Dogs and Diarrhea: Causes and Cures


When your dog has diarrhea neither one of you is happy.  Your dog will not be happy due to the fact that he or she probably has an upset stomach, and you are not happy because they are not feeling well, and, of course, because of the mess it makes.  The mess may be very unpleasant to clean up -- especially if your dog is unable to make it outside. 

There are a number of reasons your dog may be suffering from diarrhea.  One reason is that your dog may have an upset stomach is because of something they may have ingested.  The ingested item could be something rotten that was found outside, or maybe some chemicals that are found in the house.  Another cause may be a change in diet; if your dog is sensitive to food changes, the problems can be far worse than with a strong-stomached dog.  One infrequent but potentially serious cause of diarrhea is a virus in the intestine.

There are a few things that can be done to help ease the pain for you and your dog.  The first thing to try is to stop feeding your dog for 24 hours.  With no food going in, there is nothing to come back out!  This should allow your dog time to recover from the upset stomach while you consider the possible causes of his diarrhea.

Milk is a common cause of diarrhea and upset stomachs in dogs.  Most dogs do not tolerate milk well, so if you are giving your dog milk, or other milk products and he is having stomach trouble, stop doing so.  The milk cannot be properly digested and broken down, which could be causing the problems.  Eliminating milk from the diet will be a big help.

Changes in diet in general can also cause problems.  Some dogs do not do well with changes in food, which can lead to upset stomach and diarrhea.  If you changed your dog's food and it results in diarrhea, stop feeding the dog for 24 hours, and return to the old food. 

Bland foods are a good idea while your dog is recovering.  The bland food will keep the stomach calm.  In addition to the bland foods, liquid is very important.  Making sure the liquids that were lost are replaced is essential as dehydration is a serious problem.  Make sure your dog has a full bowl of water at all times. A bowl of Gatorade is also a good idea to help replenish lost minerals. 

If symptoms seem to be last longer that 24 hours, despite all your efforts, consult your vet.  Your vet will know what to do to help your dog.  A visit to the vet's office may also be needed to get a proper diagnosis, and medication may be needed if your dog has a virus in the intestine.  Just keep in mind that if your dog has diarrhea, chances are that he has a stomach ache to go along with it.   

By Kelly Marshall of Oh My Dog Supplies- the place to find dog steps online