Dogs often eat things that upset their digestive system. Consequently, they will experience an occasional episode of diarrhea.
Diarrhea is a stool that is softer than normal, and may have an abnormal color, or odor. The occasional episode of dog diarrhea is a perfectly natural way to purge their bodies. The actual cause of dog diarrhea may be singular (like eating a funky morsel that doesn’t agree with them) or, a combination of factors.
A healthy dog’s gastrointestinal (GI) tract contains both “good” and “bad” bacteria at all times. It takes a lot more good bacteria than bad to maintain optimum GI balance. As good bacteria do their jobs, they die off and move out with the waste.
Good bacteria is sorely lacking in the domesticated diet. It is “The Missing Link” to maintain optimum GI and Immune balance. Today, you must routinely administer good bacteria along with food and supplements.
Funky food morsels laden with pathogenic (bad) bacteria, or toxic substances ingested from licking burning paws, kill the good bacteria, causing an imbalance of bad bacteria. Once bad bacteria get the upper hand, they quickly out multiply the good bacteria. This imbalance often results in dog diarrhea.
When the stool is watery, electrolytes are excreted. If allowed to continue for a prolonged period, the electrolytic imbalance destabilizes all bodily systems, resulting in dehydration.
Hydration is essential for the constant flow of nutrients as well as for the removal of waste and toxins from the body. Additionally, hydration is critical to maintain every function in the body from the kidneys to the beating of the heart.
Beyond the occasional episode, dog diarrhea falls into two distinct categories- Acute and Chronic.
Acute dog diarrhea can last for a few days. It is a healthy, healing process, not a disease. Acute diarrhea is easy to treat at home.
A few things you can do to provide relief:
- Cut the amount of food back and feed half twice daily.
- Feed a bland diet of boiled meat or chicken, skim off any fats
- Replace solid food with fresh made vegetable broth for several days. Add a pinch of sea salt for the minerals and electrolytes.
- While you are making the broth give them fresh water that has been filtered. Chlorinated water kills good bacteria.
- Throw away any opened food- dry or canned.
- Administer a pure Bentonite clay several times a day
CAUTION: Hypoallergenic or bland diets should only be administered on a temporary basis. If your dog routinely requires a special diet, it is only because their GI tract is not in balance.
Failure to give acute dog diarrhea your immediate attention often leads to more serious health issues, like chronic diarrhea.
Chronic dog diarrhea is diarrhea that does not respond to the recommendations outlined above for acute diarrhea. It is the result of bad bacteria maintaining the upper hand in the GI tract. The effect is much like a bubbling volcano. It will continue until the root cause(s) are eliminated!
Examples of Chronic Diarrhea:
- Watery stools
- Soft-Formed Stools
- Mucus coated stools
- Blood coated stools
- Normal stool followed by a soft stool
Warning Signs: Lethargy, cloudy eyes, tender stomach when pushed, and dehydration indicate that toxins are rapidly building up inside the body.
Diseases like Leaky Gut Syndrome, Irritable Bowel, Crohns, and Inflammatory Bowel are often wrongfully sited as “causes” of Chronic Diarrhea in Dogs. They are, in fact, “effects”.
The actual causes may include toxic household cleaning agents, polluted water supply, pesticides, and fertilizers. Often overlooked are allergic reactions to non-meat proteins. Left unresolved, chronic diarrhea could become life threatening.
Complications: A GI tract in constant turmoil will soon cause the intestinal wall to become inflamed. Depending on the severity of inflammation, the body will lose its’ ability to absorb any nutrients, neither can it expel wastes and toxins which then recirculate within the body. This results in the dog getting sicker and sicker!
As these wastes begin to back up, immune disorder and diseases develop. Advanced GI and immune diseases are extreme degenerative forces known to overwhelm a dog's body.
Once GI and Immune disease manifest, numerous therapies, are required before you will see any signs of healing. In such instances, it can take several months of constant treatment, with ups and downs, before a full recovery. What to do?
21st Century Solution to an Age-Old Problem
Veterinarians are switching to natural alternatives to toxic medications to treat GI conditions. The same alternatives are available to you without a prescription.
Scientific evidence exists that administering large doses of soil-based probiotic organisms (SBOs) will help restore the bacterial balance. However, until the inflammation has been resolved the results of SBOs are often negligible. First administer herbal anti-inflammatories, and then introduce SBOs along with a few other soothing agents.
Why SBOS and not yogurt or acidophilus? Many dogs are lacto intolerant. Additionally, their strong stomach acids kill off most dairy-based probiotics before they get to the GI tract where they are needed.
Restoring and Maintaining Health: A nutritional diet based on lightly cooked or raw organic meats and chicken, and clean fresh water, combined with routine administration of SBOs, essential Omega 3/6 oils, digestive enzymes, and minerals, will not only fortify your dogs GI and Immune systems. Evidence exists that these changes will extend a dog’s life by an average of 5 years. And as importantly, a healthy pet is a happy pet!