Diarrhea is not an illness in and of itself, but rather an indication of something wrong with the large intestine preventing it from doing its job. Suppressing the symptom without addressing the underlying cause will only provide brief relief and could have serious health consequences in the long run. Once the root of the problem has been isolated, it can be treated accordingly.
The severity of diarrhea varies greatly, from mild and self-limiting to severe and potentially lethal. Gas and stomach pain may or may not be present. An acute episode of diarrhea could represent the body’s attempt at internal cleansing and purging if your dog is otherwise content, active, and not refusing water. However, you should consult your vet immediately if diarrhea lasts more than a few days, includes blood, is accompanied by vomiting, causes your dog to become progressively sluggish, or if he or she refuses to drink. Your dog’s general vigor will decrease as nutrients are lost in the feces with each day of chronic diarrhea. If this is the case, you may need to get your dog started on an IV drip very away to replace the fluids it has lost.
Diarrhea: Reasons and Contributing Factors
A food allergy may be to blame for a dog’s persistent gastrointestinal distress, flatulence, and skin problems. Read more about what’s really in commercial dog food: preservatives (ethoxyquin, propylene glycol), artificial flavoring and coloring, colors, salt, sugar, fungi, bacteria, and germs. Common allergens include beef, beef products, corn, corn oil, fish, turkey, pork, ham, cow’s milk (lactose intolerance), yeast, eggs, and wheat. Sugar, salt, corn, and wheat can be found in virtually every commercially canned product and baked good. Persistent diarrhea may persist unless the diet is rigorously managed.
The following additional causes of diarrhea should be considered:
Tension and worry
Some vaccines are produced in meat extract, which can cause allergies and autoimmune problems in some people. Overeating and a high-fat diet are also risk factors.
• Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) without a diagnosis.
• intestinal dysbiosis/hyperpermeability (leaky gut syndrome)
Accidental swallowing of a foreign body
Inflammatory bowel disease (such as gastritis and colitis)
Inadequate enzyme production from the pancreas and/or liver; food poisoning; vitamin C overdose; bacteria; viruses (parvovirus, distemper); parasites (worms);
• drug-related complications (most medications leave behind traces and aren’t flushed out like food waste, but instead accumulate in the body).
• pharmacological interaction (antibiotics, for example); • liver illness; • pancreatitis;
Cancer Stomach Ulcers
Purging, such as diarrhea, may also be a sign that the liver and kidneys are overworked and unable to filter out the toxins in the body.
Suggestions that can help when you have diarrhea
Putting your dog on a liquid fast is your best first step. Keep the patient on a liquid diet of broth, filtered water, and juices (apple juice is highly therapeutic in diarrhea). Colloidal silver can be added to your dog’s water if you believe an illness is to blame for his diarrhea. A dog’s digestive system possesses a gastrocolic reflex, preventing it from taking in more food. Because of this, as the stomach fills, the colon will be depleted. Therefore, stopping eating (or eating as little as possible) is the best way to prevent further diarrhea. When a dog is sick, it usually refuses food out of instinct. The inflamed digestive system can relax and recover through fasting.
Mucous membrane irritation can be alleviated and healed with the help of slippery elm, which is also rich in nutrients. The powder made from Slippery Elm bark can treat and prevent diarrhea in dogs effectively and naturally. It acts as an astringent in the digestive tract, making it particularly useful for treating diarrhea; it reduces inflammation inside, prevents infection, promotes new cell formation, and forces swelling irritating tissue to constrict. It’s gentle on your dog’s digestive system, full of healthy protein and trace minerals, and helps keep his intestines working usually.
Instructions: Mix 1/4 cup of slippery elm powder with two tablespoons of acidophilus powder (to replenish beneficial gut flora) and one teaspoon of Himalayan salt (to replace more minerals lost during diarrhea). Add enough water to produce a syrup that can be administered to your dog using a spoon, syringe, or dropper. In a critical scenario, administer the drug every two to three hours at around one tablespoon per 5 kg of your dog’s body weight. Try adding some raw organic (unprocessed) honey to enhance the flavor. If your dog suffers from infrequent bouts of diarrhea, you can add the combination to his regular food and a lot of water. Reduce the dose and discontinue use once his bowel movements have returned to normal.
Diarrhea can be alleviated by taking fiber supplements such as (apple) pectin or psyllium husks. Psyllium husks are helpful when taken in doses of 1–2 tablespoons mixed with a small amount of water (or apple juice). Also beneficial in stopping diarrhea is a grated green apple (no peel) allowed to brown for a few minutes (sweetened with honey, if desired).
Chamomile tea has calming effects on the neurological system and digestive tract. If your dog’s diarrhea is triggered by anxiety and stress, and if there is also gastrointestinal pain and gas, then chamomile may be a good choice. Make a teapot with two (organic) teabags or one teaspoon of loose leaf. Cover with a half cup of boiling water and sit for 10 minutes. When it has cooled to a comfortable temperature, you can add some manuka honey for flavor and sweetness. You can use a syringe (or a dropper) to slowly give your dog the medication. Another great plant for stopping diarrhea is yarrow.
The following recipe may be helpful in the therapy of chronic or recurring diarrhea, in addition to concurrent usage of supportive supplements that target the cause:
Mix half white potatoes, half sweet potatoes, and a slice of turnip and boil till tender. Add flavor to boiling chicken or lamb by mixing in this seasoning. Diarrhea can be treated for longer with this recipe.
Reintroduce solid food gradually and in lesser amounts once your dog shows signs of recovery. At this point, the dog recovery broth recipe might help soothe and mend the animal.
Ensure your dog has access to enough water, and monitor his progress. After a fast, most dogs feel revitalized and ready to take on the world again. However, if your dog’s diarrhea persists and you can’t figure out why, you should visit a holistic vet to rule out more significant health problems.
After 14 years of practice, Naturopath and Herbalist Joanna Kujath is an expert in her field. After devoting much of her career to assisting human patients, she has shifted her focus to assisting canines of all shapes and sizes. Joanna has dedicated most of her life to helping dogs, and she now uses her knowledge to formulate herbal and holistic medicines for canines. Please visit our website for further details.
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