Diarrhea in Dogs - Stop Diarrhea Fast - Home Treatments for Dogs
How to Stop Diarrhea in Dogs
What to Give a Dog for Diarrhea

Herbs for Dogs

Plantain, in tincture form, using 25 drops mixed into to 1 ounce of distilled water, give 1-3 droppers full 3-4 times daily for 3 days, curtails diarrhea and acts as an antimicrobial.

Calendula and Yarrow flower tea made by mixing 1/2 teaspoon Calendula with 1/8 teaspoon Yarrow into 1 cup boiling water, cover and steeped 20 minutes. Strain the tea and let it cool. Give 1-3 teaspoons daily for up to 1 week. Helps stop even bloody diarrhea and soothe mucus membranes in the digestive track.

Slippery elm soothes and coats sore intestinal membranes. Make a slurry of 1 teaspoon (or 5 opened capsules) of the powdered herb to 1/2 cup of room temperature water. Whisk with a fork. After it is mixed, use it that day because slippery elm hardens at room temperature. Dose 1-3 teaspoons, 3 times daily. For a recipe to make slippery elm syrup, use Pet Remedy Charts Herbs to the Rescue Treatment Chart for Dogs.

Homeopathic Remedies for Diarrhea in Dogs

Podophyllum in the 6th or 12c potency, given 3 times daily for 3 days, will help the dog or cat. Ferrets with (ECE) often respond very well to Podophyllum. Choose this homeopathic remedy if there is lots of gurgling in the stomach and intestinal track. The diarrhea is uncontrollable, putrid smelling and sometimes explosive. It often looks like seedy, green pond scum.

If the diarrhea is caused by tainted food or garbage poisoning
Arsenicum Album generally is the remedy of choice. Choose Arsenicum in the 6th to 30c potency, if the animal has diarrhea or diarrhea and vomiting simultaniously. Animals in an Arsenicum state will be very ill, too weak to stand, fearful and highly RESTLESS. They often move from place to place trying to get comfortable. When choosing Ars. remember the animal will be very restless.

Sulphur fits the picture of the dog or cat who has early-morning diarrhea with a lot of burning or itching around the anus. The dog or cat may cry out and run in anticipation of, or after, passing the stool. There may also be a lot of itching that makes the skin around the anus red and raw. Use this remedy in the 6th or 12c potency.

Nux Vomica 30c given 3 times a day. Nux vomica is used in gastric conditions in general; it has a tonic effect on the stomach and intestinal track; it relieves pain and bloating from overeating, especially rich or new foods. Use this remedy when the diarrhea is associated with an excessive amount of gas, there may be blood in the stool, the diarrhea is usually worse in the morning. Often the liver enzymes on the dog's blood work are elevated. This remedy is often indicated when the pet is jaundiced in conjunction with the diarrhea. Nux is a good appetite stimulant and can help animals who are anorexic or have lost their appetite.

Ipecacuanha, 6th to 30c potency, given 3 times a day. Use this remedy if the dog, cat, horse or ferret is straining with the diarrhea, the pain may be so great that the animal vomits while passing the stool. The stools appear green as grass, like frothy molasses and have a slimy consistency. This remedy is a specific for amebic dysentery. There may be hemorrhaging of bright red blood with the stool.

Note: Only use one homeopathic remedy at a time. Do not combine remedies. Choose the remedy you think most fits your pet's symptom picture. Often times, one dose of a remedy will be all that is needed. STOP DOSING when the animals improves. Only resume dosing again if the symptoms return. If there is no improvement after a few doses you can change to a different remedy. For easy to follow dosing instructions for dogs, use Pet Remedy Charts, Homeopathy to the Rescue for Dogs, treatment chart.


If the diarrhea is severe you might want to withhold solid food for 1-2 days. Offer the dog broth with a pinch of salt added 4-6 times a day.

When the dogs digestive system has calmed down reintroduce solid foods such ad 50% mashed sweet potatoes and 50% mashed white potatoes mixed together, with small amounts of chicken added.
Well-cooked millet is a grain that is beneficial in firming the stool. Plain canned pumpkin (not the kind for pumpkin pie) 1 or 2 Tablespoons and a small amount of oat bran can be added to the dogs regular diet to help stop diarrhea.

Causes for Diarrhea

Diarrhea can be infectious like parvovirus, or dysentery from food poisoning. It can also come from parasites or faulty digestion. Dehydration from fluid loss during diarrhea can be serious. Replacement fluid can be given in the form of
children's electrolyte solution that is available in supermarkets. Infectious: In addition to the diarrhea, your dog or cat may be lethargic, running a fever or refuse food or water.

Note: The more serious symptoms described above, may be associated with diseases of the kidneys, pancreas, liver or diabetes and you should see your veterinarian.

Recommended Resources
For detailed treatments and
dosing instruction in veterinary homeopathy, we recommend using Pet Remedy Charts, 'Homeopathy to the Rescue' for dogs, cats, horses or birds. For step-by-step, easy to follow instruction in the advanced methods, in the homeopathic treatment of animals, we recommend "Fast Forward to the Cure" a guide to the techniques of dosing and managing acute and chronic disease.

Disclaimer: The information herein is intended for educational purposes only. It is not meant to be used as a diagnosis, prescription or treatment, nor is it meant to replace the medical services of a veterinary professional. The remedies, approaches, and techniques described in these materials are not to be a substitute for, professional veterinary care or treatment. They should not be used to treat an ailment without prior consultation with a licensed veterinarian. You should always consult with your veterinarian before beginning any course of treatment.
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