How To Feed A Dog With Diarrhea

by Aron Allen
(Tulsa, Oklahoma)

Reader Question: What To Feed A Dog With Diarrhea


I have an 80 pound German Sheppard, 11 years old; she has had Diarrhea for the last 5 days. She does have a Spinal Injury. She has been taking 80 mgs Prednisone, 40 mg of Famotidine, 1000 mg of Robaxin, 200 mg Tramadol. She threw up her immodium ad and all her food yesterday morning. We are giving her water from a straw because that’s the only way she will be hydrated.

She did ok until we gave her the immodium, is there anything else we can do for our furry member of the family?

Veterinarian Suggestions For Feeding A Dog With Diarrhea


I’m sorry to hear about your dog’s condition. I’m concerned because several of the medications that your dog is taking for her spinal injury have the potential to cause diarrhea, which complicates your situation. Also, depending on the severity of your dog’s diarrhea (volume, frequency, wateriness, the presence of absence of blood), five days without relief could be getting us into the danger zone for dehydration and other potentially serious complications.

I recommend you bring your dog to your veterinarian for a physical and fecal examination at the very least. Depending on the findings, your vet may recommend blood work, abdominal x-rays, or other diagnostic tests. Treatment might involve fluid therapy, metronidazole (an antibiotic that helps many dogs with diarrhea), a probiotic supplement, Kaopectate, a change in diet, tweaking her current medication protocol, and addressing any potentially contributing conditions that a diagnostic work up uncovers.

Best of luck,

Jennifer Coates, DVM

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