Dealing With Dog Stomach Problems
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! Probably the worse and most alarming cause is when a pet gets into something toxic.
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.
Dog Care - Upset Stomach
To help a dog get over the vomiting related to a food upset, one of the best things owners can do
is to put their dog on a fast. 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.
One such helper is Bismuth, a substance that has both calming and soothing effects. It coats the stomach lining and can bring
some temporary relief. Pepto-bismol is a good source of bismuth and is readily available at the the grocery
store. Your vet should be able to advise on the recommended amount to give your dog.
Other useful helpers are digestive or detoxify supplements.
One old-time remedy that is soothing for dog stomach problems is peppermint tea
- works for people and apparently
can be helpful to dogs also.
Dog Upset Stomach - Reintroducing Food
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 boiled hamburger meat, cottage
cheese, poached chicken,
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
more often if she appears to be getting her appetite back and is interested in eating
a larger portion.
Dog Upset Stomach Causing Diarrhea
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.
Dog Stomach Problems - When To Call For Help
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. Furthermore, if
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.
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
Veterinary Secrets Revealed
, a valuable e-book, written by a qualified vet, contains information about
numerous dog health issues, useful home remedies, plus advice about which dog illnesses need a prompt
consultation with a pet professional.
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