How To Treat Dog Diarrhea With Mucus
Reader Question: How to Treat Dog Diarrhea with Mucus
Hi there. I have a 2 yr old GSD male who is very well looked after. Since Monday he has had bad diarrhea with mucus in it & a lot of diarrhea.
He has had the same diet since he was a pup & he couldn't have eaten anything outside or been in contact with another animal as he is always & I mean ALWAYS supervised & never off his lead.
He gets pedigree dog food with either boiled rice or dry mix.
He is still his normal bouncy happy self & still has an appetite but I am not going to feed him tonight to see if this helps.Vet Suggestion for Dog Diarrhea Treatment
In cases like this where a dog has diarrhea but otherwise appears perfectly normal (no vomiting, still eating and drinking, no lethargy, etc.) trying to treat at home for a day or two is a reasonable option. Withholding food when a dog has diarrhea generally does not help them recover any faster. In fact, keeping dogs well fed can actually speed their recovery since the cells that line the gastrointestinal tract need food to be present to heal and function normally.
Encourage your dog to drink water to prevent dehydration. Keep the bowl in a readily accessible location. You can also mix up a second bowl containing a 50:50 solution of water mixed with Pedialyte, Gatorade, or a very dilute chicken or beef broth in addition to (but not instead of) the bowl of plain water.
Over the counter, anti-diarrhea medications that contain kaolin and pectin will absorb excess fluid within the intestinal tract and reduce intestinal movement. An appropriate dose is one-half to one teaspoon per 5 pounds body weight every 4-6 hours. Probiotic supplements can also help. Use one per label instructions for a week or two to help normalize the bacterial populations within the intestinal tract. A product called Proviable KP
contains both a kaolin/pectin paste and probiotics with dosing instructions specific to dogs.
If the diarrhea fails to improve after a few days or if the dog starts to feel worse rather than better, it is time to make an appointment with your veterinarian.
Best of luck,
Jennifer Coates, DVM