Home care for dogs with diarrhoea
Diarrhoea in dogs is a very common problem, and fortunately, often passes within 1-2 days.
If your dog has diarrhoea (without blood or mucus) but is otherwise happy, well and behaving normally, you could try to settle them at home. Book an appointment with your vet if your dog isn’t improving or if you’re concerned at any point.
Suggestions to settle your dog’s stomach:
24 hours fasting
Fasting your dog for 24 hours can help speed up recovery. Never fast an old dog, a young puppy or a dog that seems unwell.
A bland diet
Rich and fatty foods can make diarrhoea worse. Pre-made bland diets specifically for dogs with diarrhoea are available from your vet. Alternatively, home made plain boiled rice and chicken (without skin or bones) can be used.
Feed your dog very small, regular meals throughout the day. This keep their guts moving without overwhelming them.
Plenty of water
Dogs who are suffering from diarrhoea might need to drink a bit more than usual to replace the extra water they’re losing in their poo. Make sure your dog has access to water at all times, and that they are drinking throughout the day. Speak to your vet if your dog stops drinking or is drinking much more than usual.
Let your dog rest and recover and prevent them from doing anything energetic until they are feeling better. Speak to your vet if they are very lethargic.
Probiotics are friendly gut bacteria, beneficial for some dogs (but not all). Probiotics are thought to work by topping up the normal bacteria and binding nasty bacteria and toxins. Probiotics can be purchased at your vets or online.
Gradually reintroduce their normal food
Once your dog is passing solid poo you can start to reintroduce their normal food slowly over a few days.