If your dog suffers from diarrhea, then the ideal food includes bland homemade food, without any flavorings or preservatives. This DogAppy article provides a list of foods for dogs with diarrhea and stomach problems.
One of the most common health problems that afflicts dogs and puppies is diarrhea. It may result in your canine friends passing unformed, frequent, and increased volume of stool. The most common reasons include a sudden dietary change, food allergies, worm infestations, or bacterial/viral/parasitic infections.
This may lead to an accumulation of dissolved substances in the intestine. This, in turn, causes excess water to move into the intestine along with malabsorption of food, increased secretion of electrolytes by the intestine, or both. The result: the appearance of symptoms like fever, pain, vomiting, dehydration, and loss of appetite. A change in the diet is believed to be an effective treatment for this problem. Here is a food guide for dogs with a sensitive stomach.
Best Food for Dogs with Sensitive Stomach
For curing an upset stomach in dogs, the first step is to withhold the food from your dog for the first 24 hours, giving them nothing but a fresh supply of water. This will give the digestive system some rest and also flush out the bad elements present in the tract.
After the day of fasting, you need to provide some homemade food for dogs. Refrain from giving any commercial dog food just yet. Since natural foods are easy to digest, they are the best for dogs passing loose stool. The rule of the thumb when considering the food requirements of your dog is that it should be bland, that means, it is completely oil-free and salt-free. A broth with chicken bits is a good bland diet that the dog can have till the diarrhea is cured.
Here is a list of some other health food for dogs suffering from diarrhea.
- cooked white rice with no flavorings
- cottage cheese
- boiled chicken (no grease, no skin, no flavorings)
- boiled turkey (no grease, no skin, no flavorings)
- scrambled eggs
- boiled egg
- boiled potato
- baked potato
You can add some yogurt or other natural probiotic which will help reduce the bacterial infection causing the diarrhea.
Bland Rice and Chicken Recipe
1 cup boiled chicken
1 cup cooked brown rice
4 tablespoons unsalted chicken broth
Boil the chicken and add it to the cooked rice. Heat the broth and leave it to simmer for 10 minutes. Let it cool before serving it to the dog.
You can also try out the fresh dog foods made of pure ingredients sold at specialty dog supplies stores. If cooking dog food at home is not an option, then you can feed your dog the commercial variants. See to it that the foods you choose are devoid of any preservatives or by-products.
In addition to a regular supply of homemade food, you have to continue your dog’s fresh water supply throughout its sickness. Diarrhea may cause loss of fluids in dogs either through vomiting or loose stool. This can lead to dehydration. Intake of adequate water throughout the day replenishes the lost fluids in the body. Before providing any food or other treatment, consult the veterinarian.
Disclaimer: This article is for informative purposes only, and should not be treated as a substitute for the medical advice of a veterinarian.