Can I Give My Dog Diarrhea Medicine?

Can I Give My Dog Diarrhea Medicine?Finding a reliable diarrhea medicine for your pooch can be a challenge. Dogs, like humans, will get an upset stomach from eating the wrong thing. As you know your dog probably gets into things they shouldn’t, eating off the sidewalk or grabbing something in the park.

Watching a dog with diarrhea is heart breaking. You can’t explain to them what is going on and you want to fix the problem as soon as possible.

There are a couple of over the counter human diarrhea medicines that you can offer to your dog and there are a few natural remedies that you can try as well.

Can I Give My Dog Diarrhea Medicine? Answer: Imodium AD works!

Generally a dog will benefit from 0.05 to 0.1mg of Imodium AD per pound of dog.

In severe cases, this can be given every eight hours. When using Imodium AD as a diarrhea medicine in dogs you mustn’t use for longer than 2 days. If after 2 days your dog doesn’t appear to be improving, contact the vet.

Of course, before you give your dog any human medication it’s advisable to confirm with your vet. They will have your dog’s full medical history and will be able to fully confirm if it’s safe. You’ll also get the proper dosage amount and how often you should administer the medication to ensure that your dog benefits.

Please note that dogs with kidney or liver problems and those nursing or pregnant cannot take Imodium.

Other Human OTC Products

Another common over-the-counter medication that is used to reduce diarrhea in dogs is Pepto Bismol. Usually you will need to give 1 milliliter per ten pounds of dog every eight hours.

Once again while Pepto Bismol is considered safe for dogs, confirm with your vet before administering. Dogs with liver or kidney problems cannot take this medication, nor can dogs with heart problems. If you are unsure of your dog’s weight or the dosage you need to give, confirm with your vet first. Your vet will be able to advise whether your dog can take the medication and what dosage is considered safe.

All-Natural Diarrhea Remedies for Dogs

If your dog will eat anything, you will be able to take advantage of this natural remedy for diarrhea. Beat an egg white until you can turn the bowl over without it falling out. Feed that to the dog and it will line their stomach and assist with the diarrhea.

Beaten raw egg whites are also a good remedy for humans where you don’t want to take any medication. If your dog is allergic to dairy, obviously you will not want to attempt this recipe, but you can always confirm with the vet before giving your dog this amazing natural remedy.

Hydration is Key

Any dog that develops diarrhea is in danger of becoming dehydrated. Always monitor them closely to ensure that they are drinking enough water, as what they drink and eat will probably pass through their system quickly.

If your dog is ill and refusing to eat or drink, try rubbing some honey or maple syrup on their gums every couple of hours to keep their blood sugar levels up. Take the skin between your dog’s shoulder blades and pull it up, if it bounces back into place your dog is fine, if it takes a couple of seconds to fall back into place your dog is suffering from dehydration.

Severe Dehydration Concerns

Some dogs are prone to diarrhea and it’s a regular occurrence in your household, but for dog owners that are not used to this happening a dog with severe diarrhea can be a shock. The squirts, as it’s called, are severe diarrhea. Your dog will have absolutely no control and it will shoot out of them anywhere and at any time. Over and above this being extremely unpleasant, this is when your dog is most likely to become dehydrated.

Another thing to be aware of is dogs with severe diarrhea will often have blood in their stool; this is normal and is due to the strain on the stomach lining. It’s advisable to contact the vet when it gets to this point, and not rely on diarrhea medicine alone.

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Pat Hill March 18, 2015

My dog had loose stools for about 4 days, ending in diarrhea. There was some blood in it too which worried me. I decided a visit to the vet was called for. He checked her temperature which was a little high. I was told to put her on a bland diet of brown rice and chicken. After 3 days she was a bit better but not taking any water. I asked a friend who has 2 dogs and she said she always beats up a fresh egg for her dogs and it does the trick. I tried it and so far so good.

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Joanie June 29, 2014

Regarding the info concerning if your dog has a dairy problem not to give them egg whites. Eggs are from chickens and have no dairy whatsoever. They may be found in the dairy case but contain absolutely no dairy!

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Kandi Sowle May 15, 2013

My 3-pound Chihuahua was throwing up about three days ago and has had diarrhea ever since. What should I do?

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Teresa May 21, 2014

Kandi, I would get your dog checked. To me it sounds just like Parvovirus which is a very deadly disease.

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Marina Bondareva July 12, 2012

I’m concerned about your recommendation for all natural diarrhea remedies for dogs. First, you recommend egg white but not for dogs allergic to dairy. What is the connection between eggs and dairy? Second, the reason egg may work for diarrhea is due to a substance, called Immunoglobulin Y, in the egg yolk which has immunity against whatever caused the dog’s diarrhea. Egg whites contains very little of this immunity factor called IgY.

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