Diarrhea Remedies for Pets

| Modified on Oct 20, 2023
Diarrhea is no fun no matter what the case, but with a pet you've got the discomfort and sickness along with a pet's less impressive self-control to deal with. Definitely no good for anybody's health and well-being!

If your dog, cat, or other small pet is having issues with a single or ongoing bout of diarrhea or loose stools, there are natural remedies you can consider to get your pet's digestive health back in working order.

First, be sure to consider the cause of your pet's health condition. A course of antibiotics can lead to diarrhea, in which case yogurt or probiotics is often the best remedy. A change in diet or environmental influences can also cause diarrhea.

Natural Pet Remedies: Pumpkin, tripe, probiotics, and cayenne pepper are all popular home remedies for diarrhea in pets. However, a combined remedy in the form of a pumpkin and chicken puree is so far the most popular and effective natural cure for diarrhea. Check out the recipe below.

ACV for Calf Scour

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Posted by Somerset Viking (Bridgwater, Somerset Uk) on 03/24/2018

I have come across several farmers who have been using traditionally fermented and unpasteurised cider vinegar to treat scour in young calves. Calves are given 10 ml of cider vinegar in their milk feed twice a day from when they are a week or so old. The treatment is maintained for one month. Look for traditionally slow fermented cider vinegar.

Bentonite Clay

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Posted by Fiona (Ilford, England) on 01/25/2012

Hi, one of my cats had an awful bout of diarrhea after having some teeth removed at the vets (I suspect the drugs the vet used were too much for my cat's system).

We initially returned to the vet for a remedy/diagnosis (as the diarrhea had blood in it and was mucus-sy) and the vet gave us some harsh chemically smelling concoction.

My cat refused the concoction for his diarrhea and was very stressed when my husband and I tried to administer it. After a day or 2 it occurred to me to try some bentonite clay. I mixed up a solution (a flat tablespoon in a jar of water, leave to absorb, without mixing for at least 20 minutes, then mix)) and offered the cat some of the thicker part of the mix. He licked it all up without hesitation, I offered him more and he took the second dose. This was in the evening. The next day he did a nice healthy poo and was back to his normal self.

Please look into bentonite, green clay and edible clays generally. Thay are SO good for health (human and animal)

Good luck

Replied by Amy
(Sarasota, Fl, Usa)

carrots, carrots, carrots,

Literally, the best thing you could give you dog on a regular basis to keep your dogs bowel movements regular. It will elimiate diarrhea and your pet will never be constipated. I have been feeding my two dogs carrots with every meal and they love it too!

I feed mine dehydrated carrots because its the easiest thing for me to do with my busy life...

Replied by Prue
(Worksop, Uk)

You mentioned a tablespoon of clay in a jar of water....roughly how much water as I'm having trouble getting the right consistency?

Replied by Mama To Many

I have used 1 Tablespoon in 2 cups of water. It usually is pretty thin, and that is okay. The mixture can be shaken before using.

Boiled Chicken and Pumpkin Puree

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Posted by Selahpaws (California) on 12/13/2015

My yorkie was having diahrrea for two days, she was energetic no fever and rubbing her butt on the ground. I read on this site about boiling chicken, no seasoning, rice and pumpkin purée. I gave my 4 month old yorkie one part chicken, two parts white rice and one part pumpkin purée. Within 24 hours my yorkie was having firm bowel movement.

Yay! Thank you for posting these great helps! We avoided poking and prodding at the vet and prescription that may or may not have worked.

Replied by Danielle
(New Jersey)

I have a 4 month old schnauzer about 8 lbs. How much rice/chicken/pumpkin did you give your dog a day? 1 cup or more? Thanks!!!

Boiled Chicken and Pumpkin Puree
Posted by Rosemarie (Waikato, Nz) on 03/25/2014

The boiled chicken, pumpkin and rice is a winner! Our dog (a GWP) had extremely loose bowels for a week and was messing everywhere! Unsure why and how he got it... Anyway, after boiling up a chicken, cooking pumpkin and rice, we started to feed him small amounts. Within 24 hours he had started to firm up and then in 4 days was completely back to normal. Very impressed earth clinic. Thanks.

Boiled Chicken and Pumpkin Puree
Posted by Greenllll (Chicken Hill, Sc) on 10/22/2012

testimonial: The dog had diahreah, & was waking up in the middle of the night. This went on for a few days. The owner quit feeding the dog. The dog started growling at me cause it was hungry. I explained to the owner that the dog's instincts, which it uses to survive, was telling it that it was desperate for food, enough to growl, and it needed to be fed. I showed the website Earthclinic, and the remedy it suggests, pumpkin & boiled chicken. I fed the dog this mixture and the dog, for the first time, slept all night. Problem solved. The dog was fed 2 TBS and a cup of chicken the 1st night. Didn't want to overfeed it. Now the dog is bigger than ever.

"Medicines may have scientific proof to back them up, but big Pharma also has a big motive to do misleading research, money. All DRUGS are poisonous. That's why they say "May cause liver or kidney damage. " as side-effects. Or, "Not for people w/ liver or kidney disease. " or "nephro (kidney)toxicity" or "hepa (liver) toxicity). The liver & kidney filter out poisons. That's their job. Herbs cannot be patented, so no one can make money off them, so no one invests millions into proper scientific research. Medicine takes 1 component of an herb and makes it un-natural, so they can patent it, and charge a lot for it. But the herb was designed for the human body. We co-evolved together. Herbs almost never have side-effects, and healing herbs that are good for you always taste & smell pleasant. To test if a medicine or herb is healthy, chew it & taste it. Taste revolting? Your body knows. You cannot trust the doctors. Trust your own eyes. A vet would have charged a lot of money for some medication to stop up the dog's guts, and it probably wouldn't have worked as well as the proper food (herb).

Death by Medicine documentary:

Psychiatry an Industry of Death:
shows the history of the cult of MDs, who, like sorcerors, walk around in their white robes, handing out potions. And supposedly, only they have the REAL truth, like any cult. "Scientifically validated".

The War on Health
This one goes into the history of the FDA, & how truly healing herbs have been made illegal, and replaced by the true quacks, the MDs drugs.

This story is as old as the burning of "witches" for offering an alternative cure to the preists'.

Replied by Gayletraver
(West Des Moines, Iowa, United States)

I have a two year old toy fox terrier that in March suddenly started bleeding everywhere. We rushed her to the vet and she was so low on platelets. Her platelet count was down to 21,000. Since that time she has been on prednisone and until recently we have been unable to keep her count up and even when it did go up, for some weird reason the vet said her white count kept staying elevated. We tried antibiotics to no avail. Marly gets her blood checked every two to three weeks. The last two times her platelets have been over 450,000!!

Suddenly yesterday out of no where she started with diarreah, then it was bloody diarreah and then pure blood. I am a nurse and was just stressing. I am currently out of work and thinking to myself, how am I going to afford another huge vet bill. The odd thing was, Marly did not act sick, her nose wasn't warm and she wasn't vomiting! I kept watching her and thinking, ok, she is acting happier and playing more than she has in months, just really odd. I needed to stop the diarreah.

I went on line and started reading and reading, somehow I came to this site. I read all the testimonials on the pumpkin, chicken and rice. I also read to not feed her for 12-24 hours to allow the intestine to calm down. I went to the store, I bought the chicken, cooked it in the crock pot overnight. I bought the canned pumpkin and immediately gave her a teaspoon full last night. Again this morning and again in the afternoon, she had no stools since last night. Then this afternoon I cooked some rice with the chicken and fed her small portions, about four and eight. I took her out before bed this evening and her stool was formed!! Very little blood in it and formed!! I gave her another teaspoon of pumpkin and will continue to keep her on the chicken and rice for another day or two but I am so grateful and happy!!! She is still playing and feeling great, actually better than we have seen her in six months so we are just wondering if she passed something that had been stuck possibly and that was keeping her white count up, we just don't know. All I know is she is feeling better and the diarreah is gone!!!! Thank you so much!!

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Too bad. They've all been taken off YouTube. Figures.


Go to www.bitchute.com, at least first docu is there. GB.

Replied by MaureensMenagerie
(Tampa Bay)

Just a heads up on the link- it is no longer available… sure it violated some term… folks have got to type in the points- we are going to be losing everything soon- make hard copies- 100123

Boiled Chicken and Pumpkin Puree
Posted by Sueellen (Dallas, Texas) on 05/17/2010

Dog Diarrhea

I have a miniature dachshund. He ate some spoiled chicken liver and he had bloody diarrhea accompanied by projectile vomiting. He smelled to high heaven!!! I called a friend who owns three dogs and she told me to give him an anti-diarrheal medication which works on humans. However after two days on this medication my dog seemed to be worse and he was acting very lethargic and refusing to eat. He was still drinking water. I called the vet and of course they told me to bring him in. I was a little leery of that as a coworker's dog had experienced the same thing and she took her dog to the vet and by the time they were thru with her dog she had a $2,300 bill (the dog stayed at the vet four days and had IV fluids, IV medications etc) Anyway I prayed for my dog and then I went on your website as I sure did not have $2,300 to spend. I noted the rice, chicken, canned pumpkin remedy. I TRIED IT AND IT WORKED!!! I used three parts rice, one part chicken and two heaping tablespoons of pumpkin twice a day. Thank you for sharing such an effective and frugal remedy.

Replied by Sandy
(Monroe, Ny)

I have a Papillion who had a very bad case of diarrhea for 2 weeks, with no other symptoms... Eating well no blood or worms acting normal. Went on website looking for something to do... Found PUMPKIN.. I cant believe it but slept through the night for the first time in 2 weeks.. Seems to be working in only one day! THANK YOU

Replied by Lulu47
(Tampa, Florida, Usa)

I wanted to share my experiences with my 4 month old kitten. He was throwing up, not eating, not drinking, and had diarrhea. In a period of only 3 days he had lost a significant amount of weight and looked different, a lot smaller in appearance, and very sad. He slept a lot, and even cried without a reason. I read A LOT. I told myself that if he didn't get better after 2 days I would take him to the vet. I urge you to try, but if your pet absolutely does not respond, take him to the vet. This is what I did: My kitten resisted the food and drink so I had to take baby steps in order to be successful. I want to encourage those in the same situation to be patient and take your time. Do everything in increments and a LITTLE at a time. Every few hours I would do something, anything.

I started feeding him just a few very tiny tiny pieces of cooked chicken breast alone by hand.

I put Coconut Oil on my fingers and let him lick it off for calories.

I laid him on my lap and gave him a tiny bit of apple cider vinegar mixed with water from the side of his mouth. He was NOT a fan. With a resisting animal, be sure to use very little at a time. I gave him a tablespoon of the diluted mixture at a time (if I gave him any more, he would just throw it up).

I also got him unflavored baby pedyalyte (the generic brand) from Walmart to keep him hydrated. He did not like the taste so I had to dilute it in water. I alternated this with the diluted apple cider vinegar.

I put apple cider vinegar on his neck (I had to do this AFTER he ate, because the scent turned him off from food even more).

I kept noise/bright lights to a minimum and made sure he could sleep as much as possible. Sleep builds up the immune system. I'd like to note that my kitten did not receive all this at the same time. Every few hours I would try one of the above things.

My goal was to get him eating a mixture of pumpkin, chicken, and brown rice (the rice really helps). And he did! It took some time, but as he got stronger, his appetite got better. It got to the point where he started eating the chicken/pumpkin/rice mixture out of his bowl and drinking pedialyte/water mixture out of his bowl as well. In two days my husband and I saw an incredible difference! Thank God. It was honestly miraculous.

After 4 days he became hungrier and we ommitted the chicken and started giving him his dry cat food mixed with rice and pumpkin. It's been a week, and even now that he's better, we continue to do this along with the diluted pedyalyte. After another week I will ommit the pedyalyte, and use ACV in his water. We will continue to used a heaping tablespoon of pumpkin and another of rice mixed in with each of his meals.

I spent about $5 on organic coconut oil, $3 on generic pedyalyte, $3 on a giant can of pumkin, $3 on brown minute rice and 2 boneless/skinless chicken breasts from home. People who say this is too expensive should not have pets. It's nothing compared to a massive vet bill, which you should also be prepared to pay if need be. Not to mention I still have more than enough left over to literally treat at least 20 cats.

Replied by Kindlady
(Crawfordville, Fl, Usa)

LULU YOU ROCK!!! A true animal angel and it thrills my heart and soul to know there are people like you in this world.

Replied by Sheba916
(Sacramento, Ca)

My little chi/yorkie has had diahrea for 6 days and vet 3 days ago suggested kaopactate/active culture yogart and I thought it was getting better, not really and now my older lab mix is having softer stools too. I wander if its a thing going around and if the rice, chicken, pumpkin will work.

Replied by Janet
(Vancouver, Wa)

YEA!! I started with just pumpkin, then later: Rice, chicken and pumpkin. My 3yr old cat is a large, lanky tabby that doesn't have any body fat to sustain him if sick too long. When I found his back-end covered with bloody diahrea and he was too weak to clean up--not to mention I didn't want him to ingest whatever had caused this to his system--I trimmed off the long fur under his tail and down the back of his legs.

The only thing I could get him to touch was the juice off of thawed chicken breasts. Along with stopping the bleeding, dehydration was one of my main concerns. He would look at his water but go back to bed without drinking any... I googled "what can I do if my cat has bloody diarhea?"--and it was all your responses that made me decide to try this. The results are just incredible!!!

I would offer the chicken juice every hour and he would drink a little each time. After deciding to try the pumpkin, I presented the open can to him and he actual gave it two feeble licks, which gave me hope. I took a dab on my finger tip and forced him to take it. About 15min later he actually licked the gravy from some canned cat food. (this from a cat that had earlier turned down the liquid from a can of tuna) But when I grabbed a plate and served him a small portion he wouldn't have any more. An hour later I forced him to take another finger tip of pumpkin and 15 min later gave him some more gravy from canned cat food. Within the hour he used the litter box and the stool was a very pink/brown liquid--still a fair amount of blood. At this point he was still too weak to cover his toilet.

Since he'd eaten the gravies, I decided to try the paste with brown rice, broiled chicken breast and pumpkin---I just smashed it together as I don't have anything fancier. He ate about a rounded tablespoon. I left the fluids drained from a can of corn and the juice and oils drained from broiling the chicken breasts mixed with the tuna juice he hadn't eaten earlier. Throughout the day he would drink the fluids on his own--but he still wouldn't take anymore solids. I had to force 2 more dabs of pumpkin into his mouth--and now that he was feeling better, he was more capable of spitting it out.... So I let him go at his own pace.

This morning I stepped it up (only 36 hours since this started). He wouldn't eat solids and stuck with licking the gravy off his food. So I took the rest of the rice, chicken and added some more pumpkin, and I used one of those "pouches" of cat food--they have more gravy in them--skimmed out the food pieces and mixed the gravy with it. He actually ate half of it, and made sure he got all gravy off the rest--which has a lot more pumpkin in it now. So I opened another pouch and over the next hour I would bring him spoonfuls of a pumpkin-gravy mixed from a chicken catfood. I didn't want to give too much food at one time. In a couple hours he was eating some dry food. A stool he left a few hours later, although very loose, did have some forms beginning to take shape in it and no sign of blood. He's also energetic enough to bury his leavings now, piling the whole litter box on top of it. He says: "you've seen enough! "

Now in just 3 days he's completely back to his reguar self--and this from being at death's door. Pumpkin is a miracle cure!!

Replied by Prada
(Norfolk, England)

I was desperate to help my egyptian hairless cat, who almost over night went down with chronic loose stools, blood loss, watery eyes complete lethargy. I took her to the vet, paid for medication and a week later I seriously was considering that I needed to face the fact that she was proberly not gonna survive. So I scanned the net for home remedies that might assist in at least getting the diarrehea under control and re-hydrating the cat. Low and behold I see postings re Pumpkin, its pumpkin season here in England and so I headed off to the supermarket. I blended up the pumpkin, added fresh carrot and coconut milk, offered it to the cat, she licked and licked at this mixture, she even meowed for more, this was the first food she had taken for days. I would go as far as to say within twelve hours that cat was improving, withing 18 hours she was passing normal stools. Anyone who is familiar with the hairless sphynx breed you will know that these cats are incredibly needy and if they could be carried around all day they would be in their element. My angel lay on a hot water bottle for 8 days, one dose of pumpkin and it was like a miracle. It could all be a coincidence, but something tells me there could be something in this, well ime convinced anyway and so I am making up my paste and freezing it. Now I add pumpkin regularly to her meat feed.

Replied by Myra Huff
(Demotte, Indiana)

Is this pumpkin in a can?

Pam E.
(SouthWestern California)
127 posts

Yes, 100% Pure Pumpkin Puree (organic if possible) mainly sold for making pies (not the stringy kind grown for making jack-o-lanterns from)!

Pam E.
(SouthWestern California)
127 posts

Yes, 100% Pure Pumpkin Puree (organic if possible) with NO sweeteners of any kind! (It isn't the stringy kind grown for making jack-o-lanterns from! )

Replied by Theresa
(Mpls., Mn)

Yes, canned pumpkin but plain only, NOT the pre-spiced for pies.

Boiled Chicken and Pumpkin Puree
Posted by Cheryl (Ottawa, Ontario/Canada) on 11/15/2008

So my sheepdog had some major diahhria for about a week. I did continue the pumpkin/rice & chicken but she continued to have the problem.I ended up changing her kibble which didn't help but I thought the timing to be right. I switched her from Eukanuba to Orijen. She loves the new food! Her poops have been normal now since last weekend, albeit smaller amounts due to the new higher grade food. So I'm not sold on the pumpkin helping her although I use it now to put a touch of it in her Kongs because she does like the pumpkin. Nice alternative to using Cheesewiz or peanut butter in her kongs.

Replied by Florence
(Bellmore, N.Y.)

boiled chiken and pumpkin: my lab had bad bad dirahea one table spoon every night fixed her problem so I give it to her every night works like a charm

Replied by Libby
(Pleasanton, Ca)

We tried this and it cured our dog in a matter of a couple of hours! Saved us a LOT of money that we 1. didn't have and 2. would've spent at the vet.

Replied by Kimmi
(Wichita, Kansas)


Please be advised that poultry such as chicken and turkey can be toxic for small breeds... Like chihuahuas and all other small breeds.
It is hard on their digestive systems and liver.

Replied by Shiela
(Toulon, France)

I didn't have any idea that chicken and turkey can be toxic for chihuahuas!!!!! Every single vet I have seen, has always recommended this diet in case of a stomach or eating problem. So do all the breeders I know. Help! So what do I do now?? I have chihuahuas, and sometimes they do have stomach problems. Please tell me waht to give them instead. Thanks. Shiela

Pam E.
(SouthWestern California)
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As long as they aren't allergic, "Turkey [& Chicken are] fine for dogs, but be sure to remove excess fat and skin from the meat. Don't forget to check for bones; [cooked] poultry bones can splinter during digestion, causing blockage or even tears in the intestines. Any meat with excessive salt, seasonings, [or onions] should not be fed. https://www.akc.org/expert-advice/nutrition/human-foods-dogs-can-and-cant-eat/

Replied by Mnm
(Triangle, Va - Virginia)

I too have a Chihuahua and have been told to feed him boiled chicken when he has a tummy ache.. What is another option to treat him with, as an at home remedy?? I gave him boiled chicken couple days ago.. SO PLEASE help cause as of right now he does have diarrhea as of last night and this early morning.. I hate seeing my love like this PLEASE PLEASE help!!

Replied by Koala_t
(Twentynine Palms, California)

I have a long haired chihuahua who is currently staying with my inlaws.. They feed him chicken and beans every now and then along with his usual kibble. Just the other day we gave him a turkey leg to finish off and he's doing just fine as usual. I would say myself that it's safe but there maybe other dogs out there who just can't stomach it.

Replied by Ed
(San Diego, California)

I have a mini pincher/chihuahua mix. I boil chicken leg quarters, and give her small portion of chicken meat everyday as a supplement with her dog feed everyday. Never had a problem. These little dogs like mine will never stop eating if you keep giving them food all day. So just one good feeding for her a day.

Replied by Dharmah34
(Glace Bay, Nova Scotia (ns))

Hi, About the post stating that chicken & turkey can be toxic to small breeds, sorry I do not believe this maybe if you overfeed your small one alot of meat & I mean alot!! Or maybe the dog was alergic to chicken & turkey or another possibility the cooking area was not cleaned properly, the meat might not have been fully cooked, it could be many things that made the poor dog sick so please don't worry about it, I think we have enough to worry about when it comes to our beloved fur-kids I know I do & I am not alone. Akita Lover From Cape Breton

Replied by Eugene
(Sunnyvale, Ca)

Chicken toxic to dogs? Are you kidding? Dog are junk eaters by nature, so they eat what they find. If its edible, they would munch on it and let their digestive system deal with it. In short - chicken is not toxic to dogs, confirmed by a vet.

Replied by Sue
(Lighthouse Point, Fl)

Chicken & turkey toxic to small dogs?! That's ridiculous. I feed all 4 of my dogs a completely raw diet consisting of all types of raw meat including organ meat and bone. They get their share of chicken and turkey I can assure you. They are thriving!

Replied by Svenlovesflo
(Pittsburgh, Pa)

I have fed chicken to my 2 dogs... One a Jack Russell and the other a Tibetan terrier... For years they both ate chicken without any issues but a couple years ago, Flo my Jack Russell started getting bloody stools after having chicken. I am guessing that age may have something to do with that or she could have developed some kind of allergy... But for the 1st 14 years of her life chicken was good.

Boiled Chicken and Pumpkin Puree
Posted by Justin (Orlando, Florida) on 06/30/2008

I had one of my dogs at the ER VET Hospital at 4 AM in the morning. She had gone to the bathroom four times in the matter of an hour at the vets office. He ran up an expensive bill of blood work, examinations, and pricey prescriptions. My dog still had accidents in the house for the next 5 days. It wasn't until I found the remedy of 3 parts plain white rice to one part boiled mashed chicken (all fat removed) and 1 tablespoon (per 50 pound) of plain pumpkin puree (no additives). Fed in four small meals, with the pumpkin added. I saw results in one day it was amazing. Typical treatment is meant for the food to be given over 3 days. $1.50 compared to a $600 vet visit.

Boiled Chicken and Pumpkin Puree
Posted by Director, ARF ON (Ontario, Canada) on 08/30/2006

The dogs our group rescues are always emaciated, dehydrated and full of internal and external parasites. We have a difficult job every day, and an expensive one. So we have protocol in place for the most common issues w. the foster animals to help them feel better even before their vet visit.

Diahrea : - try boiling chicken, rinse off all the fat. Mix with boiled white rice. Feed small amounts to dog during day for three days. 3 parts boiled white rice to 1 part mashed chicken.
- plain, pureed pumpkin (not pumpkin pie filling) is one of the best things we've found for loose stool. Depending on dog's size : i.e. a 50 lb dog would take a tablespoon a day.

Replied by Pat
(Paris, Kentucky)

re: pumpkin for dogs with diarrhea, do you add the pumpkin with the cooked chicken and rice, if so how much or do you add it after it is all mixed up? My Daschund is 7 months old. Thank you.

EC: Some puppies might find pumpkin difficult to digest. We mix in (canned) pumpkin to our dogs' food every day -- about a teaspoon's worth. It's an amazing stool-firmer, that's for sure!

Replied by Mandy
(Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA)

With the rice, will any white rice do? I'm not much of a cook, so I have minute rice. Also, if the dog gets too much pumpkin will it have the reverse effect? Will she keep having the runs?

Replied by Sandy
(Warwick, Ri)

I have a 16 year old cat with multiple problems, one of which is pancreatitis. He is on a special diet of Hills Prescription Diet W/D can and dry food. I recently took him into the vet to be examined for worms etc. They feel he has IBS and gave me some medication that didn't work! I would like to try giving him this diet and I know the rice and Chicken are safe but what about the pumpkin or squash? Does anyone know?

Replied by Dedutch
(Johnson City, Texas)

Our cat had loose stool issues for a long time and finally I remembered reading about celiac disease in humans and a thought occurred to me. I read the ingredients in her food and found gluten and immediately removed gluten from her diet and within a few days she was normal. That was several years ago and she still is doing fine. Our dog has anal gland issues and so far the pumpkin seems to be working well for that.

Replied by Suzanne
(North Plainfield, Nj)

To Sandy about feline safety with pumpkin and squash. I regularly give my kitties pumpkin or zucchini mixed in with their organic raw food diet. They are very safe for cats. In fact, if a cat won't eat you can often get them to eat some canned pumpkin.

Replied by Meeasm
(S. Ontario, Canada)

To all cat owners (incl. 'Dedutch from Johnson City, Texas': I know this reply is long past your 2011 post and am very sorry 'bout that as this may no longer be relevant for you, however, in the event you may still have a cat, or for anyone else with a cat, be advised that according to many sources in books and online as well as a professional of my acquaintance who is a Veterinary Homeopath, veterinary homeopathy course-writer & turor and who chose to specialize in her homeopathy practise primarily with felines highly recommends pumpkin for cats so long as it's 100% PURE, plain, canned cooked pumpkin with absolutely NO spices nor preservatives. Her research into the medical literature revealed that cats actually have a greater dietary requirement for betacarotene than do dogs, something which pumpkin provides a good source of along with a species-appropriate source of fibre too:-)

Replied by Meeasm
(S. Ontario, Canada)

Further to my post with regards cats and pumpkin...

The following is excerpted and can be read in its entirety at the following URL....


"Pumpkin or Other Winter Squash – A traditional vet recommendation and a good one, plain unspiced canned pumpkin can help relieve either constipation or diarrhea as it normalizes the situation. The beneficial gut bacteria, when properly fed, are good at normalizing the bowel environment. Some cats report that Libby's plain canned pumpkin is the preferred brand but canned pumpkin does not agree with all cats. Baked winter squash can be fed and your cat may have preferences as to type of squash, or baby food winter squash can be used. Use small amounts mixed into several of the daily meals, a small amount being 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon. Then monitor the results...."

Replied by Adkrim
(Illinois, US)

the link to the recipe on your site is not working. It takes me to the reviews for the remedy. I have an older cat with severe diarrhea -- it's been almost a month now -- and nothing is helping him. How do I get the recipe?

EC: https://www.earthclinic.com/pets/diarrhea.html#bcpp   

Diarrhea : - try boiling chicken, rinse off all the fat. Mix with boiled white rice. Feed small amounts to dog during day for three days. 3 parts boiled white rice to 1 part mashed chicken.

Plain, pureed pumpkin (not pumpkin pie filling) is one of the best things we've found for loose stool. Depending on dog's size : i.e. a 50 lb dog would take a tablespoon a day.


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Posted by Kimi (San Diego, Ca) on 02/06/2011

Cayenne pepper pills cured my 5 yr. old, 85 lb. Border collie/Australian cattle dog mix of explosive, watery diarrhea in less than 20 minutes!! He has been regular since. Who knew? Brilliant website!!!

Replied by Dave
(Pittsburgh, Pa)

How many cayenne pills do you give your dog? I have an irish wolfhoud about 100lbs with diarrhea that comes and goes, I would like to try the cayenne pills. I looked on line and they have 500mg tablets, does it matter what type of cayenne, red or white powder and what brand to use?

Pam E.
(SouthWestern California)
127 posts

I don't recommend ever taking or giving Cayenne in either a tablet or a capsule. (I & a friend both experienced extreme burning where the capsules opened - it felt like a severe heart attack. Another friend had also had such a reaction & only found relief by drinking a huge glass of water to dilute it in! This would be torture for a dog! ) Instead, I would use powder sprinkle over & mix into some favorite food, for a pet!

Posted by June (Sheboygan Falls, WI) on 06/13/2008

Cayenne Pepper cured my Dog's Diarrhea: I read on your website that cayenne pepper sprinkled on some rice would help my dog's diarrhea. I cooked some plain white rice, sprinkled a small bit of cayenne pepper on it, and fed it to my 120 pound dog. He normally eats 2 cups of food twice daily. I started with one cup of rice at breakfast and one at supper the first day. Then 2 cups at each meal the second day. I noticed within 30 MINUTES, his stools were beginning to firm up and by the 3rd day he was back to himself! I never had to take him to the vet, this remedy saved me money, thank you so much Earth Clinic!

Replied by Kate
(Vancouver, Bc)

I have a 3 yr old Brussels griffon with major diarrhea past 2 days. She has also had problems with her anal glands $$$$$ so am concerned one will lead to another.

Willing to try pureed pumpkin and cayenne pepper. Will any cayenne pepper work? Like grocery store bulk? And how much of both would I give to a 12 lb dog? Thnx!! :-)

Replied by Teresa
(Edmonton, Canada)

Hope dog is better, sometimes reading all this help gets overwhelming when you're desperate, double check your info on pumpkin, I read that pumpkin is for help with constipation, even for humans, (I've read everything on this site as I'm dealing with dog cancer) I never came across the pumpkin for anything but that and cayenne? Could be an irritant to diarrhea. I've heard to use rice as food filler, rice starch water, stops it.

Replied by Caro
(Spokane, Washington, Usa)

Canned pumpkin is good for diarrhea OR constipation in pets (and people, so they say). The fiber absorbs moisture to help with the diarrhea and the fiber also helps with the constipation because it helps move everything through faster.

Posted by Vince (Philadelphia, PA) on 09/17/2006

A friend told me about cayenne for cuts and infections. I added salt to it, because that's what I used to use and I liked the taste with salt, and it has cured everything I have used it on. I even broke up completely blocked sinuses with the mix, squirting it in my nose. Go easy and dilute it a lot more than for gargling, since it is Hot, but it works SO fast, and the burn doesn't last very long.

I have used it on so many infections, and had a hound that had some chronic digestive problems. I had cured most of them with yogurt and tripe, but he still wasn't right. When he got diarreha and it was in to its 5th day and Nothing was working, I thought, maybe he had been harboring some bad bacteria all the yrs, and they increased. I had been giving him rice so mixed some cayenne in. It was a funny scene as he took a bite, shook his head, snorted, and walked around the yard, always coming back to eat more till he finished it. The next day his stools were firm!! I made up 2 capsules and gave them just to make sure the cayenne got into his intestines, but I don't think they were needed. His food sensitivities disapeared AND what had been a Very Skiddish animal after a bad scare when I first got him, and he had many before, became brave, and he became a normal, confident animal that I was always trying to create, and Believe Me, I am a Master at desensitizing scared animals, and in minutes, but this guy was a Real challenge. His problem was he never felt well enough to be bold, and he would go aggressive when he felt threatened.

Try cayenne And salt for Any and every infection, or what you think may be one. Boil it and drink it for urinary tract ones.


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Posted by Sp (Nashville, Tn) on 02/23/2010

When our lab had watery stool, we give him cheese and it seems to harden his stool. Within the next day, he is back to his old self. He loves the cheese.

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Posted by Dharmah34 (Glace Bay, Nova Scotia (ns)) on 03/04/2012

Hi, I have a 80lb 4 year old Akita that I adopted a year 1/2 ago, I am in the course of changing her diet from commercial brand dog foods to more natural brands one of the symtoms when changing your pets diet is diarrhea which she has as I am writing this post I am waiting for her chicken legs to cool off, now what I find great for my baby is white rice with some chicken, I start of by washing the chicken under cold running water, taking the skin of, then I boil 2 legs of chicken until it is well done, ( make sure your meat is cooked all the way)cool & add to your white rice, I give my kita 1 cup of rice with pieces of chicken in it, however tonight I am just going to take all the meat of the legs & put in with the pot of rice & feed her according.

It works great. I have pumkin which I have'nt tried because the rice& chicken work so well, I am very interested in the cayenne but have'nt used it yet but I hear it heals alot of ailments from cancer to diarrhea, it is even great for us humans. Give this a try & post how well it worked for me it was a mircle. You can use hamburger instead of chicken but make sure you boil it well pour into strainer rinse well under running water. Goodluck I am sure all will be fine. L. O. L from Akita Lover From Cape Breton

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Posted by Karen (Austin, Tx) on 08/26/2013

I use Living Clay - Detox Clay Powder to treat diarrhea with my dogs.

I take about a 1 tsp of clay powder and dissolve in 3-4 tbsp of water (puree consistency). Using a child's medicine spoon I pour the solution down the dogs throat. I tilt the dog's head back open its mouth and pour it in. Keep the dog's head back and stroke his/her throat to engage the swallowing reflex. Repeat for each loose stool, but be sure your pet is drinking plenty of water. You can add a pinch of salt to water to help them retain the water and want to drink more!

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