Can I Give My Dog Something for Upset Stomach?

Can I Give My Dog Something For Upset Stomach?Dogs are definitely prone to cases of upset stomach. There are many potential reasons for this but poor food choices and/or overeating can be culprits.

If your pet already has an upset stomach, maybe you are considering an over-the-counter product or a natural remedy. But often, time itself can fix such a problem. A typical canine stomachache can be cured by withholding food for several hours.

Owners worry because it’s tough to determine the severity of a dog’s upset stomach. Certainly chronic or recurring stomach pains require a vet visit for a proper diagnosis. Obviously that’s urgent if your dog is vomiting severely, has a prolonged case of diarrhea or is noticeably lethargic.

Can I Give My Dog Something for Upset Stomach? Answer: Yes

Vets sometimes use Imodium, also known as Loperamide, to cure dogs of stomach aches. This is especially true if they’re suffering with a combination of associated symptoms including diarrhea.

Imodium for children is even safer but your dog’s size and their overall health still plays an important factor. 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.

Even better may be a good canine probiotic because it can help to restore your dog’s gastrointestinal balance rather than just dealing with the symptoms. Also, if you know they have food sensitivities, consider a high-quality limited-ingredient dry dog food made specifically for food sensitive dogs.

Diarrhea & Dehydration

Some pets with upset stomachs will refuse to drink or eat, causing them to become dehydrated which worsens their problems. Evaluate your dog’s hydration by pulling some skin up between their shoulder blades. If it doesn’t instantly bounce back into place, then a visit to a vet would be prudent. Skin that takes a second or two to get back into place is a telltale sign that your dog is considerably dehydrated, perhaps seriously.

Dogs with uncontrollable diarrhea often need to have their bowel movements examined for blood in the watery stool. When this is observed it means they’re likely experiencing dehydration. Upset stomach and dehydration often go hand-in-hand in dogs.

Some Natural Remedies

If your dog’s upset stomach isn’t very severe and they are still their happy-go-lucky selves, try removing all food for 24-hours. They’ll act as if they’re starved, but it’s an effective way to give the stomach time to return to normal.

After they’ve had no food for awhile, start feeding them smaller meals made up of cooked white rice and boiled chicken. This food is plain and bland which is easily digestible. After a couple of days, return 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 we put our dogs on a special diet combination of oatmeal and pumpkin to treat an irritated stomach. Carrots are also good and bananas mixed into yogurt isn’t bad either.

Things to Watch For

If your dog is vomiting severely and is also lethargic, maybe they’ve eaten something poisonous. In such a case, get your beloved dog 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 an 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, then they need professional dehydration monitoring. Do not underestimate how severe diarrhea can very easily and completely dehydrate your dog. The skin test is very highly recommended.

Conclusion on Upset Stomach

Dogs live and eat in the moment and tend to experience bouts of stomachaches more often than we do. If your dog’s upset stomach is worsening, it may be necessary to visit a veterinarian. In any case, prioritize the prevention of dehydration during such a vulnerable time. You may be able to successfully treat a routine upset stomach by withholding food for a period, giving bland meals thereafter. Imodium is also commonly used. Most importantly, if your four-legged friend isn’t recovering, go in for a veterinary diagnosis for your dog’s sake.

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Ricky December, 2014

My Pit/Box mix has had a lot of stomach issues. I have talked to vet a number of times but we can’t find the cause. Now it seems to have gotten worse. She has not drank much water the last few days, unless I use a syringe. Lately, she will not eat much. I feed her a bland diet of rice and chicken. Today she will not eat but has always been playful.

Her stomach has made a lot of noise this past week. She is taking Metronidazole 500mg plus Famotidine and Equate equivalent 20mg of Pepcid. I need to know how to fix her. She is my baby. Thank you for all your time and concern.

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Georgina January, 2015

Our Pit/Boxer mix will eat all sorts of things and has had blockages which required surgery. If he doesn’t want food, we know it’s a bad sign. You don’t say whether the vet x-rayed your dog using Barium, but if not it would be a good idea. We are watching our dog who is vomiting right now and trying to judge if he needs to be rushed to the emergency vet. Good luck.

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Natasha February, 2015

It can be an intestinal problem like IBS or a variety of problems affecting any part of the digestive system. Get second and third vet opinions including ultrasounds which can see things that x-rays miss. If you think there’s an undiagnosed problem, my bet is you’re right. Find a vet who listens to you.

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Lynne December, 2014

My Maltese tends to spit up and today has the runs. She is acting hungry yet sad. I made rice for her but I’m worried. She did have a speck of blood in her stool. Any recommendations?

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Laegacy January, 2015

She is probably sensitive to the food you give her. Rub a little maple syrup on her gums for energy and give Gatorade mixed with water for electrolyte balance. Make sure she is hydrated. My Shepard/Lab mix experienced the same thing and I figured out it was his food. I also feed him fresh washed veggies to regulate his system. I hope this helps.

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Christine November, 2014

My Sheltie is vomiting, smells like something dead. She is also whining. She won’t come in, just wants to stay outside. What should I do?

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DorrieL February, 2015

I hope you took your dog to the vet.

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Cindy November, 2014

I have a Shitzu and every now and then she begins to heave and possibly vomits. I was giving her a treat every time I would leave the house, or when she would see me 1st thing in the morning. She’s 11 years old. Should I be doing something different? A vet told me to give her green beans, she loves them. I give her a few at a time to replace the other treats. But she still throws up every now and then. Please advise. Thank you!

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Maruquel November, 2014

I found that snacks were the culprit. Once I stopped giving them to my girl, a Westie, she got better. My vet gave us a probiotic for daily use and I give her boiled chicken and rice as the article says and it works. My baby seems to be prone to upset tummy which she gets every once in a while. The vet said green beans are a good substitute. Good luck, hope your baby feels better.

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DorrieL February, 2015

Ginger capsules may help. An anti-histamine may also help. Getting the vet to run a blood panel is always good. You may try introducing more vegetables that are dog safe. It sounds like nutrition was the problem, or a part of it.

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Jessica February, 2014

I have a blue nose pit and she has been throwing up since 12 today and it’s foamy. What do I do? Is there anything I can give her?

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Rebecca February, 2014

I give mine nothing for 12 hours, and then plain rice. I then reintroduce her food with some rice for a few days. It seems to work to ease her stomach :) I hope it works for you!

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Terence February, 2014

Hi Jessica. Why not try a home remedy like peppermint essential oil which you can dilute 50:50 and maybe use as a dietary supplement. Other essential oils are lavender, patchouli and fennel.

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Anonymous October, 2014

Peppermint is considered toxic to animals.

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DorrieL February, 2015

It’s toxic for cats but not for dogs.

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