One of the most common problems vets encounter with dogs is upset stomach. However, just because the chances of it happening to dogs is extremely high given their penchant to swallow anything that appears appetizing, the upset stomach is actually a very serious matter that should be attended to as soon as possible.
First, if your dog can still walk and eat, allowing your dog to eat some grass is a natural way of cleansing the system. Unfortunately, not all dogs are interested in grass. Giving the dog Pepto-Bismol is not always recommended since companies like these tend to change their formulas every so often making it difficult for vets to monitor its safety and acceptable dilution for animals. If you do want to give Pepto-Bismol, do be sure to consult with the vet first.
If your dog is not acting normal, the first step would be to take his temperature using a rectal unit since it is more accurate. The ideal temperature for dogs is 101.5 degrees Fahrenheit so anything 102 or higher (or lower than 100 degrees) is reason to be concerned. Bring your dog to the vet immediately.
Before leaving for the vet, try to give your dog some water. Making sure that he is hydrated is one way to help him feel better especially if he is having diarrhea.
If the vet visit is not possible, you can try giving your dog rice with boneless chicken, no seasoning whatsoever or baby food – banana flavor. Make sure to add a little extra water to the food especially if your dog refuses to drink water. Avoid giving your dog any fatty or greasy.
It would also be a good idea to try to establish what your dog ate to cause the upset stomach. This way when you see the vet, he will be in a better position to provide relief.
Signs of an Upset Stomach
- Passing gas
- Poor appetite
- Weird sounds coming from the stomach
- Excessive salivation
Causes of Upset Stomach
- Sudden change in diet or dog food
- Eating something inedible like a sock
- Eating something poisonous like a leaf plant
- Drinking infected water
- Eating too much
- Eating rotten food
- Sickness, stress, physical trauma
Home Remedies to Upset Stomach
You probably have ingredients in your kitchen that can give your dog relief from the upset stomach. However, do not use a home remedy for the serious symptoms of an upset stomach like vomiting, diarrhea, a distended stomach, drooling, unable to sit or lie still, and lethargy.
If he has minor symptoms, the first step would be to give water and grass then allow the dog to rest his stomach. A few hours of not eating anything should be good for him. You can try rubbing some pancake syrup on his gums to give him a sugar boost. And he tends to drink the water too fast, try some ice chip, diluted apple juice, or frozen Gatorade instead. If your dog refuses to take any of these, try some unsalted, unseasoned broth.
Finally, if he is able to keep the water in, you can start on a bland diet of boiled rice, chicken white meat (skinless, boneless), plain canned pumpkin, or meat-based baby food. Monitor your dog and bring to vet at a convenient time to get instructions on how to re-introduce regular dog food.