Q. Last summer we visited my brother with Mocha, my Pekingese. The day we were supposed to leave, he had diarrhea. We were not looking forward to a 200-mile trip with a sick dog!
My sister-in-law said she had heard that coconut would stop the diarrhea. I just put some in my hand and let him eat it and he was fine the whole way home.
Then my daughter brought her two Pekingese to my house. One was very sick. A few days later, he was not much better even after the medication the vet ordered. I told my son-in-law about the coconut, the dog ate some from his hand and she was well from then on.
A. Other readers have found coconut or pumpkin helpful in battling diarrhea in dogs. We see this as a “first-resort” or stop-gap measure rather than as a substitute for veterinarian-prescribed medication.