How Do I Stop My Yorkie From Having Diarrhea?
Dogs can be careless about what they eat, so owners should be responsible for keeping an eye on what the dogs consume. When something disrupts the digestive system, diarrhea happens.
The years I have spent with my dogs allowed me to learn many things regarding how to stop them from having diarrhea.
How do I stop my Yorkie from having diarrhea? To stop diarrhea, fast your dog for 6 to 24 hours, then feed it with bland food after. Give it’s tummy some time to heal by using natural remedies and incorporating probiotics and prebiotics into its diet.
You would want your dog to heal fast from diarrhea to avoid resorting to chemical fixes that might worsen its gut health. So, learn the natural remedies to stop your Yorkie from having diarrhea below.
Step By Step Guide On Stopping Your Dog From Having Diarrhea
1. Fast Your Dog
If your dog suddenly stopped eating, let him be for a while. Most dogs will refuse to eat when they have a problem with their stomach.
When your dog is fasting, please don’t force them to eat. But it is best to stop feeding your pet for 12 to 24 hours if it is having diarrhea and doesn’t fast itself.
Fasting will allow the gut of your dog to rest and recover. But as an owner, you might think that not feeding your dog for 12 to 24 hours is too long. If so, you may start with 6 to 12 hours of fasting.
Puppies, on the other hand, are not recommended to fast. If your dog is aged below 6 months old, go straight to step 2. You should also be reminded of the following:
- For dogs prone to hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) or very small, allow it to lick a small amount of honey each hour. Do it more often if the dog seems weak and trembly.
- When diarrhea has slowed or stopped, and it stopped vomiting, allow it to sip a small amount of water. For small dogs, begin by giving it a few teaspoons every few hours. Large dogs, on the other hand, should be given ½ to 1 cup of water. The water should be spring or filtered water.
After six hours of consuming only water, start giving your dog small amounts of bland food or bone broth. Bone broth is rich in essential nutrients and is light for your dog’s stomach.
You can also prepare it in just a few minutes. Gradually increase the food of your pet over the next 4 to 5 days.
2. Feed It With Bland Food
When your dog is ready to eat, reintroduce it to food slowly. Begin with a bland diet to let its digestive system adjust. Doing so can stop your dog from having more diarrhea.
The food you ate the last time you had food poisoning or stomach flu can also apply to your dog. You most likely ate chicken soup, porridge, or broth back then.
When your pet starts eating again, bland food helps to avoid upsetting its stomach. Giving your dog soup is a great start.
Usually, vets recommend feeding your dog white rice and boiled ground beef or chicken. However, it is still best to start with soup as it is much gentler to your pet’s tummy.
Soothing Soup For Dogs With Diarrhea
Here is how you can make a soothing soup for your dog after fasting:
- Put 3 to 4 chicken thighs in a pot with six cups of water.
- Boil them all together and simmer for 1½ to 2 hours.
- Remove the bones and skin, then set aside the meat.
- Use broth to boil 1 to 2 cups of chopped vegetables such as celery, carrots, yam, and cauliflower for 20 minutes.
- Let it cool before serving.
At first, offer the broth or add small amounts with meat and mashed vegetables. Small dogs should receive small portions with a few teaspoons and ½ to 1 cup for bigger dogs.
After 4 to 6 hours, observe your dog for vomiting or diarrhea following its first few meals.
3. Rebalance Your Pet’s Gut
Besides bland food, feeding your dog with foods rich in probiotics and prebiotics also helps rebalance its gut health.
Probiotic foods can improve the immune system for both humans and animals to support overall health. Aside from that, they also help to restore and build the gut lining of your dog.
Your vet can recommend the best probiotic supplement suitable for your dog’s age. Only make sure to follow the vet’s prescription.
On the other hand, prebiotics are fibers that are not easily digested by the body. It travels to the colon, and once it arrives at its destination, they ferment and turn into SCFA or short-chain fatty acids.
SCFA support the colon of your dog by:
- Being an energy source for colon cells
- Stopping the growth of harmful bacteria
- Preserving fluid and electrolyte balance
Not only that, because SCFAs also keeps the intestines of your dog moving. Prebiotics support and promote optimal gut health by feeding probiotics, making them more effective in stopping and preventing diarrhea.
4. Utilize Natural Remedies To Help Dog’s Recovery From Diarrhea
The first three steps help to stop your Yorkie from having diarrhea. Once diarrhea stops, the next step is to let its body recover.
I have listed the top natural remedies for a dog’s recovery after having diarrhea. Choose what’s best for your pet.
Among the top natural remedies that can help your pet’s body heal after having diarrhea is slippery elm. It is a gentle herb that relieves the mucous membranes, safe and effective, to soothe the digestive system.
You can purchase slippery elm in both powder and capsule form at most health stores.
Follow the recommended dosing below:
Slippery Elm Capsule
- Small dogs – mix ¼ of the slippery elm capsule on your dog’s food twice daily.
- Medium dogs – mix ½ of the slippery elm capsule on your dog’s food twice a day.
- Large dogs – empty 1 capsule of slippery elm on your dog’s food once or twice a day.
Slippery Elm Powder
- Mix ¼ tablespoon of slippery elm powder on your dog’s food for every 10 pounds of its body weight.
The intestinal cells of your dog also need healing after suffering from diarrhea. L-Glutamine, a form of amino acids, can do the job. Add 500 mg of L-Glutamine for every 25 pounds of your dog’s body weight daily.
Another useful natural remedy is marshmallow root. It has the ability to soothe the gastrointestinal tract after suffering from diarrhea. Health stores sell them in a ready-made or tincture form.
You can add 0.5-1.5 ml of marshmallow root for every 20 pounds of your dog’s body weight 2 to 3 times daily.
Digestive Enzymes are also great for dogs that are not yet recommended to eat fresh and raw foods. The live enzymes they provide is derived from a natural raw food source.
Expect your dog to have improved digestion after consuming digestive enzymes. But, also be reminded that some dogs react differently to this natural remedy, having gas and abdominal bloating.
If you want to try this remedy, start with a reduced dose, then increase gradually.
Many probiotic and digestive support supplements for dogs include digestive enzymes. So, read the labels carefully to avoid giving your dog too much.
Bach Flower Remedies
To stop your dog from having diarrhea, the rule of thumb is to target its possible causes. Stress is among the top triggers of diarrhea in dogs. If you think it is the culprit behind your dog’s suffering, try using Bach Flower Remedies.
Bach Flower Remedies are made with flower essences that are gentle and safe, even for dogs. Like humans, dogs and other animals can also take flower essences to relieve emotional stress.
Try adding a few drops of this natural remedy to your dog’s water bowl or directly in its mouth several times a day. If your dog doesn’t need them, it will simply take no effect.
Studying Your Yorkie’s Poop
Normal Stool Textures
You can determine a normal stool if it has a consistency that is formed but quite soft. Here are other traits that you should look at:
- Stool that has little to no segmentation
- Log shaped stool with a wet surface
- The stool holds firm when picked up but leaves a residue
When your dog is eating raw foods along with plenty of bone, it is normal to have a chalky or crumbly stool. Many dog owners confuse it with constipation.
The characteristics you can also observe with such kind of stool are:
- Segmented sections
- Firm, but not hard
- Hardly leaves any residue when picked up
Usually, dogs defecate once or twice daily, and it happens nearly the same time of the day.
Below are the characteristics of your dog’s poop that can be warning signs of diarrhea:
Thin or watery stools are not normal for dogs. Check out the following characteristics of loose stool:
- No distinct shape
- Has texture
- Leaves residue when picked up
- Can’t be easily picked up
- No texture. It looks like a puddle
If your dog’s stool has the following consistencies, it can be categorized as a soft stool:
- Log shaped but soggy
- Instead of a log, it looks like a pile
- Loses form when picked up and leaves a residue
- Very wet, distinct shape
When your dog is experiencing abnormal stools, it might have several bowel movements a day. What is worse is that it might be on your rug, worse, on your bed.
Dogs that often experience abnormal stools might have chronic diarrhea. To solve the issue, you need to determine its cause.
You can also determine if your dog is having abnormal stools if its stool is:
- Often looks like pellets
- Takes a lot of effort to come out
- Very hard and dry
- Leaves no residue when picked up
Aside from these characteristics, an abnormal stool can also include mucus or blood. Its consistency does not matter.
Most people agree that prevention is better than cure. It is best to spot the signs of diarrhea before it becomes worse. Here are some of the possible colors of dog stools and what they indicate about your dog’s health:
Yellow dog stool is a sign of trouble. Listed below are among the common causes why your dog’s poop is yellow:
- The parasite coccidia
- Changes in the liver
- Pathogenic bacteria overgrowth
- Stool that passes through the GI tract too quickly to pick up bile (a substance that makes poop brown)
If your dog passes green poop, it is due to gastrointestinal hypermotility. This condition is a warning sign that your dog has a hard time digesting bile or the poop passes very fast in the GI tract.
Observe your dog if it produces green poop several days in a row. If so, bring it to a vet immediately. Another factor that makes your dog’s poop green is when your dog eats a lot of grass, worse, goose poop.
Orange poop can be a sign of an acute health issue. It can usually be solved with a bland diet and fasting.
Blue poop is the worst stool color that you should watch out for. If your dog suddenly passes a blue stool, bring it to the vet right away. Make sure to bring a sample of its poop too.
White “Rice” Poop
Dogs passing rice-like pieces of poop is usually a sign of tapeworm infestation. You can also observe that the stool is either loose or solid.
Black stools, on the other hand, often indicate blood in the stool. For dogs, this can be a serious problem.
If your dog passes grey, greasy stools, it might be a sign of a biliary or pancreas issue.
Giving your all to take care of your dog can sometimes fail to protect it from sickness like diarrhea. For this reason, you need to stock up your knowledge about prevention and treatment for this health issue in the safest ways possible.
I hope that this guide will allow you to stop your pet from having diarrhea again.