If you think that only humans can get an upset stomach, then you are wrong. Even your beloved pet dogs and other animals can get an upset stomach or diarrhea too. It is very common to dogs to have an upset stomach because usually they go wander around and eat some things that they should not eat.
Having an upset stomach or diarrhea is the digestive system’s way of defending the body from foreign objects or foods or even deadly substances that is ingested.
What You Should Know
Now that you have found out that your poor little dog has an upset stomach. What must you do to help him?
Call the Vet
The first thing you must need to do is call your vet just in case so that things will not get any worse than just an upset stomach. The vet usually will ask you questions in order to find out what or which food caused the diarrhea and what is the best treatment for it.
The next thing you need to do is to have the dog fast or most of the times called fasting. You usually restrict or reduce the amount of food being given to the dog while keeping the dog hydrated with water. It is recommended that the dog will have to fast for at least 12 to 14 hours. It is important to know that only healthy adult dogs will undergo fasting and puppies that are under a year old must NOT undergo fasting or they will be at risk in developing hypoglycemia if they do not get the food they need. The risk of having hypoglycemia or low blood sugar for your puppies may result to death if it gets worst.
After letting the dog fast for the past 12 to 14 hours, it is time to feed them with some food. It is important to let them have a bland diet, which means just feeding them with plain boiled rice and unseasoned boneless chicken meat. The chicken meat must be skinless because the skin of the chicken might cause some allergic reaction to the dog. Bland diet is also a must for the puppies which can’t fast. As you feed them with bland foods, you can slowly incorporate their regular food to the bland food to bring back their energy and health.
No Physical Activities
Please do take note that you should avoid having the dog do much physical activities during or after having an upset stomach. Just let them recover normally at your home or their kennel or dog house. Just watch over your dog’s behaviour for any changes.
And do remember to always keep your dog hydrated at all times.
Visit the Vet
If ever your dog is a fever or is in pain or even vomiting while having a diarrhea or upset stomach, bring your dog immediately to the vet. Put him inside his dog cage to ensure his safety. The cause might be that the dog has eaten something toxic and must be checked by the vet immediately.
7 Dog Foods with Upset Stomach
And now for the healthy dog foods that you can immediately find at home and can be fed to your dog that is having an upset stomach, here is a list of them:
1. White Rice
The most common food that a vet usually recommends is white rice. It is very easy to find and store at home and also very easy to cook. Rice is very ideal to eat especially if a human or a dog has a diarrhea for it contains soluble fiber that can help absorb the water in the gastrointestinal tract which can help in stabilizing the poop. Just boil the rice with the ratio 1 cup of rice is to 4 cups of water for about 20 to 30 minutes. It is important not to add any salt or sugar which is why it is called bland diet. Just remember to let the rice cool down first to room temperature before feeding it to the dog. You can also add some plain chicken or ground beef to the rice to add some protein.
If rice is not available, then oatmeal is a substitute that you can use. It is the same with rice which has soluble fiber. Cook the oatmeal thoroughly because raw or half cooked oatmeal is dangerous to dogs especially if he is having an upset stomach or diarrhea.
3. Chicken Meat
Another common or easy to find food at your home is chicken meat. Just combine it with the boiled rice and remember to cut it into small chunks and remove the chicken skin.
Just like rice, pumpkin has a lot of soluble fiber which helps in digestion and absorption of water in the gastrointestinal tract. In preparing pumpkin, just boil it until it becomes soft and easy to mash. Always remember NOT to add any seasoning and serve at room temperature.
5. Mashed Potatoes
Feeding your dog mashed potato is only recommended if he is suffering from diarrhea. It is not harmful to the dog but if you feed him regularly with mashed potato, he will gain weight and eventually become fat because potatoes contains a very high amount of starch and sugar.
6. Boiled or Mashed Carrots
Unlike mashed potatoes, carrots are very recommended to dogs suffering from diarrhea. It also has a lot of vitamins in it and is a rich source of fiber and potassium which helps in digestion problems. You can either boil up the carrots and cut it to chunks and add it to rice or just boil and mash it just like the mashed potato.
7. Boiled Eggs
Another very common and easy to find food at your house is egg. It is very nutritious and contains lots of vitamins and protein. It is important not to feed the dog with raw eggs. To prepare the egg, just boil it until it is hard and mash it and feed it to the dog. You can also make it into a scrambled egg and add it with rice. Just remember not to add any seasoning.
Now that you know what dog foods to find, you can take a sigh of relief for your pooch will be alright. In the future, when your dog is back in good shape, keep him happy and active with some delicious dog treats.