Dog owners know the drill. You’re out walking your dog with the poop bag readily available to do the being-a-good-neighbor due diligence poopy retrieval. You go in for the grab and what do you see? Runny dog poop! Should you be worried about the runny situation? Will Fido wake you in the middle of the night with an emergency? Let’s hope not. Here’s what you need to know about runny dog poop.

6 things to do when your dog has runny poop:

1. Assess the situation

Diarrhea in dogs can be a sticky situation, literally. Loose stools are no fun. But when should you worry? Look at the other symptoms that might accompany this runny poop. Is there a loss of appetite? Are there signs of dehydration in your dog? You can even do the elasticity of the skin pinch test. Take all things into consideration and follow your instincts.    

2. Try white rice and chicken

Sometimes all it takes to make the tummy feel better is to offer a diet of chicken and white rice. Don’t forget to include plenty of fresh water along with his or her meal. Trying this home remedy could be exactly what your pet needs for his runny poop.

3. Become a poop expert

What is your dog’s poop telling you? Did you know that veterinarians sometimes use a stool scale to determine what the dog’s poop should or should not look like? Take a look at it in the article from PetMD about how to stop diarrhea in dogs. As yucky as it sounds, you might need to do some investigating. Does your dog normally have runny poop? Is he going to the bathroom more frequently than usual? Having a routine and knowing your pet’s patterns can help with moments of panic.

4. Wait 24 hours

Sometimes all it takes is a little bit of time. Just like humans, the things we eat can affect the way we feel and what we pass. There’s always a chance that your dog got into something he or she shouldn’t have. Perhaps you decided to try new treats and they are not agreeing with him. There can be many underlying issues. You should not ignore the signs, of course, but understand that in some cases time is all your dog might need to stop having runny poop. 

5. Know the symptoms and treatments

The health and well-being of your dog are important. Your dog’s health is your top priority. It’s not a bad idea to know the symptoms and treatments of something more serious like heat stroke or dehydration. Caring for your pet is an important job. Sometimes simply being informed is all it takes to feel better about a situation.

6. Call a veterinarian

When is it time to call a veterinarian if you spot runny dog poop? Is your dog in need of pet medication? These are both important questions to think about. If you suspect a problem after 24 hours or if you see any other concerning signs or symptoms, a call to the vet might be a good idea. Start with a phone call and go from there. A medical professional may be able to offer ideas or solutions right over the phone. Every dog is different. If your dog is acting abnormally, there’s never a bad time to call in for help.

According to Pet Health Network, if the symptoms persist past a few days, actually worsen, or if your dog’s general attitude, energy, or appetite diminish, it’s time to see a veterinarian.

How to deal with the aftermath of watery diarrhea in your home or yard?

It’s inevitable. Most dogs end up having accidents on the floor from time to time. Loose stools happen! How can you get rid of the poo without leaving a stain behind?

Get rid of soft stool stains on the carpet

According to an article published by PetMD, one expert suggests scraping up as much of the feces as you can, and then allowing it to dry out overnight:

The next day, scrape up again and use a solution of 2-3 drops of dish soap, 3 oz. of white vinegar and 16 oz. water. Pour the solution directly onto the stain and allow it to sit for three minutes before laying a folded towel on top and blotting as needed. You might need to repeat the solution another time to ensure that the spot is lifted, and then use a dry towel to blot the area dry. (PetMD – How to Clean up Dog Poop)

Leftover runny poop in the yard

To leave it or take care of it, that is the question. Runny poop in the yard can be obnoxious when you’re playing outside with the kids or walking around the yard. Stepping in a leftover pile is about the last thing you want while trying to enjoy the outdoors. If your dog has runny poop, get as much as you can with the poop bag. After that, take a large cup of water and pour it over the leftovers until it’s gone. It’s about that easy. You can also blot it with a paper towel, but maybe not. You can decide on that one!  

To recap, runny poop can mean many things. It can be short-lived or something more serious. Know the signs of something more serious like dehydration or stroke. Continue to monitor your pet for the next 24 hours after you spot the runny stool. Don’t forget to hydrate your pet and try the chicken and white rice combination. If your dog refuses to eat or drink, call a veterinarian as soon as possible. 

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