If it was only as simple as serving rice for dog diarrhea. No matter what form of diarrhea your dog has, diet adjustments are usually called for.
If your dog is acting close to normal, with diarrhea being the only symptom, the diarrhea is probably nothing to be overly concerned about (except in young, old and small dogs which should see a Veterinarian immediately - or if your dog is behaving differently due to dehydration and other concerns). What we mean is that diarrhea is your dog's way of getting rid of things that they may have eaten that they shouldn't have. Grass, leaves, bugs, and anything else out of the ordinary could result in diarrhea.
The easy way to tell if this is the kind of diarrhea your dog has, cut back their food intake for a 24 hour period. Some of my friends cut the amount of food in half, others don't feed their dog for a 24 hour period (water of course is OK to avoid dehydration).
Diet Changes to Control Canine Diarrhea
Dogs with digestion problems or with chronic diarrhea sometimes need to replace protein. To identify the source of diarrhea it helps to reduce food intake to two components:
- One source of protein (cooked meat)
- One source of gluten-free carbohydrate (rice)
If there is a colon issue, fiber should also be served to your dog. A great source of fiber for an IBD (Irritable Bowel) dog is flaxseed. Just buy ground flaxseed and add to diet.
Diet for Dog With Diarrhea - 5 Day Diet
Here's an approach we have used successfully to help our dog with a mild case of diarrhea (ate too much grass and whatever else is outside, it's what happens when dad is left alone with the dog). Remember to consult with your Veterinarian.
Home Cooked Dog Food Recipes to Control Dog Diarrhea
It is possible to prepare a meal yourself or purchase a bland diet in the pet food store. A typical bland diet consists of a meat, grain (such as rice) and yogurt to aid digestion.
If you want a home cooked dog food recipe this is a good simple approach try (we have to give credit to wellvet.com for this excellent advice).
Recipe 1 - Meat and Rice
Recipe 2 - Chicken Liver and Rice
Commercial Diet to Control Dog Diarrhea
Several commercial dog foods, particularly those with starch and protein, may help control dog diarrhea. One example is Ralson Purina CNM HA-Formula.
Natural Dietary Supplements
Herbal and homeopathic ingredients have been shown to promote digestive balance, support the production of firm stools, and support healthy bowel functioning. PetAlive makes a natural remedy made for this purpose that is worth exploring.