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Cannon Butt aka Diarrhea

By Inges Blevens 

Edited by Emily Hendren      

There are many reasons for diarrhea in a dog or cat. Some are due to picking up a virus, but most are related to eating some thing that does not agree with their digestive tract. One of the most common reasons for beginners to Raw are, feeding too much variety too soon and/or rushing organ meat. Detox from kibble is also a culprit of the cause. Before we jump into remedies, here are some First Steps to the approach of “fixing” it.


Kibble detox: Let it be! When first switching to a raw diet you dog or cat will experience a detox phase and during such can have diarrhea. This stuff needs to work it's way out and the poo will firm up once you start adding bone.

Too Much TOO SOON!: Switching to raw can be a very exciting thing to do but please be sure to follow the guides step by step. Feeding too much too soon: especially rushing into the organ stage WILL cause diarrhea. Remember, slow and steady wins the race. 

Is there a medical condition? Bacterial or otherwise?: Always seek your Vets advice for any medical condition! Feed bland food like green tripe, chicken, and some broth to help sooth the tummy while it's healing. 


The recommendation of fasting for diarrhea is now outdated: if the runs are caused by something viral or bacterial not feeding slows down peristalsis and everything grounds to a halt, meaning the bugs just fester and reproduce in the GI tract potentially prolonging the issue. Although it's "crap" when dealing with sloppy poos it's better to keep feeding bland stuff little and often to keep stuff moving and flush any nastiness out.

Let's talk Remedies

The first “Remedy” I'd like to address is the so highly praised Pumpkin. While pumpkin will, in some cases loosen the poo, it will also firm the poo up. The result is, it will mask the problem, not address it. It will even prolong the problem, as the sugar in the pumpkin will slow down the expelling of the toxins from the GI tract and stress the GI tract, as well as feed yeast problems and cancer. The same goes for the highly praised Rice.

What Does Work:

Checking your Bone and Offal content The first step should be to revisit the percent of the Bone ratio you are feeding. Are you feeding enough bone? Some dogs need a slightly higher amount than 10%, or we might have underestimated how much 10% are. The same holds true for the Offal. It is easy to feed too much too early.

Slippery Elm


Slippery Elm is safe for Cats and Dogs! Many have found making a tea or paste of Slippery Elm and infusing it (either by mixing in food, or giving it by syringe in to mouth) will help calm the tummy and digestive tract by soothing inflammation while giving vital nutrients. Slippery Elm may absorb some medications, meds need to be given about 1-2 hrs before dosing with Syrup or Paste.



Give a dose 30 to 60 minutes before, or with meals, to provide coating protection Give a half capsule or a half to 1 teaspoon of syrup (2.5 to 5 ml) per 15 pounds of your pet’s body weight.

For long term problems like IBS dose 3-4 times a day with or after meals, especially give 1 dose before bed time to let it work its magic overnight. Slippery Elm Paste Give 100 milligrams per 10 pounds, mixed with cold water. Slippery elm powder is very absorbent and will soak up many times its own weight in water, so be sure to add enough to make a paste. It has a mild, slightly sweet taste and is usually well tolerated by cats and dogs when mixed with food. You can also give it by syringe or eyedropper.


Slippery Elm Syrup


1/2 cup cold water and 3/4 teaspoon powdered slippery elm bark in a small pan. Mix well, to break up clumps. Simmer on low heat, stirring constantly, for 1 or 2 minutes or until slightly thickened to a syrup or molasses consistency. Cool and refrigerate for up to 7 days. Ready made syrups are also available on line. Home made Electrolyte Solution Ingredients: Six (6) level teaspoons of Sugar. Half (1/2) level teaspoon of Salt. One Liter (1 quart) of clean drinking or boiled water and then cooled - 5 cupfuls (each cup about 200 ml.)

** Disclaimer-This article is for informational purposes only. Should you have any medical concern speak with your vet.**

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