Treatment and Prevention of Canine Diarrhea

September 14, 2009

in Cat Health

For the dog with simple diarrhea that is still eating and drinking and feeling fine, home management may be the only treatment needed. For 24-48 hours, feed boiled, skinless, boneless, chicken breast with cooked white rice. If possible, feed small meals every 2-4 hours. Bland food fed in frequent, small amounts gives the intestines time to calm down and readjust. Once diarrhea has resolved, gradually begin re-introducing the normal food. If the diarrhea does not resolve or comes back after reintroducing normal food, it is time to see the veterinarian for more treatment options.

There are several ways simple, mild diarrhea can be treated.

Metronidazole is an antibiotic used to remove any abnormal bacteria in the intestines.

Oftentimes, medications such as Kaolin and Pectin are given in conjunction with Metronidazole. Together, these medications work quickly to both stop diarrhea as well as firm the stool.

In some cases, Probiotics may be used in order to restore the balance of good bacteria in the intestines. There are several versions of which some are used to stop diarrhea and others are solely for prevention.

A bland diet is another option. By feeding your dog foods such as boiled chicken and white rice, the intestines are given the opportunity to calm down and readjust to normal.

It is very important to remember that while our dogs are members of our family, they should not be given over the counter medications such as Pepto-Bismol, Immodium or Kaopectate without the express consent of a veterinarian. In most cases, mild diarrhea will clear within a few days. If however it does not, a re-visit to your veterinarian is needed for further testing as well as exploring other alternative methods of treatment. Available below is a detailed video which discusses the treatments for simple, mild diarrhea.

Tar like stool or blood stool, additional symptoms and a dog that just doesn’t feel well must be taken to a veterinarian immediately. If gone untreated, the condition can become worse rapidly, leaving your dog vulnerable to more serious and dire consequences.

Preventing Diarrhea

This is a list of several methods you can use to prevent canine diarrhea:

Keep trash, human food, and medications locked up and out of reach of your dog.

Never feed your dog human food or table scraps.

Supervise your dog when outside to make sure it does not eat something it should not.

If you need to change your dogs diet, do so gradually by mixing the new food and the old food. Slowly increase the amount of new food and decrease the amount of old food until you are feeding only the new food. Make this change over at least seven days. Some dogs may need longer.

If you must board your dog or have them stay with family or friends, always bring your own food.

Deworming. It is important to do this every month. Most heartworm medications will also deworm your dog.

This article is for general information purposes only. It is in no way meant to replace a proper diagnosis or treatment from your dogs veterinarian.

An experience veterinarian with great passion for writing, Heather Fox loves to share her knowledge about Dog Diseases Symptoms with fellow pet lovers. You can find more of her lessons including Dog Atopic Dermatitis Causes on

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