Dog stomach problems are very often accompanied by the symptoms of vomiting or diarrhea. If you're lucky, the resulting mess will be outside, but uncannily most of the time it will be deposited somewhere you'd least want to see it such as the bedroom carpet or worse - your bed!
Quite often the cause of an upset stomach in dogs will be from a garbage adventure.
But sometimes it will be the aftermath of a well-meaning-but-ill-advised handout from someone in the family who doesn't have to clean up after the dog!
When the cause results from garbage or a food sensitivity, these type of stomach problems do not usually last very long.
However, if it goes more than a day, it's a good idea to check it out with the vet especially if he or she is running a fever.
To help a dog get over the vomiting related to a food upset, one of the best things owners can do is:
Don't worry, it doesn't hurt a dog to skip a meal or two. Water should be available frequently to avoid dehydration, but only in small quantities.
It's important that
the water isn't gulped down as this can restart the vomiting or cause uncomfortable nausea. So
just encourage your dog to sip by providing on a little at a time.
A couple of other solutions that can be tried along with fasting to speed up the recovery of dog stomach problems,
are remedies that provide some "internal" help for the stomach.
When the fasting is having the desired effect of easing the turbulent stomach, vomiting has
stopped, and your dog is acting like she feels much better, small amounts of bland food can be
offered throughout the day.
For a delicate stomach things like:
mixed with some potato or rice are usually easier to handle at this stage
of her recovery.
As long as the portions are kept very small, they can be presented to the dog patient more often if she appears to be getting her appetite back and is interested in eating a larger portion.
When dog stomach problems are resulting in diarrhea as opposed to vomiting, the same fasting treatment can be followed, except that the water intake needs to be plentiful.
If your dog doesn't have much enthusiasm for drinking water and needs to be encouraged to take more fluids, you can spike the water with some flavorful broth as an inducement.
If a dog's symptoms of vomiting or diarrhea are not slowing down and/or she is showing signs of illness beyond the vomiting, calling the vet for advice is definitely advised.
there is any indication that a dog has ingested a toxic substance, this warrants an emergency call
to your vet as treatment in this case needs to be swift.
Other causes of dog stomach problems that go beyond an allergic response to eating unfamiliar food or ingesting some rank food from foraging in the garbage, could be related to an inflammatory gastrointestinal problems such as ulcers.
If any blood is seen in the vomit, an infection or tumor
may be the cause.
The bottom line is that prolonged symptoms of stomach distress need prompt professional diagnosis.
Keep this number handy if you think your pet may have ingested something poisonous:
ASPCA Animal Poison Control: (888) 426-4435 This number is available 24/7. You may be charged a fee.
Alternatively, for a modest fee, you can get advice about your pet's problem by using the widget above to connect directly with a vet online.
The bottom line is that prolonged symptoms of stomach distress need prompt professional diagnosis. Recognizing the early warning signs of dog illnesses and taking quick action is very important in getting your dog back to good health.
I recommend owners obtain a copy of Dr. Pitcairn's Guide to Natural Health For Dogs, a valuable book, written by a renowned vet, containing information about numerous dog health issues, useful home remedies, plus advice about which dog illnesses need a prompt consultation with a pet professional.