Most mild cases of dog diarrhea can be treated at home with an over-the-counter anti-diarrhea medication such as Kaopectate, according to PetMD. Diarrhea that lasts longer than 24 hours, or occurs intermittently for weeks or months, could signify an underlying condition and should be treated by a veterinarian, recommends WebMD.
There are many different causes of diarrhea in dogs and treatment varies depending on the specific circumstances. Most often, dog diarrhea is attributed to a change in the animal's diet or a sensitivity to something he ate. Pet owners can usually treat their dog at home when the diarrhea is in response to a nontoxic item the animal ate, according to PetEducation.com.
A simple intolerance issue that occur when a dog gets into garbage, eats a toy or other foreign object, overeats or something similar, is usually easy to cure at home, states WebMD. Pet owners should withhold food for 12 to 24 hours, but should give the dog plenty of fresh water until the diarrhea subsides. An intolerance or sensitivity to a certain ingredient also requires a diet that avoids the ingredient in the future.
Diarrhea that is caused by a change in a dog's diet can also be treated at home. Pet owners should withhold food during the first 24 hours, then offer the animal boiled meat, such as chicken or hamburger, with rice, introducing the new diet slowly by blending it into the rice mixture, recommends PetEducation.com. Diarrhea caused by toxins, parasites, bacteria or viruses usually require treatment by a veterinarian.