Can I Give My Dog Something for Upset Stomach?

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Can I Give My Dog Something For Upset Stomach?Dogs are prone to upset stomach which can be accompanied by 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.

Natural Remedies

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.

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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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Wanda February 8, 2015

I have a puppy that’s been vomiting and has had diarrhea for two days. I gave him Pedialyte and replacement milk. I don’t know what else to do. Please help me.

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DorrieL February 19, 2015

Always worry about Parvo with a vomiting puppy. Vet treatment and relatively high doses of Vitamin C are great. Google Parvo and Vitamin C.

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Jane January 5, 2015

My dog, a Labrador cross with a Collie, has an upset stomach after changing her diet. She won’t stay in the house and it is so cold outside. Will this hurt her? She has got hot skin syndrome.

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Georgina January 8, 2015

I’ve not heard of hot skin syndrome in dogs. If her new diet isn’t agreeing with her then I’d recommend a gluten free one. Many dogs now, like people, are intolerant to gluten which is found in wheat. A good one that I have recommended for a dog that I walk, and which I feed to my own Collie Lab mix, is James Wellbeloved Fish and Rice. It sounds very strange that she won’t stay in the house though, if she has normally preferred to. If she is still like that once you’ve changed her diet again then I would take her to the vet. Has anything else changed in the house that may have caused her to want to stay outside? Ours goes out a lot if our parrot is particularly noisy.

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