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.

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  1. jim
    fairview heights ill

    Thanks for the information on coconut. Jim

  2. Nancy B.

    My dogs go ape over coconut macaroons like no other food they are ever given. I will give them a few small bites whenever I take one for myself (yes, yes, not good). Since I sometimes do that for other healthy snacks I might have such as apples or carrots and the occasional not so healthy snacks, I can verify their reaction. They dance unbidden and bounce and bark and put on a circus-level show–only for coconut macaroons.
    I have a toy and miniature poodle–their bowels have never been impacted negatively; they’re always nice and firm. I’ve been cooking their food for them for years and the macaroons have become a lovely little *occasional* treat.

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