Today we discuss Home Remedies Puppy Diarrhea. Diarrhea in puppies and dogs is quite common. But it can also be an indication of a serious disease. Dogs, especially puppies, are very vulnerable to any kind of stomach disease. If you think your puppy is suffering from mild diarrhea or if your vet diagnoses it as nothing serious, diarrhea can be treated at home with a couple of home remedies.
Causes of diarrhea in puppies:
The most common causes of diarrhea in puppies are-
- Changes in diet
- Intestinal parasites
- Viral and bacterial infection
- Consumption of foreign substances
Changes in diet:
Compared to adult dogs, puppies take more time to adjust to a new diet or food item. Minute addition to the diet can cause a puppy to develop sensitivity or intolerance towards that food item.
Viral and bacterial infection:
Puppies have vulnerable immune systems. This makes them more susceptible to infections caused by different bacteria. Diseases caused by Salmonella, E. coli and Clostridium, etc can show different symptoms. Diarrhea is one of them.
On the other hand, fatal viral infections affect unvaccinated puppies more. Parvovirus and distemper virus both are fatal if left untreated.
Consumption of foreign substances:
Puppies may intake substances that are not food like socks, toxic plants, garbage, etc. These often cause indigestion and diarrhea in puppies.
When to treat with home remedies:
In most cases, the diarrhea is not major. It gets better in one or two days. However, the nature of the stool can say a lot about the severity of diarrhea. You should first consult with a wet over the phone. Let the vet decide if it can be treated at home. Unvaccinated and not dewormed puppies must be taken to the vet.
Home Remedies Puppy Diarrhea:
Milder forms of diarrhea in puppies can be successfully treated at home. There are a lot of things on your kitchen shelf and medicine counter that can alleviate the distress in your puppy’s stomach. Let’s have a look at a few home remedies.
- Withholding food for a while: You can stop supplying food (not water) for 12 hours to 24 hours at best until you visit a vet. This gives the stomach a chance to rest and heal by itself.
- Supply plenty of water: During diarrhea, a huge amount of fluid is eliminated from the body. The puppy will be suffering from dehydration. You have to provide plenty of water and ice cubes to keep your puppy hydrated.
- Serving simple food: After letting your puppy fast, try to introduce food slowly in simpler forms to improve stool consistency. For example – white rice, rice water, boiled potatoes, canned pumpkin, herbs, etc. Make sure to boil and mash them properly before serving.
- Supplying natural probiotics: Natural probiotics can be found in common food items. Yogurt is an excellent source of natural probiotics. It contains good bacteria that can help in improving the digestion of your puppy.
- Ready-made supplements: There are specially formulated puppy foods that contain all the nutrients necessary to treat an upset stomach. You can ask for your vet’s suggestions about the available brands and their quality.
Before going for home remedies, remember to examine your puppy’s condition again and again. If the smell of the stool is very foul or if its color is red (due to blood) or tar-like, you should immediately visit the vet for emergency treatments. Keep your sick puppy away from the rest of your pets. Your puppy should be kept in a rather comfortable space with proper sunlight and ventilation. Restrict the access to outdoors if your puppy is too weak.