What to Feed a Dog with an Upset Stomach

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Whenever you have an upset stomach, you probably reach out for crackers or ginger ale to settle your tummy. But does this also apply to dogs with upset tummies? Well, it’s different with dogs. 

In many cases, a dog will eat grass to clean out its digestive system. This is a natural way of curing an upset stomach. However, this trick doesn’t always work because he may not be in the right mood to eat grass. When this is the case, what should you do to manage your dog’s upset stomach?

Sign of an Upset Stomach in Dogs

Vomiting and diarrhea are the most common signs of an upset stomach in dogs. However, there are others that should guide your judgement including:

Should you notice any of these symptoms, keep a careful watch on your dog and if no improvement is observed within 24 hours consult your vet.

Common Causes of an Upset Stomach in Dogs

There are many reasons why your dog may be displaying signs of discomfort, and it is difficult to narrow it down to a single cause. However, there are some common notorious culprits that lead to an upset stomach in dogs including:

1. Changes in Diet

Most dogs are not selective eaters, meaning they consume anything given to them. The problem with this habit is that sometimes it can lead to tummy problems. The gut of some dogs are more sensitive than others, and tummy aches can be experienced once a new diet is introduced. It is important that you first mix the old and the new diet in small proportions then slowly begin to phase out the old one.

2. Too Quick or Slow Feeding

Your dog could easily get sick from eating too quickly or too slowly. Dogs also tend to overeat, which can create problems later. He might also eat non-food items such as plastic. Foreign objects in the gut of your pet can cause serious gastrointestinal issues.

3. Stress and Anxiety

Just like humans, dogs also get anxious and stressed. This can create tummy problems once the balance of bacteria is rocked, triggering diarrhea and vomiting.

4. Dehydration

Your dog can at times become dehydrated. It is a common scenario among pups especially because their bodies are small. This may be due to a bout of diarrhea. Do a skin pinch test on your pup if you suspect he is dehydrated. If the skin remains in the pinched position for a few seconds, it means he is dehydrated.

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Home Remedies for your Dog’s Upset Stomach

Before rushing him to the doctor, there are a few things you can do to control the situation. Here is a list of some of the best home remedies.

1. Keep your Pet Hydrated

Hydration at all times is a very crucial thing to observe especially if your pup is also experiencing diarrhea or vomiting. If he has diarrhea or is vomiting, dehydration may be experienced due to large bouts of water lost through the excretion. Be careful to also include vitamins and electrolytes alongside of water to retain fluids. 

Pedialyte mixture can help prevent dehydration. Because your dog is likely to resist anything you feed him, you are going to need a syringe and a towel.  Notice that dog dehydration can graduate to severe heights leading to organ failure and even death. Should you try hydrating your dog and notice little to no change, rush him to the vet for treatment.

2. Check the Temperature

Use a rectal thermometer to get the temperature of your pet. Rectal thermometer is recommended because it gives the most accurate readings. The normal temperature of your doggy should be about 101.5 degrees F. If the readings show 102 degrees or above, this is considered a fever and should be checked by a vet. If it is lower than 99 degrees, consider this an emergency and take your pup to the vet immediately.

3. DiarRice

Did you know that rice is a natural remedy for an upset stomach in humans? Well, unfortunately in dogs it can worsen the situation because it is not easy for them to digest. 

DiarRice is a perfect alternative, a recipe based probiotic with the same soothing qualities of the normal rice. It tastes like chicken and is easily digestible. Mix it with wet or dry food and feed him. This should give immediate results, so if you do not see any changes within a short period, seek medical attention.

4. Probiotics

Does your dog suffer from chronic digestive problems? If so, probiotics could help. Probiotics [1] designed for dogs work in the same way as those meant for humans. These formulas are packed with gut-friendly bacteria which are naturally found in the digestive tract as well as other body parts. They should help in maintaining a good level of healthy bacteria, boost immunity, and prevent gastrointestinal problems.

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Natural Remedy for a Dog’s Upset Stomach

You might want to skip medications for your dog’s upset stomach. If you decide to skip them, there are several natural treatments that can work. Before feeding them to your dog, it is important that you first check with your vet to make sure they are safe for consumption. These may include:

  • Rice with boiled chicken: About 4 ounces of chicken and a half would be a great start.
  • Banana baby food and pumpkin: Pumpkin is high in fiber and is loaded with antioxidants meaning it can solve bowel issues. Bananas have many nutrients including vitamin C and potassium. They can boost the immunity of your dog, offer essential electrolytes to prevent dehydration, and stop the growth of bacteria.
  • Plain unsweetened yogurt: Yogurt is loaded with probiotics which can be soothing to the gut. It can also help the intestinal flora of your dog. Ensure the yogurt is plain because sweeteners can harm your canine friend.
  • Bone broth: Bone broth offers minerals and nutrition that can sooth a sick dog. Be sure to make it ahead of time and freeze it.

Medical Treatment of an Upset Stomach in Dogs

An upset stomach in dogs can be medically approached in different ways depending on the cause. If your dog is extremely ill, your vet may prescribe antibiotics, bacterial, or anti-fungal medications.

Should he be found to be extremely dehydrated, the doctor may administer fluids. If the case is mild, Pepto-Bismol could help. Before administering, it is advisable to check with your vet if it is safe for your dog and the right dosage.

Every dog will, at some point in life, experience an upset stomach. Fortunately, stomach sickness is not usually very serious, and many a times the problem resolves on its own.