What To Do If Your Dog Has Diarrhea or Gas
If you own a dog at some point you are going to deal with stomach upset. When this happens, and anything serious (like an obstruction) is a ruled out, do three things.
Pull their food for 12-24 hours. It allows their system to “reset” and have a break. It also lessens the chance that they will vomit/have diarrhea. Make sure they are still drinking water (dehydration is a big concern with stomach upset) and check frequently to make sure their gums are still nice and pink-pale gums can be a sign of dehydration. Finally, make up some sort of bland food to give them until they’ve recovered from whatever it is they got into. There are a number of different combinations you can try, but the ingredients are the same.
Ingredients: 100% canned pumpkin, white rice, plain yogurt, and plain boiled chicken.
Why canned pumpkin:
This is NOT the equivalent of pumpkin pie filling! We’re talking only pureed canned pumpkin here, nothing else added. It can help with diarrhea and will firm up soft/loose stool thanks to its high fiber content.
Why white rice:
White rice is as bland as it gets, and it is also a source of soluble fiber. It absorbs water as it passes through the GI track, which will help harden stool and add bulk.
Make sure that you have non-fat/low-fat PLAIN (not vanilla) live culture yogurt. Thanks to its natural probiotics, it can help restore the balance to your dog’s gut and get all the good bacteria thriving. This is particularly useful with gas.
Why plain boiled chicken: Boiled chicken, with no salt or anything added, can add a little substance to your dog’s diet if they are ready for it. It’s a good protein source, and very bland. –> When your dog starts to feel a little funky and has a bit of gas/diarrhea/vomiting it’s usually nothing to be alarmed about, and after ruling out anything serious can be remedied with nothing more than a little break for the GI system and some mild meals. Do keep in mind that if your pup can’t keep down the water a trip to the vet is often necessary to get fluids a.s.a.p., and that every dog will react differently. While these may work wonders for some dogs, if yours has an allergy to one of the foods, this won’t do a whole lot of good!
All that being said, personal experience has taught me that these recipes can save your dog from tummy troubles (and save your carpets from a heck of a lot of nasty dog stains too.)