When your dog has diarrhea, the only thing on your mind is finding a way to make it stop. You feel bad for your dog, your dog feels like they are doing something wrong but cannot control themself, and your surroundings are getting riddled with stains. Ugh!!

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The first step is to assess what’s triggering the diarrhea. If you can identify the cause as a temporary situation – eating something from the garbage, a disruption of good bacteria in the gut after a round of antibiotics, jangled nerves from a long car ride or stress from participating in competitive events – then you can probably try some home care before going to the vet. But if those efforts don’t seem to be working, it’s important to get to your veterinarian as soon as possible.

If the diarrhea does appear to be temporary, you can start a bland diet for sick dogs for a few days while his digestive system settles down and heals. But you still may be looking to get on top of the diarrhea during this healing process.

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Human over-the-counter remedies may look like the answer, but not all are safe for animals. A much better option is a fast-acting probiotic supplement in gel form, such as Ready Balance from Under the Weather®. These oral supplements are designed to maintain a healthy digestive system by introducing the proper bacterial balance into the lower intestines. One or two doses have been shown to stop diarrhea in its tracks.

Ready Balance is a stabilized source of six strains of beneficial bacteria, along with a prebiotic and vitamins in a highly palatable gel base. The product also helps maintain a normal appetite, nutrient absorption, and a healthy pH level in the gut. The product comes in a dial-a-dose tube to ensure your dog gets the right amount of product, with easy-to-calculate instructions for every size dog.

If acute diarrhea is present, you need something super fast-acting. Diarrhea can quickly lead to dehydration, so treating promptly with a vet-formulated Anti-Diarrhea Liquid is recommended. This will help to reduce gas and diarrhea by absorbing bacteria and toxins from the intestinal tract to quickly firm your dog’s stool.

As a dog owner, you know it’s only a matter of time before your dog will develop a bout of diarrhea, so why not be prepared? The nice thing about all 3 of these products is that they are easy to store in the pantry so you can be armed and ready for the next time your dog is Under the Weather. 

This blog is brought to you by Under the Weather®, makers of award-winning freeze-dried bland diets and Ready Balance, a fast-acting probiotic gel. Both products won the Industry Recognition Award by Pet Business magazine in recognition of being innovative products driving growth in pet specialty stores. All our products are manufactured in the U.S.A.

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If you suspect your pet is sick, call your vet immediately. For health-related questions, always consult your veterinarian, as they have examined your pet, know the pet's health history, and can make the best recommendations for your pet.