Dogs are prone to upset stomach which sometimes accompanies 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 shouldn’t and devour things out of bins, yards and off the sidewalk. When your canine overeats it also doesn’t help either.
If your dog already has an upset stomach your first instinct may be to run out and find an over-the-counter solution or natural remedy. Sometimes just practicality can fix such a problem. It’s likely a typical canine stomach ache can be cured by withholding food for several hours.
It is tough to determine the severity of a dog’s upset stomach. Chronic or recurring stomach pains do require a vet visit. If your dog is vomiting severely or acting lethargic or has bad diarrhea get them to the veterinarian ASAP.
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’re suffering with a combination of severe diarrhea and stomach pain.
Imodium for children is a safer option to consider. Though this is generally a safe remedy, it depends on your dog’s size and their overall health.
Consulting with a vet is your best bet because it’s difficult to determine the proper Imodium dosage. 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.
Vets have tablets, which are similar to Imodium AKA Loperamide but are specifically formulated for dogs. These are effective and will make your dog comfortable again while minimizing complications. Never resort to giving a canine just any human medication for a condition such as upset stomach because you’re likely to make things worse!
Severe Diarrhea & Avoiding Dehydration
Some dogs with upset stomachs will either refuse to drink or eat. This can quickly cause them to become 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 then a visit to a vet may be in order. Skin that takes a second or two to get back into place after being pulled up is a sign your dog is dehydrated, perhaps seriously.
Dogs with uncontrollable diarrhea often need to have their bowel movements examined for blood in their watery stool. When this is observed it means they’re likely experiencing dehydration. Upset stomach and dehydration often go hand-in-hand in dogs.
If your dog’s upset stomach isn’t too severe and they are still their happy-go-lucky selves, you can simply remove all food for 24 hours. While your dog will act as if they’re starved, this is the best way to give the stomach time to return to normal.
After they’ve had no food for awhile, 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’re 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 are good and bananas mixed into yogurt isn’t bad either. An alternative solution 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, this could mean that they’ve eaten something poisonous. Get your fluffy friend to the vet as soon as possible. Food poisoning is serious enough but a veterinarian can also diagnose your dog and possibility rule out more serious conditions.
Keep a close eye on the severity of any diarrhea symptoms, such as blood in the stool, in conjunction with upset stomach. 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.
Vet Visit or Not
Perhaps their stomach is acting up because you’ve recently changed their diet? In any case, monitor your dog’s upset stomach to determine if it’s necessary to visit a veterinarian. Stay mindful of dehydration as your canine struggles with stomach issues. Consider withholding food for a period, giving bland meals thereafter. If your dog still seems to be suffering then go to the vet for a diagnosis.