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What can I give my dog for an upset stomach?

Updated on June 19, 2013

Aside from being great sleepers, dogs have the reputation of being great eaters too. A dog would gulp and wolf down the food as if it will be their very last meal. Dog experts tell us that this is a carry over when the dogs lived in the wild. Because food is scarce, dogs can not eat leisurely for fear that other dogs and more dominant animals would scent the food and join the eating party without being invited. Dogs would eat anything. They would eat rocks, soil, tree barks, grasses and many other non-edible things. Our furry friends are provided with premium quality food regularly but these animals still has the propensity to raid trash cans to eat garbage. Would it be any wonder if dogs suffer from stomach upset? 

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Dogs with upset stomach would vomit. And what do you know…the dog would again eat what it has vomited. Gross! So what can you do to help your pet if it is suffering from an upset stomach?  A dog that vomits continuously would be very weak and in most cases dehydrated. This case would need the immediate attention of the vet. Take the dog to a veterinary facility at once so that proper medical attention can be given. You surely would not want to lose your furry friend. In most cases prompt treatment can save the life of the dog.

If the dog is its usual self in spite of the stomach upset, the best thing you can do is to withhold food for at least 24 hours. This would give the stomach the chance to rest. Dogs are heavy eaters but it won’t hurt them if they don’t eat at least for a day. You can ease up on the food but never on the water. Make sure that the water bowl is always filled. You can also give the dog ice cubes. Licking the ice cubes will kind of entertain the dog. You will know if the stomach has settled because the dog would stop vomiting. You can now give the pet bland food like rice and chicken. Like you, the pet may have developed a liking for spicy food but refrain from giving the dog leftovers from your plate.

Some dog experts believe that dogs have the ability to cure what ails them. For instance, dogs with upset stomachs would eat grass to induce vomiting that will remove the toxins from their stomach. What do you say…should you let the dog cure its upset stomach or would give the dog the Pepto Besmol because you know its good for stomach upset?

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      aglaskey 4 years ago

      i loved it!

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      Becky 5 years ago

      OMG! Thank you for all of various help methods! This is so valuable. My puppy is still sick; however I feel that others who have been in my place previously have given some good, sound and helpful information. Thank you.

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      anita 5 years ago

      if your dog is constapated try pumpin u can put it on his nose and he will like it off.

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      Briana 6 years ago

      Hi my dog is throwing up bcuz he ate the bone f a corn .:( pls tell me wat to give him

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      StephenSMcmillan 6 years ago

      Interesting and very useful hub! Thanks for sharing.

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      jeannie 8 years ago

      is it possible and alright after dog vomits wait a couple of hours and introduce him to white rice a small portion?