The classic is making its comeback: Moro carrot soup for dogs is 100% natural and alleviates gastrointestinal discomfort. But how exactly does the good old carrot manage to support the healing process? In which cases does it make sense to use it and where are the limits? You can read all of this and the recipe in this Pettime guide article.
Moro Carrot Soup for the Dog in Brief
- Moro carrot soup for dogs is an alternative remedy for bacterial and parasitic diarrhea.
- It cleanses the intestines and thus supports the healing process in gastrointestinal infections.
- If you have severe diarrhea, the soup is no substitute for going to the vet.
The carrot soup has been shown to help with diarrhea – both in dogs and in humans. It was developed in 1908 by Professor Ernst Moro. At the time, the death rate among children with severe diarrhea was worryingly high. The head of the children’s clinic in Heidelberg recommended the special carrot soup for relief with a groundbreaking result: many sick children were able to recover. But what is special about the local vegetables?
The secret of the soup is in a special sugar molecule. The soup is simmered for an hour and a half at a low temperature. The long preparation time is crucial:
Oligosaccharides are created during cooking – the real heroes of Moro’s carrot soup.
Oligosaccharides are carbohydrates that consist of different or several identical monosaccharides. The sugar molecules adhere to the intestinal wall. The purpose of this coating is to ensure that bacteria lose their docking station on the intestine. Bacteria or parasites – such as Giardia – are left to be excreted naturally. Dog owners who bar their four-legged friends know how to puree fruit and vegetables. Again, it is important to chop the cooked carrots as finely as possible. This enables the oligosaccharides to adhere better to the intestinal wall.
Moro Carrot Soup
- 500 g of peeled carrots;
- 1 liter of water;
- a pinch of salt.
- Peel the carrots, cut off the ends and cut into small pieces.
- Bring the water to a boil and add the carrots.
- First, bring to boil briefly at a high temperature.
- Then simmer at a low temperature for about 90 minutes, topping up with water if necessary.
- It is essential to adhere to the cooking time – this releases the oligogalacturonic acids.
- After the cooking time, put the vegetable juice in a separate bowl.
- Use a hand blender or Thermomix to puree the soft-boiled carrots to a creamy mass. If nothing is on hand, carefully mash with a fork or potato masher.
- Add vegetable juice to the pureed carrots.
- Add salt and stir everything together.
- Let cool to room temperature and serve a small amount (see next paragraph).
Moro Soup – Dosage
The four-legged friend should be given the soup in small portions about 3-4 times throughout the day. For small dogs, a daily ration of 0.1-0.25 liters is sufficient. The amount is correspondingly higher for larger dogs. For one day, the soup can serve as a substitute for food. There is also the option of giving the dog the carrot soup half an hour before each meal.
Moro Carrot Soup – Use
Basically, carrot soup can always be given for acute, bacterial, and parasitic diarrhea. It has no side effects. For dogs with kidney disease, however, you should ask your vet whether adding salt could lead to health problems. An antibiotic is often given for acute diarrhea. The problem with this is that antibiotics attack the intestinal flora and the gastric mucosa. Therefore, the antibiotic should never be given lightly. In harmless cases of diarrhea, a day of fasting, light food, or Moro’s carrot soup with its antibiotic effect often helps. Often the next day there is a significant improvement and the dog’s stool becomes firmer again.
Moro Carrot Soup – Where are the Limits?
With all the good aspects of alternative medicine, one thing should not be overlooked: Diarrheal diseases can also have serious causes. Since the soup with its special sugar molecules only helps with bacterial or parasitic diarrhea, it loses its healing effect with other causes. You can read more about possible causes of diarrhea in our advice article “Diarrhea in dogs”.
If the diarrhea is accompanied by blood in the stool, fever, or pain, a visit to the vet is inevitable.
Special attention is also paid to puppies, senior dogs, and sick dogs. If these four-legged friends drop watery excrement, the Moroz carrot soup can have an accompanying effect. However, dog owners should not hesitate long and have the cause clarified by a veterinarian.
Moro Carrot Soup for Dogs – Helpful Tips
- The unexpected often happens: diarrhea usually appears suddenly. Preferably just before going to bed or on a Sunday or public holiday. Dog owners rarely have a pound of carrots on hand. It is therefore advisable to prepare the soup in advance and freeze it in the freezer. So dog owners are always prepared and can guarantee a first-aid measure in the event of diarrhea.
- Depending on your preferences, you can refine the carrot soup with chicken. Cut the meat into small pieces and simply add to the soup at the end of the cooking time and blend in with it. Chicken is lean and the taste increases the acceptance of the four-legged friend.
- Diarrhea causes an enormous loss of fluids. It is therefore important to always offer the dog fresh water in addition to the carrot soup and, if necessary, encourage them to drink.