Just like other people, most dogs get an occasional bout of loose stools. Diarrhea may just be the body’s way of clearing the intestine of something disagreeable.

The best thing you can do for your dog’s diarrhea, other than giving your dog frequent access to the outdoors is to starve your dog for a day. Missing a meal or two won’t harm your dog, but it will give their gastrointestinal tract a chance to repair itself. Be sure to give your dog access to water to replace the fluids they have lost in their feces. In dogs dehydration can be more dangerous than diarrhea. Follow the fast with a couple of days of light diet, and your diarrheic dog usually will be back to its usual playful self in a matter of days.

If your dog continues to have diarrhea after a day of fasting, or if there is blood in your dog’s stools, or if your dog has other signs of illness such as a fever, do not waste time and immediately take your dog to a veterinarian. Your dog may need intravenous fluids to replenish fluids lost in the stools and perhaps antibiotics to fight infection. With persistent or severe diarrhea, finding out the cause is important. Several viruses and bacteria passed among dogs can affect intestinal function and cause diarrhea. There are many other causes of diarrhea including impaired pancreatic function, autoimmune diseases, and food allergies. Your veterinarian can perform tests to make a diagnosis so that appropriate treatment can be given to your dog as diarrhea may be a symptom of a bigger problem.

Taking care of your dog is your responsibility. The best thing that you can do for your dog is avoid overfeeding your dog and always keep an eye on what he pops into his mouth. Overfeeding has its consequences which are far more serious than keeping your dog on a lesser diet routine.