Every dog suffers from diarrhea from time to time. Typically it's because they ate something that they shouldn't have. Because diarrhea is caused by digestive upset, it's important to know how to firm up loose stool in dogs when he's dealing with this health issue.
This homemade dog food should not be fed long term, but it will help to get your dog's GI tract back on track. Diarrhea is usually the result of a minor stomach upset. As I said, it's most likely that your dog ate something that didn't agree with him. However, it could also be due to an allergic reaction, stress or even a bacterial infection. Diarrhea is one of the body’s ways of removing toxins and cleansing itself.
Unfortunately, diarrhea and loose stool could also be the symptom of a more serious health concern. Diarrhea by itself isn't much to get concerned over. If it is accompanied with fever, lethargy, blood in the stool, vomiting or other serious health symptoms, you should call your veterinarian for a consult and guidance on what to do next.
How To Firm Up Loose Stool In Dogs
As long as the loose stool isn't accompanied by any other symptoms, a couple of meals of this homemade dog food may help to settle the stomach and firm up the stool. You can even feed a small amount as a snack a few times per day to help sooth Fido's digestive tract.
If the loose stool has continued for more than 48 hours, a visit to the veterinarian is a must. Your dog could become dehydrated if he has diarrhea for more than 2 days.Print
How To Firm Up Loose Stool In Dogs: A Homemade Recipe
Unlike diarrhea, soft stools are rarely a health concern. Instead, they are usually indicative of a poor quality diet or food allergies/sensitivities. If soft stools last for more than a few days, it could mean that a dietary change is necessary.
For this reason, it's best to consult your veterinarian before making any permanent changes to your dog's diet. If you suspect that your dog is having a short bout of digestion issues, you can use this homemade recipe to firm up his stool and get things back to normal.
- Prep Time: 20 minutes
- Cook Time: 20 minutes
- Total Time: 40 minutes
- Yield: about 14 cups 1x
- Category: Cooked Food
- Method: Stovetop
- Cuisine: Dog Food
- 1.5 cups brown rice
- 3 tbsp. coconut oil
- 3 lbs. ground beef
- 2 cups spinach (chopped)
- 1 large carrot (shredded)
- 1 zucchini (shredded)
- 15 ounces canned pumpkin
- 1 tbsp. probiotic powder
- 1 apple (shredded)
Melt the coconut oil in a large skillet. Brown the ground turkey in the coconut oil. While the turkey is cooking, cook the rice in a small saucepan according to the instructions on the packaging.
When the turkey is thoroughly cooked, remove it from the heat. Add the cooked rice, spinach, pumpkin, apple, zucchini and probiotic powder. Stir until equally combined.
- Serving Size: 1/2 cup
- Calories: 152
- Sugar: 1.6 g
- Sodium: 37 mg
- Fat: 4.8 g
- Carbohydrates: 10.6 g
- Fiber: 1.2 g
- Protein: 15.9 g
- Cholesterol: 43 mg
How much to feed: I recommend feeding about 1/2 cup of food for every 20 pounds of body weight. This recommendation is for 2 servings per day. This is just a guideline. Lazier pets and senior dogs may not need as many. It is extremely important to consult your veterinarian about the best serving size for your dog.
How to store: You can store the leftover dog food in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 3-5 days or freeze them, and they’ll keep for up to 3 months. Keep in mind that this recipe includes no preservatives, so that it won't last nearly as long as commercial dog food.
For More Information
We publish many homemade dog food and treat recipes every month. For more recipes, pet food cooking tips, and advice, see our “Recipes” section.If you're new to home-cooked dog food subject, I recommend you read more about “How Much To Feed” to understand serving sizes, “What Supplements To Use” to create well-balanced meals, and “How To Store” for tips on simple and easy homemade dog food storing in a fridge or a freezer.