7 steps to treat acute diarrhea naturally
By Dr. Peter Dobias
DIET RECIPE - Holistic First Aid
Some time ago, I said that love is when you get up in the middle of the night and clean diarrhea after your dog without being mad. Over the years, my dog Skai gave me a few opportunities to express my love for him. Dogs are scavengers by nature and they have a tendency to cleanse when what they ate doesn’t fit.
To speed up the recovery process and soothe the irritated digestive tract I have prepared the following 7 step diarrhea plan. While this doesn’t sound exactly appealing, I reassure you that if you have a dog in your house, sooner or later the following info will be handy.
The purpose of this article is not to diagnose or treat dogs that have suffered with diarrhea for longer than 48 hours and appear to be listless and otherwise unwell. However if your dog seems to be otherwise as usual here is what you can do.
- Fast your dog for 12 to 24 hours before feeding the next meal, feed the following meal for 48 hours, then transition to lean meat and veggie blend (poultry, fish or rabbit is ideal) and continue on with regular food.
- Boil or steam a butternut squash until soft and peel when it cools down ( yams or pumpkin is also ok). Add chicken broth or vegetable broth to make a mashed potato consistency
- If your dog is picky, you can add some “flavour agents” such as small amount of salmon, sardines or meat but only a small amount because it is only to entice your dog to eat squash.
- Add a good quality non-dairy probiotic. 2 capsules for small dogs, 3 capsules for medium and 4 capsules for large dogs for 3 – 5 days to replenish the intestinal flora.
- Use 1 – 2 capsule of Chlorophyll complex twice daily for 3 – 5 days to soothe, cleanse and calm down the digestive tract. Pathogenic bacteria doesn’t like chlorophyll which is an effective natural intestinal sanitizers. In fact most dogs know it by often eating grass to cleanse their digestive tract which is normal.
- Beware of using any anti-diarrheal medication or antibiotics which are unnecessary in most cases of brief episode of diarrhea. Adding chemical toxins when the body needs to cleanse is like purifying drinking water by adding sewage in it. Plus, I have seen drugs such as Metronidazole or Flagyl often being overused, causing side-effects and even leaving a long term imprint or digestive in the body that can last for months or years.
- If diarrhea continues for longer than 48 hours or your dog is lethargic, see your veterinarian immediately.
Diarrhea can be caused by many factors but it is also a sign that the body needs to cleanse or is in a state of deeper inbalance. Parasites or bacterial pathogens like to settle in the weakened body and the underlying causes should be addressed. One of the main for digestive disturbances is feeding heavily processed, dried or canned food of poor quality. The best food for your dog is as nature intended. Sign up here for webinars and recordings on how to feed raw and natural diet.
If you dog has been diagnosed with “allergies” you may want to view our Allergies PART 1 webinar recording and read a blog on why many dogs suffer from diarrhea because of back injuries and too much exercise.
PS: Many other recipes call for rice and chicken broth but I do not recommend it. Based on my clinical experience, rice is not as soothing as squash, pumpkin or yams. These appear to be ideal to get your dog back to normal.