How to Deal With Your Dog’s Upset Stomach

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When our stomach is upset, we reach for the crackers, pepto-bismol or ginger ale. But how many of us know what to do when our dogs have an upset stomach? Read on to know more about the symptoms and causes of an upset stomach in dogs and learn how to make them feel better.

Common causes

Although there could be many reasons for an upset stomach, the most common cause is the ingestion of a food item that he should not have. Dogs are extremely curious and they like putting the things they see lying around them in their mouth. Diarrhea and vomiting are indicators of their bodies trying to expel things that have no right to be there in the first place. So, if you see either of the two symptoms, it means that your dog’s body is reacting the way it is supposed to and he is healthy.

Environmental stress

can also be a trigger, as can an imbalance of digestive bacteria in the stomach. Food sensitivities, although rare, can also act as a trigger. You may see your dog trying to gulp quite frequently to combat the reflux, lick random objects, his lips or even the air. If he is feeling nauseous, he might eat grass to soothe the stomach or induce vomiting.

Remedies

While it is better to take the pup to the vet before you administer any home remedies, you could try the following methods:

  • Do nothing – If your dog is trying to expel things out of his system, it would help if you don’t add more to his stomach for the next twelve hours. If the gastrointestinal tract is not doing so well, you do not want to add more pressure on top by forcing it to digest things. A twelve hour fasting period is completely fine as long as you do not feel the need to feed him something.
  • Ice cubes – If your dog has diarrhea or is vomiting a lot, ensure that he remains hydrated. But it is important to keep in mind that giving your dog a lot of water might worsen his stomach. Take away his water bowl and give him some ice chips every three hours. If he is able to keep it down, give him a few more cubes along with a tablespoon of water.
  • Bone broth/canned pumpkin – Simmer some meat with the bone along with some water and apple cider vinegar. Continue simmering the bones even after the meat comes off. This will release all the marrow and minerals into the water. If you make it ahead of time, you can actually freeze the broth and give your dog broth ice cubes. You can also buy bone broth if you do not have the time to make it. Canned pumpkin also works wonders for an upset stomach. Since it has a low GI, it absorbs slowly and is perfect for an upset stomach.
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