Treat your dog’s diarrhea and vomiting naturally at home.
Assess the situation. Consider what may have caused the diarrhea. For instance, is your dog on medication or did she share in your pizza?
Question: Help! my dog has diarrhea—is there anything in my medicine cabinet or on my kitchen shelf that could be used to save both of us a visit to the vet?
If the diarrhea isn’t clearing up after a couple of days on a bland diet, or if your dog’s diarrhea is accompanied by other noticeable symptoms like fever, weakness, loss of appetite or vomiting, a visit to the vet is recommended. He or she can examine your pet for other symptoms and run tests on your pet’s fecal sample to help identify or rule out serious conditions like parasites and viruses.
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Diarrhea in dogs and cats is loose stool caused by excess water in the feces. Loose stool may be accompanied by increased frequency or increased urgency.Puppies and kittens have diarrhea much more often than adult dogs and cat do, and the causes of diarrhea in puppies and kittens are different than the causes of diarrhea in adult pets. Puppies and kittens have diarrhea from eating garbage, swallowing foreign bodies, infections, and from the bowel folding back on itself (intussusception). On the other hand, adult dogs and cats are more prone to diarrhea caused by disease: , , , and exocrine pancreatic insufficiency (EPI).Diarrhea is one of the most common illnesses of dogs and cats, and is especially common in puppies and kittens. Diarrhea frequently occurs in pets kept in kennels and exposed to salmonella or infections. Diarrhea is also common in pets eating garbage, poor quality food, or food that they are allergic to. Diarrhea occurs in pets drinking water contaminated with wild animal feces, which often contains giardia (parasites that infect the small intestine).Your pooch likely will experience diarrhea at some point, no matter how diligent you are at keeping him healthy. Anything from bacteria in his water, to a bug bite, and everything in between, can cause episodes of diarrhea. Always take your dog in for a checkup when he has diarrhea. It can be a sign of something more serious. Once you get an otherwise clean bill of health, you can treat the diarrhea at home. Plenty of fluids, a mild diet, probiotics and medications are all things you can offer to nurse him back to health.Constipation is the opposite of diarrhea—it is a hard, firm, infrequent stool passed with straining. Constipation is common in dehydrated pets, dogs with enlarged prostates, and senior pets, especially senior cats. Providing extra fluids and providing fiber helps prevent constipation.Your veterinarian can prescribe anti-diarrheal medication for your furry comrade if his symptoms don't improve after a day or two. These medications, which often contain kaolin and pectin, absorb the excess fluid in his gut and help slow down transit time. This helps him get back to having regular solid bowel movements. Don't attempt to give your canine human-grade anti-diarrheal medications without your veterinarian's guidance. The dosage is much smaller for dogs -- around one-half to 1 milliliter per pound of body weight, four to six times a day, PetMD reports. Your vet will have to determine the right amount for your dog's specific needs.