If you’ve had a dog for any length of time, you’ve probably had to deal with dog diarrhea. Luckily, most of the time, it’s temporary and not too bad to deal with.

Luckily there are a few things that can help your dog (and you!) feel better about the messy situation. This is a natural recipe I used to help my cat relieve diarrhea symptoms, and thought it may be helpful to others. It is just one option of many. Now do note that diarrhea can originate from many different causes, so your mileage may vary with this remedy – it might not help at all, it may just help soothe and reduce symptoms slightly (our case), or it may help remedy. However, due to the ingredients it is unlikely to hurt in most situations. And that brings me to the important notes.

But first, a few important notes:

  1. You should always consult a vet if the diarrhea does not resolve in about 48 hours, is particularly severe, or is ever accompanied with any other symptoms. If your dog has other symptoms along with diarrhea, see a vet right away.
  2. If your dog has any other medical conditions, always run any dietary change (including the below) past your vet.
  3. The internet is not the place to diagnose a condition. If you’re looking for a diagnosis, or you think your dog has a condition, visit a professional.
  4. Never try human anti-diarrheal drugs (such as immodium) with pets. Do not do it. It is not safe.

And without further ado, here is the recipe (rewritten and formatted for clarity/ease to follow).

Recipe for Slippery Elm Diarrhea remedy

This remedy is intended for mild cases of intestinal upset in an otherwise healthy dog, OR it is a recipe you can print out to run past your vet to see if it is an appropriate remedy for your individual case. It could be used with dogs or cats. If you did not read the important notes above, please go read them now before you proceed.

Ingredients

  • 1 tsp slippery elm bark powder (if you get capsules, this is probably about 2)
  • 1/4 cup boiling water
  • 1/4 cup aloe vera juice
  • 20 drops chlorophyll
  • 3 capsules acidophilus

Directions:

  1. Combine 1/4 cup boiling water and the slippery elm bark powder, stir, and then let cool to room temperature.
  2. Once the solution is cooled, add the aloe vera juice, chlorophyll, and acidophilus.
  3. Stir to thoroughly combine, and transfer to an airtight glass container
  4. Should be given 1/2 hour before meals, 2-4 times per day.

Notes:

This remedy can be stored in the fridge for up to 3 days.

Dosage, per dose

  • Cat: 1/2 tsp.
  • Small dog: 3/4 tsp.
  • Medium dog: 1/2 Tbsp.
  • Large dog: 3/4 Tbsp.
  • Giant dog: 1 Tbsp.

Note: I do not have weights for each size of dog, so use your best judgement or consult a vet.

Good luck!

About Author

Jen deHaan is graphic designer, small business owner, and dog person living in Bay Area, California. Jen enjoys learning about dog training and behavior, and has taken several courses and seminars since 2010. She also contributes articles to leading websites, such as Victoria Stilwell's Positively . It all started with a great dog called Mikey (aka "dude"), loved and lost but remembered forever. Jen also runs a freelance business focusing on graphic, web, and UI design at FoundPixel, and a small business creating hand crafted dog products at Stylish Canine.