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How Fast Does Pumpkin Help a Dog with Diarrhea?

Give your dog relief in under 24 hours!

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Are you looking for a speedy remedy to help a dog with diarrhea?

If your puppy or adult dog is sick with a case of diarrhea, there are plenty of steps owners can take that will quicken their recovery. One great option is to feed them unsweetened, canned pumpkin – as recommended by our veterinarian team here at Senior Tail Waggers. Pumpkin can help your dog within 24 hours – although it depends on several factors as explained in this article.

Read on to discover how long you can expect to wait for pumpkin to alleviate your dog’s tummy troubles.

How Fast Does Pumpkin Help with Diarrhea?

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Naturally, when our dogs are sick, we want them to feel better ASAP. How quickly they recover from diarrhea depends upon a few factors:

  • The major determinant in how quickly a dog’s diarrhea resolves is the underlying cause. Cases of stress diarrhea or dietary indiscretion (eating something new or foreign) often will resolve on their own. Parasites, however, will need to be successfully treated to resolve the diarrhea.
  • How severity of the diarrhea.
  • How much pumpkin the dog is fed.

When considering giving canned pumpkin to your dog, keep in mind the dog’s size. The American Kennel Club (AKC) recommends adding between 1 and 4 tablespoons of pumpkin or pumpkin powder to a dog’s meal to see results within 24 hours.

But of course, exact amounts will vary based on a dog’s weight.

Here is an approximate breakdown:

  • 10 lb dog: 1 tsp
  • 20 lb dog: 2 tsp
  • 50 lb dog: 2-4 tsp
  • 100 lb. + dog: 2-5 tsp

Canned pumpkin may help get results within hours, but remember to be patient. It’s not a miracle cure! Nothing will magically be fixed within an hour or two. That’s because it takes time for a dog’s stomach acids to break down the pumpkin serving added to their food.

For a moderate case of diarrhea, your dog’s next poop might show some signs of improvement within 4 – 6 hours. However, 24 – 48 hours is a more reasonable timeframe to expect a full recovery. 

Don’t forget! If diarrhea lasts for longer than 2 or 3 days, a trip to the veterinarian’s office should be arranged. Canned pumpkin is great for diarrhea caused by diet changes, stress, and allergies. But parasites like roundworm, coccidia, and giardia require a proper diagnosis and treatment plan.

How to Feed Pumpkin to Your Dog to Help with Diarrhea

We suggest adding pumpkin to your dog’s meals for 24 to 48 hours (1-2 days). During this timeframe, pay close attention to your dog’s stools. Is there any improvement? Loose and watery stools should eventually firm up once the pumpkin effects start to take hold.

Canned pumpkin can be given alone, but it a good idea to simply mix it into the dog’s daily meals at feeding time

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Other Proven Tips for When Your Dog Has Diarrhea

Are you looking for even more ways to help your sick dog?

Here are four ideas.

  1. Withhold food for 6 hours

This will give a dog’s stomach a much-needed opportunity to settle and calm down.

2. Offer a bland diet

Garbage, rotten food, something in the backyard: dogs often get diarrhea from eating something bad. Bland foods like boiled chicken and white rice both help with diarrhea.

3. Consider over the counter medications.

Mild diarrhea can be treated with Immodium, which are generally safe to give a dog. Call and ask your veterinarian if you want to try Immodium (always talk to your vet before giving your dog any new medication). PeptoBismol and Kaeopectate should not be given to dogs (or cats) as they contain salyicylates that can have side effects similar to aspirin.

4. Probiotics

Gastrointestinal diseases often result in harmful bacteria forming in a dog’s intestine. An easy solution is to replace these nasty bacteria with probiotics.

And there you have it, pet parents!

For more information on dog diarrhea causes, symptoms, and treatments, please read:
Dog with Diarrhea But Acting Normal: 8 Easy Tips from a Vet


  • Jason is a pet specialized writer who works with our veterinarian team ( to write in-depth articles about pet health and behaviors.

Disclaimer: This website's content is not meant to be a substitute for veterinary care, diagnosis, or treatment. Always consult with your veterinarian to determine the best course of action. Read More.

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