Gut Health

How to Deal with Dog Diarrhea

Trash… grass… socks... poop… dead animals…

Let’s face it. Dogs will eat anything they come across.

As Newton famously stated, “For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction.” In the case of your dog’s undesirable eating habits, this equates to some less than pleasant things coming out the other end.

Case in point: Dogs diarrhea

Dogs get diarrhea pretty frequently. In fact, most unscheduled vet visits involve gastrointestinal (GI) issues – especially diarrhea. 

More than 56% of dog owners reported diarrhea issues in their dogs, with some dogs experiencing diarrhea well more than would be categorized as normal. 

And while you may not be able to stop your dog from eating something he shouldn’t, you can help minimize his GI upset… and the amount of diarrhea cleanup you’ll have to deal with.

Is It Diarrhea?

You may think you’ll know if your dog has diarrhea when you see it – or smell it – but there’s actually more to diarrhea than watery, foul-smelling poop. Dog diarrhea is about frequency as much as color, odor, or texture – though those can all be affected.

Signs of dog diarrhea include:

  • Frequent stools with unusual urgency
  • Soft stool, the consistency of pudding
  • Loose stool, too watery to pick up
  • Thin stool
  • Yellow or green stool
  • Mucus in the stool

Sometimes your dog’s diarrhea will have specks of blood on it – and that can look frightening. Blood on the surface of stool comes from the large intestine, picked up on the way out. It’s disconcerting, but generally not dangerous unless it’s happening frequently.

On the other hand, dark black stool means there’s blood in the poop, which can be a sign of a more serious issue. If your dog has dark, tarry poop, give your vet a call.

Most cases of dog diarrhea are self-limiting with a little TLC from you. That starts with not feeding your dog – unless it’s a puppy under 6 months old – for at least 12 hours, especially if he doesn’t want to eat.

Once the diarrhea has slowed down or stopped, you can feed some bland foods like boiled chicken (very small pieces) and white rice.

But the most important step for doggie gut health?

Give your pet probiotics specially formulated for dogs.


Why Dogs and Dog Owners Need Probiotics  

why dogs need probiotics
Just like you, your dog has a gut microbiome that’s home to trillions of bacteria. Those include both beneficial probiotic bacteria and harmful pathogenic bacteria. 
In a healthy gut microbiome, probiotics vastly outnumber pathogens. But sometimes, your dog’s gut will fall out of balance. When that happens, harmful bacteria may grow out of control and crowd out the probiotics – a condition called dysbiosis.
Unfortunately, it doesn’t take much to trigger gut dysbiosis. One dead animal… pesticides from your neighbor’s lawn… antibiotics… fireworks (loud noises)… even separation anxiety… Any of those can quickly knock your dog’s gut into a state of dysbiosis.

And that dysbiosis can lead to all sorts of GI issues in your dog – especially diarrhea.  

That’s why keeping your dog’s gut microbiome in healthy balance with a proven probiotic supplement is so important.  Along with minimizing pathogen populations, probiotics help your dog:

  • Stay healthy and energetic
  • Digest food completely
  • Absorb essential nutrients
  • Fight off potentially infectious microbes (like viruses)
  • Reduce allergic reactions
  • Avoid the complications of leaky gut (yes, dogs get that too)
  • Relieve or prevent bouts of diarrhea

Probiotics will soothe your dog’s upset stomach now and improve your dog’s gut health over the long term.  Like you, your dog needs probiotics to keep his gut in healthy balance… but the probiotics that work for you will not work well for your dog.


How Dog Probiotics Work 

Research shows that the right probiotics can make an enormous difference in your dog’s gut health. 

Most vets agree that probiotics made for humans probably won’t hurt your dog… but they definitely won’t work as well as probiotics tailored to a dog’s specific gut microbiome.  And depending on what’s in the probiotic and the size of your pup, some people probiotics may actually cause diarrhea.

That’s why it’s best to give your dog specially formulated, clinically proven spore probiotics, and here’s why:

Probiotics can only offer their full benefits if they can make it all the way to your dog’s gut microbiome. Spore probiotics are the only probiotics designed by nature to do just that.

A recent clinical study found that a specially formulated spore probiotic supplement offered significant relief for dogs suffering with diarrhea and vomiting. The supplement contained two dog-focused probiotic strains, Bacillus subtilis and Pediococcus acidilactici.

Researchers gave the spore probiotic supplement to 11 dogs, and they all experienced positive results, such as:

  • Significant decrease – or complete disappearance – of GI issues and symptoms
  • Dramatic decrease in leaky gut markers
  • Less gas, even in healthy dogs
  • No negative effects for any dogs in the study

Those stunning results clearly demonstrate the overwhelming benefits of probiotics for your pup… as long as you use a spore probiotic supplement specially formulated for your dog’s gut microbiome.


Just Pets Probiotic Soothes Your Dog’s Gut 

Help support the optimal health and protection of your dog’s gut with Just Pets Probiotic.

Just Pets Probiotic contains Bacillus subtilis and Pediococcus acidilactici, two strains of probiotics proven effective for supporting your pup’s digestive and immune health. A single, daily capsule – taken whole or mixed into your dog’s food – can help:

  • Keep your dog’s gut microbiome in healthy balance
  • Protect and support healthy gut barrier function
  • Give your dog’s immune system solid support

Keep your dog’s gut happy with Just Pets Probiotic.