Dogs can suffer from diarrhoea for various reasons, eating something unusual, over-eating, stress, change in routine and food intolerance are all common causes. However, in some cases, it can indicate a more serious health problem and so if your dog is a puppy, elderly, vulnerable or the diarrhoea persists for more than 24 hrs or gets worse then you should consult a vet.
Suitable foodstuffs for dogs with diarrhoea.
Small meals of boiled chicken or fish with rice or potato (a grain-free option) can be offered instead of their usual kibble. If you think the symptoms have stopped, you should offer the alternative meal using the little and often principle, every few hours, paying special attention to your dog’s stools and behaviour for 24hrs. If there is no further diarrhoea you can start to mix in a small amount of your dog’s usual kibble, making sure you make any changes back to their regular diet gradually over at least 24hrs. If they regress, worsen or has diarrhoea for over 24hrs then you should consult your vet.
As much as we want our dogs to know how much we love them, you should avoid feeding tit-bits which will help to keep the contents of the stomach more consistent. If you are planning on changing your four-legged friend’s regular food, it should be done very gradually over at least a 10-14 day period to avoid digestive upset.
If your dog is prone to scavenging, they should be monitored carefully whilst out on walks or in the garden to help avoid anything unusual being eaten. Extra care should also be taken to make sure your little scavenger cannot reach any food left out in the kitchen including any in rubbish bags or bins.
Free from cereals, egg, soya and artificial colours & preservatives, Autarky Adult Turkey / Autarky Adult White Fish offer a natural, hypoallergenic option for dogs with grain sensitivities. All Autarky products include prebiotics to help support digestive health.
Our friendly, experienced team are always happy to provide advice on feeding your dog, whatever their age, on our Nutritional Helpline 01832 737 300, Monday – Friday 8:30am -5pm.