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 stuff they shouldn’t and devour things out of bins, yards and off the sidewalk. When your dog overeats it also doesn’t help.
If they already have an upset stomach your first instinct may be to find an over-the-counter solution or natural remedy. But often, time itself can fix such a problem. A typical canine stomachache can be cured by withholding food for several hours.
It’s tough to determine the severity of a dog’s upset stomach. Chronic or recurring stomach pains require a vet visit. If your dog is vomiting severely or acting lethargic or has recurring diarrhea, get them to the veterinarian ASAP.
Can I Give My Dog Something for Upset Stomach? Answer: Yes
Vets often use Imodium, AKA Loperamide, to cure dogs of stomach aches, especially if they’re suffering with a combination of associated symptoms such as diarrhea.
Imodium for children is a safe option to consider but your dog’s size and their overall health still plays a factor. Consulting with a vet is your best bet because it’s difficult to determine a proper Imodium dosage. The general rule of thumb is not to exceed 1mg per 20 pounds over a period of 8 hours. Small dogs are particularly vulnerable to improper doses.
Better yet, vets have tablets which are similar to Imodium but are specifically formulated for dogs. These will make your dog comfortable again while minimizing complications.
Never give a canine just any human medication for a condition such as upset stomach. 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 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 required. Skin that takes a second or two to get back into place 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 they’ll act as if they’re starved, it’s 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 digestible. Keep this up for a couple of days before returning them to their normal dog food. You’re likely to see a full recovery 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 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 veterinarian for dehydration monitoring. Don’t underestimate how severe diarrhea can very easily and completely dehydrate a 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 they struggle with stomach issues. Consider withholding food for a period, giving bland meals thereafter. If your dog still seems to be suffering then go in for a diagnosis.