The best way to treat a puppy with diarrhea is by taking them to the vet. There are way too many possible complications for you to take chances with your dog’s health and well-being.
To help you out, here is a brief summary of some of the ways in which you could treat a puppy with diarrhea from home. However, it is important to understand that none of these strategies are replacements for a doctor’s advice. However, they should help move things along.
Without further ado, here are a few ways you could treat a puppy with diarrhea:
Keep The Dog Hydrated
Your puppy will lose a lot of water from diarrhea, associated vomiting, and panting due to the discomfort. They can very easily develop dehydration and other complications like shock. This can very easily be prevented by keeping your dog hydrated.
Just leave out a fresh bowl of water near your dog and let them drink whenever they can and feel up to it. If the puppy’s low appetite is also affecting their water consumption, consult with your vet on alternative ways to replace your dog’s lost fluids.
Get Rid Of Any Trigger Foods
A lot of times, diarrhea in puppies is caused by the foods that they eat. This is the case mainly with diarrhea caused by lactose intolerance or food allergies including grain and gluten allergies.
If you suspect that your dog is suffering from the diarrhea as a result of a specific food, one of the easiest ways to treat them from home is by eliminating that food from the dog’s diet.
Keep Puppy Safe And Comfortable
Puppies can have diarrhea as a result of psychological stress. Keeping the dog safe and comfortable goes a long way towards stopping physical symptoms like diarrhea.
In cases where the cause of the diarrhea is more of a physical one, keeping your dog comfortable also helps a lot with the treatment process. It will help ease some of their discomfort and the stress brought about by the illness.
Transition To A High Fiber Diet
A good way to promote formation of solid stool in your puppy is through a high fiber diet. The fiber adds to the density of the dog’s bowel movements.
A high fiber diet is also favorable to the protective gut microbiome which could also help reduce the dehydration and its local effects.
In addition to all these general care practices for a dog suffering from diarrhea, there are a few more specific ways you can help your dog.
These interventions include medication, switching to more neutral foods like scrambled eggs, and even entire diet overhauls with introduction of gut-friendly options like the BRAT diet.