Assuming your dog is healthy and has no ongoing problems, an upset stomach can be caused by many things, including eating a new food, having a new treat or chew that has higher-than-usual fat content, a change in environment, or eating too fast. Here’s how to identify a dog’s upset stomach and treat it.
- Vomiting or diarrhea
- Inability to settle down and pacing back and forth
- Using grass to help quickly purge the contents of the stomach (if available)
- Audible gurgling in the belly
- Excess flatulence
- Let them rest as much as they need.
- Add electrolytes to their water. Giving your dog electrolytes helps them to recover and ensures that they do not dehydrate. You can buy this from your vet.
- Feed bland food. Given in small amounts but frequently, bland foods can help settle the upset. Some examples include chicken and rice, scrambled eggs, hard-boiled eggs, boiled potatoes, white fish or pasta.
- Add supplements to their diet. Supplements that contain kaolin and psyllium help bind diarrhea together and settle the upset. Probiotics also help balance gut bacteria.
- Feeding a high quality diet
- Limiting the number of treats they're given
- For those dogs who like to scavenge, try to keep things out of reach
- Keep your trash can secure