If your dog is otherwise healthy and behaving normally, ask your veterinarian if home therapy is OK. Here are my basic homecare instructions for mild dog diarrhea:

  • Withhold food — NOT water — for 12 consecutive hours.
  • After 12 hours, if the diarrhea has improved, and there is no vomiting, lethargy or other changes, offer a small amount of a bland diet consisting of equal parts cooked, ground turkey and sweet potato or canned pumpkin every two to four hours.
  • Consider adding ˝ teaspoon slippery elm per 10 pounds of your dog’s weight with each meal. This is an excellent herbal remedy used safely for centuries.
  • If the diarrhea persists or returns, seek veterinary assistance immediately.

Many cases of diarrhea can be successfully treated at home with careful observation, a little preparation and plenty of patience. Always ask your vet for advice before treating any medical condition at home.
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Your veterinarian will likely analyze a fecal sample, perform basic blood and urine tests and perhaps an abdominal X-ray or ultrasound to diagnosis any medical condition. After your vet clears your dog from a medical condition, consider the following:

  • Diet. Sudden changes in foods can upset your dog’s intestinal bacterial flora, resulting in loose stools. Discuss your pet’s current food and treat regimen to look for any problem ingredients. Changing the fat, fiber, protein and carbohydrate constituents can help many pets.
  • Probiotics. Many pets suffering from diarrhea may benefit from adding species-specific probiotics to the diet. Ask your vet for an appropriate recommendation.
  • Stress. Changes to routine, guests, travel or even weather can trigger loose stools. Evaluate if your dog has been more anxious or tense lately, and determine if there’s a connection to any digestive changes.
  • Medications. Many prescription medications can upset your canine’s tummy. Don’t overlook heartworm, flea and tick treatments. If your dog develops any problem with a prescription, alert your veterinarian and ask for alternatives.