There are some lucky pet parents who only have to deal with this in their yards while others have to deal with accidents in the home. While your dog may not mean to have an accident in the house, it is important to know how to handle dog diarrhea.
Get Your Dog Outside Right Away
Once you notice the diarrhea you want to get your dog outside. They may have more coming or may have been trying to hold some of it in. If you have come home to diarrhea in your home and it has been sitting for awhile you may not think this is important but it still is. Most dogs, like people, will have more than one bout of diarrhea. This can help to save your floors the mess and you on the cleanup process.
Grab the Paper Towels and a Trash Bag
The next thing you want to do is start cleaning the mess. Clean it as soon as possible to help lessen the chances of stains setting in. It is a good idea to put on gloves before starting this just so you do not contaminate yourself with any bacteria.
Use the paper towels to pick up any solid pieces. From there you will want to use the paper towels to absorb the liquid parts. If you have carpets you need to remember to blot rather than rubbing. This is because rubbing can cause the stain to set in where blotting does not contribute and some say it can help to lift the particles, reducing the chances of a stain.
Clean the Area
Next head to your cleaning products and grab a product to clean the area. Do not focus on the stain aspect yet as you may find that cleaning may get rid of any stain. Also, you want to make sure you get rid of any contaminants so the area is safe for your family.
The type of cleaner you use will be dependent on the surface the diarrhea is on. Wood floors have very few cleaners that are safe to use. With carpet you need to go with a product that will not damage the surface, such as causing fading. Vinyl and tile floors are generally very versatile in the types of cleaners that can be used.
If you notice a stain after you have cleaned, then you will want to address this right away. It is best to go with a product that is designed to handle pet stains.
Dealing with the Smell
Even if you thoroughly clean the area, chances are there will be some sort of smell left behind. There are different pet air fresheners and carpet fresheners that you can use to help you keep the area smelling good.
You will find that the smell dissipates over time. If it persists then you should clean the area again as it could indicate that you did not clean everything the first time around.
Handling the Diarrhea
Just because you cleaned the mess does not mean the job is done. You need to figure out what was causing the diarrhea as well as what you should do about it. The truth is there are many causes and it could simply be something minor.
The best thing to do is give your dog plenty of water to keep them from becoming dehydrated. You should also cook them boiled or baked chicken (no seasoning) and white rice. This will help treat the diarrhea.
It is also a good idea to take your dog outside to go to the bathroom frequently. This can help to save you from dealing with more diarrhea to clean up. Some people think putting a diaper on their dog will solve the problem but the truth is that this will mean you need to bathe your dog more frequently as the diarrhea will be in their fur and may come out around their diaper.
If your dog continues to have diarrhea for more than 48 hours or starts vomiting or has other side effects, such as blood in the diarrhea, then you need to see the vet. This could indicate serious issues that need to be dealt with promptly.