The first step towards soothing your dog’s upset stomach is to pay close attention to their symptoms. Every situation is different, and requires different methods to remedy the problem. So make sure you are keenly aware of what symptoms your dog is displaying in addition to their upset stomach.
Just like with human stomach aches or pains, there are tons of potential causes behind your dog’s aching belly. In this post, we’ll cover how to treat and prevent two of the most common gastrointestinal problems that dogs suffer from: diarrhea and constipation.
However, if these problems occur alongside other symptoms you could have a more complicated issue and you should take your dog to the vet immediately. These additional symptoms can include:
- abdominal pain
- chronic or frequent vomiting
- distended belly
- loss of appetite
- black stool
- bloody stool or vomit
You could be dealing with internal bleeding, infection or ingested poisons and more. A change in diet would do next to nothing for your dog at this point, and these conditions are dangerous, especially if untreated.
Again, take your dog to the vet as soon as possible if you suspect your dog has more than a little digestive upset.
While normal cases of diarrhea or constipation are rarely life-threatening, they are certainly painful for your dog and difficult to deal with for you. It hurts to see your dog suffering, and it’s no fun cleaning the mess up either.
Here’s our list of 3 ways to solve your dog’s tummy ache with foods you can get at the grocery store. Your dog’s stomach will be better fast, and make life easier for the both of you!
#1 Plain Greek Yogurt Rejuvenates Your Dog’s Stomach
If your dog is having diarrhea try feeding them plain yogurt to settle their stomach. This can be served on their kibble or eaten separately, depending on what your dog prefers.
We recommend plain Greek yogurt because it supplies crucial probiotics and healthy flora to your dog’s gut. Plus, it doesn’t have nearly as much sugar as other yogurts. It’s one of the easiest and healthiest ways to naturally replenish your dog’s beneficial bacteria.
#2 Canned Pumpkin (NOT Pumpkin Pie Filling) Can Work Wonders
Pureed pumpkin is excellent to give to your dog because its fiber can help with both constipation and diarrhea. Fiber absorbs excess water, solidifying and alleviating diarrhea symptoms. It also helps get things moving when they’re constipated too.
Be careful not to accidentally grab pumpkin pie filling instead of canned pumpkin. Pumpkin pie filling is high in sugar (bad for your dog) and low on the pumpkin ( the part your dog needs!). Excessive amounts of sugar can lead to diabetes, obesity, and dental problems.
#3 Boiled Chicken With White Rice Is Stomach Therapy For Dogs
You can replace your dog’s normal kibble diet with white rice and boiled chicken to cure cases of diarrhea. Boil the chicken breasts, shred them, and feed it along with the rice. This is the diet that most vets recommend for an upset stomach, and we do too.
Stress can also induce diarrhea in dogs. Events like the 4th of July or moving to a new home can cause bouts of stress-related diarrhea. In situations like these you can still feed your dog boiled chicken and rice to help them feel better, or even just rice if they are allergic to chicken. .
If symptoms don’t clear up after a few days, or if your dog is having multiple incidents per hour, then it’s time to call the vet. They can check for parasites or bacterial infections that simply can’t be treated by a change in diet.
At DogBoy’s, your dog’s health is our top priority. You’re welcome to check out our diet sheet with tips for a more personalized and healthy diet. If you have any questions about how to treat or prevent stomach sickness in your dog, then don’t hesitate to contact us today.
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