second, pets today are literally being vaccinated to the point of sickness. It’s well known that these vaccines may last  7-10 years at least. It’s one of the biggest tragedies our dogs and cats face today. They are not designed for chronic vaccinating. Their bodies cannot handle it and sadly the majority of traditional veterinarians refuse to believe this. Vaccines contain heavy metals such as mercury and aluminum. Cancer causing chemicals such as formaldehyde are also common ingredients. Mold is also found in vaccines. Learn more about the dangers of formaldehyde here. Mold is also found in vaccines. We routinely hear from many pet owners whose dogs develop chronic diarrhea and other digestive problems not long after receiving the rabies vaccine. Keep in mind though, health problems can show up in your dog a year later. Vaccinating is a double edge sword since many animals end up sick from over vaccinating. In a perfect world, veterinarians everywhere would accept titer testing to indicate how much vaccine is left in the body vs just vaccinating again. We use titer testing for people. Why not our pets on a regular basis? Here’s why $$$$.
  • Topical chemical flea and trick treatments are typically placed along the base of the neck and back, These products contain insecticides. Think about that! We place these dangerous chemicals on our lawns to kill bugs and nonchalantly place the same type of products into our dog’s skin to kill parasites. Use natural treatments to safely protect your pet from parasites. See our article here on lyme disease that shares great recommendations for naturally and effectively repelling fleas and ticks.

Common Reasons for Acute or Temporary Diarrhea in Dogs

  • Eating something they found.
  • Drinking puddle water or water from streams, ponds and lakes can cause Leptospirosis. Dogs that drink stagnant water are at risk. Diarrhea can be one of many symptoms of Lepto.
  • Over eating.
  • Eating saucy table scraps or foods high in fat.
  • Anxiety, fear and nervousness.
  • Licking toxic toads.
  • Consuming poison.

See Your Dog’s Holistic Vet if Any of the Following Apply

  • Your dog has had diarrhea for more than 2 days.
  • Blood in your dog’s stool.
  • Dog is lethargic.
  • Dog having difficulty breathing.
  • Vomiting.
  • Fever.
  • Losing weight.
  • Ongoing episodes of messy, loose stool.
  • Aware that your dog ingested poison.

How do you stop a dog from having diarrhea?

dog diarrhea home remedyFirst off, if your dog has diarrhea for 3 days or more, please see a holistic vet and have your dog checked.

It’s important to remember that less is often more. This means that using too many over the counter products at one time such as Pink Bismuth or Kaopectate most likely won’t help.

Again, these products are designed to treat the symptom of diarrhea, but not address why your dog has diarrhea in the first place or correct the problem permanently.

The following recommendations should be used in addition to customizing your dog’s diet to include highly nutritious foods that dogs need; most of all protein. If you need more help in this area, consultations are available for a flat rate of $50 to help you correct your dog’s nutritional needs.

You can use our contact form here to let us know your dog’s situation and that you would like a private consultation. These recommendations are meant to provide immediate help for a day or two to help clean up your dog’s system.

  • Veterinarians will recommend withholding food for 12-24 hrs. But it’s recommended for puppies and small dogs who may run the risk of hypoglycemia to limit it to 12 hrs should you follow this advice. We agree with withholding foods that the dog has been eating, however, we recommend following the recommendations below instead to try and get your dog’s system cleaned up.
  • Dogs MUST stay hydrated at all times even when withholding food. Don’t assume that because they take a few sips of water that they are hydrated and they know what they need. Most human beings don’t drink the amount of water they should and dogs can be the same way. This is critical if your dog has been suffering from diarrhea. Provide lots of hydrating whole foods including watermelon or coconut water (ALL NATURAL coconut water ONLY) all throughout the day. If your dog won’t drink on his or her own, syringe feed it 5-6 times daily. Amounts depend on the size of your dog and the syringe. This provides much needed lost electrolytes.
  • What is the best food for a dog with diarrhea? Provide some natural fiber. Using your food processor, wash and dice up some organic raw cucumber, celery and zucchini (no need to peel the cucumber or zucchini). Make this into a mush. Add a little coconut water if necessary. Feed this throughout for a day or two along with the hydration methods shared above. For meals, mix in 1/2 proportion of cooked sweet potato and 1/2 proportion of the above mentioned vegetable blend. Add in 1/2 teaspoon raw organic, cold pressed coconut oil.
  • Enzyme therapy can help the digestive tract tremendously. Purchase a good digestive enzyme capsule and a good human grade probiotic capsule (capsules NOT tablet) at Whole Foods or another all natural store. The digestive enzyme should contain the three usual enzymes Lipase, Protease and Amylase. It may also contain Bromelain and Papain which is okay. Mix one probiotic capsule into 2 tablespoons coconut water and feed to your dog by syringe if necessary several times daily on an empty stomach and a half an hour before meals. 1 hour after giving the probiotic, feed the digestive enzyme mixed with 2 tablespoons of good bottled water and continue to give the digestive enzyme 4-6 times through-out the day until bed. Doing this for a day or two before introducing a good, healthy, raw or home-cooked meal can be very beneficial. Again, contact us if you would like help in putting together a meal plan for your pup once you’ve gone through this process.

The best puppy diarrhea remedies as well as an adult dog diarrhea remedy is to use common sense when making decisions for your dog’s health and well being and follow a natural, nutritional protocol that targets exceptional immunity.

Article updated 6/9/20

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  • Tyler Rembert

    HI, I have a 16 year old border collie mix. He has had diarrhea off and on for the past 9 months. The vet found round worms, treated him. Medicated with endosorb. No luck. I am now trying boiled chicken and rice which was recommended by the vet. Prior, he was fed a low end dog food all of his life. Purina dog chow. He can no longer handle it. Tried higher end dog foods with no luck. He loved the chicken and rice but I’ll have to wait and see if this works. O love him and hope go keep him happy as long as I can. He seems to still be a very content dog despite the diarrhea, but I know it’s robbing him of nutrients. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks

    • janie

      For questions, please use our contact form here and Janie will respond.

      Thank you.

    • Nancy

      hi tyler,

      i had the same problem with my `4 yr. old lab. time to change his eating habits..Feed him chicken, rice and string beans
      ( chopped ) 2 times a day, Once in morn and once at night.. Also add 2 pieces of wheat bread in between meals. Always give him fresh tap water. Now in the evening, give him one aspirin 325mg. I did this for my doggies for the last 9 mos. of hi s life, he was One Happy doggie…I Miss him alot.. Also, give him One Pepto-Bismol in the will help.
      .Good Luck

  • Ritamarie Smith

    My 4yr german/husky has been on antibiotic and prednisone for lung infection. He’s a rescue and our vet believes his lungs are prior damaged. He was loaded with old hair dander fleas, bad hair gone fleas gone, but flaky shin, vet gave medicated shampoo, he still itches, and nibbles on skin. We’ve been feeding him boiled chicken sweet potatoes with delish dry dog food, plus Cosequin and welactin, 2x a day with food, he’s been off prednusone a week antibiotic for a good 2 weeks. Out of the blue he’s pooping sludge and sudden body movement he gives out gas, he’s skipped a meal but makes it up on the next. Sleeping more, this has been going on for 2.5 days, I gave him 1/4 c yogurt this morning but has pooped more chunky sludge. We are health conscious but something’s missing? Was it possibly getting off meds? Did do prednisone gradually. I hope you can help, he’s a rescue and deserves the best, thank you.

    • janie

      Hi Ritamarie:

      I’m sorry to hear about your boy. There are a couple of things you should do. First, change his diet completely and eliminated the boiled chicken, sweet potatoes and ANY dry dog food.

      Are you willing to home cook for him other than what you’ve been doing and include a few necessary supplements?

      Let me know and I’ll send you a private email on Monday.


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