What To Do If Your Dog Has Poop Issues
This is a general guide for readers, it is not to replace a visit to your veterinarian, nor should this advice be taken instead of seeking advice from your veterinarian. These tips are to help you, to help pet, feel comfortable until you can meet with or talk to your veterinarian.
Does your best friend have diarrhea?
No, not your BFF your furry BFF. We all monitor our pet’s if they have diarrhea but a few quick diet modifications will go a long way in helping with diarrhea. Make sure they do not get dehydrated by monitoring their water intake.
- Try adding pumpkin (not pie filling the plain type) or a pumpkin based dog food to their kibble or usual food
- Change their diet to rice and chicken to bulk the poo and be gentle on their gut
- Adding fiber (pumpkin has fiber) can help too, as this can add bulk to the poo (Prebiotics like inulin, and psyllium can help with bulking the stool)
- High count probiotics can help your dog’s digestive health. High count probiotics really help establish their gut and immune system after a bout of diarrhea, choose one with prebiotics for the best effect.
Dog diarrhea and vomiting?
Dogs often throw-up a little, usually it is due to something they ate and is not an issue, sometimes it can be due to food allergies or seasonal allergies. It is normal for a dog to eat grass and then throw up to expel what is irritating them. Make sure they do not get dehydrated by monitoring their water or fluid intake.
A bland diet of chicken and rice may help or just chicken broth or bone broth if food is too much. Check the sodium levels, dogs do not process salt like we do, so keep sodium to a minimum.
Probiotics can offer a solution to getting your pooch over that issue and prebiotics may help increase digestive enzymes as well as supporting digestive wellness. Try adding a high-count multi-strain probiotic to your pooch’s nutrition plan.
Going to the pharmacy to fix your pet’s poop problem?
If your pet’s diarrhea is so bad you are reaching for the Imodium (loperamide) STOP! Speak to your veterinarian. Loperamide affects the muscles in the digestive tract and should not be used frequently or long term. Start with dietary changes, then seek more natural treatment options. Obviously if your pet has to go on a long car journey, it makes sense, but loperamide is not healthy long-term. You could consider using pee pads for use in the house and carting your pet through the issue.
Does your new fur-baby have diarrhea?
Who knows where your dog was prior to becoming your baby!? Very often stress and a new environment can cause gut upset in dogs. If your dog’s diarrhea is so bad you are reaching for loperamide STOP! Speak to your veterinarian or a vet tech. There are more natural ways to work with your pet’s diarrhea, like diet modification (see above) and probiotics. Probiotics with prebiotics work with the digestive tract more slowly, but safely and help support the maintenance or health of the intestines. As a general rule, we believe all new dog and cat adoptions should be given a probiotic as soon as they get to their new forever home. It is so important for the health and wellness of your pet especially if your pet was rescued from a traumatic or poor nutrition base.
From one of our customers:
Profauna 100 not only helped with my new rescue’s poo (her stools), but also her fur and general health. When I got her, she was Giardia positive and had terrible poo issues. It takes about 2-4 weeks to really see a total difference and not just with the poop.
We hope this information has been helpful.