Our dog gets an upset stomach occasionally. Sometimes it causes her to vomit, sometimes diarrhea, but mostly just lots of rumbling and a lack of an appetite. Any tips for helping to ease her tummy troubles?
Tummy Troubles in Timbergrove
Dear Tummy Troubles,
Upset stomach is a rather common occurrence in both dogs and cats. Once your vet has ruled out a serious condition, there are a few steps you can take to ensure your four-legged companion recovers from her intestinal woes quickly.
Pick up all food and treats and limit water for up to 24 hours (12 hours for puppies). This is often all you will need to do. Allowing the stomach to rest can be incredibly healing. Ice chips are a good replacement for water as some pets (especially dogs) will drink so much they vomit when they have stomachaches.
Pumpkin is excellent for BOTH diarrhea and constipation. Dogs and cats actually tend to like pumpkin as well and, mixed with a little water, they are likely to lap it right up.
Canned pumpkin is fine. Just please make sure you are giving no-sugar-added pumpkin, not the pie filling!
Probiotics are important because a lot of the good bacteria naturally present in the stomach and digestive tract can be stripped when dogs and cats experience vomiting and diarrhea. A bacterial imbalance can be bad because some naturally occurring bacteria like clostridium difficile will flourish and it wreaks havoc when the gut is out of balance.
Rice water (the water strained after cooking a small amount of rice in a large amount of water) can help balance electrolytes. Make using 1 cup of rice to 1 quart of water. Boil and steep for about 20 minutes, strain and cool, then offer it to drink.
A half-and-half mixture of cottage cheese and either boiled or steamed rice (not instant or boil-in-the-bag rice) works nicely to ease an upset tummy. Brown rice is good for us all, but white rice is best for tummy upsets. Bland and gentle is the key!
Remember: If the digestive problems don’t resolve themselves in 24 hours or so, a trip to the vet is necessary to make sure there’s nothing more serious going on. But, for small bouts of indigestion in your pets, the above tips should save you, your pets and your flooring lots of intestinal woes.
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