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Navigating Through Stress Diarrhea: A Guide to Feeding Your Puppy a Bland Diet

Stress diarrhea in puppies is a common issue that can occur due to various changes in their environment or routine. One effective strategy to combat this issue is to feed your puppy a bland diet. This article provides an easy step-by-step guide on how to do so.

Step 1: Preparing the Bland Meal

Begin with cooking skinless chicken breast. This can be done either by boiling or using an Instapot, depending on your preference. Once cooked, shred the chicken into small, digestible pieces. The goal here is to provide a low-fat protein source.

Simultaneously, prepare some plain white rice. Instant rice is an ideal choice due to its ease of preparation.

Mix the cooked chicken and rice in equal proportions to form the main component of your puppy's bland diet.

Step 2: Serving the Bland Diet

Serve this simple chicken and rice mixture in the same quantity as the puppy's regular kibble. To make it more appealing, consider warming the mixture slightly in the microwave before serving.

It's also possible to prepare large batches of this mixture and freeze them in portion-sized zip lock bags. This way, you'll always have a ready meal for your puppy, making the process more convenient.

Step 3: Monitoring and Hydration

Keep a close eye on your puppy's condition as you begin this new diet. If there's no sign of improvement within 48 hours or the condition worsens, consult your vet immediately.

Also, remember to keep your puppy well-hydrated. Diarrhea can cause significant fluid loss, and clean, fresh water should be readily available at all times.

Step 4: Transitioning Back to Regular Food

After five days on the bland diet, it's time to gradually reintroduce your puppy's regular food. Mix a small amount of the regular diet with the bland food initially, and gradually increase the proportion of regular food over a few days.


Feeding your puppy a bland diet is an effective strategy to manage stress diarrhea. However, it's crucial to ensure this approach is supplemented by regular vet check-ups and monitoring. If your puppy frequently suffers from stress diarrhea, it's important to identify and mitigate the source of the stress. Always remember, a stress-free and healthy puppy is a joyful companion.

I hope your puppy is feeling better very soon.

Written with love,


Founder of Down Home Doodle

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