Upset Stomach Remedies
By Hungry Bark | January 7, 2021
If your dog has an upset stomach, you may be inclined to panic. Not only can it leave you with a mess, but you are also concerned about the health and wellbeing of your dog. Since your dog can’t tell you what the problem is, an upset stomach can seem like a major problem. Thankfully, an upset stomach does not always mean a trip to the veterinarian.
If your dog has a mild upset stomach, there are home remedies that you can use to help ease their discomfort. If you have recently changed your dog’s food, or if they recently treated themself to a trashcan buffet and you are absolutely certain there was nothing toxic in the garbage, you can try one of these remedies.
Upset Stomach Remedies For Dogs
If your dog’s upset stomach is mild, there are some simple home remedies you can try to get them up and running again as soon as possible.
- Fasting - You will need to consult with your dog’s veterinarian before withdrawing food, but a fast of 12 to 24 hours allows your dog’s digestive system to rest.
- Canned pumpkin - Adding a little canned pumpkin to your dog’s food adds fiber that can help bulk up their stool and ease diarrhea. Make sure the pumpkin you use is 100% pumpkin and not pumpkin pie filling.
- Bland Diet - A bland diet can help ease digestive distress. A meal like rice and boiled chicken can help soothe their stomach.
- Probiotics - A spoonful of yogurt or a probiotic sprinkled on your dog’s food or given as a supplement will help restore vital gut bacteria and bring balance back to their digestive system.
- Ginger - Ginger is helpful in reducing nausea and stomach discomfort. A little powdered or minced ginger added to your dog's food can help decrease your dog's discomfort.
It’s very important that your dog stays hydrated when dealing with tummy trouble. Many of the complications from an upset stomach are due to dehydration. Either leave small amounts of water available or offer your dog ice chips regularly. This helps keep them hydrated while preventing them from gulping water and causing further irritation to their stomach.
When Not To Try Home Remedies
Upset stomachs are not uncommon in dogs, and you may be tempted to wait to call the veterinarian until after you have tried home remedies. If your dog shows any of the following symptoms, do not hesitate to call your veterinarian right away, as they could be signs of a more serious problem. Unvaccinated puppies with diarrhea should be taken to the vet immediately.
- Blood in their stool
- Foreign objects such as pieces of toys in their stool
Preventing Upset Stomachs
Probiotics aren’t just a remedy for upset stomachs. A probiotic given regularly helps keep your dog’s gut healthy and can help prevent upset stomachs. Probiotics help fight off the bad bacteria that can invade your dog's digestive system and instead, keep the natural flora flourishing. Probiotics are especially helpful in preventing upset stomachs in dogs on antibiotics.
There are numerous probiotics on the market, and to get the results you want for your dog, you need to find one that has the perfect blend of healthy microbes to help populate the gut.
Hungry Bark not only offers a probiotic supplement for dogs with tender tummies, they also provide a blend of probiotics in all dog food recipes. In addition to probiotics, Hungry Bark recipes also include ingredients that are beneficial to digestive health like apple cider vinegar, pumpkin, and ginger.
Stress, a change in diet, or eating things they shouldn’t are all likely culprits when your dog gets diarrhea. Probiotics and a diet that includes healthy fiber can help prevent upset stomachs or decrease incidents of upset stomachs in dogs who have sensitive systems.
You can’t keep your dog from getting the occasional upset stomach, but you can help relieve the symptoms and reduce the duration. Your dog will be back to normal before you know it!