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When I was new to raising dogs, a veterinarian told me that dogs get diarrhea all the time and it's no big deal. He's also the vet who told me that it's normal for a cat to vomit once a day.
I no longer take my dogs to that veterinarian.
Today, diarrhea is a part of raising dogs, but we're not dealing with diarrhea all the time. And after having lived with our dogs for years, I know what'll trigger diarrhea and I've learned how to quickly stop my dog's diarrhea.
Why My Dogs Get Diarrhea
There are many reasons why a dog will have diarrhea. In my case, I've noticed it as a side effect of eating certain foods, taking certain medications, getting into something they shouldn't have, or poor gut health. I've learned that the following will definitely lead to diarrhea with my dogs:
Green tripe is awesome and when I was a new raw feeder, I had the idea that I'd feed my dogs a full meal of green tripe once a week. Yeah, that won't work with my dogs because two of my boys get diarrhea. And because of my experience with them, I won't feed Apollo a full meal either. Zoey, on the other hand, can eat tripe all day long without issue. I don't know what the deal is with green tripe and I'm guessing that my boys get diarrhea because it's a rich food.
Too Much Organ Meat
When doing meal prep, I start with 80/10/10 – 80% muscle meat, 10% bone, and 10% organ meat. This isn't their full diet, just the start. But sometimes, I add a little more organ meat because that's where so many good nutrients reside. This is fine with my adult dogs, but when Scout and Zoey were puppies, extra organ meat lead to explosive diarrhea.
And this year, I learned that some sedatives can lead to diarrhea. When Scout was in chemotherapy, I gave him sedatives prior to each appointment. The poor thing would shake when we arrived at the vet and since I couldn't go in with him, his doctor thought the sedatives would be best. The only side effect was the diarrhea Scout experienced for a couple of days.
Diarrhea can be a symptom of various health issues and for that information, I highly encourage you to contact your veterinarian. For this post, I'm focusing on stopping diarrhea in an otherwise healthy dog.
How I Stop My Dog's Diarrhea
If the diarrhea is due to their diet, then I adjust the diet. That's the easy part. But in order for this to work, I've learned to monitor my dogs whenever I feed a new food. For example, goose meat makes my dogs' stool crazy dark. And I just started feeding raw squid to my dogs and so far so good.
If the diet isn't the reason or if after 24 hours my dog's stool is still loose, then I do the following:
- Feed a mixture of Olewo Carrots (which stop diarrhea), FullBucket digestive supplement, and bone broth.
- I feed this for both meals of the day.
- The amount that I feed to my dogs depends on the dog – usually it's about a cup of food for my dogs (they weigh between 60-70 lbs).
- When my dog produces a solid poop, then I put him back on his normal diet and I continue to add Olewo Carrots and FullBucket to their diet for a few more days (at a smaller dosage).
- If I have it, I'll feed the dogs Darwin's Pet food because I know that they always do well on their food. I've found that it's always a good idea to have a trusted brand on hand – just in case.
But not all diarrhea is a bad thing. So I actually don't race to stop their diarrhea unless I know the cause. Sometimes, diarrhea is a way for the body to get rid of toxins and I don't want to get in the way. But after 24 hours, if my dog still has diarrhea, then I'm going to do something about it. Keep in mind that this is my theory and not medical advice.
What are Olewo Carrots?
A fellow raw feeder recommended Olewo Carrots when Rodrigo was a young dog that couldn't consistently form a solid poop. I ordered a bag from Amazon and was so excited when it worked. After years of changing food, paying vet bills, and eventually transitioning to raw, I found a natural whole food supplement that did what it claimed.
Olewo Carrots Review
“My dogs had issues with diarrhea since they were born and have been put on all kinds of medications by my vet to control this problem. It works for a while but then back it comes. I have been so frustrated trying to help them with this. I could not get any weight on them either. I changed dog foods many times, to no avail. Then I came across your website and decided to give Olewo a try. After feeding the carrots for only 2 weeks, I cannot tell you what a joy it is for me to write to you about the outcome…no more diarrhea and we have weight gain also! The dogs are looking and acting so much better. Words cannot tell how grateful I am for this amazing miracle. I will always feed it to my babies. ~ Audrey Young – Noir & Blanc Border Collies, CA” ~ Source: OlewoUSA.com
Benefits of Olewo Carrots
Not only do Olewo Carrots put a stop to diarrhea and loose stool, but we also experienced some added benefits.
- Olewo Carrots contributed to healing my dogs' gut.
- Olewo Carrots also helped my dogs when they have constipation or hard, clumbly poop.
- Because Olewo Carrots boosted my dogs gut health, it also contributed to a healthier immune system.
I add a couple of spoonfuls to the bowl, hydrating with hot water and oil (coconut oil, MCT oil, olive oil, avocado oil). I then split this between all four dogs, mixing it into their raw blend. I don't use it daily, just when I notice that one or more of the dogs are dropping loose stool or diarrhea.
Other Natural Cures for Diarrhea
Olewo Carrots aren't the only cure and thanks to life with Rodrigo, I have a few tricks in my bag.
- Slippery Elm – for my dogs, I empty four capsules and turn it into a paste using warm water. I then either mix it into their food or mix it with coconut oil or peanut butter. None of my dogs will eat it otherwise.
- FullBucket PASTE – not the powder, but the paste. It's a concentrated form of the FullBucket powder supplement and works great!
- Runs Be Gone by Dr. Harvey's – this one is more for soft stool than full on diarrhea. When Scout was going through chemo, I would add Runs Be Gone to his meals starting a couple of days before an appointment and exptending a couple of days after – it helped a lot.
I'm sure that there are many more natural supplements to help with diarrhea. This post shares what's worked consistently for my dogs. Feel free to share what has worked for your dogs in the comments. Thanks!