Feb 03

5 Tips to caring for a dog with an upset stomach

When I get an upset stomach, I can easily tell the cause of the symptoms I’m experiencing. I could be dehydrated, have a running stomach or a stomach ache and I could easily seek quick medication or tell the medical experts what I’m suffering from. But with pups, they can’t possibly talk, maybe a ‘Woof, woof!’ is all you’ll get. So it’s up to us to identify the cause or even know the solution to the problem.

Cause of the stomach ache

Just like kids, dogs have an innate curiosity and can easily pick up things from the pantry or around the home. Eating these unwanted objects could lead to vomiting or diarrhea. Dogs, just like us, get stomach knots due to stress and anxiety. Anxiety attacks due to isolation, a new home or car rice cause the canines to get stomach upsets.

Signs of stomach ache

We’ve never given much thought to dogs licking our faces; maybe they could be having a stomach upset. The most common signs to look for are diarrhea and vomiting, fatigue, appetite loss, licking the lips or gulping air. Most dogs eat grass to induce vomiting in an attempt to sooth the upset.

Other signs are:

  • Lethargy
  • Blood in urine, feces, and vomit
  • Retching
  • Dehydration- shown through tack or pale gums
  • Painful or hard belly.

What to do?

Have the vet on speed dial and consult them as the first option. Check in with the vet and let the expert figure out the situation.

Try homemade remedies

  1. Broth.

Bone broth help dogs get well while hydrating them. Simmer the bones well. However, this takes a day hence you must plan ahead .you could freeze the bone broth so that you whip them out of the freezer when the upset begins. The nutritious minerals and bone marrow are extracted into the broth.


  1. Pumpkin

Canned pumpkin from the last Thanksgiving gives dog’s instant remedy. Ensure that the pumpkin is plain- without spices. You could throw in natural ginger for more relieve. Give the pups half a teaspoon while one tablespoon is adequate for older canines.


  1. Ice cubes

During diarrhea bouts, dogs lose lots of fluids. Giving them more water could complicate the situations. Hence give cubes to dogs every three hours to monitor their reactions.

Take away the food and substitute

It’s helpful to stop feeding your pet when they could be in a process of quelling the ‘world war’ that has erupted in their tummy or trying to expel dangerous substances. In this period don’t worry about the dog starving or going hungry, the furry friend won’t experience severe effects. In reconsideration, create a bland diet for them. Bland foods are a series of soft meals that give the dog necessary nutrients while allowing their bowels to rest. A Bland diet could be boiled rice (carbohydrates) and lean beef (source of protein). Feed your dog on a homemade bland diet in small portions for several days before you reintroduce the normal foods. Lastly always keep the dog’s vet in the loop when it comes to deciding on dog’s diet.

When to worry

Occasional stomach upsets in dogs are common, but persistent upsets are a sign of serious gastrointestinal problems. When this happens to dogs with sensitive stomachs, scrutinize their diet and eliminate foods that cause stomach inflammations. Hyper-sensitive foods like lamb, chicken, and venison is a No-No! Substitute these foods with beef or fish. Avoid wheat, soy, or corn; instead, opt for millet which takes longer to digest.

Remember, a huge percentage of dog’s immune system is the bowels. Unhealthy bowels mean an unhealthy dog.

About the author

Jessica Pulido

Jessica is the owner of OMG Goodies. She loves to do reviews on the latest products, as well as share them with her friends and followers. If you would like Jessica to do a review for you, email her at omgfreebees@gmail.com

1 comment

  1. Sara @ BestPetReviews

    Thanks for the tips! I did not know that pumpkin could help! I like the ice cube idea!
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