My Dog Has Diarrhea: Next Steps

If your dog has diarrhea there are tried and true methods for relieving his misery. In some instances, diarrhea is a sign of inflammatory bowel disease and will require professional help.

Try a Little Fasting

The first step to help lighten the diarrhea is to put your dog on a fasting diet. In order to give your dog's stomach a rest from the inflammation hold off on feedings for 12 to 24 hours.

Hydrate Him

Many times excessive diarrhea leads to dehydration. Keep your dog's water bowl full and encourage him to drink so his condition doesn't worsen. When a dog has diarrhea, the excessive elimination depletes his body of vital minerals. Mix a 50/50 solution of water and Pedialyte® or Gatorade® to revitalize his system.

Control the Diarrhea

To help stop the diarrhea, use an over-the-counter product like Pepto-Bismol or Kaopectate. Most dogs won't swallow such medications easily. Try using a needless syringe or a kitchen baster to get the liquid deep in his throat.

When to Seek Help

If your pet is having a heavy, thick diarrhea that lasts for days, take him for a checkup. A diagnosis of your dog's intestinal tract will reveal if he is experiencing a more serious condition. The vet will either take a biopsy of his intestinal area or perform a canine colonoscopy.

When a dog has diarrhea it's sometimes because of an allergic reaction he's having to a specific food. A vet will typically prescribe a corticosteroid to lessen the symptoms of the inflammatory bowel disease.