How you deal with your own upset stomach isn’t the same as or applicable when it comes to dogs. Sometimes, your canine pal will attempt to eat grass to try to clean out his system. However, this natural method doesn’t always do the trick.
There are many possible reasons why your beloved pooch has an upset stomach. But the most common cause is he probably ate something he shouldn’t. Dogs are curious animals, and they display this curiosity by putting things in their mouths.
A Dubai pet food company gives the following ways you can help your dog remedy his upset tummy.
1. Determine what your dog ate
To provide the right antidote and relief, you should first find out what your pooch ate. Look for any clues such as nibbled houseplants or rummaged-into trash cans. Also, check for any toxic foods lying around that your canine may have accidentally consumed.
Once you find out what your dog ate, contact your vet about the appropriate measures to take.
2. Hold off feeding
When your canine’s stomach is trying to throw out something, it may be helpful that you stop feeding him for about 12 to 24 hours. If your dog’s stomach is having a hard time and doesn’t want to digest things, fasting can be a good solution. However, this method may be much harder for pet owners than the dog itself as it’s more heartbreaking to see your pooch not eating.
3. Keep your dog hydrated
The most important thing you can do if your pup has an upset stomach is to keep him hydrated at all times. This is important especially if your dog is experiencing diarrhea where he can quickly lose fluids. To retain fluids, your dog also needs electrolytes and vitamins as water isn’t enough to prevent dehydration.
Dehydration in dogs can shift from a passing concern to a more serious condition such as organ failure. So if your pooch’s condition doesn’t get better within 24 hours, take him to the vet immediately.
If your canine is vomiting or has diarrhea, giving him too much water may cause his stomach to become even more upset. Remove your dog’s water bowl from his reach and try to give him ice chips instead. Every two to three hours, if your dog can keep the ice cubes down, give him some more and a couple of teaspoons of water.
You may also give your dog bone broth to heal and soothe his stomach while keeping him hydrated. To make one, you need to:
- Simmer meat on the bone with water and apple cider vinegar in a crockpot.
- Continue to simmer even if the meat falls off the bone until the minerals and marrow get released into the water.
Bone broth can take at least a day for you to make. You may need to prepare this meal in advance before your dog actually gets sick. If you make the broth ahead of time, remove the fat and freeze it so that you can give it to your pooch as bone broth ice cubes whenever he has an upset stomach.
4. Fight indigestion
If your pet’s upset stomach is due to indigestion, canned pumpkin is a natural remedy according to many holistic veterinarians. Pumpkin has a low glycemic index which means it’s slowly absorbed, making it ideal for upset stomach and indigestion.
Make sure that when you feed your pooch pumpkin, it’s the canned one and not the pumpkin pie mix which contains spices. When feeding, the right amount should be:
- Small dogs (approximately 5 pounds) – half a teaspoon
- Large dogs (approximately 75 pounds) – 1 tablespoon
Always consult with your vet
It’s crucial that you talk to your veterinarian first before giving any home remedies to your dog. The best you can do is to watch the pattern of the symptoms which should be slowly subsiding for about 24 to 48 hours. If not and the symptoms seem to get worse, head to your vet straight away as your dog may be suffering from a serious condition.
If your canine’s symptoms are due to an ordinary stomach upset, it may be best to give him dog food for sensitive stomachs for a few days. Ask your vet for advice on what type and how much food you should be giving your dog that is suitable for his current condition.
Farah Al-Khojai is the Managing Partner of Pet’s Delight. A passionate entrepreneur, Farah holds a Bsc in Government from the London School of Economics. She is always on the lookout for new opportunities to develop and grow the pet and equestrian retail and wholesale market in the UAE and beyond, and is proud to be at the helm of the first and the largest pet care provider in the market representing world-class brands including Orijen, Applaws, Hunter, Savic, Flamingo, Ruffwear and Rogz. For preventing your pets from fleas you should opt for Bravecto and you can check this link for Bravecto price.