Adrienne is a certified dog trainer, behavior consultant, former veterinarian assistant, and author of "Brain Training for Dogs."
Dog Diarrhea Is No Fun!
If your dog has diarrhea, you may be looking for some home remedies to let it stop, but there are many important considerations to think about before getting started. For instance, why is your dog having diarrhea in the first place? If it's due to a recent dietary change, you may want to make sure you change more gradually next time. If your dog is stressed from some recent change in his life, you may want to do things to help him relax. If your dog ate something he shouldn't, consult with your vet ASAP if it's something that is potentially toxic. And consider as well that dog diarrhea may be caused by parasites, protozoans, viruses, and bacteria that will require prescription medication from your vet.
So you may need to do a bit of troubleshooting before deciding if home remedies for dog diarrhea are suitable for your dog. Not all dogs are good candidates! For instance, home remedies for dog diarrhea may work for mild cases of diarrhea such as from changing foods too abruptly or your dog eating something that's not toxic but that upset his stomach because he's not used to eating it. However, home remedies will not work if your dog has diarrhea due to an underlying problems that needs to be addressed such as worms, protozoans like giardia, coccidia, or food intolerance.
You should skip home remedies for diarrhea and go straight to the vet if your dog has a fever, is lethargic, and not acting right. See your vet as well if the diarhea is severe and your dog is getting dehydrated or if you see blood in the stool. Puppies can get dehydrated quite quickly and should see a vet rather than trying remedies at home and senior dogs may have diarrhea due to underlying organ problems. So please use good judgement before trying home remedies for your dog's diarrhea!
Home Remedies for Dog Diarrhea
The following are some effective home remedies for a dog's diarrhea I have learned after working at an animal hospital for some time. However, I have also learned that, while mostly effective, these home remedies may not work for all dogs. In some instances, medical attention is required to solve the problem. Here are some basic guidelines:
- Fast the dog. This will give his gastro-intestinal tract some rest and time to recover. With food out of the way, there should be less diarrhea. Usually, a 24 hour fast is necessary for adult dogs while puppies should not be fasted for more than 12 hours. Consult with your vet if you have a toy breed dog or a dog who is diabetic.
- Keep the dog hydrated. For very liquid diarrhea, were the dog has uncontrollable squirts you need to provide as much hydration as possible. You can give unflavored Pedialyte to help replace lost electrolytes or mix Gatorade 50/50 with his water. However, see your vet if the diarrhea doesn't resolve or if your dog is vomiting too. Monitor for signs of dehydration as outlined below.
- Provide Yogurt. Give some plain yogurt or cottage cheese to add some good bacteria to his bowels, you may add a dollop of this to his bland diet, which is explained in detail below.
- Bland Diet.After the fasting period, take away his normal food and replace with boiled chicken and rice or boiled hamburger and rice. If you use chicken make sure it is skinless, if you use burger make sure the fat is drained off. Make the rice the bulky part of the meal. Keep giving this diet until the stools seem better formed. Then, re-introduce gradually the regular food. This should be done slowly over a few days. For more recipes see " bland diet recipes for dogs"
- Do a hydration check. Try to lift the dog's shoulder blade or back skin in a tent. If the skin returns back promptly he is well hydrated, if it takes a few seconds or worse remains lifted it means the dog needs immediate vet attention and fluids given under the skin or intravenously.
- Check gums. Have him seen immediately if his gums turn pale, whitish, grayish or purple. Normal gums should be a healthy bubble gum pink. Try as well to press your finger on his gum. The gum should become whitish and return promptly pink. If it takes a few seconds the dog again needs to be seen ASAP.
- Pepto Magic. Ask your vet if you can try to give over the counter Pepto Bismol or Immodium. He will give you dosing instructions if he thinks it may be helpful. As with any medications there may be side effects.
- Vet appointment. Have him seen by a vet if the dog becomes lethargic, the diarrhea continues regardless of diet change or stops and then returns, other symptoms develop such as bloody stools, vomiting, loss of appetite, or fever. The dog may have parasites, gastro-enteritis, pancreatits, a foreign body ingestion (usually along with vomiting), parvo, and many other serious conditions that need prompt vet attention.
Diarrhea may be the simple result of the dog getting into your trash can and getting an upset tummy. He may have roundworms, especially if he is a puppy. It may be due to a recent abrupt diet change. These are usually mild cases of diarrhea. However, if any worrisome or out of the ordinary symptoms arise along with the diarrhea, do not hesitate to have him seen by a vet promptly. Chances are that it may be just a minor issue, but as with most issues, if caught promptly, it likely will not evolve into a more serious and costly issue.
Questions & Answers
Question: Even my vet has a very hard time getting pills down. I have tried everything to give pills to my dog. How do I get her meds down?
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Duncan on November 06, 2018:
My dog has diahrea problems and I've tried many things, if you have a kibble that works stick to it try not to Change it, I feed my 70lb dog 1 cup of rice half a cup of kibble half cup of chicken half cup of freshpet dog food from the refrigerator at the pet store , table spoon or so of pumpkin and Greek yogurt. When hia diahrea was really bad and bloody the Pepto bismol definitely helped and I put Pedialyte in the water to help stay hydrated
Annette romano on September 30, 2018:
My dog has had lose stool for about a month or so but is eating drinking water and playing and has a stool sample and on a medication but nithing is helping him
Adrienne Farricelli (author) on April 03, 2012:
Pumpkin is helpful too.
TiggersMom870 on April 03, 2012:
Your article was very helpful. I adopted a 5 month old golden retriever a week ago and he has had diarrhea for two days now. We switched his food on Sunday so that could very well be the reason for his diarrhea. He also like to put everything in his mouth when he's in our fence backyard. I will start him on the rice and boiled chicken today. Im hoping this will clear up his diarrhea soon. Someone suggested that I put a tablespoon of pure pumpkin in with his food to firm up his stool. Is that something I should try or not?
Adrienne Farricelli (author) on April 02, 2012:
Can it be he is getting into something when you are not watching? I would keep a watchful eye on him and possibly crate him or put him in an exercise pen where he is completely safe from eating anything when you are not around. Make sure though that he is near you if crated because he may give you signs he may need to be taken out if he has a bout of diarrhea. The metronidazole, fortiflora and bland diet should be helping! I would call the vet for a follow up. It could be there is something else going on and may need more testing.It may be worth to fast him until tonight and continue the bland diet for a few more days and be careful to add the normal diet very gradually, please consult with your vet if he does not get any better, best wishes!
Beasty's Momma on April 02, 2012:
My 5 month old Boxer started with diarrhea a week and a half ago (on a thursday). Took him to the vet on Friday and she said what I thought...kids probably gave him something and best to let it run its course. That sunday night, he had what I thought was blood in his poop. Hubby said he probably got a red crayon cuz our 5 year old had been coloring and Beasty was laying right beside her. Monday morning....diarrhea at the back door and obvious blood(a lot) and mucous. An hour later....more bloody, mucousy diarrhea in the hallway. I couldn't get my kids to school fast enough to get him to the vet. Took a sample with me, along with pictures to show quanity. At this point, Beasty was still very active. Vet ran all the usual tests on the poop...everything came up good. She put him on metrodozile (I'm sure it's spelled wrong), fortiflora and said to feed him nothing but chicken and rice for a week then gradually mix in his normal kibble. Bloody diarrhea stayed for a few more days, but was getting a little more solid. Then this morning, I woke up to a hallway full of horrible diarrhea...no blood, but still an insane amount!! He is still hyper and bouncing off the walls! What is going on here?!?!?!
suziecat7 from Asheville, NC on November 22, 2009:
Thanks for the sound advice. I'll some of this for Tanya.
5 Home Remedies For Doggy Diarrhea
Diarrhea in dogs is a symptom of a larger problem like stress, sudden diet change, food allergies, dietary indiscretion (garbage grazing), parasites, viral or bacterial illness, even chronic disease.
Although it is usually self-limiting, it’s uncomfortable for your pooch and messy for you. We’ll cover when to seek immediate veterinary care below, but in mild cases, certain home remedies may do the trick.
Dogs can’t tell us, “Hey, it’s just a stomach bug. I’ll be okay,” or “That new treat doesn’t agree with me.” So it’s up to us as pet owners to monitor them for additional symptoms that could indicate a more serious issue. When in doubt, or if your pup has any of the following symptoms, you should always seek veterinary care.
Signs That It’s Time To See A Vet For Your Dog’s Diarrhea:
- Black, tarry, or bloody stools
- Loss of appetite
- Marked lethargy
- Frequent vomiting
- Abdominal pain – dogs may groan, pant, cry when touched or while defecating, seem unable to get comfortable or appear bloated
- Lasts longer than 48 hours – *sooner in puppies, tiny dogs, geriatric dogs, and those with chronic diseases
For dogs that are healthy except for loose stools, here are 5 home remedy options to try:
Sometimes all a dog needs is time for their gastrointestinal tract to heal and reset. Withholding food for 12 – 24 hours allows the system to flush out whatever nastiness caused the issue and reboot to a healthy state. It’s important to keep your pup hydrated, even during a fast. Do not let them drink too much at once, as this could cause vomiting or set off another bout of diarrhea.
2. Bland Diet
At the end of a fast it’s best to slowly introduce a diet of bland, easily digestible food. Try boiled, unseasoned, skinless white meat chicken shredded over plain white rice. For dogs on grain-free diets, substitute mashed over-ripe banana or canned pumpkin. Feed a few spoon-fulls every 2 – 3 hours and gradually increase the quantity over a 24 hour period. Next, begin a slow reintroduction of their normal diet by serving a 75% bland/25% regular diet mix for a few meals, followed by a 50/50 mix, etc. until your dog is eating exclusively dog food again.
Diarrhea not only clears away the unhealthy bacteria in the gut, it also decimates the healthy flora. To reintroduce these living, beneficial cultures, opt for a probiotic. Plain yogurt may help, but does not pack nearly the same punch as a high-potency probiotic packed with the right cultures. Our 4-in-1 probiotic supplement, Pronine™ Flora is the most complete digestive supplement available for dogs! Stay tuned for more info on the product at the end of the article.
4. Holistic Foods
Canned pumpkin puree (NOT pumpkin pie filler!), slippery elm, chia seeds, and plantains are all reported to offer natural GI-healing benefits. Pureed pumpkin is packed with fiber which helps to bulk up the stool. Slippery elm is said to coat and sooth mucus membranes – including the GI tract. Chia seeds are packed with fiber and absorb excess water, and plantains have antimocrobial properties. As always, consult your vet before making changes to your dog’s diet.
This drug is commonly found in over-the-counter anti-diarrheal meds like Immodium, Kaopectate, and Pepto Diarrhea Control. It works by decreasing motility and secretions within the gut. Be aware that these medications are not FDA-approved for use in dogs and that some dogs should not take Loperamide. With that said, the usual canine dosage is 0.05-0.1 mg/pound by mouth every 8 hours for 1 – 2 days. Your vet may be willing to advise you by phone as to which products and in what dose he or she recommends, otherwise do your research and use caution when medicating your dog yourself.
Providing a probiotic supplement is the easiest way to ensure that your pup is getting the microflora he or she needs to encourage an optimally functioning GI tract. Pronine™ Flora, our 4-in-1 probiotic supplement, not only contains pet-specific probiotics, but also boasts prebiotics (food for the good bacteria), digestive enzymes, and digestive herbs, all in a tasty, easy to administer powder form. Pronine™ Flora comes in individual, single-use packets to ensure freshness.
These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. The information on this website is not intended to replace a one-on-one relationship with a qualified healthcare professional.
What Is Giardia?
Giardia is a very common protozoal parasite that dogs can catch.
- A trophozoite that lives in the gut of infected animals
- A cystic stage that’s shed in feces
The cyst form can survive several months in the environment … especially in water or damp conditions.
If your dog swallows the cyst, it enters his intestines. Once there, it transforms to the trophozoite form and feeds from your dog’s intestinal wall.
Some trophozoites transform into the cystic form. After about 5 to 12 days, your dog may pass infectious cysts in his stool.
There are several reasons why dogs are so susceptible. Your dog could pick up giardia from …
- Contacting the infected stool of another animal
- Rolling or playing in contaminated soil
- Licking himself after contacting a contaminated surface, like a kennel
- Drinking contaminated water
According to the CDC, giardia survives longer in cold temperatures. Take the following two scenarios for example:
- In water temperatures below 50º F, it can live for 1 to 3 months.
- Meanwhile, in water temps that are 98.6º F or higher, it survives less than 4 days.
In fact, it’s quite common for dogs to get giardia in the spring. As the snow melts, it can contain fecal residues that carry the giardia protozoa. If your dog drinks from the melted snow puddles … she could pick up giardia.
How long does it take for giardia to go away in dogs? The answer to that is … it depends on its environment.
Giardia is a difficult parasite to get rid of because it’s easy for your dog’s environment to stay contaminated.
If you don’t take extra measures to deep clean her space, she may need more treatment.
Diarrhea Remedies for Pets
If your dog, cat, or other small pet is having issues with a single or ongoing bout of diarrhea or loose stools, there are natural remedies you can consider to get your pet's digestive health back in working order.
First, be sure to consider the cause of your pet's health condition. A course of antibiotics can lead to diarrhea, in which case yogurt or probiotics is often the best remedy. A change in diet or environmental influences can also cause diarrhea.
Natural Pet Remedies: Pumpkin, tripe, probiotics, and cayenne pepper are all popular home remedies for diarrhea in pets. However, a combined remedy in the form of a pumpkin and chicken puree is so far the most popular and effective natural cure for diarrhea. Check out the recipe below.
ACV for Calf Scour
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I have come across several farmers who have been using traditionally fermented and unpasteurised cider vinegar to treat scour in young calves. Calves are given 10 ml of cider vinegar in their milk feed twice a day from when they are a week or so old. The treatment is maintained for one month. Look for traditionally slow fermented cider vinegar.
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Hi, one of my cats had an awful bout of diarrhea after having some teeth removed at the vets (I suspect the drugs the vet used were too much for my cat's system).
We initially returned to the vet for a remedy/diagnosis (as the diarrhea had blood in it and was mucus-sy) and the vet gave us some harsh chemically smelling concoction.
My cat refused the concoction for his diarrhea and was very stressed when my husband and I tried to administer it. After a day or 2 it occurred to me to try some bentonite clay. I mixed up a solution (a flat tablespoon in a jar of water, leave to absorb, without mixing for at least 20 minutes, then mix)) and offered the cat some of the thicker part of the mix. He licked it all up without hesitation, I offered him more and he took the second dose. This was in the evening. The next day he did a nice healthy poo and was back to his normal self.
Please look into bentonite, green clay and edible clays generally. Thay are SO good for health (human and animal)
Literally, the best thing you could give you dog on a regular basis to keep your dogs bowel movements regular. It will elimiate diarrhea and your pet will never be constipated. I have been feeding my two dogs carrots with every meal and they love it too!
I feed mine dehydrated carrots because its the easiest thing for me to do with my busy life.
You mentioned a tablespoon of clay in a jar of water. roughly how much water as I'm having trouble getting the right consistency?
I have used 1 Tablespoon in 2 cups of water. It usually is pretty thin, and that is okay. The mixture can be shaken before using.
Boiled Chicken and Pumpkin Puree
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My yorkie was having diahrrea for two days, she was energetic no fever and rubbing her butt on the ground. I read on this site about boiling chicken, no seasoning, rice and pumpkin purée. I gave my 4 month old yorkie one part chicken, two parts white rice and one part pumpkin purée. Within 24 hours my yorkie was having firm bowel movement.
Yay! Thank you for posting these great helps! We avoided poking and prodding at the vet and prescription that may or may not have worked.
I have a 4 month old schnauzer about 8 lbs. How much rice/chicken/pumpkin did you give your dog a day? 1 cup or more? Thanks.
The boiled chicken, pumpkin and rice is a winner! Our dog (a GWP) had extremely loose bowels for a week and was messing everywhere! Unsure why and how he got it. Anyway, after boiling up a chicken, cooking pumpkin and rice, we started to feed him small amounts. Within 24 hours he had started to firm up and then in 4 days was completely back to normal. Very impressed earth clinic. Thanks.
testimonial: The dog had diahreah, & was waking up in the middle of the night. This went on for a few days. The owner quit feeding the dog. The dog started growling at me cause it was hungry. I explained to the owner that the dog's instincts, which it uses to survive, was telling it that it was desperate for food, enough to growl, and it needed to be fed. I showed the website Earthclinic, and the remedy it suggests, pumpkin & boiled chicken. I fed the dog this mixture and the dog, for the first time, slept all night. Problem solved. The dog was fed 2 TBS and a cup of chicken the 1st night. Didn't want to overfeed it. Now the dog is bigger than ever.
"Medicines may have scientific proof to back them up, but big Pharma also has a big motive to do misleading research, money. All DRUGS are poisonous. That's why they say "May cause liver or kidney damage. " as side-effects. Or, "Not for people w/ liver or kidney disease. " or "nephro (kidney)toxicity" or "hepa (liver) toxicity). The liver & kidney filter out poisons. That's their job. Herbs cannot be patented, so no one can make money off them, so no one invests millions into proper scientific research. Medicine takes 1 component of an herb and makes it un-natural, so they can patent it, and charge a lot for it. But the herb was designed for the human body. We co-evolved together. Herbs almost never have side-effects, and healing herbs that are good for you always taste & smell pleasant. To test if a medicine or herb is healthy, chew it & taste it. Taste revolting? Your body knows. You cannot trust the doctors. Trust your own eyes. A vet would have charged a lot of money for some medication to stop up the dog's guts, and it probably wouldn't have worked as well as the proper food (herb).
Psychiatry an Industry of Death:
shows the history of the cult of MDs, who, like sorcerors, walk around in their white robes, handing out potions. And supposedly, only they have the REAL truth, like any cult. "Scientifically validated".
The War on Health
This one goes into the history of the FDA, & how truly healing herbs have been made illegal, and replaced by the true quacks, the MDs drugs.
This story is as old as the burning of "witches" for offering an alternative cure to the preists'.
I have a two year old toy fox terrier that in March suddenly started bleeding everywhere. We rushed her to the vet and she was so low on platelets. Her platelet count was down to 21,000. Since that time she has been on prednisone and until recently we have been unable to keep her count up and even when it did go up, for some weird reason the vet said her white count kept staying elevated. We tried antibiotics to no avail. Marly gets her blood checked every two to three weeks. The last two times her platelets have been over 450,000!!
Suddenly yesterday out of no where she started with diarreah, then it was bloody diarreah and then pure blood. I am a nurse and was just stressing. I am currently out of work and thinking to myself, how am I going to afford another huge vet bill. The odd thing was, Marly did not act sick, her nose wasn't warm and she wasn't vomiting! I kept watching her and thinking, ok, she is acting happier and playing more than she has in months, just really odd. I needed to stop the diarreah.
I went on line and started reading and reading, somehow I came to this site. I read all the testimonials on the pumpkin, chicken and rice. I also read to not feed her for 12-24 hours to allow the intestine to calm down. I went to the store, I bought the chicken, cooked it in the crock pot overnight. I bought the canned pumpkin and immediately gave her a teaspoon full last night. Again this morning and again in the afternoon, she had no stools since last night. Then this afternoon I cooked some rice with the chicken and fed her small portions, about four and eight. I took her out before bed this evening and her stool was formed!! Very little blood in it and formed!! I gave her another teaspoon of pumpkin and will continue to keep her on the chicken and rice for another day or two but I am so grateful and happy. She is still playing and feeling great, actually better than we have seen her in six months so we are just wondering if she passed something that had been stuck possibly and that was keeping her white count up, we just don't know. All I know is she is feeling better and the diarreah is gone. Thank you so much!!
I have a miniature dachshund. He ate some spoiled chicken liver and he had bloody diarrhea accompanied by projectile vomiting. He smelled to high heaven. I called a friend who owns three dogs and she told me to give him an anti-diarrheal medication which works on humans. However after two days on this medication my dog seemed to be worse and he was acting very lethargic and refusing to eat. He was still drinking water. I called the vet and of course they told me to bring him in. I was a little leery of that as a coworker's dog had experienced the same thing and she took her dog to the vet and by the time they were thru with her dog she had a $2,300 bill (the dog stayed at the vet four days and had IV fluids, IV medications etc) Anyway I prayed for my dog and then I went on your website as I sure did not have $2,300 to spend. I noted the rice, chicken, canned pumpkin remedy. I TRIED IT AND IT WORKED. I used three parts rice, one part chicken and two heaping tablespoons of pumpkin twice a day. Thank you for sharing such an effective and frugal remedy.
I have a Papillion who had a very bad case of diarrhea for 2 weeks, with no other symptoms. Eating well no blood or worms acting normal. Went on website looking for something to do. Found PUMPKIN.. I cant believe it but slept through the night for the first time in 2 weeks.. Seems to be working in only one day! THANK YOU
I wanted to share my experiences with my 4 month old kitten. He was throwing up, not eating, not drinking, and had diarrhea. In a period of only 3 days he had lost a significant amount of weight and looked different, a lot smaller in appearance, and very sad. He slept a lot, and even cried without a reason. I read A LOT. I told myself that if he didn't get better after 2 days I would take him to the vet. I urge you to try, but if your pet absolutely does not respond, take him to the vet. This is what I did: My kitten resisted the food and drink so I had to take baby steps in order to be successful. I want to encourage those in the same situation to be patient and take your time. Do everything in increments and a LITTLE at a time. Every few hours I would do something, anything.
I started feeding him just a few very tiny tiny pieces of cooked chicken breast alone by hand.
I put Coconut Oil on my fingers and let him lick it off for calories.
I laid him on my lap and gave him a tiny bit of apple cider vinegar mixed with water from the side of his mouth. He was NOT a fan. With a resisting animal, be sure to use very little at a time. I gave him a tablespoon of the diluted mixture at a time (if I gave him any more, he would just throw it up).
I also got him unflavored baby pedyalyte (the generic brand) from Walmart to keep him hydrated. He did not like the taste so I had to dilute it in water. I alternated this with the diluted apple cider vinegar.
I put apple cider vinegar on his neck (I had to do this AFTER he ate, because the scent turned him off from food even more).
I kept noise/bright lights to a minimum and made sure he could sleep as much as possible. Sleep builds up the immune system. I'd like to note that my kitten did not receive all this at the same time. Every few hours I would try one of the above things.
My goal was to get him eating a mixture of pumpkin, chicken, and brown rice (the rice really helps). And he did! It took some time, but as he got stronger, his appetite got better. It got to the point where he started eating the chicken/pumpkin/rice mixture out of his bowl and drinking pedialyte/water mixture out of his bowl as well. In two days my husband and I saw an incredible difference! Thank God. It was honestly miraculous.
After 4 days he became hungrier and we ommitted the chicken and started giving him his dry cat food mixed with rice and pumpkin. It's been a week, and even now that he's better, we continue to do this along with the diluted pedyalyte. After another week I will ommit the pedyalyte, and use ACV in his water. We will continue to used a heaping tablespoon of pumpkin and another of rice mixed in with each of his meals.
I spent about $5 on organic coconut oil, $3 on generic pedyalyte, $3 on a giant can of pumkin, $3 on brown minute rice and 2 boneless/skinless chicken breasts from home. People who say this is too expensive should not have pets. It's nothing compared to a massive vet bill, which you should also be prepared to pay if need be. Not to mention I still have more than enough left over to literally treat at least 20 cats.
LULU YOU ROCK. A true animal angel and it thrills my heart and soul to know there are people like you in this world.
My little chi/yorkie has had diahrea for 6 days and vet 3 days ago suggested kaopactate/active culture yogart and I thought it was getting better, not really and now my older lab mix is having softer stools too. I wander if its a thing going around and if the rice, chicken, pumpkin will work.
YEA!! I started with just pumpkin, then later: Rice, chicken and pumpkin. My 3yr old cat is a large, lanky tabby that doesn't have any body fat to sustain him if sick too long. When I found his back-end covered with bloody diahrea and he was too weak to clean up--not to mention I didn't want him to ingest whatever had caused this to his system--I trimmed off the long fur under his tail and down the back of his legs.
The only thing I could get him to touch was the juice off of thawed chicken breasts. Along with stopping the bleeding, dehydration was one of my main concerns. He would look at his water but go back to bed without drinking any. I googled "what can I do if my cat has bloody diarhea?"--and it was all your responses that made me decide to try this. The results are just incredible.
I would offer the chicken juice every hour and he would drink a little each time. After deciding to try the pumpkin, I presented the open can to him and he actual gave it two feeble licks, which gave me hope. I took a dab on my finger tip and forced him to take it. About 15min later he actually licked the gravy from some canned cat food. (this from a cat that had earlier turned down the liquid from a can of tuna) But when I grabbed a plate and served him a small portion he wouldn't have any more. An hour later I forced him to take another finger tip of pumpkin and 15 min later gave him some more gravy from canned cat food. Within the hour he used the litter box and the stool was a very pink/brown liquid--still a fair amount of blood. At this point he was still too weak to cover his toilet.
Since he'd eaten the gravies, I decided to try the paste with brown rice, broiled chicken breast and pumpkin---I just smashed it together as I don't have anything fancier. He ate about a rounded tablespoon. I left the fluids drained from a can of corn and the juice and oils drained from broiling the chicken breasts mixed with the tuna juice he hadn't eaten earlier. Throughout the day he would drink the fluids on his own--but he still wouldn't take anymore solids. I had to force 2 more dabs of pumpkin into his mouth--and now that he was feeling better, he was more capable of spitting it out. So I let him go at his own pace.
This morning I stepped it up (only 36 hours since this started). He wouldn't eat solids and stuck with licking the gravy off his food. So I took the rest of the rice, chicken and added some more pumpkin, and I used one of those "pouches" of cat food--they have more gravy in them--skimmed out the food pieces and mixed the gravy with it. He actually ate half of it, and made sure he got all gravy off the rest--which has a lot more pumpkin in it now. So I opened another pouch and over the next hour I would bring him spoonfuls of a pumpkin-gravy mixed from a chicken catfood. I didn't want to give too much food at one time. In a couple hours he was eating some dry food. A stool he left a few hours later, although very loose, did have some forms beginning to take shape in it and no sign of blood. He's also energetic enough to bury his leavings now, piling the whole litter box on top of it. He says: "you've seen enough! "
Now in just 3 days he's completely back to his reguar self--and this from being at death's door. Pumpkin is a miracle cure!!
I was desperate to help my egyptian hairless cat, who almost over night went down with chronic loose stools, blood loss, watery eyes complete lethargy. I took her to the vet, paid for medication and a week later I seriously was considering that I needed to face the fact that she was proberly not gonna survive. So I scanned the net for home remedies that might assist in at least getting the diarrehea under control and re-hydrating the cat. Low and behold I see postings re Pumpkin, its pumpkin season here in England and so I headed off to the supermarket. I blended up the pumpkin, added fresh carrot and coconut milk, offered it to the cat, she licked and licked at this mixture, she even meowed for more, this was the first food she had taken for days. I would go as far as to say within twelve hours that cat was improving, withing 18 hours she was passing normal stools. Anyone who is familiar with the hairless sphynx breed you will know that these cats are incredibly needy and if they could be carried around all day they would be in their element. My angel lay on a hot water bottle for 8 days, one dose of pumpkin and it was like a miracle. It could all be a coincidence, but something tells me there could be something in this, well ime convinced anyway and so I am making up my paste and freezing it. Now I add pumpkin regularly to her meat feed.
Your dog might be reacting to the dog food you are feeding him. It may be too high in protein or not agreeable to your dog's digestive system, and sudden dietary changes can also cause stomach upset.
Take away your dog's regular food for a day and feed him a bland diet such as boiled white rice, boiled chicken or turkey, scrambled egg, cottage cheese, or potato skins.
You can also give your dog Gatorade or Pedialyte to drink to help replenish electrolytes.