Dogs are prone to upset stomach which is sometimes accompanied with vomiting or diarrhea. This is usually because dogs don’t know what’s good for them and will often eat anything. They get into things they really shouldn’t and devour things out of bins, yards and off the sidewalk. When your K9 overeats it also doesn’t help the situation. Perhaps their stomach is acting up because you’ve recently changed their diet?
If your dog already has an upset stomach then treatment without doing harm to your canine is what you are seeking. Our first instinct is to run out and find an over-the-counter solution or natural remedy, but sometimes just general practicality can fix your dog’s problem without too much drama.
Monitor your dog closely to determine the severity of their upset stomach. A typical stomach ache can be cured by withholding food for a few hours. Chronic or recurring stomach pains do require a visit to the vet. If your dog is vomiting severely or is acting lethargic or has bad diarrhea, known as the squirts, get them to the vet as soon as possible.
Can I Give My Dog Something for Upset Stomach? Answer: Imodium is OK
Vets often use Imodium to cure upset stomach in dogs if they are suffering with a combination of severe diarrhea and stomach pain. Imodium for children is known to be a safer option which you may consider. Though this is considered a safe remedy, it will depend on the size of your dog and their overall health.
Consulting with a vet is your best bet because it is difficult to determine the proper Imodium dosage to give to your particular dog. The general rule of thumb is not to exceed 1mg per 20lbs over a period of 8 hours. Small dogs are particularly vulnerable to improper doses so we strongly advise you to confirm with your vet prior to popping such a tablet into your dog’s mouth.
Vets keep tablets, which are similar to human Imodium AKA Loperamide but are specifically designed for dogs, which have the desired effect of making your dog happy and comfortable again while minimizing complications. You should never resort to giving your K9 just any human medication for a condition such as upset stomach because you are likely to make things worse!
Severe Diarrhea & Avoiding Dehydration
One of the major problems with upset stomachs in dogs is that when they are unwell they will either refuse to drink or eat. By refusing to consume fresh water, they can very quickly become severely dehydrated which further worsens their problems.
Evaluate your dog’s hydration by pulling the piece of skin up between their shoulder blades. If it doesn’t instantly bounce back into place, get them to the vet immediately. Skin that takes a second or two to get back into place after being pulled up is a telltale sign your dog is suffering from dehydration.
Dogs with the squirts, uncontrollable diarrhea, often need to have their bowel movements closely examined for blood in their watery stool. When this is observed it means they are likely experiencing dehydration.
Dehydration is very dangerous in pets, so once you realize your dog is dehydrated, get them to your local veterinary clinic as soon as possible. Upset stomach and dehydration often go hand in hand in K9s.
If your dog’s upset stomach doesn’t seem too severe and they are still their happy-go-lucky selves, you can simply remove all food for twenty-four hours. While your dog will act as if they are starved, this is the best way to give the stomach time to return to normal.
After they have had no food for 24 hours you can start feeding them smaller meals made up of cooked white rice and boiled chicken. This food is plain and bland which is easily digested. Keep this up for a couple of days before returning them to their normal dog food. You are likely to see a full recovery from this method assuming your dog isn’t suffering from some other underlying condition.
Sometimes I put my dogs on a special diet combination of oatmeal and pumpkin to treat an irritated stomach. Carrots tend to be good and bananas mixed into yogurt isn’t bad either. An alternative solution which is gaining in popularity may be to use probiotics for treating your dog’s long term stomachaches.
What to Watch Out For
If your dog is vomiting severely and is lethargic as well, this could mean that she or he has eaten something poisonous. In such a case, it is advisable to get your fluffy friend to the vet as soon as possible. Food poisoning is serious enough but a vet can also fully diagnose your dog and give you piece of mind by ruling out more serious conditions.
Keep a close eye on the severity of any diarrhea symptoms, such as blood in the stool, in conjunction with an upset stomach. Further, if your dog develops the squirts, beyond anything short term, get them to the vet for dehydration monitoring. Don’t underestimate how severe diarrhea can very easily and completely dehydrate your dog. The skin test is highly recommended.
Do I Need To Call The Vet?
If you carefully monitor your dog’s upset stomach, you should be able to determine whether it’s really necessary to visit the vet or not. Always be mindful of dehydration as your K9 struggles with their stomach issues. Consider withholding food for a period and then giving bland meals thereafter. If your dog still seems to be suffering then go to the vet for a full diagnosis.