Loose stools often accompanied by more frequent defaecation in dogs is known as canine diarrhoea. It also happens in other species but because dogs are such scavengers by nature, it is more common in this species.
The Causes Of Canine Diarrhoea
When whatever has been eaten is incompletely digested or is irritating to the intestines, canine diarrhoea is the result, sometimes with vomiting. Often, once the body has rid itself of the cause, the stools will return to their normal soft but firm consistency.
Sometimes, intervention is required, so if your dog is clearly unwell, go to your vet!
The commonest causes of canine diarrhoea are worms, diet and allergies.
Worms In Canines
Canine diarrhoea can be the result of internal parasite overload, so regular worming is important. I use Verm-X, a herbal wormer, every day. The dogs and cats love it so I use it as a treat when I put them all to bed at night. This ensures we never have a worm burden in our pets.
A Processed Food Diet – The Problems
Fed a processed food diet, the pancreas has to produce massive amounts of enzymes to digest this unnatural ‘food’. In experiments with rats, researchers found that the pancreas of rats fed a processed food diet is three times larger than the pancreas of rats fed the same food but raw. That just shows how difficult it is to digest anything processed. After a while, the pancreas becomes exhausted and less able to produce these enzymes, particularly as it is not being given the raw resources from which to make these living enzymes. So the digestive process becomes less efficient. Incompletely digested particles find their way into the blood, resulting in digestive leucocytosis. They can also reach the large bowel where the probiotics do their best to complete the digestive process, but the colon is not designed for dealing with digestion! Its main job is excretion and resorbtion of water. The result is canine diarrhoea, varying in consistency from soft to watery and frequency from normal to uncontrollable.
Most dogs are unable to digest dairy products as they lack the enzyme required to digest what is in reality baby food for baby cows! Some people feel that yoghurt is good because it contains probiotics. Whilst the probiotics are good, the dairy component is awful, so get probiotics from a clean source, like Pet Plus.
Gluten is another common allergen. It is found in most dog biscuits, where cereals are used as cheap ingredients which are totally inappropriate for dogs or cats.
Canine Diarrhoea – The Natural Treatment
If your dog has had diarrhoea for ages, it might take longer to get back to normal than an acute episode of diarrhoea, but persist!
Treatment comprises of several stages.
Stage One, Day 1
The first thing to do is to give the guts a rest, so I recommend 24 hours with no food at all. Access to clean, filtered / bottled water is essential at all times.
It is best to start the treatment regime straight away so as well as giving the guts a rest, you’ll be providing a calming anti-inflammatory to soothe the gut lining, an adsorbant to grab hold of the toxins and take them out of the body and a good source of probiotics to recolonize the gut with healthy bacteria.
How Do We Achieve This?
Aloe Vera Juice / Drink is a wonderful anti-inflammatory available in most health food shops (for humans!). Giving 5 mls for small dogs, 10 mls for bigger dogs 6 times a day works well.
Argiletz Green Medicinal Clay (I can supply that) is an excellent adsorbant. You can mix ½ tsp (small dogs), 1 tsp (big dogs) in with the aloe vera 3 times a day. This will make the stools look grey as it takes the toxins out of the gut.
Pet Plus provides the best, most rapidly colonizing probiotics, so add ¼ tsp to each green clay and aloe vera mixture.
Stage Two, Day 1
They need something to eat now so I suggest a teaspoonful (little dogs) or a tablespoonful (big dogs) of cooled boiled brown rice 6 times daily in addition to stage one’s regime. If that goes down well, you could add a raw egg to the last 3 spoons of rice (less for little dogs).
Stage Three, Days 3 & 4
Add some raw white fish / rabbit (minced with bone is best) to the rice and give a little bit more at each of the 6 servings, in addition to Stage Two. You could alternate between fish and egg if your dog is good with eggs.
Stage Four, Day 5
Reduce the clay to once a day.
Continue the aloe vera 6 times daily.
Continue the Pet Plus mixed in with the food.
Feed more at each meal time.
Stage Five, Days 6 Onwards
Stop the clay as long as the diarrhoea has stopped. Reduce the aloe vera to 4 times daily for 3 days then twice daily for a week then stop it altogether, as long as the stools are firm.
Gradually increase the size of each meal and reduce the frequency. You could introduce some liquidized greens to the white meat / fish and rice. Gradually reduce the rice and stop it after about 3 more days.
After about two weeks in total, everything should be back to normal. Continue with raw white meat / fish, liquidized greens and Pet Plus.
You could gradually introduce other raw meats / fish over the following weeks, following my Diet Sheet.
Continue with the Pet Plus forever! It provides all the nutrients required to keep the gut healthy and balanced, preventing recurrence.