It’s not easy feeding dogs with upset stomach and diarrhea issues… because you don’t know (exactly) what foods to avoid, and what foods to give instead. This article talks on what to feed dog with diarrhea, sharing 25 food items you can trust to give your dog, and more importantly the reason why these foods help…
Now, you already know we recommend talking with a registered veterinary first, before taking any further action, so take this content as informational purpose only and not medical advice.
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Though commercial diet is prioritized by animal experts, it is better to give home-cooked bland foods, if your dog suffers diarrhea. Mix 15 – 45 ml of yogurt with white rice and promote intestinal healing and it has no appreciable bacterial colony-forming factors as like probiotics.
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In case of diarrhea, mix little amount of well-cooked, mashed sweet potato with normal dog food to alleviate the intestinal linings.
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With home-cooked rice with more water content, you can add cooked boneless chicken and serve your dog. This mix can aid digestion and prevents dehydration. You can try lean ground beef, if chicken is unavailable.
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You can provide any commercial diet with ingredients of lamb or rabbit. These contain negligible fat content that promotes digestion in illness.
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What to feed dog with diarrhea? For the first days of illness, you must feed small meals, thrice or four times a day. Some of the foods that help digestion in dogs with diarrheal diseases are home-cooked macaroni, rice and oatmeal. Other foods such as soft-boiled eggs and cottage cheese are also helpful, if given as prescribed above.
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The next choice to white rice is tapioca, if rice is not beneficial in chronic diarrhea. Since it contains no gluten, it is digested by dogs and the carbohydrate need of ill-dog can be fulfilled.
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In dog diarrhea, calcium carbonate with diet can stop the symptoms. Providing egg shells with bland diet can be helpful to alleviate the symptoms.
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Organic foods such as fruits are helpful in diarrhea and it is better than commercial dog diets. Some of the best fruits for dogs are watermelon, citrus fruits like oranges, apples and bananas. However, the seeds should be removed to prevent phytotoxin-induced diarrhea.
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With normal dog food, you can mix one tablespoon of oat bran. This mixture can stop diarrhea and its associated symptoms.
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Though most of the grains are not suitable diet for dog diarrhea, cooked millet is a promising diet that solidifies the watery diarrhea. However, you have to check the poops whenever dog eliminates it. This can be helpful to monitor the progress and benefits of millets.
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In dog diarrhea, fasting for first 12 – 18 hours followed by bland diet is helpful. This should be followed by other options such as addition of medicinal herbs including boswelia and ginger or glutamine powder or probiotics including lactobacillus and therapeutic Sacchromyces with normal diet. These are helpful to promote intestinal microflora and digestive health.
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In any type of diarrhea, feed moderate amount of commercial fish oil or cooked-fishes as a source of omega-3-fatty acids. It is a best therapeutic supplement in inflammatory bowel syndrome-induced diarrhea and it soothes inflamed intestinal linings.
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Mix well-cooked yams with 1 or 2 gms of ginger powder mixed with 15 mg of butter and refrigerate it for a while. Serve this mixture to your dog when they suffers diarrhea. Ginger is a potent anti-inflammatory agent that soothes the inflamed intestine. Yam turns watery stools into formed stools and butter is good soother.
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Licorice is a better alternative to other dog diarrhea diet. By its property, it promotes intestinal blood circulation and hence cures the inflammation.
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It is good to mix the bland diet with L-glutamine powder which can serve as good energy source to exhausted intestinal cells. L-Glutamine can be obtained commercially from pet stores.
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Enzymatic supplement is a good therapeutic option in exocrine pancreatic insufficiency-induced diarrhea. These supplements are available in powered formulations that can be mixed with normal dog diet.
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In illness, some dogs won’t drink water that can cause dehydration. In this case, consider feeding them with chicken broth with negligible levels of sodium. You can mix this broth with water and it works. If not, you can give them Pedialyte to prevent dehydration.
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Canned pumpkin is a good option, if your dog suffers from watery diarrhea. Most of the users report that pumpkin solidifies the stools within some hours. Being a rich of dietary fibre, it tends to absorb intestinal water. Make sure it is canned and 100% pure.
In large-intestinal disease-induced diarrhea, some researchers found intestinal-fermentable fibers are beneficial and other claim non-fermentable as useful. Psyllium is one of the fermentable fiber and bran is a non-fermentable fiber.
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Protein-losing enteropathy is one of the predominant causes of diarrhea in dogs and providing supplements rich in medium-chain triglycerides (MCT) is a good remedial measure. Well-cooked tuna is a good source of MCT and protein that can balance the protein levels in this disease and serves as an energy source.
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In some cases, food sensitivity is a cause of diarrhea in dogs. If it is diagnosed, a food which is not given previously should be provided to desensitize the dog. In common, soy protein mixed with plain white rice is a good option.
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In diarrhea, consider feeding soft-boiled eggs to your dog. Soft-boiled eggs are rich in protein that meets your dog’s requirement in diarrheal diseases. Make sure that no oils and/or spices are added.
In dog diarrhea, mix commercially available N-acetyl glucosamine with your dog diet. It is a complex carbohydrate that heals in the inflamed intestinal lumen and stops diarrheal symptoms.
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To solidify the watery stools, consider fiber-rich diets like flaxseeds. Mix 1-2 mg of grounded flax seeds with dog diet. Do not give more, as dogs cannot digest plant proteins in large amounts.
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Natural fiber diets such as green beans, cauliflower, turnip greens and broccoli can be given in minimal quantity. These can slowdown the disease processes and its associated symptoms.
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