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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Veronica March 15, 2015

I have a Yorkie Schultz mix. I gave him an flea treatment on Friday. He ate yesterday morning and has not eaten or drank anything since then. This morning he started throwing up foamy clear liquid and just laid around. He has an appointment with the vet on Saturday, I don’t get off until 5pm when the clinics are closed. What do I need to do?

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Robin March 24, 2015

My Bichon would get violently sick from flea meds. Don’t use them, instead get a natural repellent like neem oil tea tree and just rub on them.

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Robin March 10, 2015

My 10 year old Shih Tzu is throwing up but is active and wanting her dry food. There’s no sign of diarrhea. She’s only eating her normal diet. I put her food bowl up so she won’t eat anymore tonight. I’ll put it back down tomorrow to see how she does. Was this a good idea? My other dog will have to do the same, but he’s not sick.

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Tim February 25, 2015

I took in a older dog 3 years ago. She has had nothing but G.I issues since day one. I’ve taken her to vets multiple times with always the same response of, “oh she probably just got into something.” Despite my concerns that something is being missed I feel that I just being dismissed and sent on my way home with the same plain diet plan. I have tried pumpkin, probiotics and making her dog food and no matter what she will have a flare up. I explained to the vet that it looks like intestinal lining is sloughing off in her bowel movements. It used to be months between flare ups but now it’s happening more frequently. Anyone have any ideas what I can do? Is there a test I should be asking my vet to do?

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Gail February 25, 2015

One possibility has the nickname of ‘strawberry bowel syndrome’. It’s been many years since I practiced as a vet, but surely these days some vets will know about it. When I practiced, it was not clear what caused this, but it looked like strawberry jam in the faeces and it was thought to be an inflammatory response of some kind. It was common in little fluffy dogs, e.g. Shih Tzu. The dogs that I saw with it seemed to be excitable dogs.

The other cause to rule out is Exocrine Pancreatic Insufficiency. However, this second condition usually shows up with oily, sloppy undigested looking faeces and would be due to a lack of the digestive enzymes that the pancreas normally secretes. Try Googling “strawberry Bowel syndrome” and find a vet who will listen to you.

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Margaret February 26, 2015

It sounds like Clostridium. Take a stool sample that you’re describing to the vet and have them check for it.

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Debra February 14, 2015

My dog hasn’t eaten in the past 36 hours. She has been lethargic and has vomited a yellowish/greenish foamy liquid. She usually drinks very little but now can’t even seem to keep water down. Over the past 36 hours she has turned her nose up to any type of food.

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Ann February 15, 2015

Give her white rice that’s well cooked. Never give dogs people foods. It might have ingredients dangerous for dogs.

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DorrieL February 19, 2015

Take her too the vet. Then give the dog something nutritious, like slow cooked plain chicken, chicken baby food, yogurt and broth (without onions). With few limitations, feed them what you would feed a sick child. Many dogs are sick from the lack of nutrition in so-called dog food.

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Helena February 12, 2015

My dog has been shaking all night and is acting like she has stomach pain. She is not eating or drinking. She hasn’t vomited or had diarrhea. She must of ate something. I gave her a small piece of beef from my lunch yesterday which I found out later had onions in the ingredients. She is a small dog, only 15 pounds, and 6 years old. I don’t know what to do for her.

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DorrieL February 19, 2015

Onion is toxic. The smaller the dog, the less it will take. Bring her to the vet. Ask for a liver detox or ask whether you can give milk thistle and/or SAM-e on your own. If so, get the dosage.

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