Best Dog Foods for Diarrhea

By Dawna Theo

The best dog foods for diarrhea are, quite simply, foods that are among the most easily digested. When a dog has diarrhea, it could be a symptom of a serious illness that should be checked out by a veterinarian. Many times dog diarrhea is just a mild stomach upset due to eating something that is not digestible. Introducing bland foods to your dog's diet may calm the stomach and reduce the diarrhea. Homemade dog food or store-bought dog food that is specifically made for diarrhea or stomach irritation may also help stop the diarrhea.


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Provide fresh water constantly for a dog that has diarrhea. Bring the water to your dog and encourage him to drink. Dogs, like people, get dehydrated when they have diarrhea. If the diarrhea is very bad, you can provide electrolyte water for your dog. Buy electrolyte water for humans and pour equal parts of water and electrolyte water in your dog's dish.

Bland Meat and Eggs

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Bland meat that is easily digestible is good for dogs with diarrhea. Making homemade food ensures that you know they are only getting what you put in their dog food, and no other by-products or stomach-irritating ingredients. Bland meats include boiled chicken, boiled lean hamburger and boiled turkey. Remove the skin from the chicken and turkey before feeding it to your dog. Scrambled eggs are easily digested and provide protein. Crack a few eggs into a bowl and stir them until smooth. Fry them without any oil or fat in a non-stick pan. Mix the eggs with rice or potatoes and feed to your dog.

Carbohydrates and Fillers

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Mix easily-digested carbohydrates into boiled chicken, turkey or lean ground beef. Boil a potato and chop it up into small cubes. Mix the potato with chicken, turkey or hamburger. Brown or white rice is easily digested and a great filler for a dog with diarrhea. Add 2 cups of cooked rice to your dog's meat. Tapioca is easily digested and will help your dog feel full. Make tapioca with water, no fat and no seasonings and add to any of the easily digested meats. Add 1 cup of cooked plain oatmeal to the meat.

Store-Bought Dog Food

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Commercially produced dog food that is made with lamb or rabbit will be more easily digested and good for dogs to eat when they have diarrhea, according to Vet Info. Switch dog food gradually over a couple of weeks by adding an increased proportion of their regular dog food with the new food. Look for dog foods that have a probiotic formula to reduce parasites that cause diarrhea.