If your dog suffers from diarrhea or vomiting, do not be alarmed. Most of the time, it is the body’s way to remove its toxins. Also, do not be shocked if there is a small amount of blood or mucus in the stool. This can be a sign that the intestinal bacteria is out of balance.
Seek veterinary care as soon as possible if your dog is bloated, feverish, lethargic or if there is a large amount of blood in his stool and/or vomit. Better be safe than sorry! But if your dog suffers from simple diarrhea and vomiting, you can take these 3 simple steps to remedy the situation:
3 NATURAL REMEDIES FOR DOG DIARRHEA
1. FASTING: AN IMPORTANT FIRST STEP
Normally, dogs that suffer from digestive issues will naturally fast on their own. But if your dog chooses not to, then it is better to start putting your dog on a fast. Start the process by not giving them food and water for 6-12 hours. If you have a very small dog and you are worried that they will be lethargic, trembly or hypoglycemic, then you can feed them some honey or karo syrup hourly. This should help them.
If things get better and you notice that there is no more diarrhea and vomiting or that it gradually lessened, you can go ahead and add a few sips of water every few hours. (a few teaspoons in very small dogs and up to ½ to 1 cup in large dogs). Make sure to only use filtered or spring water. If things are improving after six hours or so, you can add some more options to your dog’s diet such as broth or small amounts of food. Pay attention and gradually increase your dog’s food intake for the next few days.
2. BLAND FOOD: PREVENT THE RECURRENCE OF DOG DIARRHEA
An easy way to introduce your dog back to his regular diet is by feeding him bland foods such as mixing cooked white rice and low-fat meat. Another option is adding 1-2 tablespoons of plain yogurt and baked yam to it. Also, consider a mix of cooked rice and low fat cottage cheese. These strategies should help the recurrence of diarrhea and vomit.
Probiotics are great for many things such as during stressful times, boarding, weaning and traveling. Mostly, they will help to repopulate the intestine with healthy bacteria, boosting the dog’s immunity system in the digestive tract. They are safe to give when on antibiotics but they should be consumed at different times during the day.