Can I Give My Dog Something for Upset Stomach?

Can I give my dog something for upset stomach?Dogs are prone to upset stomach, whether it’s severe vomiting or diarrhea. This is because dogs will eat anything. They get into things they really shouldn’t and devour things out of bins, yards and off the sidewalk.

Finding ways to curb their upset stomach without doing harm to your dog is your best option. Of course you’ll be tempted to run out and find a natural remedy, but sometimes just general practicality can fix the problem without too much hassle.

Monitor your dog closely to determine the severity of the upset stomach. It may be something simple which can be cured by withholding food for a few hours or it may be so severe that the only course of action is a visit to the vet.

If your dog is vomiting severely 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 stomachs in dogs if they are suffering with severe diarrhea, though Imodium for children is a safer option. Though this is considered a safe remedy, it will depend on the size of your dog and their overall health.

It is difficult to determine the dosage to give your dog depending on their size, a large dog will manage a whole tablet, but a small miniature sized dog may need considerably less, so it’s still advisable to confirm with your vet before popping a tablet in your dog’s mouth.

Vets keep tablets which are similar to human Imodium but are designed for dogs and they have the desired effect, making your dog happy and comfortable again.

Don’t give them any medication you would take, there are a number of natural ways to fix slight upsets stomachs without resorting to human medications.

Severe Diarrhea and 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 drink they can very quickly become dehydrated.

Pull the piece of skin up between their shoulder blades and if it doesn’t bounce back into place, get them to the vet. Skin that takes a second or two to get back into place after being pulled up means your dog is suffering with dehydration.

Dogs with the squirts means that they have uncontrollable diarrhea, often you will see blood in their watery stool, when this happens they are likely to suffer with dehydration. Dehydration is very dangerous in pets, so once you realize your dog is dehydrated, get them to your local veterinary clinic.

Natural Remedies
If your dog’s upset stomach doesn’t seem too severe and it’s still its happy-go-lucky self, you can 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 twenty four hours you can start feeding them smaller meals made up of cooked white rice and boiled chicken. This food is very plain and is easily digested. Keep this up for a couple of days before returning them onto their normal dog food.

What to Watch Out For
If your dog is vomiting severely and is completely lethargic, this could mean that she or he has eaten something poisonous. It’s advisable to get your fluffy friend to the vet as soon as possible.

Keep a close eye on the severity of diarrhea and if your dog develops the squirts, get them to the vet for dehydration monitoring. With such severe diarrhea, it is so easy for your dog to get completely dehydrated. Do the skin test between the shoulder blades and ensure they drink lots of liquids.

After this, careful monitoring to ensure they are not suffering from dehydration is imperative to the welfare of your beloved dog.

Do I Need To Call The Vet?
If you carefully monitor your dog’s upset stomach, you will be able to determine whether it’s necessary to visit the vet or not. Follow the simple guidelines by withholding food and giving bland meals thereafter and if the dog still seems to be suffering then go to the vet.

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jessica February 4, 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?


Rebecca February 5, 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!


Terence February 18, 2014

Hi Jessica. Why not try a home remedy like:

Dilute 50:50. and then,
- May be used as a dietary supplement

Other Essential Oils are Lavender, Patchouli and Fennel



johanna kershaw October 17, 2012

Two of my Chihuahuas suffer from anal gland problems. I have started giving them canned pumpkin every day. It is very expensive. I bought Metamucil but haven’t given them it yet recently. I have introduced more vegetables into their food ie. broccoli and cauliflower. They have always eaten apples and raw carrots.

One of my dogs has put on a lot of weight since she has been neutered. I have cut down her food and give her more vegetable but she hasn’t lost any weight. She is lazy and most times just plunks herself down and refuses to move and I end up carrying her. Can you help?


Terri March 3, 2013

I have a Chihuahua/Terrier mix (9lbs) so I can give you a few tips. Small breed dogs are known for having anal gland issues. Basically, you need to keep them drained every couple of months (perhaps more, it depends). I’m not sure if giving them Metamucil is a good idea. Instead, you want to increase their fiber intake as it will help with bowl movements and also with their glands becoming impacted.

Try introducing a teaspoon of Bran Buds. Most common reason dogs scoot (drag their butts across the carpet) is because their glands are full and it’s a bit uncomfortable for them. Typically, most dogs can drain their own just with going poo, but some need a little extra help. The Bran Buds will help keep the stool firm and that should aid it the glands not becoming full (at least not as often).

As far as weight goes, try diet dog food. Speak to your vet and/or even your local pet store about what is a good choice for a dog with weight issues and not so energetic. You could just walk her lots (even if she doesn’t want to go) don’t let her have the opportunity to choose as obesity in animals is very bad for their health. Even perhaps put her on a treadmill going slow for a few minutes every other day. Fruits and vegetables are good for them so long as you stay away from certain ones. Grapes, raisins are very bad for dogs and cause Renal failure (kidney failure). Limit the fruit you do give, as it still contains sugar and calories but as far as vegetables, they are good to go!

Just do a little research about healthy food choices for your pet but fiber is a big thing and if you get on a routine of daily doses, you should see improvement in the anal gland function.

Hope this helps a bit. I’m not a professional on any health issues. If you have any serious concerns, it’s best to see your local vet before introducing anything new to you pet’s diet or embarking on any big changes regarding their food.

Good luck!


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