Treatment Options for Dog Diarrhea

If your pet has diarrhea, you can try some forms of dog diarrhea treatment. In most cases, a mild case of diarrhea will resolve itself in a day or two, but recurrent diarrhea, or diarrhea that's bloody or very watery, may require veterinary treatment.

Diarrhea Treatment

For mild cases of dog diarrhea, withhold food for twelve to twenty-four hours. Often, this rest is enough to restore her digestive tract to health.

There are medications available to treat diarrhea. Over-the-counter antidiarrheals such as Kaopectate can be given. There are also brands available specifically for dogs, such as Pet Pectate.

Diarrhea Complications

If your dog has diarrhea for more than forty-eight hours, or if the symptoms are accompanied by fever, lethargy or dehydration, contact your veterinarian. To check for dehydration, lift the skin on your dog's back. If it remains pinched, it is a danger sign of dehydration.

Preventing the Problem

  • Be sure your dog is parasite free. Many internal worms can cause digestive upsets and diarrhea.
  • Add a probiotic supplement to your dog's daily meal to increase gut-friendly intestinal bacteria that aid in digestion.