3 easy home remedies for dog diarrhea

Poop happens, and sometimes it’s not the kind you’re expecting. Diarrhea in dogs is common and often the consequence of eating something they shouldn’t have (garbage diving), a change in diet or side effects from medication. The good news is that minor diarrhea can be easily remedied at home.

If you have reason to believe your dog’s diarrhea may be the result of something more serious than an upset stomach, don’t hesitate to call your veterinarian.

Here are our go-to foods when our dogs are hit with the runs .

Start with a 12-24 hour fasting period to give their digestive system a break, and then slowly introduce any of these three remedies .

White rice

Rice contains soluble fibre that absorbs water passing through the digestive system, which is said to help bind the stool. And that’s exactly what we’re going for. Experts recommend high-quality plain white rice that’s full-on starchy and free of any questionable additives.

To rinse or not to rinse? The jury is out on that one. Some say cleaning your rice will remove any phytates or debris, but if you’re using a quality product that shouldn’t be necessary. Keep in mind that rinsing will also remove some of that must-have starchiness.

Rice water

Rice water is the creamy liquid left over after you make rice. It’s packed with all the nutrients you need to stop diarrhea in its tracks and a little easier on the stomach than rice itself. Just boil one cup of rice in four cups of water for 15 minutes, remove grains and allow to cool. If your dog isn’t too interested, add a pinch of broth for flavour.

Canned pumpkin

Not to be confused with pie filling, plain pumpkin puree is rich in soluble fibre and water. You can serve this superfood alone or mixed with rice, and it doesn’t take much to see results – just 2-3 teaspoons per serving. Oddly enough, it works for both diarrhea and constipation.

If your dog’s symptoms don’t improve after two days, make an appointment with your veterinarian – it could be something more serious than an upset stomach.

Do you have any remedies to soothe your dog’s tummy? Share them with us (and fellow dog people) by tagging @earthrated. We’ll spread the word!