Does Chicken Help Dogs with Diarrhea? (Solved & Explained!)

As a binding agent, boiled chicken can be beneficial to dogs with sudden, unexplainable diarrhea. If not coupled with further complications, such as vomiting or bleeding, you can begin a bland diet at home that can help regulate a dog’s GI tract and make stool firm again in two to three days.

There is more to assessing when it is best for this course of action, and exactly how you should go about doing it. Each aspect of this will be discussed in the remainder of the article–ensuring that you’re doing the best you can for your canine family member in their time of need.

Is it Safe to Feed Them Chicken?

Most dog food includes chicken as it is a great source of proteins, vitamins, and minerals that your dog needs while still being gentle on sensitive stomachs. While you may think bland, plain chicken isn’t much, your dog’s stomach will thank you.

What Type of Chicken Should You Use?

Plain, boiled chicken that is skinless and trimmed of all fat will be best for this dish. Feeding your dog raw or undercooked chicken can add to their problems instead of helping them, so be sure you cook it thoroughly.

How Should You Prepare Chicken for Your Dog?

Boiling the chicken is best, as it will remove any variable that could come from grilling or frying the chicken in oil. Simply boil it in a medium size pot of plain water until completely cooked (roughly 12 minutes), and shred. Wait for the chicken to be fully cooled before you serve it to them.

Should You Use Rice with Chicken?

The combination of chicken and rice is a common go-to when treating stomach upsets in dogs. Rice acts as a binding agent and can help to create firm stool in your dog. If you’re going to use chicken in a bland diet for your dog, add rice as well for additional support.

But Aren’t Grains Bad for Dogs?

Since 2018 the FDA’s Center for Veterinary Medicine, and Veterinary Laboratory Investigation and Response Network have found evidence linking grain free diets to canine dilated cardiomyopathy. The fad of grain-free diets has begun to result in heart conditions in dogs, so steer clear of this train of thought.

“Canine Dilated Cardiomyopathy”? What Does That Mean?

DCM is a disease of the heart in dogs that results in an enlarged heart. This makes it harder for the heart to pump and valves may leak, causing fluid build up in the chest and abdomen (which is congestive heart failure). Needless to say this can be life-threatening for them, so be sure to discuss any grain-free food with your vet.

How Much Chicken and Rice Do You Feed Your Dog?

The rice and chicken is a two to one ratio, which means that if your dog gets one cup of food, ⅔ cups will be rice and  ⅓ cups will be chicken. It’s best to feed them 2-3 smaller meals throughout the day and observe how your dog is doing, instead of feeding them larger meals. This will help prevent some dogs from overeating when they are experiencing GI upset.

What About Giving Them Treats?

The idea behind giving a dog chicken for diarrhea is to encourage a bland diet. It can be difficult to pin down the causes of diarrhea from home; so to help you, keep the diet strictly chicken (or chicken and rice) and then slowly reintroduce elements of their original diet. You want to wait about 2 days after symptoms disappear to start adding back their other foods.

Should You Keep Your Dog on This Diet?

While good for your dog in the short term, continuing on a bland diet for life should only be prescribed by a veterinarian. Many prescription foods exist for dogs with IBS and related issues that will be better for your dog in the long run than just a diet of chicken and rice.

What Else Can You Use Besides Chicken?

Some good alternatives include: probiotics, yogurt, peeled boiled potatoes, cottage cheese, eggs with no oil, canned pumpkin, and specialty dog food can help as well. Keep the flavors as plain as possible to help prevent any further upset to their stomach.

What About Human Medication to Help the Diarrhea Instead?

Dogs can take a certain amount of pepcid; however do not give this to your pet without consulting a veterinarian. Your vet will know exactly how much your dog should be given and for how long before your pet should absolutely be seen.

Your Dog’s Monthly Preventions Can Also Help!

It is always important to keep your dog on a preventative; but many also include dewormers for common gastrointestinal parasites that can cause diarrhea. Ensuring that your dog is kept on preventatives will help to stop diarrhea causes before they begin.

What Caused Your Dog’s Diarrhea in the First Place?

There are a number of different reasons that can cause diarrhea in dogs, including, but not limited to: pancreatitis, gastrointestinal parasites, allergies, kidney or liver disease, anxiety, viral or bacterial infections, ingesting toxins, or a change in diet. It is best to seek a veterinarian for the precise cause.

Pancreatitis is a Common Cause–Especially After Thanksgiving!

If your dog’s diarrhea has begun a day or two after relatives were over feeding them table scraps, it is likely pancreatitis. Pancreatitis is an inflammation of the pancreas and is one of the more dangerous causes. If this diarrhea is happening around a similar holiday, consider calling your vet immediately as it can be life-threatening.

When Do You Go to the Vet?

In an ideal world, you would always go to the vet; but we all know that sometimes that can’t happen for many reasons. If the diarrhea goes on for multiple days, is coupled with vomiting or blood, or if your dog has an underlying condition, seek the help of a veterinarian. When you go, be sure to bring a stool sample with you to help rule out any gastrointestinal parasites.