Upset stomach remedies for dogs
Why do Dogs Get an Upset Stomach?
Our dogs will eat most anything you put in front of them, their stomachs don’t always agree with this type of consumption. One of the most likely causes for an upset stomach is a change in diet. You can’t assume that they have eaten something unhealthy either. Sometimes they get an upset stomach from something as simple as a change in brands or flavors of dog food. If this isn’t the case, you might start searching for another reason, such as an illness.
What to do?
Dogs and especially young pups are very susceptible to occurrences of dehydration, much the way humans are. If you notice that your dog has diarrhea or doesn’t seem to have an appetite or be interested in drinking his or her water, then your dog is taking the first step towards dehydration. Don’t assume that you can prevent dehydration by offering water to your furry pet. Your pet also needs electrolytes and vitamins in order to retain fluids. One possible solution to this dilemma is to use Pedialyte. You can obtain a dry mixture made for animals by going to your nearest farming store. The packet is mixed with water and then fed to the dog. If your dog does not improve quickly, though, do not continue to try self-treating. Dehydration in dogs can quickly progress from a passing concern to one of possible organ failure and even death. So, please if your dogs symptoms last more than 24 hours, take him to the vet immediately for treatment.
Upset stomach may be a symptom of an underlying illness. Your dog may have something as mild as the flu or as life threatening as the Parvovirus.
Remedies for the upset stomach.
Not eat– This may sound like a bad and cruel idea, but restrict all food and treats and limit water for twelve to twenty-four hours. Like humans, an animals’ body can heal itself and not eat allows the dog’s stomach to rest and recover from possible intestinal inflammation, to hopefully clear itself up.
Probiotics– Living bacterial cultures intended to assist the body’s naturally occurring gut flora in reestablishing themselves, may also help speed recovery. These live microorganisms are found in yogurt, for example, and are also available from your health food store or your veterinarian as high-potency powdered acidophilus cultures, which are more effective than yogurt. Mix these cultures into the rice water that you are serving your pet during its fast.
A dollop of plain yogurt or cottage cheese– will help sooth the inflamed stomach and intestines, especially if the upset stomach is accompanied by diarrhea.
Rice– Make a warm rice water by straining the water after cooking a small amount of uncooked rice in a larger amount of water. Boil and stir 1 cup rice in 1-quart water for about twenty minutes, then strain the rice and give some of the warm or cooled rice water to your dog. You can also make a watery rice porridge by boiling already cooked rice in a pot of water or homemade veggie broth. Cook 1 cup rice as usual in a rice cooker or pot, then add it to 3 quarts low boiling water or broth for twenty minutes stirring occasionally. Rice grains should look mushy like little stars. Give your dog enough to remain hydrated and store the rest in the fridge for later. When you warm up another bowl, add a little water to thin it out.
White meat chicken or extra-lean hamburger– If you choose chicken, make sure the skin is taken off and there are no bones If you choose a hamburger, make sure the meat is lean and the fat is drained off after cooking. Fat may cause pancreatitis and exacerbate the upset stomach. Do not add any oils, fats, or spices to the bland diet!