What to feed a dog who has diarrhea? Here’s What to Do Next

2 White RiceWhite rice provides healthy calories without much flavor that could irritate the GI tract. Avoid serving “minute rice” or brown rice to your dog; high-quality white rice is best.

Many dog food brands have therapeutic lines that target specific health issues, including diarrhea. Therapeutic diets are formulated to specifically address the cause of diarrhea and resolve it, and typically require a prescription from your vet. Some widely used therapeutic foods for dogs with diarrhea include Hill’s I/D and Purina Pro Plan Veterinary Diets EN Gastroenteric Formula.

Depending on the cause of your dog’s diarrhea, your dog may benefit from a food made for specific health conditions. For example, feeding a hypoallergenic food or a novel protein food (food made from a type of protein your dog has not eaten before) may help dogs who suffer diarrhea due to allergies. Read more about food allergies here.

What to Feed a Dog With Diarrhea

It’s finally time to for your dog to have a small meal—but what do you feed a dog with diarrhea? Look for bland, easily digestible food that is soothing to the GI tract. (We’ve got six tried-and-true suggestions below.)

No matter which of these foods you choose, you should start with a small amount:

  • For small breeds, start with a tablespoon of food
  • For large breeds, start with a golf ball-sized portion of food, around 2 tablespoons
  • Here are a few great foods to try:

    Low-fat meats are gentle on your dog’s stomach, while still providing important protein. Try meats like:

  • Chicken breast (no skin)
  • Lean ground hamburger
  • Turkey
  • Why is Pumpkin good for dogs with diarrhea?

    Pumpkin is another food that can be helpful for dogs with diarrhea. This humble vegetable is rich in fiber, which can help to bulk up stool and ease the passage through the intestines.

    Its also packed with vitamins A and C, which can help to boost your dogs immune system. Just be sure to give canned pumpkin, not the sugary kind meant for pies.

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