The first things I am going to cover are preventative measures. Prevention really is the best case scenario here.
microwaveNow, I will cover my favorite home remedy for occasional diarrhea: plain unseasoned canned pumpkin and a little plain white rice. Do not add any seasonings or salt. Do not add any fat. Do not buy the pumpkin pie filling that is sold in a can that looks like canned pumpkin because it has extra spices added. I only caution against these other additions because I have had customers add the extras and plain pumpkin and plain white rice work the best. Many of my customers have protested, “ my dog doesn’t like pumpkin.” “My dog doesn’t like rice”. Ok. You don’t give them straight pumpkin or plain white rice. You also don’t give them much. With a smaller dog, mixing 1 teaspoon of canned pumpkin and 1/4 C of rice into their normal food and warm the whole mixture up for 15-20 seconds . Stir and let sit for a couple minutes to make sure it isn’t too warm. With a larger dog, use 1 tablespoon of pumpkin and 1/2C of rice mixed into their food and warmed up slightly. You don’t want to make their food hot. That can burn their mouths. You just want to bring out the aromas. The pumpkin and plain white rice usually work within 1-3 days depending on the dog. It often works overnight. It works for constipation too. But, more pumpkin is not better. Pumpkin is high in fiber and can make things worse if you try to feed the dog the whole can. Don’t do this. This remedy is very inexpensive and all of my pet care friends swear by it. It works for most dogs with a minor case of diarrhea. Again, this is my home remedy that I use. I am not a veterinarian or medical professional. It is just a little secret remedy that I have picked up that works for most dogs. I keep cans of pumpkin in my pantry and several of my clients keep it on hand now too. A bonus tip for easy rice is to keep the small microwaveable containers of instant plain white rice in your pantry too. That way, you don’t have to make a whole pot of rice when you only need a scoop now and then.
Keep in mind too that diarrhea can lead to dehydration -so you will need to make sure that you dog has plenty of water. If they are not drinking, a little plain homemade chicken stock or bone broth is a great way to rehydrate. Just make sure there are no onions, garlic or salt added to it. I eat a vegan diet now but when I ate chicken, I would save the carcass and boil it down for my dogs. It is pretty easy to do. You just put the whole carcass in a stock pot and boil it until the bones fall apart - usually a couple of hours. You can store it in the freezer for a few months.
You may also have to increase the frequency of their potty breaks. If you have to leave the pet home alone while you go to work and they have a bad tummy, you want to limit their access to the home. Pee pads and baby gates can come in handy during times like this.
Keep an eye on them. If they get worse or don’t improve in a couple of days, check with your vet to make sure something more serious isn’t causing the trouble. Hopefully, your furry friend will be good as new in a day or two.
Do you have any home remedies that you use? I would love to hear about them.