A dog owner’s worst nightmare is when their dog has an upset tummy accompanied by bouts of diarrhea. Not only is it heartbreaking to see your dog in pain and unhappy, but it is also a huge hassle cleaning up the stinky mess.
What’s worse is the fact that your dog is willing to eat and drink just about anything from rotten food to filthy water. Although they have a tough digestive system there does come a point where it gives up and you end up with a whole lot of runny poo to clean up.
So there’s no doubt you’re probably desperately looking for quick stop solutions to make your dog’s diarrhea stop as soon as possible. And since diarrhea isn’t a rare occurrence you probably want to try to find more natural solutions rather than rely on medication (a course of antibiotics can go up to a week!) unless necessary.
What kind of poop is your dog pooping?
A strange question to ask, yes, but the kind of poop that you see can tell you a lot about your dog’s digestive woes and will help come up with a solution easier.
To start with, the normal stool is wet and log-shaped and when picked up it is firm although leaves behind a bit of residue. If your dog is on a raw diet then normal stool will look a bit different and will be firm and segmented but not hard and will not leave behind residue.
Loose stools, on the other hand, will not have any proper shape and will be watery. It won’t be easy to pick up either.
If your dog has frequent bouts of abnormal loose stool then it might have chronic diarrhea.
Does color really matter?
Unfortunately yes and you will have to pay close attention to the color of the poop if it isn’t its usual brown color.
Yellow poop may be indicative of the presence of a parasite known as Coccidia or it can mean there is an overgrowth of pathogenic bacteria. Other causes can be changes in your dog’s liver or simply that the poop moved through the GI tract too quickly avoiding the bile (which makes the poop brown) pick up.
Yellow stool is linked to chronic or acute diarrhea.
Green poop might mean your dog has gastrointestinal hypermotility or may even indicate that there is a gallbladder issue. Or it can simply mean your dog ate too much grass. You’ll have to keep a close watch to be certain.
White rice-like poop which is either loose or firm is a sign that your dog has tapeworms.
What intestine is the poop is coming from?
If the problem originates from the large intestine, your dog will have to poop a lot more frequently and a lot more urgently and thus more accidents around the house. The poop will be semi-formed and will have mucus and even specks of blood.
If the problem is the small intestine then poop will be less urgent, less frequent, and controllable, and will also not have any blood. Should be a sign of relief but it isn’t. In fact, it is more serious. Nutrients are absorbed in the small intestine and if it is inflamed then nutrients aren’t being absorbed which is dangerous for your dog.
What causes diarrhea?
There are two kinds of diarrhea, acute and chronic and both have different causes.
Acute diarrhea is often caused by:
- Unhealthy changes in the diet
- Exercise intolerance
Chronic diarrhea is caused by:
- Inflammatory bowel diseases
Stress in your dog’s life and a bacterial or viral infection can be the cause of both acute and chronic diarrhea.
Why avoid medicines?
Now that we’re done with the disgusting bits, let’s talk about why we should try home remedies that will not only be quicker but also safer than the antibiotics usually given.
Antibiotics work by stopping the symptoms rather than the root cause of diarrhea. This means that chances are that your dog will end up with a loose tummy all over again and soon after his course. The more medicine given, the more impact it will have on their gut.
So unless your dog has any of the following symptoms avoid the vet and treat them with quick-acting home remedies.
- Large amounts of blood in the poop
- Constant vomiting
Quick Relief Home Remedies:
If your dog is over 6 months, the first thing to do is to make them fast for 12 to 24 hours. Typically on an upset stomach dogs stop eating themselves but if they don’t, you’ll need to not offer them their usual food. It will give the gut time to heal and rest after all the strain.
If you feel that the 12 to a 24-hour window is too long, you can fast your dog for 6 to 12 hours instead.
After the vomiting and loss poop has subsided start by feeding them small amounts of water and then gradually move on to bland food.
Bland food is important during this time because it doesn’t exert the digestive system and prevents the reoccurrence of diarrhea.
White rice, rice water, and chicken broth are the best options to offer.
Probiotics will help your dog’s gut produce a good kind of bacteria, restore their gut lining, and repair the intestinal cell walls.
You can also give your dog probiotics on normal days as well.
This is a great remedy for food poisoning, especially if your dog gobbles up anything and everything!
It can also help with stress-induced diarrhea.
Pure pumpkin is rich in fiber and will help solve your dog’s pooping woes.
Congratulations, you now know all that there is to know about dog poop and how to tackle loose stool issues in your dog as soon as you possibly can without unnecessary vet visits.