It’s not uncommon for your furry friend to get an upset stomach from time to time. It doesn’t help even if you have been extra careful or did all the right stuff to prevent this. They could still get a bad stomach day for many reasons.
I know it’s the worse feeling to wake up in the middle of the night and find your dog trying to puke. However, even if your dog has an upset stomach, you’ll be able to make him feel all better.
But before you do anything, you should look for possible symptoms and home remedies to get you going the extra mile. To help you out in this situation, I’ve put together this article, so that you’ll be prepared for this type of situation.
Let’s see what they are, shall we?
Possible Signs for Your Dog’s Upset Stomach
- Take a look at some of the common symptoms your dog might get in case he has an upset stomach.
- A gurgling type sound in your dog’s belly. It will be loud enough for you to hear. You could also rest your ear on the stomach to listen to the sound.
- Your dog doesn’t have an appetite.
- Gas problems, more than usual.
- Throwing up and diarrhea problems.
- Burping excessively and being too thirsty.
- Has a foul breath smell.
- They have zero interest in playing or is overly weak without any cause.
- Eating grass.
These are some common reasons. However, he might get some worse symptoms. This could be a possible sign of a worsening situation.
Possible Signs of More Severe Situation
- Acute vomiting and vomiting several times without a break.
- Bloody vomits. Definitely not a common upset stomach syndrome.
- Vomit that looks like as if it has some coffee grounds. But unfortunately, they are digested blood.
- The color of the vomit is yellowish and a bit of bile.
- Getting a severe pain in the stomach. In this case, your dog will stand in an odd position to reduce the pain.
- Severe weakness.
- Getting bloody diarrhea.
- Their coats color changing.
- Too much blood loss will give them a pale mucous membrane.
- Mucous membranes are showing a yellowish color.
- Drooling excessively.
Why Do They Eat Grass When They Have Upset Stomach?
It could seem weird to you if your dog suddenly starts to eat grass off your backyard. If you don’t know why they do that you might freak out a little. Nevertheless, it’s normal behavior for your dog to eat grass whenever he gets an upset stomach.
Dogs eat grass to clear out their system and help them digest their food without any hassles. It’s a cleansing method, which typically works. Sometimes if they can’t find any grass, they’ll restore to licking the carpet or even the floor.
It’s not an alarming situation, but you should definitely keep an eye on him for possible bad signs.
Why Your Dog Could Get an Upset Stomach?
The best way to help your dog is to prevent it from beforehand. That’s why you need to figure out why your dog got the issue in the first place. Maybe he ate something wrong, or a new brand of dog food isn’t suiting him that well.
It could be your treats too or something he ate outside while you weren’t looking. If he gets a bad stomach day for a particular food just avoid that from next time. However, your dog might also eat some poisonous plants and worsen the situation.
Older dogs seem to get a sick stomach more than younger ones. In case, the situation is getting worse, just take him/her to the vet as soon as possible.
A possible cause might be an allergic reaction to flea problems or even a chemical product like shampoo. That’s why you should always use natural shampoo to bathe him/her, to avoid any severe reactions.
Pro Tips to Cure Your Dog’s Upset Stomach
Take a look at these; it might help you to diagnose the problem and Even Cure It
1. Hydration Is the Key
This is the most critical part of your home treatment. You have to keep your dog as hydrated as possible. This is mandatory if he has diarrhea problems.
If he has diarrhea, he will soon become weak for losing so much water. That’s why keep him hydrated as much as possible.
2. Check the Temperature Frequently
Your dog might get a fever too due to the upset stomach. That’s why you need to check whether he/she has an illness or not. Get yourself a rectal thermometer and check out his temp. The normal temperature is 101.5 degrees Fahrenheit. So, anything of 102 or more will be feverish.
If he has a fever, go to the vet immediately.
3. Use Home Remedies
If the situation is mild, it won’t be life-threatening, and you can treat him at your house. Sometimes the vet’s might not be available. SO, these quick home remedies can help to keep the problem at bay.
Here’s some home remedy you could follow:
It might seem a bit of harsh, but it’s actually a suitable method. Fasting will allow the stomach to rest and heal without any other interference.
You can give rice water to your dog to better the situation. Take one cup of rice and boil it in 1-quart water for twenty minutes. After that take the water, cool it down and give it to your pup.
You can also give him porridge, using the boiled rice and veggies. Keep him hydrated with this.
Some foods such as bananas, pumpkins, oatmeal and sweet potatoes will keep your dog’s stomach healthy and help it heal fast. You can add them to your dog’s diet on a regular basis to keep prevent the situation.
Keep Loving Him throughout His Illness
The best way to help him recover fast is to love and care for him throughout his stomach problems. Don’t worry. Usually, stomach problems go away pretty fast.
However, if the situation gets worse, then you should contact the vet immediately. Also, he/she might vomit and poop a lot than usual, and you have to clean it up. So, don’t let this situation to ruin your mood and be harsh with your pup.
He is ill, so you should be gentle with him as much as possible.
Take care of your pup, and he will be running around and playing with you in no time.
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