Dog diarrhea is never much fun for a pet owner, but in most cases, you can easily treat it from your home without a visit to the veterinarian.
Home Treatment for Diarrhea in Dogs
Changing your dog's diet to a simple, bland diet for a while may help with diarrhea. Instead of your dog's normal food, give him small servings of cooked white rice, boiled chicken, boiled turkey, scrambled egg, boiled egg, boiled potato or baked potato with no seasonings, oils, butter or grease four to five times a day. Increase amounts a little at a time until he has a firm stool. Then, begin gradually mixing in increasing amounts of regular dog food into his diet over the course of a week.
Dogs with diarrhea or vomiting can be given Pepto-Bismol every six hours. Measure 1 milliliter of Pepto-Bismol for every 10 pounds of your dog's weight for a proper dosage.
You can also give Imodium AD to dogs. Give your pet 1 milliliter of Imodium for every 10 pounds of your dog's weight every eight hours. A 100-pound dog would get 10 milliliters of Imodium AD. If symptoms persist for more than two days, call a veterinarian.
Kaopectate is another alternative over-the-counter medication you can give your dog. Dogs should receive 0.05 to 0.1 milligrams of Kaopectate per pound every eight hours. A 20-pound dog would get a 2 milligram dosage. If symptoms continue for more than two days, call a veterinarian.
Things to Avoid
If your dog has diarrhea, do not give him table scraps, snacks or bones. Extras like these can cause additional intestinal irritation and should be avoided during this time.
Calling the Vet
Call the veterinarian if your dog has diarrhea for more than two days, seems listless or has other worrisome symptoms such as vomiting or blood in the stool, as these may be symptoms of more serious conditions.