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Helping Dogs with Chronic Diarrhea

Chronic diarrhea in dogs can be a frustrating and worrying issue for both pets and their owners. Unlike occasional digestive upset, chronic diarrhea persists over a longer period, impacting your dog's overall health and quality of life. While there can be various underlying causes, such as infections, allergies, or more serious health conditions, diet often plays a crucial role in managing and alleviating symptoms. One effective dietary approach is incorporating dog food that contains fiber and prebiotics. Here’s how these components can help.


Understanding Chronic Diarrhea in Dogs

Chronic diarrhea is typically defined as diarrhea that lasts for more than a few weeks. Symptoms can include

  • frequent loose stools,
  • weight loss,
  • dehydration, and
  • lethargy.

It's essential to consult with a veterinarian to rule out underlying health conditions and receive a proper diagnosis. Once other serious conditions are excluded, dietary modifications can significantly improve your dog's digestive health.


The Benefits of Fiber in Dog Food

Fiber is an essential component of a dog’s diet, playing a crucial role in maintaining digestive health. There are two types of fiber: soluble and insoluble.

  1. Soluble Fiber: This type dissolves in water and forms a gel-like substance in the intestines. It can help slow down the passage of food, allowing for better nutrient absorption and providing a firmer stool.
  2. Insoluble Fiber: This type does not dissolve in water. Instead, it adds bulk to the stool and helps food pass more quickly through the digestive system, which can prevent constipation and maintain regular bowel movements.

For dogs with chronic diarrhea, a balanced amount of fiber can help regulate their digestive system, leading to more consistent and formed stools. Sources of fiber in dog food include beet pulp, flaxseed, pumpkin and insect protein.


The Role of Prebiotics

Prebiotics are a type of dietary fiber that feeds the beneficial bacteria in the gut. Unlike probiotics, which are live bacteria, prebiotics promote the growth and activity of healthy gut flora, creating an optimal environment for digestion.

  1. Improved Gut Health: Prebiotics, such as inulin, chitin and fructooligosaccharides (FOS), help maintain a balanced gut microbiome. This balance is essential for preventing overgrowth of harmful bacteria that can cause digestive issues.
  2. Enhanced Nutrient Absorption: By supporting a healthy gut environment, prebiotics can improve the absorption of nutrients, ensuring your dog gets the maximum benefit from their food.
  3. Strengthened Immune System: A healthy gut contributes to a strong immune system, helping your dog fight off infections and other illnesses more effectively.


Choosing the Right Dog Food

When selecting a dog food to help manage chronic diarrhea, look for the following key ingredients:

  • High-Quality Fiber Sources: Ingredients like beet pulp, pumpkin, flaxseed and insect protein are excellent sources of fiber.
  • Prebiotics: Look for dog food that includes prebiotics such as inulin, chitin or chicory root.
  • Limited Ingredient Diets: Sometimes, fewer ingredients can reduce the risk of allergies or intolerances that might contribute to chronic diarrhea.
  • High Digestibility: Opt for dog food formulas that are easily digestible, which can reduce the strain on your dog's digestive system.

Jiminy’s Cravin’ Cricket and Good Grub Dog Foods are a great choice for helping to manage this type of gut issue.  The insect protein is a natural source of fiber (specifically chitin).  Studies show that the fiber in the insect protein supports gut microbiome diversity and separately that the insect protein is highly digestible for our dogs. The result of feeding this food is a healthy dog with easy to pick up, solid poop.


treat dog diarrhea with Jiminy's Dog Food


Transitioning to a New Diet

When introducing a new dog food, it’s important to transition gradually. Sudden changes can exacerbate digestive issues. Start by mixing a small amount of the new food with your dog's current food, gradually increasing the proportion over a week or two until they are eating only the new food. For more on transitioning your dog's food see our blog post on this very important topic.


Monitoring and Adjustments

Monitor your dog's response to the new diet closely. Look for improvements in stool consistency, overall energy levels, and weight. Keep in touch with your veterinarian to ensure the dietary changes are having the desired effect and make any necessary adjustments.



Chronic diarrhea in dogs is a challenging condition, but with the right dietary adjustments, you can help manage and alleviate your pet's symptoms. Dog food rich in fiber and prebiotics, like Jiminy’s Cravin’ Cricket and Good Grub, offers a promising solution by promoting digestive health, enhancing nutrient absorption, and supporting a balanced gut microbiome. Always consult with your veterinarian before making any significant changes to your dog's diet to ensure the best possible outcome for your furry friend.