Home Remedies for Dog Diarrhea... Know What to Do

How do you know if your your dog needs safe home remedies for dog diarrhea or a trip to the vet?

Keep a few home remedies for dog diarrhea  in the kitchen in case you need one...It's nice to have a few of the ingredients around if you need 'em...

If your dog can be treated at home, do you know how to make your own concoction?

While treating your pooch, you must know how much, how often, and for how long.  Finally, knowing how to wean your canine back to her normal vittles can be a bit touchy (at times)!

If Your Pal Has the Runs... We've got You Covered!

We'll give you all the information you need minus the bells and whistles.  Everything you'll read about our home remedies for dog diarrhea is based from our own dog diarrhea experiences or from other reliable sources.  Keep this info handy... either stored in your brain or tacked on the kitchen cabinet.

This will help make the difference if your furry companion gets the squirts because...

  • You'll make a quick decision.  “Do I take my pooch to the vet or can I use our dog home remedies?”  Therefore...

  • Due to your quick decision, dog diarrhea therapy was started immediately.  Knowing how to treat dog diarrhea results in a quicker recovery and less discomfort for your doggy.  Also, a lot easier on your wallet!

  • Giving your faithful companion a healthy lifestyle will result in less occurrences.  And, recovery is quicker in a healthy pooch than a unhealthy dog.

Nimble just finshed climbing the dune...

Home cures for dog diarrhea will work better with exerciseLov'in the exercise, pure water and air. Still waiting for the sun to come up...

Our information isn't meant to replace veterinary care.  Nimble and I are only sharing our own experiences... including what we've learned over the years.  If you feel comfortable making the decision for home care... great.  Go ahead and give our home remedies for dog diarrhea a shot. 

If you have any doubt or just want piece of mind... crank up that car and take you favorite companion to the vet!

I Use Natural Dog Diarrhea Remedies at Home if...

  • Nimble has 2-3 diarrhea bouts during the day... lasting no longer than 2 days.
  • I see just a teeny weeny bit of blood in her poop now and then.
  • Nimble is acting her normal self (even if her appetite is down)... home remedies for dog diarrhea to the rescue!

Yup... she's sure acting like playful Nimble!  No worries...

Use home cures for dog diarrhea if your dog is acting her normal selfAte some grass, pooped a runny poop... then good to go!

  • Nimble eats grass and throws up only the grass.
  • Her poop is smelly.
  • I see a little mucous in her poop.

Nimble Goes to the Vet before I Use Dog Diarrhea Home Cures if...

  • She has frequent vomiting and dog diarrhea bouts during the first day.
  • She has a fever.
  • There's lots of blood in her poop.
  • She's not acting her normal self... lethargic, stumbling, pacing, etc.

  • Her dog stool is almost black and tarry looking.
  • Nimble has signs of abdominal pain.

Want to learn more about what your dog's poop is telling you?  Well, here you go...

Very Important... Before Choosing Your Home Remedies for Dog Diarrhea...

At times, there are exceptions... dog drugs might be necessary.  But, using drugs when they aren't necessary is only poisoning your doggie.  You're just masking the symptoms... it'll pop up again, possibly disguising itself as another malady.

Then more drugs and more new symptoms. The whole time your dog's health declines.  You must get to the root of the problem.

Here's Our Top Home Remedies for Dog Diarrhea

Fasting is the #1 Cure for Your Pal's Runs!...

rated right behind a healthy dog food diet (including exercise, sunshine, fresh water and pure air).  Actually, a healthy dog food diet is also a preventative measure.  You need to read this... please read the whole page!


Proper food combining.  Rates right up there with fasting!  This page will wake you up... tap here!

After I puree these veggies for us, I properly combine them with our other foods...

Healthy food keeps your dog from seeing the vet... now use your home diarrhea dog cures!Healthy food makes for a healthy dog... this equals a fast recovery from the squirts

Ok... back to fasting...

If you have a hard time fasting your dog, join in!  It works for us... you won't believe how healthy fasting is for you and your pooch!  I could never, ever eat in front of Nimble while she's fasting...

And it's the cheapest of home remedies for dog diarrhea... it won't cost you a dime!

If you're dead set against fasting, then this dog diarrhea remedy isn't for you.  Just skip on down to our next remedy.  Remember... good things in life aren't easy.  The harder it is, the better your “return on investment!”

Digestion takes a huge amount of energy.  Fasting frees up this energy so your dog's (and your) body uses that energy to clean house and rebuild.

Keep your dog water bowls full of pure water during your dog's fast.  I let my dog drink all she wants.  What about your dog throwing up water?  Give lesser amounts more frequently.  You can also give your dog ice cubes to chew on.

After the fast...

Here's some safe dog foods to feed your doggy before introducing her regular food...

  • Cottage Cheese.  I read you can use this as one of your home remedies for dog diarrhea... we've never tried it.  I never have it in the kitchen.
  • Bland white rice and chicken (without skin).  Read about this tasty dish below.

Try adding a scoop of pumpkin...

Include steamed chicken and rice with canned pumpkin for your dog diarrhea cureI ground the chicken before steaming it...

  • Pumpkin.  Not that stuff made for pie fillers!  We baked ours and used canned.  More below.
  • Rice water.  Left over water after making your rice.

  • Boiled or baked potatoes... mash 'em. Oh... discard the skin.
  • Eggs.  Boiled or scrambled.  We've never tried this as one of our home remedies for dog diarrhea.
  • Pureed fruit and vegetables for dogs.  Nimble and I usually break our fasts with these.  It takes very little energy to digest fruit.  However, it goes through your system fast.  If your dog's poop is still kind'a runny, maybe slow it down with the other dog diarrhea foods.

Are you wondering about that apple in our picture?  Yes, dogs can snack on apples... please take a look at this page.

Eat foods that are easy to digest as your dog home diarrhea curesWe enjoy pureed fruit after our fasts. If your dog had the runs... our other bland foods might work better for your pooch

Slowly introduce these dog foods.  Using smaller amounts over a longer period of time works best.  Increase the servings slowly.  After 1-2 days, start adding your pooch's regular good healthy dog food.  At the same time, decrease the “after the fast” foods (not fast foods... get it?).

“How long until I can feed my dog her normal dog chow?”  Every dog and every case is different.  I would say 1-2 days minimum.  When your dog is back to his regular eating habits, her poop should look ok...

If your dog still hasn't recovered after 5-6 days... I'd suggest having your doggie examined by an experienced veterinarian.

Do you feel like we left something out?  Tap here... there's more.  You'll enjoy this article by yours truly (Scott and Nimble). 

Here's one of Those Home Remedies for Dog Diarrhea You Might Eat...

Who doesn't like chicken and rice?  When we're talking proper food combining, rice and meat (starch and protein) shouldn't be combined.  But... if it fixes your dog's runs... who cares?

Dog diarrhea cure popular ingredients... chicken, rice and pumpkinHere's Nimble with white rice (popular choice of most) and ground, steamed chicken with pumpkin.

I've written an article about the benefits of bland chicken and rice.  Most recommend using white rice.  I've used brown with good results.  But, maybe my doggie Nimble is an exception.  Also, I simmer it to a fine mush.

Tap this link and read all about it... save some for your dog!

Slippery Elm... Probably the Most Popular Dog Diarrhea Herb

Some holistic veterinarians claim to use this herb more than any other.  It has a bland taste so “hiding it" in your dog's vittles shouldn't be a problem.

It's called “slippery” because it becomes viscid (mucous-like) when mixed with water.  It lubricates and soothes the inflamed lining of the stomach and intestines, providing relief.  This is an attribute other home remedies for dog diarrhea lack.

Buying this natural “Pepto Bismol”...

  • Health food stores or online.
  • Buy the capsule form and remove the powder or buy the bulk powder.

Slippery elm powder is used for a good dog diarrhea cureBuying our slippery elm powder at the health food store

Is it pricey?

  • It's not cheap.  However, as with some of our other remedies for dogs, a little goes a long way.  The powder is cheaper than capsules.

Making and feeding it according to Dr. Pitcairn's New Complete Guide to Natural Health for Dog's and Cats...

  • Mix one teaspoon of powder into one cup of cold water.  Slowly stir the mixture as you bring it to a boil.  Then, lower the heat for a few minutes while the concoction thickens.  If you prefer, add a tablespoon of honey, then allow the mixture to cool.

Home made slippery elm dog diarrhea cure is very sticky and gel-likeThe slippery elm "gel" is very runny but it coats the GI tract well

Just mix into your dog's food... she shouldn't notice it at all!  Of all the home remedies for dog diarrhea... this is one your pooch shouldn't taste (hopefully).

  • Small dogs: ½ to 1 teaspoon, four times a day (or every 4 hours).
    Medium dogs: 2 teaspoons to 2 tablespoons, 4 times a day (or every 4 hours).
    Large dogs: 3 to 4 tablespoons, 4 times per day (or every 4 hours).

Slippery elm "gel" and white rice... what a dog diarrhea home cure!I'm adding a fresh batch of slippery elm "gel" to white rice... you can't even taste it!

Storing your slippery elm...

  • As with our other dog herbs, we keep them in a cool, dry place out of direct sunlight.


Slippery elm should be given at least a couple hours before or after giving your dog medications or dog supplements.

Just to be on the safe side...

Slippery elm is generally a safe herb because of its mild effects.  Dogs rarely show allergies to this herb.  However, as with other new herbs, supplements or food, carefully watch your dog for adverse reactions.  If the new addition doesn't agree with your pal, immediately discontinue use...

Dog food intolerance symptoms may differ in each dog... not all dogs are created equal.

Our Home Remedies for Dog Diarrhea are Getting Tastier...

There's no doubt your pooch will catch you snacking on his canned pumpkin!

Hey, you thought pumpkin was for constipation... it is!  Also, it binds up your pooch's poop (try saying that – pooch's poop - over and over, as fast as you can!).

It soothes and coats irritated bowels while absorbing moisture and bulking up the stools.  This slows down GI poop transit time.  Perfecto!

When are we gon'na open it up dad?...

Your home dog diarrhea cure should include pumpkinThis canned pumpkin is probably still fairly nutritious since it was cooked in it's own container

Buying this halloween cure...

  • Whole pumpkins are at your grocers but they may be seasonable.  Make sure they're certified organic.
  • Canned pumpkin is everywhere.  Make sure it's pure puree (try saying that over and over!).  Don't cheat and get the sweetened pie filling full of junk.  Certified organic is the only way to go... same with all your other home remedies for dog diarrhea.

Is it hard on your purse or wallet?

  • Nope. Even the canned stuff is cheap.  And, as with our other natural remedies for dogs, they're hard to use up (unless you gobble it down).


  • Steam or bake the whole raw pumpkin... just like other squash.  Get a small pumpkin.
  • A can opener is all you need for the canned pumpkin.  Presto!
  • Mix in with your dog's bland dog diarrhea cures or feed by itself.

Pumkin, rice and chicken meat... how can you miss with this dog diarrhea home made cure?What an effective doggy diarrhea trio... organic chicken, organic rice and organic canned pumpkin

How much and how often...

My doggie Nimble is 10 lbs.  I fed her 1 tablespoon per day, more or less.  Man, that stuff is good!

Storing it...

I kept the cooked and canned in the 'frig for a week.  You might try freezing it... I ate the rest of the pumpkin before it had a chance to spoil!

What Causes Us to Use Home Remedies for Dog Diarrhea?

The runs can be caused by something your canine shouldn't have done (acute condition).  Or, it's caused by an underlying condition that's been hang'in around for awhile (chronic).

Did your companion do any of these lately?...

  • Raid the garbage?
  • Overeat?  Wild dogs gorge before another predator steals their meal.  Our pets still have this instinct.  Unfortunately, they aren't conditioned for this. 

    Maybe smaller meals through out the day?  We usually follow this regimen with Nimble's dog feeding schedule.

When Nimble has to work at it... chances are she won't eat too much too fast!...

Chewing and grinding... eating slowly keeps the dog diarrhea cures at bayGrinding, chewing and chomping... chicken meaty bones are not swallowed in big gulps

  • Scarf down spoiled dog food?  Wild dogs cache (store) raw meat, then come back days later to finish up.  Our domesticated dogs aren't used to this and some have unhealthy immune systems.  Also, spoiled “human” food doesn't cut it.
  • Eat something different you just served up as a surprise?   You probably just spent a ton of time and money on this new dog home made treat... sorry!
  • Get stressed out... Maybe another family member?  Upset emotionally?
  • Ate a poisonous substance or plant?  I think wild dogs know which plants to avoid.
  • Swallow socks or other “objects” that are a no-no?  We won't get into this too deep!
  • Take medications meant for your pooch?  Or, If your dog steals one of your pills... get to the vet.  Don't wait... even if you think our home remedies for dog diarrhea will work!
  • Dog food intolerance symptoms?  Maybe you fed your furry companion something he's allergic to.

Some Underlying conditions that can cause the squirts...

  • Infections with viruses such as parvovirus, distemper or coronavirus.

  • Dog diseases such as kidney or liver disease to name a few.  Nasty little critters living inside your doggy... internal parasites.

    Wolves have parasites... they get along fine with each other.  However, we can't compare our pets due to their domesticated environment.

Things You should Know about Dog Diarrhea

Sometimes you need to make adjustments while assessing your doggie's condition...

Smaller dogs will dehydrate faster than larger dogs.  Does your dog have a pre-existing health condition?  Also, consider the age of your pooch... is she really young or very old?

Here's a couple simple tests you can do to determine if your dog is dehydrated...

  • Pinch (or pull up into a tent) the skin between her shoulder blades.  If it snaps back, that's good.  If it takes a while to return to normal, your friend is dehydrated.
  • Try this if your pal needs a haircut like Nimble... open your dog's mouth.  Press the tip of your finger against her gums, then pull it away.  The skin should return to it's normal color quickly.

Your Home Remedies for Dog Diarrhea Should be on Alert

Why do our dogs have sensitive stomachs?  In the wild, dogs eat things that would turn you green (mostly rotten raw meat stowed away for lean times)... 

They're designed to handle bacteria and other organisms that would wage war against our dogs' gastrointestinal tract!  These are healthy dog foods mother nature designed for their healthy systems...

Even so... once in a while a wolf might need one of mother nature's dog upset stomach home remedies.  I'm willing to bet that mother nature provides her own natural dog diarrhea remedy in the form of plants, etc.  For instance... maybe a wild dog gorged on too many strawberries or other tasty fruits (can you blame her?).

Unfortunately, most of our canines lack the ability to handle foods that are “fermented.”  Put another way... their systems aren't healthy enough.  On top of that, most of our human foods are not compatible for dogs.  

Finally, our pets have access to chemicals and other poisonous things not found in the wild.

Make sure you're prepared... you never know...

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