An upset stomach can often be enough to ruin your day. If your dog has an upset stomach and diarrhea, you'll want to get her feeling better again as soon as possible. Luckily, there's a home remedy involving chicken and rice that you can try on your own in order to soothe your dog's stomach and help bring her diarrhea to an end.
Treating diarrhea in dogs
Your dog can get diarrhea for a number of different reasons. According to PetMD, dogs often get diarrhea because they eat something they shouldn't or because of stress or a sudden dietary change. Parasitic, bacterial, and viral infections can also cause diarrhea in dogs.
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Chronic diarrhea is sometimes caused by issues like allergies, inflammatory bowel disease, pancreatic disease, and more.
You can treat diarrhea that suddenly develops in a healthy dog by fasting your dog and then feeding him a diet of chicken and rice to help settle your dog's stomach as he recovers. According to the American Kennel Club, white rice has less nutritional value than brown rice, but because it's bland, it is friendly toward your dog's upset stomach.
Preparing chicken and rice
Before you boil the chicken, cut off all of the fat. Beechmont Pet Hospital recommends that you boil the chicken thoroughly. Once ready to eat, the chicken should be white inside. Avoid feeding your dog undercooked chicken since it can cause both diarrhea and vomiting. Cut up or shred the chicken into bite-sized pieces.
Next, prepare white rice according to the instructions on the package. Avoid any rice that has seasoning in it, and don't put butter on the rice. Once cooked, combine the chicken with the rice in equal parts and refrigerate the mixture until you're ready to feed it to your dog.
You should feed 1 cup per day of the mixture per every 20 pounds of your dog's body weight. Warm up the mixture just before you feed it.
Feeding chicken and rice
When you're treating your dog's diarrhea, you'll need to give her digestive system some time to recover from the issue that's caused the diarrhea. Ardmore Animal Hospital states that you should first fast your dog for 24 hours, giving her only water and no food. After the fast, you can start to introduce the boiled chicken and rice mixture.
Feed your dog multiple small meals per day rather than one or two large meals. These smaller meals are easier for her to digest and won't be such a shock to her system. Feed her only the chicken and rice mixture until her bowel movements have returned to normal.
Once your dog has had normal bowel movements for a day or two, you can start to gradually add her regular food into the chicken and rice mixture. Do this slowly, adding just a bit more dog food each day while gradually decreasing the amount of chicken and rice. Once your dog is back to eating her regular dog food, don't make any dietary changes since her digestive system may still be sensitive.
Diarrhea can quickly dehydrate your dog, so while the bland diet may help, it's important to take your dog to the vet if his condition doesn't improve or if it gets worse. Beechmont Pet Hospital recommends that you take your dog to the vet if his diarrhea continues for more than 48 hours.
Other causes for concern are if your dog's diarrhea is accompanied by lethargy, vomiting, or loss of appetite. You should take your dog to the vet for these symptoms or if your dog has more than just a few drops of blood in his stool.
Always check with your veterinarian before changing your pet’s diet, medication, or physical activity routines. This information is not a substitute for a vet’s opinion.