Saturday, April 11, 2015

Settling an Upset Stomach

From time to time, dogs will get a bout of diarrhea or vomiting. A new dog food, too many treats, table scraps or a tasty plant in the backyard can cause an upset stomach. 

Is your dog feeling under the weather?
An occasional case of the runs or vomiting is nothing to panic over. With a little TLC and frequent potty trips, your dog should be over it in a day or two. Here are some tips and home remedies to have your pooch feeling back to normal in no time.


Fluids

Make sure your dog stays hydrated. When a dog is vomiting or has diarrhea, they need to keep drinking water but in small increments. Gulping large amounts of water will irritate the stomach even more and cause a dog to vomit all the fluids they took in.

Ice chips and frozen gatorade cubes are good alternatives to prevent a dog from gulping too much water. Chamomile tea is another option that calms the stomach by mildly sedating the digestive system. The herb can ease nervous spasms in the stomach, relieve gas, aid in bile production and reduce inflammation in the intestinal tract.

Chamomile tea is one of the safest healing remedies for dogs. In addition to calming the stomach, the herb can also clear skin, strengthen heart tissue and expel worms.
If a dog's upset stomach persists more than a couple days, they can become dehydrated. Signs of dehydration to look for in your dog include:
  • Sunken eyes
  • Loss of appetite
  • Dry mouth
  • Decreased skin elasticity
  • Lethargy
  • Depression
Child nutrition shakes are a great source of fluids and electrolytes for dogs that are showing signs of dehydration.
To treat mild signs of dehydration, you can give your dog a small dose of PediaSure. The shake can be taken orally through a medical syringe or by adding it to a water bowl. If a dog refuses to eat or drink, they have a severe case of dehydration and need to be examined by a vet.

Over the Counter Medications

Pepto-bismol can temporarily relieve an upset stomach and diarrhea. However, correct dosage is important because sensitive dogs can have a reaction to it. If your dog has allergies or blood disorders, consult with your vet before using any medication.

Soothing Foods

Three foods that are easy on the stomach are plain yogurt, bananas and oatmeal. Probiotics in plain yogurt will help balance your dog's digestive system and relieve gas. Bananas are a good source of protein and oatmeal is an easy digestible starch.

Once your dog can hold down these foods and appears to be feeling better, you can slowly introduce dog food back into their diet. Easing a dog back into their normal diet will prevent diarrhea or vomiting from reoccurring. Play it safe and save the cheeseburger for another day.

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