Diarrhea happens. It’s not pretty or pleasant, but it can definitely give some insight into your dog’s health.

There are many potential causes of doggie diarrhea, and the first step in helping your dog is trying to narrow down the cause.

It’s important to play close attention to your dog and the diarrhea itself, and answer some questions for yourself: Did it come on suddenly in an otherwise healthy dog? Is this an ongoing problem? Is there blood in it? What’s your dog’s overall state? Any other symptoms?

If this is a chronic issue, you’ll want to consult with a homeopathic vet to figure out the underlying problem and treat your dog’s overall symptoms and behavior. And if there’s blood in the stool, it’s a good idea to check in with your holistic vet about it.

For acute causes where there’s no chronic element and your dog is generally healthy, we have some treatment recommendations from homeopathic practitioner Dr Dee Blanco that may help. Of course, consult with your holistic vet for any concerns or if symptoms don’t improve.

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But first, let’s delve into the possible causes of acute diarrhea …

4 Common Reasons For Dog Diarrhea:

1. Detox

Despite the discomfort it may cause, diarrhea can actually be the body’s way of dealing with illness – like bacteria and toxins, for example. It’s trying to get the offending agent out so it can’t cause any further harm.

2. Change of Diet

A sudden change in diet can also trigger a bout of diarrhea. Perhaps you tried a novel protein or decided to go from kibble to raw overnight.

3. Dumpster Diving

Your dog just ate some old meat out of the trash can, or some other garbage food matter. This can certainly lead to a case of the runs.

4. Stress

Dogs undergoing some kind of emotional stress can manifest this stress by getting diarrhea. Is your dog around another pet that makes him anxious? Did he suffer the loss of a loved one? Did his home life change drastically?

6 Remedies For Your Dog’s Acute Diarrhea:

1. Homeopathy 

Arsenicum album: Blanco recommends this for cases of a dumpster diving dog who ate something bad. The dog might be straining while having diarrhea and has exceptionally foul-smelling stool. The diarrhea may present itself after midnight in Arsenicum cases. Dogs may drink by taking small sips of water rather than drinking all at once. This remedy may also be used for some cases of stress-induced diarrhea.

Phosphorus: This remedy can be useful for dogs with stinky, bloody diarrhea, according to Blanco. Rather than straining as with Arsenicum, the diarrhea will pour out. The dog may also be thirsty and can have vomiting. Phosphorus may be indicated when there’s a change in diet and the diarrhea continues for longer than a couple of bowel movements.

Mercurius vivus and Mercurius solubilis: These interchangeable remedies may be called for when a dog is intensely straining and has foul-smelling stools with mucus and possibly blood, according to Blanco.

China: This remedy is marked by exhaustion. The diarrhea will pour out as in the case of with Phosphorus dogs, but the energy level will be extremely low. The dog may have blood in his stool and he might seek warmth but crave cold water. China may be particularly beneficial when the diarrhea has subsided with another remedy, but the dog is still exhausted.

Nux vomica: Blanco recommends this remedy for the dog who has been overwhelmed in some way – from overeating, who has been exhausted from a trip or has had some other kind of overindulgence. The dog will most likely suffer from abdominal cramping, seek warmth and curl up rather than lay out when resting.

Sulphur: A dog requiring this remedy will seek cool floors and weather because he runs hot. His diarrhea will often get him out of bed in the early morning, around 5 a.m. or so. The diarrhea will be foul-smelling.

Administering Homeopathic Remedies

Once you’ve settled on a remedy, Blanco recommends giving a dose and maybe another dose half an hour later if symptoms are severe. If symptoms subside and your dog takes a nap, things are clearly working. But if the diarrhea returns, she says, it’s time for another dose. If you give three or four doses of one remedy without much improvement, it’s time to rethink your remedy.

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Other Support Measures

2. Fasting

If your dog isn’t underweight, fast him for 24 to 48 hours with some kind of broth, either from vegetable scraps or bone.

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3. Yams and Basmati Rice

Once the symptoms have settled down, Blanco recommends introducing cooked pumpkin, sweet potato or yams with basmati rice. Make sure the food is cooked so it’s nice and mushy.

4. Kefir

To balance the bacteria in your dog’s gut, feed plain unsweetened kefir as a food source of probiotics. In cases of diarrhea, kefir can be given once the dog is eating solids again.

5. Slippery Elm

Slippery Elm can make a powerful digestive aid in cases of diarrhea. Blanco recommends making a slurry of it with water and giving your pet 1 to 5 CCs two to three times daily as a stomach soother.

6. Bach Flower Remedies

Considering emotional stress can sometimes bring on diarrhea, Bach flower remedies may help your dog in dealing with emotional issues causing the digestive upset. They are gentle and nontoxic.

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