Dogs can get upset stomachs for a variety of reasons, like stress or a change in their normal diet. If your dog has a tricky tummy, you may see him or her nibbling on some grass to soothe it. But this doesn’t always solve the problem. If your veterinarian rules out more serious medical problems, he or she might recommend the following remedies to help your pup feel better quickly.
Give your dog some probiotics.
At pet supply stores, you can find probiotic supplements formulated specifically for dogs. Probiotic supplements replenish your dog’s microbiome with healthy, beneficial bacteria that balance the bad bacteria. If your dog is prone to stomach issues, you may want to make the supplement a daily habit.
Complement your dog’s diet with fiber-rich foods.
Pumpkin, sweet potatoes, bananas, and oatmeal can all be used as additives to a dog’s diet. Give your dog small servings of these items to see how he or she responds to them. You can find some of these food toppers, like pumpkin, in packets specifically marketed toward pet parents. If you shop at the supermarket for them, choose unseasoned, unsalted varieties with no sugar added.
Keep your dog well-hydrated.
If your dog is having diarrhea, he or she will be more susceptible to dehydration. Dehydration can be very serious for dogs. Make sure yours has access to clean, fresh water at all times. It’s also important to replace your pup’s electrolytes if he or she is ill. Pedialyte is one product that can help with this. However, if you suspect your dog is already dehydrated, take him or her to the veterinarian right away. Dehydration can be indicated by lethargy, sunken eyes, and dry nose and gums.
If your dog has an upset tummy, you can request a prompt appointment with a veterinarian at Horizon Animal Hospital. Our team welcomes each patient and client as if they were family. Call our vet clinic in Scottsdale at (480) 800-4559.