4 Effective Ways on How to Calm a Dog’s Stomach | Step-by-Step Guide

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Does your dog have an upset tummy? Do you know what causes this pain? Are there any natural remedies? How can you avoid it?

When your pet has experienced an upset stomach, that does not mean that he is unhealthy or you are not a good dog parent. Just like in humans, your dog’s body also rejects some food. It does not happen all the time, but it is common for other dogs, too.

According to veterinarians, the causes of an upset stomach vary from physiological to environmental-related changes because of weathering, food allergies, something they should not eat, stress, or even aging.

In this article, I will give you some ideas on how to calm a dog’s stomach. However, you should not take this information as a replacement for expert veterinary care.  Please remember that consulting a veterinarian is always the best for dogs that experience extreme pain.

What are the Symptoms of Severe Stomach Pain?

I know it is difficult to tell if your dog’s stomach is mild or severe. This article will give effective remedies for dogs with an upset stomach but do NOT display any of the following symptoms:

  • Bloated, painful, or hard belly
  • Dehydration (dry gums)
  • Trying to vomit or difficulty in pooping
  • The appearance of any amount of blood in urine, poop, or vomit
  • Drowsiness
  • Suspected ingestion of medications, toxic food or object, poison, or chemicals

How to Calm a Dog’s Stomach at Home?

a dog drinks a lot of water to keep her self hydrated

Step 1. Keep your fur baby hydrated.

Make sure that your pet drinks enough water at all times. Water can mostly help him, especially when he experiences diarrhea, too. However, your pet also needs more vitamins to keep fluid. If you noticed that your dog’s condition is not improving, do not continue self-treating since it can lead to dehydration. Extreme dehydration can cause organ failure and even fatal death. If your dog is still not improving for almost twenty-four hours, take him to the veterinary clinic immediately.

Step 2. Give your dog an over-the-counter antacid.

Put an over-the-counter antacid into your dog’s water. But first, you need to consult the veterinarian since the amount of antacid will depend on your dog’s weight.

Always remember to consult the veterinarian before giving your dog any treatment.

Step 3. Check your dog’s body temperature.

A rectal thermometer is the best tool to check your dog’s temperature since it provides the most information. You can also use an ear thermometer, but it does not give a precise temperature. A dog’s average body temperature is about 101.5°F or 38°C. A temperature that reaches at least 102°F and above is considered being a fever that needs to be checked by a veterinarian immediately. If your dog’s temperature is lower than 99°F, also go to the vet to find out the cause.

Step 4. Find out what your fur baby ate.

I have nibbled look around your house and check. Houseplants are toxic to dogs. Therefore, check all of your plants at home. You should also check all trash cans and bags for any signs of mess. This action will help your vet to diagnose your dog’s situation and give the best advice on how to calm a dog’s stomach.

What are the Dangers of a Dog’s Upset Stomach?

dog eats some bad dog food

There will always be issues that can threaten your dog’s health if his upset stomach is not cured immediately.

Flu causes an upset stomach, but so does parvovirus. Dehydration is also one of the most dangerous threats to dogs since 75% of your dog’s body has water.

5 Additional Expert Tips in Calming Your Dog’s Stomach

Adding a tablespoon of plain (unsweetened) yogurt on his food can soothe the stomach. Yogurt is excellent in producing good bacteria inside the body and stimulates a dog’s appetite. Some veterinarians also suggest keeping a dog in daily probiotic since it minimizes the possibility of digestive problems. Ask your pet’s veterinarian if it’s suitable for your dog.

Bananas, oatmeal, sweet potatoes, and pumpkins can also help your dog’s upset tummy to calm. Try to give it to your pet.

Always leave fresh water on his side. Water can help your dog to do his potty break.

What are the Toxic Substances for Dogs?

  • Caffeine
  • Alcohol
  • Chocolate
  • Grapes and raisins
  • Avocados
  • Baker’s yeast or uncooked bread dough
  • Sugar

Please be reminded that this is not the complete list of substances harmful to dogs. You may research on the internet to learn more.

Chocolate

How to Avoid a Dog’s Upset Stomach?

Looking for remedies on how to calm a dog’s stomach is difficult. Therefore, with proper digestive health, you will prevent your dog from suffering in this painful issue too often.

Make sure that your dog absorbs all the needed nutrients every day. It covers his intestines with cells that require a lot of vitamins and minerals to function. The cells that need a lot of nutrients are the immune cells.

You should also give them high-quality and easily digestible proteins. These nutrients will help your dog’s digestive system to develop beneficial bacteria inside and outside his stomach.

Last, you can also ask your vet if what kind of food is best suitable for your dog’s breed and age. The right diet will help your dog’s digestive system to absorb the nutrients.


Conclusion

If you do not know how to calm a dog’s stomach, it is always the best if you consult a veterinarian or other dog parent. Do not treat your dog with medications with no prescriptions from the veterinarian.

Maintaining a healthy digestive system is the most important thing to do as a dog owner. This allows my dog’s body to fight harmful bacteria inside. I also give him vitamin every day to keep his immune system strong.

However, I also admit that sometimes, I cannot control my dog from nibbling on questionable substances around the house which is the reason I created this article.

So, have you planned to do these remedies for your dog’s upset stomach? Did you contact your dog’s doctor regarding his condition? What did the doctor say? Let me know in the comment section below and share it with other dog parents, as well!

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Hi, everyone! My name is Mathew Barham and I’m the editor in charge here at M-Dog. I’m currently based in Northampton, Pennsylvania, where I live with my beautiful wife, two amazing kids, and four rowdy rescue dogs. Growing up, my parents had a huge backyard and lots of animals. So my entire life, I was surrounded by pets that I cared for deeply. When my wife and I moved into a bigger place, I knew that I wanted to do the same for my family. That’s when we went to an animal shelter and fell in love with the most adorable little rescue pup. Since then, our family just kept growing, and we couldn’t be happier about it.