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Tips to Cure Your Dog’s Upset Stomach

Sick Lazy BeagleNormally dogs will eat grass to cleanse out their system – this is the natural method to cure your dog’s upset stomach. However, at times this won’t do the trick, or your dog won’t even feel like eating grass. In this case it can help to give your dog a little bit of Pepto-Bismol or Pepcid crushed and mixed with water (the amount will depend on your dog’s weight – consult your veterinarian). It is possible that the manufacturers of these products may change their formulas over time and they may not be as safe as they once were for pups so, as with any treatment, always consult a vet before proceeding with treatment. If you are concerned about the costs of treating your pet each time you visit the vet, you might want to consider pet insurance.

You could also take your dog’s temperature. We recommend using a rectal  thermometer as it is the most accurate option. An ear thermometer is also an option but not as precise. A dog’s normal body temperature should be about 101.5 degrees Fahrenheit. A temperature of 102 or higher is considered to be a fever. If the temperature is higher than 102 degrees or lower than 99 degrees, you should go to the vet or emergency vet hospital immediately to find out the cause.Note that the Pepto-Bismol or Pepcid may make your dog’s stool darken quite a bit – this is not a reason for alarm.

Keep your pup hydrated!

Canine Journal's Pet Insurance ComparisonOne of the most important things is to keep your pup hydrated at all times. This is especially important if they are experiencing diarrhea. With diarrhea, they may very quickly (within hours) become dehydrated, as they will lose water that they would retain under normal conditions.

Natural ways to cure your dog’s upset stomach

If you prefer not giving your dog human medications like Pepto Bismol, and your dog won’t eat grass to clear her or his upset stomach, there are other natural home remedies that can do the trick. However, these may not be the best cure for your dog, so make sure you check with your veterinarian before proceeding. Some natural home remedies include:

  • Rice
  • Boiled chicken (boneless and no salt added)
  • Banana baby food

Do not use hamburger meat – this is a fairly common recommendation on bulletin boards, but the fact is the meat is too greasy and will not help your dog’s upset stomach (nor is it healthy for your dog).

No matter what you choose, however, make sure your dog stays well hydrated. The point of the grass is to make your dog vomit, to clear out whatever is upsetting his or her stomach. For more serious situations, your best bet is to limit food intake, keep getting your dog water, and take them to the vet.

What did your dog eat that upset their stomach?

If you can find out what your dog ate, it may help the vet’s diagnosis of your situation. One of the first things to look for is if any of your house plants have been eaten. Many house plants are toxic to dogs.

Changing Your Dogs Food Can Upset its Stomach

Canine Journal's Pet Insurance ComparisonSo make sure you still have some of your dog’s current food to allow time for the transition. Over the course of about a week, slowly start mixing in more and more of the new food into less and less of the current food until the transition is complete. Read our article on changing dog food for more specific details.

Go slow and keep an eye on your dog while changing food to make sure he remains healthy. Consult your vet if you have any questions during this process of changing dog food or run into any health concerns.

Hope Your Dog is Feeling Better Soon

If none of these solutions work or you are very worried about your pet, please go see a veterinarian to help guide you through this difficult time. If you have other treatments that you have tried successfully to get your dog on its way to recovery, please share them below with a comment.

As dog owners ourselves, we know how difficult it can be to see your pup suffer so we sure do hope your dog is feeling better soon.

Why do Dogs Get an Upset Stomach?

Although dogs will eat most anything you put in front of them, their stomachs don’t always agree to this free for all type of consumption. One of the most likely causes for an upset stomach is a change in diet. You can’t assume that they have eaten something unhealthy either. Sometimes they get an upset stomach from something as simple as a change in brands or flavors of dog food. If this isn’t the cause, you might start searching for another reason, such as an illness.

Dangers of an Upset Stomach

Aside from the fact that our dog is likely to be uncomfortable and even in pain, the upset stomach may be a symptom of an underlying issue. Your dog may have something as mild as the flu or as life threatening as the Parvo virus. If your dog has a bacterial infection or a virus, they are likely to show other signs along with the upset stomach. Should the condition persist, the most dangerous threat is likely to be dehydration. This occurs when the body is unable to retain fluids. Water makes up around 75% of the body weight of dogs, but even consuming large amounts of water may not be enough to prevent dehydration in your dog.

Signs of Dehydration

Dogs, and especially young pups are very susceptible to occurrences of dehydration, much the way humans are. If you notice that your dog has diarrhea or doesn’t seem to have an appetite or be interested in drinking his or her water, then your dog is taking the first step towards dehydration.

You can check to see if your dog is already dehydrated by assessing the appearance of his or her skin and gums. If you lift the lip of your dogs, the gums should be coated with a shiny wet film. If not, then he or she may be dehydrated. To check the skin to see if your dog is dehydrated, squeeze the skin behind the neck as if you were going to pick your dog up as his or her mother would. Release the skin. If the skin stays in the pinched position, your dog is dehydrated. If it automatically goes back to lying flat on the neck, your dog is not dehydrated. This is the same method used to check humans. If you’ve ever had someone pinch the skin on your hand and then watch to see if it goes back to its original form, you have experienced the same kind of dehydration test.

Prevent Dehydration

Don’t assume that you can prevent dehydration by offering water to your furry pet. Your pet also needs electrolytes and vitamins in order to retain fluids. One possible solution to this dilemma is to use Pedialyte. You can obtain a dry mixture made for animals by going to your nearest farming store. The packet is mixed with water, and then fed to the dog.

If your dog does not improve quickly though, do not continue to try self treating. Dehydrationi n dogs can quickly progress from a passing concern to one of possible organ failure and even death. So, please if your dogs symptoms last more than 24 hours, take him to the vet immediately for treatment.

Feeding a Dog with no Appetite

If your dog isn’t feeling well and you wish to feed it pedialyte or some other mixture that will help prevent dehydration, you’re going to need a syringe (without a needle) and a towel. Your dog isn’t going to want to be fed anything, just as you don’t want to eat when you don’t feel good. Because of this, you may need some assistance when feeding your dog.

After filling the syringe with the mixture to be used, lay the dog on its side. Open the mouth of the dog and use the syringe to inject the fluid down the dog’s throat. If the dog still doesn’t want to swallow the mixture, massage the throat to prompt the swallowing response. Another method is to inject the mixture inside the back of the cheek of the dog. Again, massage the throat as needed for swallowing. If you choose to use the cheek method, watch for liquid to come out the other side of the mouth as sometimes dogs will simply let the liquid drain out if they don’t have the energy or urge to swallow.

Reminder: If You Have an Emergency, Call The Vet

And just a quick reminder that if your dog is very ill and you cannot figure out how to help him, please call the vet. No website can match the help that a trained veterinarian and an actual in-person physical exam to determine the best plan of treatment.

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About Michelle Schenker

Since the day she was born, Michelle has lived in a home full of dogs and dog lovers. Her home is no exception with two adorable rescue pups of her own, Bella and Lily. Their unconditional love and never ending tail wags make every day brighter.
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  • kathy

    9 week, 12 oz puppy is throwing up. We went to vet and his sugar was low but now has no appetite and is throwing up.

  • omar

    Hello there. I have a 1 year old Chihuahua and he doesn’t want to eat or drink. He just vomits. No diarrhea. It’s been 3 days and I’m worried.

  • Deborah

    Are there certain breeds of dogs that are prone to digestive issues? My American Eskimo has been a grass eater since he was a puppy. I don’t have any serious issues with him, but I have found once in a great while I will find a little patch of what appears to be vomit. This might happen once or twice a year. Other than that, he burps sometimes, so I am thinking he might just have a sensitive tummy. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. I keep him on the same food for at least a year now, and he enjoys it. I don’t think it is his diet.

  • suzzt ggh

    My puppy has a bad stomach ache and is vomiting. Any ideas on what I should do?

  • Linda

    My Chihuahua is an 8 pound male. His name is Bruiser and I’ve had him since the beginning of February this year. He was a rescue doggie. In the last couple of weeks he has begun to eat grass and vomit in the morning only. I have not changed his food lately. Although I do give him fresh apple, watermelon and a scrambled egg on occasion. I though his vomiting might be due to his being hungry in the morning and have fed him a small snack before going to bed. On those few occasions that he has vomited I have fed him a little rice with his food and will give him plain chicken when I have it. The vomiting is not everyday. His appetite is fine, he is very active, I walk him up to 4 times a day. I can’t afford to go to the vet at every turn and am looking for any advice from those that have experienced something like this. Thank you.

  • Valerie

    I’m 16 years old my dog is sick and my mom doesn’t want to help me. I worked and right now I just have $220 and my dog need to be hospitalized. I don’t want to let him die he is just 6 months I try to feed him but he even throws up water. I don’t really know what else to do with him :(

    • Daniel

      Take it to the vet and tell them your issues…maybe they can help even without pay. I’ve had a vet do a lot of things for me free of charge just because they loved animals so much and didn’t want it to suffer!

  • Paawon

    The current temperature in my city is 44-45 degrees. My dog has slight fever with loss in appetite with very upset stomach, like a shower of watery stool coming out. I think he is affected because of temperature. Can I give him cold stuff and ice cream to lower down the temp or any other suggestions?

    • http://www.coverstorymedia.com/ Michelle Schenker

      Hi Paawon,
      Here are a few overheating prevention tips in our Heat Stroke article:
      1) Give your dog water to drink
      2) Place a cold pack on your dog’s head to lower its body temperature
      3) Run a cool bath for your dog (not cold as that may create other issues but cool)
      4) If your dog prefers getting cooled off by a garden hose or sprinkler (or even a baby pool), that could be a good outdoor option.

      • jacksLondon

        Dogs are lactose intolerant. Do not give them ice cream it will upset their tummy even more.

  • kathy

    Is there any vet out there that cares more about pets then their pocket book. My dogs dying because I can’t find a vet that will take payments.

    • Caladium

      Do you have a humane society or animal shelter in your area that could help you find someone?

  • Dog-owner

    I have a little dog 3 years old. She has an upset stomach. So I looked up how to help her and, as this page suggested, feed them rice. But also feed them boiled chicken. Do this for 4-5 days.

  • Di

    What the heck is wrong with you people? Trying to find out about remedies for my dog who has an upset stomach, not trying to find out about economic issues, rushing children to the doctor, and other life and rescue stories! Can’t people just respond normally without getting into discussions of who knows what? Some people would LIKE TO HELP THEIR PETS QUICKLY without having to read a bunch of nothing! Good grief!

    • ws

      You right on track.

    • Rhonda Willoughby-Ohl

      Wow… Really??? No wonder your dog has an upset stomach… Sorry but, well, that was just plain rude! Sheesh!!

  • heather

    Can too much sweet potato cause my dog to have diarrhea? I gave my dog a sweet potato chew and she ate the whole thing in less than thirty minutes. It was the Snooks Organic sweet potato chew. It was kind of large and now she has orange diarrhea. Could the treat have caused that? :(

    • Pendulous

      Yes. They have lots of fiber and thus can cause loose stools. She just ate too much at once. Sweet potato is also good for dogs that have diarrhea oddly enough. That can work both ways.

  • Ava

    My 130 lb Yugoslavian Mountain Shepard mixed with a King Shepard, female was switched @a month ago to healthy weight food by iams. Had to since she was getting too fat and being a big dog I didn’t want leg etc problems for her. When she stands she is almost 6ft 5. She has been fine with her new food. She started the past few days passing gas. It smells and you can hear her. There’s no grass since we have snow. She loves it. Her tummy rumbles real loud and she won’t eat, bathroom is ok and no vomiting. Any ideas what to try? Like most, the economy is destroying lives but is no reason to get rid of an animal or as some fools say let it free. Now that’s cruel. But in truth vet bills are for some of us at this moment in life, out of reach. I do not have relatives to borrow from, I do not have decent clothes, go out, cable, or anything other. I use a cell because I have no phone and can only work part time even with health problems I can’t afford to fix. This includes a torn painful knee and seizures anyways it’s not about me it’s about my dog Meka and the vet costs. If worse came to worse I’d sell my furniture for her ( furniture is a little on the worthless side) some people find themselves on hard times but is not a reason to get rid of your loved one. I want to try home remedies first. Please don’t judge. It wasn’t like this when we first got her. She is 2 1/2 now. We are hopefully for the future but for now?? You can only stretch your income so far and some of us we even deny ourselves of medical care to when we have no choice so no mean remarks please. God bless those of you with big hearts and understanding too.

  • Carmarie

    Hi, my dog is 2 years old and she has been vomiting for the past two days. We are taking her to the vet tomorrow but we wanted to know how we can help her. She’s not eating. She’s not playing. She’s just laying on the floor. Sometimes she just stands without moving, just shaking. She looks really uncomfortable. She won’t drink anything unless it’s out of my hand. I’m really worried. What can I do to make her feel better?

  • Monique Patterson

    6 lbs Female Chihuahua having Diarrhea/Vomiting –
    Hi Michelle, Thank you so much for having this website. The day before Thanksgiving I was making an apple pie and I gave my Chihuahua couple of apple strips. Also a few pecan chips fell on the floor due to a recipe to a dish I was preparing of which she had eaten as well. The next morning she started her spell of diarrhea and vomiting. Twenty four hours had passed and she had expelled all she could which then left blood in her stool. I decided to call an emergency vet hospital. The charge of just seeing her was $80.00 not to mention the cost of the diagnosis and what meds would be prescribed. I then decided to go online to obtain any information that may help and I found your Website. Afterwards I purchased a small bottle of Pepto-Bismol and a bottle of electrolyte of which you suggested. I dispensed just a small amount of the Pepto-Bismol to her and poured the electrolyte in her water bowl with chips of ice. Within hours she no longer had diarrhea and her vomiting had ceased. It’s now Saturday morning and she’s back to her normal self. Also her stool is back to normal. I did in fact continue the electrolyte and will probably for the duration of the day. Thank you again and thank you for saving me the cost of not going to the vet emergency hospital.

  • Paul

    I have a Pomeranian mix puppy we found running around and it was starved and full of fleas. We cleaned him up and he was eating really good but was throwing up at times. Today he will not eat but, will drink. We gave him Pepto Bismol and this is the first day. I guess I will take him to the vet, hopefully he will eat later or tomorrow. If you have any ideas I would appreciate it. Thanks.

  • Sander T.

    In mammals hydration needn't always be through the mouth or even nose.

    I have "seen" it done to several dehydrated children who were force hydrated through the anus. A similar but slightly larger syringe can be used to gently bring water into the last 15-20 cm of the large intestine. Water can be absorbed by the bowel lining. I have even heard about accounts of people doing the procedure with "not so clean" water, illustrating that the water used needn't even be sanitized. The lining acts as a filter in this way and works similarly as a reverse osmoses filter unit. All due respect for the use of the word reverse.

    Regards, Sander

  • Julie

    My 3 year old Lab-mix, Nicko, was not eating his food, so we switched back to the food he did like. We tried to integrate slowly, but he would not eat the new food. So we gave him his former food (small chunks Iams) and he has been throwing up 6 hours after, the food is not digested and sometimes it is runny. He seems to be the same with every day behavior, walking playing and drinking water. What can I do?

    • Sara

      Hi Julie, in a case of vomiting, diarrhea, or gastrointestinal distress, we recommend contacting your vet. They should be able to suggest a bland food alternative — like chicken and rice — to soothe your pup's stomach before easing him back into his food.

  • Sophie

    What sort of dog do you have in the picture? I really want to know. Thanks.

  • jeannie

    my dog was great this afternoon and then don't know what happened — droopy eyes, droopy ears and didn't want to walk, just laid there.

  • mommaof5

    I rescued a four month old lab mix from a very abusive home back in April. In May, my husband got into an auto accident that nearly took his life, however it did take his very good paying job. We have managed to keep out head afloat with bills until I finish college. My husband is working but for crap pay, not even 1/4 what he was making, and we have our three, two-legged kids, our puppy and a snake. I believe in taking dogs to the vet to get shots much like my kids, however I do not rush my children to the doctor any time one of them gets sick at school or has the flu. Yelling at people to take their furry babies to the vet or get rid of them is wrong. I believe in healthy and natural treatments when possible, I feed all of my kids, even the snake, the best of what we can afford. Last night my puppy "baby" became ill and began getting sick. We have not changed her diet, environment or added any other stress that could cause her to react like this. Her treats and food are all homemade. I worry about Parvo but she is not lethargic or dehydrated, her stools are a normal color. My main question is has anyone tried ginger water (pulverize a ginger root and boil with water for five minutes, strain and cool, incorporate into pups regular water bowl at a 1.5 ratio) for puppy tummy problems?

    • Shirley

      I never thought of giving my dog ginger but I will try it thanks for that 'lil tidbit the only thing is Spot wont eat or drink anything other than grass but we are going to start forcing him to drink some water. Again thanks for the advice.

  • Regret A Vet

    You are are all better off searching the internet for information. You can go to five different vets and you will get five different opinions. Because vets are so great! Pfffft!

  • Brian

    Let's make one thing clear: Sometimes, not all dogs are adopted. We didn't go and buy our dog or get papers etc. The wiener dog we have was a pure accident; she was standing outside the back of our house one night barking her head off and would not shut up. She was disturbing the folks next door. So the neighbor brings over some food to try and hush up the dog. We didn't want the dog. We tried going to websites, called the local radio stations, no one was claiming the dog. So out of the goodness of my heart, we kept the dog. Till this day we don't know any history on our dog. We know she was neglected and possibly severely abused. We did take her to the vet once to get a rabies shot. Till then she has been just fine. Right now she does have an upset tummy so we come to get advice on what to do about our dog having an upset tummy and cure it and I read comments that you should not have a dog if you can't take care of it, etc. I even read a comment that you should just release the dog into the wild and let nature take its course.

    You know, reading stuff like that just makes me lose hope for humans more and more. So what are the ones with sick animals supposed to do? Just let their animals stay sick without advice? Oh, here is an idea: How about we just take it to the pound and have the poor animal put to sleep? You know what, you folks that judge others make me sick. It's no wonder why I have lost respect for the human population as a whole. Hope you're proud of yourselves for putting other people down. 

    • v b

      good for u brian. i agree.

    • sony

      Nicly said brian…

  • Hannah J.

    How dare ya'll that say if you can afford this or that than you can afford pet care. My hubby and I have a dog who has an upset stomach and yes, we would love to take her to the vet but seriously with everything else we have to pay for and how much we earn every two weeks it's sometimes overwhelming. We love our dog and we got her because her previous owners dumped her or she ran away. She was neglected as well as malnourished, and abused. Yes, we love her and would give anything to make her better, but vet bills alone would be expensive. Before ya'll sit up here and judge people and the fact that they can't afford the vet care because they come here for advice on what to do, shame on you. People would not give up their pet for anything. So before any of you sit up here throwing stones or judging maybe you should think what would you do in this situation. 

    Yes, you can make payments on vet bills, but seriously, now days who can afford that on top of anything else they have to pay? Also what about these homeless people who have their pets beside them. Pets are reliable and faithful partners who people turn to when times are tough and they have no one else to turn to.

    Shame on you all for saying some of the things you say. 

    • Clark

      It is always tough on folks who truly love their pet. Do your best and most of the time you can determine what is wrong. Best to make sure temp is 101.2 then take symptoms and ask online. Many cures on hand. VETS DO NOT ALWAYS SOLVE A PROBLEM and cost is criminal. Not all can spend $6000 on surgery like I did. If my vet would have diagnosed my dog properly, my cost would be around $4000. Show love to your pet and do your best.

    • valgal

      The humane society offers financial assistance to those in need and can’t afford care for their pets.

      • Carissa Marks

        Not where I am, or where I spent the last 7 yrs. They do spay/neutering at free or reduced rates but that’s it and most vets will not allow payments-its an all or nothing in Fl. and only one vet in upper Mi took payments and I wouldn’t let that fool treat a stuffed animal.

    • karen lancaster

      I love you Hannah! I have 3 adorable babies I’ve acquired after losing my son, mom then husband in a year & a half span! I am completely alone & isolated & on a fixed income. I do every thing I can to keep them healthy & away from the vet. They are my world I would be devastated without them!

      Here’s a useful tip for all dog lovers I recently discovered; give your dog 1tsp per 10 lbs of wt.of extra virgin organic coconut oil! Prevents many illnesses & for wt loss.very good for your dogs allergy symptoms including drops in ears! Its an anti-fungal. You must research theirs to many benefits to mention! It all works the same for humans. I had already been using it for cholesterol & wt.loss but I’m elated @ this discovery! Its a natural miracle! Buy most any grocery store!

      • doggylover31

        Hey Karen,
        Facebook me at chubbychick3030 at yahoo dot com. I have little dogs.

      • Rhonda Willoughby-Ohl

        Hey Karen, My name is Rhonda and I have a 10 year old Boston Terrier that I adopted about 6 years ago….she was neglected and abused terribly! She has seizure’s, (the vet can find no reason for the seizures, we have done all the necessary tests). She has terrible allergies also. She gets an upset tummy quite often and I would love to hear more about using the coconut oil.
        She eats a holistic food to help with her seizures and her allergies both but, I am trying to make her as symptom free as possible and maybe the coconut oil would be an added benefit.
        You can find me on facebook if you’d be kind enough to share more about your experience with it. Thanks!! :)

    • kimberly Prieto

      Thank you for that Hannah. I’m a loving pet mother and my husband has had a brain aneurysm and has cancer. If a site like this can help me with my dogs tummy ache and save me $200 for the same advice I’d get from a vet, then damn right I’ll use it. Shame on you to judge others.

    • maxmom

      So true. I come on sites like these for suggestions and information about what worked for other people. . The amount of judgement is unbelievable. A dog can have a minor ailment like an upset tummy and some people will immediately attack and say take the dog to the vet or give it up. Sure- you could take your dog to the vet for an upset tummy. You could pay for Xrays, ultrasound, blood test, etc. Or you could come on sites like these and see what you can try first before spending up to $1000 only to find out you need to feed rice and chicken for a few days.

  • Sharon

    I have a 3.5-5 pound Yorkie. He is not chewing up his food. He is swallowing it whole. He eats it so fast. I only feed him a handful in the morning and handful in the evening. He does drink but not a lot. He has thrown up his food twice today. What do I do for him? He is still playful at this time. I am a first time puppy owner and I don't have a clue.

    • Jill

      I had a dog as a kid that we rescued less than one month old. We used to wet her dry dog food because she didn't get the chewing thing right away either. Good luck!

    • lucas

      Mash the food with a folk before feeding. This worked with my Yorkie who was the same way ;)

  • Carol

    My 11 year old lab has started vomiting his food up hours after he's eaten as though his body is not digesting his food. Took him to the vet and they gave him various tablets to be taken — one hour before food, with his food and one in between (confusing?). When he started his vomiting he also had very black stools so the vet advised a scope to check his stomach. Results of the tests have come back fine and stools went back to normal (we were feeding him rice and scrambled egg as advised by the vet) the sickness stopped for a couple of days but he did bring up yellow bile due to his stomach being empty. The vet wanted to "open him up" and have a good look around but I wasn't happy with that so said no. Unfortunately he has started being sick again and bringing up all of his food again, I'm at a loss of what to do now so would appreciate any help, please. Thanks.

    • Beth

      Get him to the vet and let him open him up!! I have dealt with two dogs with stomach blockages and just about lost them both — thank god for a good vet. Don't take the chance; open him up.

    • Mary

      How have you made out with the vet please?

    • Katie

      My 12 year old lab was having the same problem. They did a full abdominal ultrasound while I was with him and he showed ok.  

    • Mary

      11 years is pretty old for a Lab. I would really consider his quality of life as well as seek a second opinion. If you were going to have surgery you would seek a second opinion before being cut open. It could be something that doesn't have anything to do with his stomach. I would exhaust all external options first before going right to surgery. 

  • Leah

    I have a two year old mixed breed called Barney. For about a week or two he has been eating grass and vomiting pretty much everyday. He eats and drinks normally. He also has been having diarrhea. I have another dog and the two are always together and do the same thing, but only Barney seems to be sick. He is still energetic and playful. His stomach has been making very loud gurgling noises recently, too. The grass doesn't seem to be helping as he keeps eating it, day after day. What can I do to help him? The vet fees here are very high and I'm not really financially able to take him right now. What should I do? I just really want him to be better soon.

    • Lou

      Regarding your comment that vet charges are high in your area, my dear, they are high everywhere. I called a local vet in my area here in the Detroit suburbs and I was shocked to hear that they charge $450 to do an ultrasound on my dog's stomach and $2500 to scope my dog's stomach. With hardly anyone having pet insurance I don't know how most people can afford it. I guess those kids that went to veterinary college knew where the money was at, unfortunately it's at the poor pet-lovers expense, and usually it's something they can't afford but often pay it because of the love of their pet. Boo-ya to the vets…

    • Katie

      He may die if you continue to do nothing about vomiting and diarrhea. Work out a deal and make payments. Make more sacrifices in your budget.

    • Sandy

      I have found that canned pumpkin helps with diarrhea, a teaspoon to a tablespoon with each feeding. As for the vomiting, boiled chicken and white rice. Only about a 1/4 cup of rice though as to much rice can cause diarrhea too. Hope this information helps. It has helped my dog more than once in the past.

  • Love My Pet

    My Dachshund/ Terrier mix seems to not tolerate the Milk-Bone treats that are red or pinkish in color. Yesterday, we were training him and used the tiny Milk-Bone treats and forgot to weed out the pinkish ones. Our dog immediately started to cough, wheeze, and ran out of the house trying to eat grass and other plants as quickly as he could. He has been vomiting a clear, foamy substance with a few strands of grass in it off and on all evening yesterday. We didn't give him any food, but left his water bowl out for him. He did not vomit during the night; however, when he came back from his walk this morning he vomited a clump of grassy material. He still hasn't drank any fresh water yet from his dog dish, but I gave him half of a dog biscuit with no red dye. That was 11 to 12 hours ago. No vomiting. I will now feed him a little more bland food very carefully. I can't say for absolutely certain that it was the red dye/additives in the dog biscuits, but I have a strong suspicion about it.

    • Chan

      Please do not feed your dog milk bones. They are absolutely terrible for them and often referred to as "puppy cigarettes" as they are full of horrible additives. If you are looking for a healthy treat try some carrots, or a dry treat that cannot be purchased at a grocery store/Walmart, etc. :)

    • Daisy

      Any store-bought treats are garbage! Buy a package of chicken gizzards and hearts and boil them. I have small dogs. So those are their “treats”. I hear that Iams is terrible to give any dog that has stomach issues. I give our babies Honest Kitchen.

  • Crystal

    Thank you, Kathy Foust for all the help! My dog has starting to eat grass this morning and I was afraid that grass can affect the dog's diet. So I went to CanineJournal.com and I found out why he was eating grass! :) Thanks a lot!

  • Joanna

    Does anyone know if I can give my dog a Healthy Request soup of rice and chicken to help her tummy?

    • Lynn

      That's an interesting idea, and I would think that, overall, it would be a great idea. It's a good way to deliver enticing flavor with some nutrients. Since I have issues with yeast, I read labels and found that most of these soups contains yeast as a flavoring, which can cause some gastro-issues. They also contain high sodium, but I'm guessing that with an otherwise fit dog neither would be a problem. Avoid onion or onion flavorings: Onion is on the no-no list, though I don't know why.

      I might try this myself since my dog now has the stomach virus and fever all the humans in the house had last week. I'm not a vet, or expert, just well-read owner. Good luck.

      • doglover1

        Do you know if barley is bad for dogs? It works on humans and rice seems to have arsenic in it. I also heard parsley is good also. Any suggestions?

        • Sara

          Pearled barley is OK in small quantities if your dog has an upset stomach though dog's shouldn't eat relatively small amounts of grains as their digestive tracks are geared more for meats and fats. Parlsey is actually toxic for dogs and should be avoided.

      • Emely

        Hi I have a boxer female she can't keep her food down so my vet told me to give her chicken and brown rice that was ok for awhile now she is gone off off the rice. I would prefer if she have dog dried nut instead but at my wits end as can't leave her to the kennels when we take a holiday, maybe you can advise me, thank you.

        • Sara

          Hi Emely, if she still can't keep food down, and it sounds like this has been going on for awhile, we suggest taking her to the vet. There may be an underlying reason that she's not able to keep her food down.

  • http://dogleptospirosis.blogspot.com/ Krystal

    Dogs' tummies seem to get upset more often than they have any other issues. These are great tips; I'm going to try them on Cali the next time she gets a little topsy turvy. Wonder how well they will work for dogs with leptospirosis though? I am compiling a blog on dog leptospirosis; I'm hoping to have information on there in the end!

  • Malachi W.

    I found this really helpful. I live in Bermuda so when I heard "grass" I Immediately ran outside and picked some and when I came in I gave it to her on the floor by her food bowl and she started to eat it right away. Now she's back to her self so thanks a lot.

  • Cynthia Q.

    My puppy is four months (I don't know how much that is in dog years). He is aid tyre of a poodle and a chihuahua. He was fine on Friday but Saturday woke up throwing up and hasn't eaten. He drinks his water fine and it's a white foamy substance. I don't know what to do. My husband says he saw my neighbor give him and my other dog chicken and I don't know if it's that because the other dog (Bruno) has been fine this whole time. Can someone tell me how to help my baby?? I've given him Pepto today. 

    • Annie McGarry

      My dog also became ill after eating some chicken in a neighbor's yard. I worried that a chicken bone may have gotten into his system and took him to the vet. They gave him some kind of treatment, I forget what, but he was okay.

      Please tell your neighbor that dogs may not have chicken bones because they can splinter and puncture the intestines! Not enough people know this.

      Also, an adult dog may not get sick from something that a puppy can't handle. Like with human children, their immune systems are still developing. If that chicken was undercooked, the adult may have not shown signs of distress, but a puppy might feel very badly.

      I realize this message was left a month ago, and the problem I hope has resolved happily. My dog has diarrhea and an upset stomach right now, and I know how worrying it can be!

      Annie

  • Kat

    I found this website while looking for info on upset stomachs for my dog. I found the info that I needed, thank you! My Great Pyrenees ate my buttered popcorn last night when I left it on the coffee table for a few moments alone. She has never done this as she is very well trained. I know it is not serious but I wanted to make her feel better today. I also read comments that upset me. My dog is six years old and 140 lbs. My teenagers went to the Great Pyrenees breeding farm to look at the new born pups they had there for sale at $800. I knew they did not have the money to buy one so I said OK. Sure enough they came home with a puppy. They had $22 between them and bought a pup that no one wanted and the breeders wanted to be rid of because she wasn't picked out of the former litter due to her off coloring. I was furious 'til I saw her. I fell in love. At the time I owned my own business, a new car, my house was almost paid off and I could easily afford a dog. One year later I woke up not feeling right and within three months I was totally disabled with Lupus and severe RH along with a degenerating spine which damaged the nerves in my legs. I also had a small stroke. I was and am in severe pain. I lost everything. My house, business, car and children. I moved into a small place and got on disability immediately, They gave me no hassle even though I was under fifty. I am on my own and money is very tight. My dog is my life. She became my service dog. Even though in a lot of pain, I take her to the park four times a week for exercise. Use my wheelchair to take her on walks in the neighborhood. I have been lucky so far as she is healthy but am giving up cable and phone and internet shortly so I can save for the time she may need to go to a vet. Money has been so tight this has been a worry for me for some time so I am giving up my small luxuries before she needs any medical care. With my disabilities, I have felt so guilty having such a big dog and may not be the perfect person for a dog this size and have seriously thought of finding her a new home. Find someone who can give her more than me. I cant, I love her and she loves me too much. I feel for the commenters that cant afford a vet. Things aren't always what they seem. I never expected to lose my mobility and income so quickly. You shouldn't talk down to people who are more unfortunate than yourself. Count your blessings, you never know what tomorrow brings. "Judge not lest ye be judged" is the biblical saying. People in the highest places fall the furthest and believe me, it was a long fall for me. I have adjusted now and I wish all of you to have a healthy long life with your beloved pets. Thank God there are websites like this to give advice to those who need it. Haven't seen a popcorn comment yet but after reading all the more serious problems, I will get my Tums and count my blessing: my problem is not as serious as others here. Good luck to all!

    • Sara

      Best of luck to you, Kat! And thank you for sharing with us here at Canine Journal. You're an inspiration! 

    • Trish

      You are an inspiration, and your dog is one very lucky dog to have someone as loyal as you by her side.

    • Alice

      Thank you, sound wonderful. I have a white Westie which I love, but he get tummy bugs and itchy. I'm always looking for new ideas to help him.

      • Wendy

        I have two wee Westies. I love them to bits and they are my 3rd set. Wee Robbi was suffering with bad itch paws then wee Tyla got it; they were biting away and their paws looked raw so I took them to vet and turned out to be that the Febreeze spray I was using was irritating their skin! I got antibiotics and it cleared up. Robbi also started developing smelly ears. No one else could smell it and said I was daft but he kept scratching an scratching 'til they were raw inside and swollen. They were sore but he still let me try and clean them. I got him to the vet and they said it was to do with yeast. He got a pill and individual drops for his ear to loosen it up and it worked like a treat. I know Westies are prone to skin diseases, though. 

  • Kim

    We have gotten up two mornings in a row to find our 12 year old American bulldog has gone diarrhea downstairs through the night. It has been somewhat hot at night (high 60's/low 70s), but he seems fine during the day, eats/drinks fine and does not have access to the kitchen (it's gated off) or any chemicals and the yard is fenced. The only things I can think of is that it's age or heat related? Is is possible the heat could be causing it? We did have central air and moved to a rental a few weeks ago that does not have it temporarily while we wait for our new house to be completed in two months. On the other hand he is getting older and I'm just not sure how to approach this. In the meantime, I'm giving him canned pumpkin. He is stubborn and known to go to the bathroom in the house when he's mad. Like I said, he's totally normal during the day and acting fine. Any ideas? I'm just wondering if hes reaching the point he's not able to hold it at night anymore; my grandmother's German shepherd did this toward the end of its life. Help… :(

    • Samy

      He's upset about the move! You said that he is known to make mistakes in the house when he's mad, right?

  • myvitaminmart

    I feel sorry for all the trouble the dog owners are going through..giving them pumpkin and coconut water is the best natural way to cure them. It is gentle to the tummy giving them a calm feeling!

  • Taylor

    My 12 year old pompek began having black runny stools several days ago and white foamy vomit. Took him to vet who prescribed Entero-chronic once daily and half a SuIcralfate tablet, crushed in water and given via syringe two times daily. The Entero-chronic is to be mixed with 10 oz of water and given via syringe at one time. That is way too much for a little 14 pound dog and he gags and vomits. Also noticed that the meds are already expired. Also vomits the Sulcralfate. To keep him hydrated I was advised to give him coconut water which fortunately I have access to on my property. He tolerates the coconut water and has eaten some boiled chicken breast — if hand fed and likewise for sliced ham. He will not eat anything else. The runny stools have stopped so am leaving back meds and will rely on coconut water for now.

  • William

    Hopefully someone can help…

    Less that 48 hours ago, I noticed my black lab had an upset stomach. He threw up bile 3 times and had diarrhea as well. As the afternoon wore on, he started acted himself again, like a typical lab so we fed him boiled chicken and some white rice that evening. Unfortunately, he may have eaten it too quickly and threw it up (practically whole) minutes after he ate. Not sold he was better, we opted to not feed him again until last night. We fed him some more chicken, mixed with his dog food and in small increments this time. He didn't seem to have a problem, though he was very gassy through the night. But other than that, acted his normal self the remainder of the night and today as well. However, I just came in from work and he needed to go out badly… in which he had diarrhea again. 

    We aren't too sure what to do… we think he's better then he's not. He acts fairly normal, then he does something that makes us think he's sick. If anyone can supply an answer as to what we should do, I would appreciate it. We're stuck between waiting it out another day to see how he does or taking him to emergency clinic this evening. Thanks in advance.

  • Sue

    I also have been using rice for my Husky/Akita mix but was just advised not to use rice too often for my pets because Rice contains Arsenic . Which I didn't know. I eat rice myself all the time. Has anyone else been told this?

    Also my vet said the best dog food for large breed dogs is Costco Kirkland dog food. Every time I get a dog food for my dog it has been on the Dog Food Recall list. So far Kirkland Costco has not.

    I make all my dogs treats with pumpkin, boiled chicken, parsley leaves, fresh mint leaves (for bad breath)

    My last Siberian Husky could only have a RAW dog food diet, everything else upset his system. My vet said not to use it but he lived an extra 5 years and had no stomach issues.

    My questions are is Rice really ok for dogs? What dog food brands have NOT been on a Dog food recall list?

    • art

      I'm not sure where you got your info that Costco's Kirkland has never been involved in a recall, but it definitely has.

      https://www.google.com/search?q=Costco+Kirkland+dog+food&aq=f&oq=Costco+Kirkland+dog+food

      Just Google "Costco Kirkland recall" if that link doesn't work. Even a lot of brands that are advertised as "high grade" have been recalled, such as Blue Buffalo. Not good quality dog food unless they have their own factory/warehouses. Those dog foods I mentioned share factories with low grade dog foods (hence why so many different brands have been recalled within the past year for the same reason!)

      Please always Google your dog's food before buying. Do research on it. Look into where it's made, what company truly makes it (Evo & Innova have sold out to a huge name company that makes other products such as household cleaners, yet use another company name listed on the packaging so you don't know that).

      Personally, I want a company that ONLY makes dog food and that is their own focus.

      As for rice, I've also heard there are toxins in it and that it's not closely regulated. If I had to feed my dog rice for nausea/vomiting I'd use ORGANIC, PESTICIDE-FREE, BROWN rice only.

      Dogs are so much more sensitive to chemicals/pesticides/toxins than we generally are. They cause cancer in dogs way quicker than they do in humans.

      You can also google "arsenic in white rice" or maybe something like "white rice poisonous to dogs," etc.

    • Nancy

      I have finally found a dry food my 135 lb Rottie loves: Earthborn Grain Free Holistic. I have to buy it from Amazon since it is not carried by any retails in my area. It is fairly reasonably priced for grain free dry food, too! And no recalls!

    • Carrie Scott

      I like to use the holistic approach for myself and my dogs. A lot of western medications can cause more problems. But yes I have read several article’s lately that say almost all rices contains “a safe amount of arsenic”. I personally think that if you are already sick, adding some arsenic to your diet in any amount would not be good for ourselves or our four legged friends. There are some all natural organic brands of rice you can get at the health food store that contain no arsenic, but you do have to do your research. If I remember right from my reading there were only 4 brands that tested non positive for the poison. Some plain yogurt with oatmeal and a tablespoon or 2 of honey seems to work great for my boys when they have an upset tummy.

  • Perla

    My German shepherd is 1 year old. He has been throwing up, has diarrhea, and won't keep his food down. We can't afford to take him to the vet. Please help if you have any ideas of what I should do?

    • http://www.drronsanimalhospitalsimivalley.com DPJ

      If you bought a dog, but can't afford a vet, then perhaps you shouldn't have bought a dog.  It's like having a child and not taking them to the doctor. Not good.  Get them to a vet and make a sacrifice here and there to pay the bill. 

      • anp

        That is a pretty rude and obnoxious thing to say. This person obviously cares about their pet and is wanting to take care of them the best they can. How do you know what this person's financial situation is and what it was? Things can happen in an instance and then you find yourself in a tough place. Does that make you a bad pet owner? Absolutely not. Hope you never find yourself in that position… especially way up there on your high horse.

        • Neil

          couldn't have said it better myself. real easy to look down on someone who is in a tough spot, when you have no idea what their situation is or how they got there.

        • Mommy

          The guy was right. You shouldn't have a pet unless you are completely financially secure. Same as with children. 

          These animals weren't meant to be kept in our shitty unnatural environments anyway.

          If you cant afford a vet, just release it into the wild, nature will take care of it.

          • Tanya

            Good God! "Releasing" your pet into the wild is the worst advice! Your pet is probably better off being put down than being put outside to suffer who knows what. I have seen more starving animals whose owners "released" for whatever reason, so good grief, don't make your pet suffer unnecessarily!! People like you shouldn't own animals, because you obviously don't know what's good for them.

          • Shannon H.

            Please, don't listen to this fool. A domesticated animal….just release it?? We aren't talking about a tiger here folks. I love it when fools speak and just end up looking like nut jobs. 

          • Barb

            Hope society never allows you children OR pets! Cruelty and inhumane treatment is a criminal violation! If people would care for and love one another in this world, rather than just thinking ""all for themselves," there would be no poverty in this world! Neglecting family and/or pets is criminal, let alone cruel, selfish, hateful, and inhumane!

          • Tina

            Listen here, Mommy. You're an idiot! Release a domesticated animal into the wild? Nature will take care of it? Are you kidding me?!

            Like everyone else has commented, things happen life. People lose their jobs everyday. At least these people are trying to get some kind of help. And by the way, why are you on this site? Just saying!

          • Alinicky

            Oh dear GOD! Release the pets into the wild just because they can't afford the vet? Or for any other reason? YOU need help!

          • Dianna

            To “Mommy” — just release it into the wild, huh? Well, I live in the wild, and all the dogs I ever had are “dump” dogs that people have abandoned “into the wild”. Do you know what happens to them? They sit and wait for days for their owners to come back, starving all the time. They don’t know how to hunt anymore. Then they get delirious and panicky, and go looking for humans. In the meantime, they get covered with ticks and fleas from the wild. Most people who live in the country have guard dogs, who attack these poor abandoned animals, because that is their job. So now this pet is wounded, starving, having his blood sucked dry, and most times get eaten by buzzards before they die. I’m not rich by any means. I have rescued as many dogs as I can because, not living in the city limits, there is no animal control out here. Can I afford to take them all to the vet for nice little routine checkups? No. I find the money to get them vaccinated and spade and de-wormed and back to health and give them a safe home and good food. But there are too many dogs released “to the wild” to save them all from a terrible nightmare of a life and death. If they have a good warm home and food and a human to love them, then they are much better off.

        • I luv my Rattie-terrier!

          Yes, I found that very rude also! Some people haven't a clue to how many people find themselves and their families in tough situation with no fault of their own (and if it was their fault – well mistakes happen!)

          I know, because I am in a very tough situation… At the age of 39, I have found myself disabled and can no longer work… I was a human resource manager for 15 years and worked very hard. SSI is very difficult to get when your under the age of 50 (and it doesn't make a difference to what illness or injury you have, even if it is well documented!)  

          So when this happened, was I supposed to get rid of both my beloved dog and cat? Thankfully I have had good family support, who have helped to support me and my two furry babies! I feel really bad for those who do not have family to lean on when they are in a tough situation.

          Unfortunately, there are way too many people out there, who feel that they have the right to judge others before learning all of the facts! And like 'anp' said, I hope they do not find themselves in an unfortunate situation.

        • Melissa

          I work for a vet and we see this all the time: People bring their dog or cat in and its either sick or injured and say "fix it, I don't have any money." We usually make payment plans or sometimes do it for free or get screwed because they often will not come back for their animal or pay the bill like they promised. Majority pull up in a nice cars, nails manicured, hair custom cut and dyed, designer bag, etc. and almost every time they have a iPhone or iPad. It is hard to have sympathy for them.

          A friend who is a "home visit vet" gets call from social services about people who need help but have no money. Out of the goodness of his heart he will go to house. He says maybe one out of twenty is actually in need of free care. He said they have cable, cell phones, internet, etc., they have tools in garage a three wheeler and other "fluff' he said they could easily visit a pawn shop, have a yard sale and go to library for internet and do with a 1,000 dish channels and pay for their dogs care. There are some who truly don't have any money and have been adopted by a dog or cat and he helps because animals are good for the soul, but most could afford it but their wants and needs are more important,

          And when we have people come in and say "my dog is sick and I don't have money you should give me free or major discounted services" we say call your electric company and say same thing see how long power stays on or go to grocery store, fill up a cart and walk out and say "hey, it's okay I don't have money or very much so you need to give me this." Won't happen.

          A pet is a responsibility and should be a privilege, not a right. Just because you want a dog does not mean you have the means to care for one and you shouldn't have a dog or cat if you don't have the means. There is no social service for small animals like human have. A dog or cat has to have you to take care of it and that means health care; like it or not, no money should equal no pet.

      • Kevin

        I rescued my lab a year and a half ago. She is now around two years old. When I got her, I was married with the benefit of two incomes. Now I am separated (kept the dog and ditched the wife because the dog was faithful). I am carrying a mortgage, bills, etc. by myself. At her age, I had hoped my dog wouldn't cost too much beyond routine health care. In 2 years, my car and a bank loan are both paid up and I can breathe again financially. This is not my fault. I love my lab. She has been my faithful companion and I would do what I can for her. But I am not in a position to keep paying fees every time I go to the vet. My doctor does one comprehensive physical exam and I need my vet to do the same because it's the follow-up visits that are killing me $50 at a time.

        • Lisa

          People can be so rude when they are up there on that pedestal and can't see us small people way down here. Clearly you care for your dog as we all do. My newest puppy contracted Parvo and it cost me nearly $1600 to save her and I had her for 2 days before she went to the vet for hospital care so I know that things are too expensive sometimes to be considered affordable. So for tummy issues (I called my vet for you) she suggested white rice, boiled chicken, baby banana food, and pumpkin. It's a mild diet that will help settle your dogs tummy. Also plenty of water and Pedialyte. I was unsure if your dog had a temp or not, so I just read her your post verbatim. Good luck and I hope this helps. 

      • Shay

        I've had my black lab for 10 year and have never took Sammy to a vet. Everyone's way to quick to go to a vet! I say this because I lived if Alaska for 7 years and people up there have to wait to take their pets to a vet because of how far it is. Understand that in the western way of living people have to find other ways to help the pets.

        • Lucy

          I kind of agree. I have a Westie who hurt her knee a year or so ago, and although I did take her straight to the vet because she was limping badly, they at first told me she would need an £800 operation after paying out £300 for an X-ray. After a while, the vet casually mentioned the being a small dog her knee could heel itself so I took the pain relief along with some exercise and she is fine. The other knee went the next year but she is now 13 and not even stiff.  However she does suffer with her tum!! Just vomiting and horrid noises and won't eat. This usually lasts for 5-6 hours but it's good that I can try to help her get over it quicker.  Thanks; Pepto Bismol and pumpkin will be added to my shopping list.     

      • Ashley

        I second that!

    • Suzanne Garrett

      We had the same problem with one of our labs. Called our vet (we were 3 hours away) & they said to make 1(one) cup Minute Rice & one can of UNSPICED pumpkin pie filling. Mix together & let cool. We fed her 1/2 cup every 4 hours for 24 hours. Completely natural & worked like a charm. No runny poop & stomach settled right away. She really enjoyed eating out of our hands (your choice). Hope this helps.

    • Aaron

      I think the vet is the best option. Ask your vet about payment plans or look into options like CareCredit that will allow you to space out the payments. Compare prices on vets to find the best deal. Avoid the animal emergency room by seeking preventative care now. 

    • Kay

      If this is more than 24 hours of vomiting, diarrhea, etc., then the dog needs to see a vet.  I understand the cost of vet bills can be astronomical, but like one poster said, when a person adopts or buys a pet they must take in the consideration the expenses that apply.  Don't know about your state, but here in New York they do have low cost pet fees to people that fit the criteria.  You need to prove that you qualify as low income.  Check out The Humane Society of the United States website, they have listed different options for people that are in a financial crises.

    • Jackie

      Consider finding a home that can afford to care for him.  It's not fair to have an animal and not be able to give them proper care.

      • Katny

        You butt munch!! Had four dogs total, a black lab for 11 years, she got a tumor, had it surgically removed and it cost a fortune. Lost her 2 months later aggressive cancer!!  Then have 2 shih tzus. One took seizures, gave meds for years but he lived till 15, lost him last year, still have Mandy, our other shih tzu. She is 13 we had her since puppy, then 3 years ago my daughter came back from South Carolina with a blue pom, he took like months to get used to us, he was 2 at time. Now 5 yrs, but now daughter don't live with us now and out of job don't have no money coming in so you say don't own well I guess I should put down right!? Yea okkk. They eat good and are loved a lot but you say don't own well I had a good job once!!

    • Jeannie

      I have always used brown rice mixed with ground beef cooked well and rinsed with warm water to get the fat off, or boiled, cooked chicken with no salt. Mix well with the cooked brown rice…I usually mix about half cup of this into their dry food…it helps their stomachs a lot!!

    • Ashley

      Im sorry, but if you have a dog you should have pet insurance and you should have the money for vet trips, checkups and bills. They are just as apart of your family as a husband, wife, child. If you can afford trips to the doctor then give your four legged furry friend some chance at a great happy life, too.

      • Poor and love my dogs

        You obviously haven't had to deal with the problems the economy has caused for some of us. Get a reality check! I rescued both my dogs when I was comfortable financially. They are both nine years old now and in the past nine years my situation has gone south. I'm sure that with the compassion you have for your fellow man, without getting the story, you are already thinking my fault, my problem. Pet insurance has only become popular in the past few years.  Just another way for someone to make money off of someone else's misfortune. What vets charge these days is disgraceful. Every time you take your pet in for a visit they find as many things as possible to treat your pet for and use guilt to get you to spend money you don't have. Some of us find that we can no longer afford vet care, much less insurance. Paying the mortgage, utility bills, etc. has become a struggle. We did not irresponsibly adopt pets that we cannot afford, we have fallen on hard times and love our pets dearly. We would do anything for our pets if we could afford to, but we cannot afford to anymore. Before you get all self righteous and start scolding people, it might benefit you to try and put yourself in the shoes of the less fortunate than you. Try showing some compassion. People come here to get help. Not to be made to feel badly. If you can't be kind or helpful, go somewhere else.  We don't want or need your "advice."

        • verachuckdave

          I know how stressful it can be to have a doggie in distress and no money for the vet. I've been there more than once. As long as your dog is taking in plenty of fluids, acting normally, and only has diarrhea (not diarrhea AND vomiting), it is appropriate to try treating your "baby" at home for 24-48 hours. I would feed small amounts of chicken and rice as well as a couple of teaspoons of raw canned pumpkin (not the pie filling with spices added). Of course, if the diarrhea does not improve, a vet visit may be necessary. Call ahead and explain to the secretary that your dog needs care, but you are not in a financial position to pay that day.  Most good veterinary offices will allow you to pay over time. If they say that they cannot extend credit, do not take it personally. All businesses are struggling in today's economy — even the vet's office. Do inquire about Care Credit. I have six chihuahuas who sometimes need veterinary care when it is WAY inconvenient financially. My Care Credit card gives me total peace of mind because I can take my babies to the vet whenever it is necessary, and as long as I pay the balance off within a year, there is no interest! Good Luck!

      • Penny

        My guess is that they can't afford trips to the doctor. Your comment is not helpful. You should be ashamed of yourself.

      • Angel

        If I were your pet I would run as fast and as quick as possible to get away from you. Something is very wrong with you and the way you think. God bless all of our four-legged babies.

      • AJoiB

        Having learned the hard way I am thankful I have been able to make pet insurance a priority.

        Through one year of cancer treatments it would have cost me thousands. Instead it cost me about $1000 over the year. 

        It's very sad to see some owners bring their sick pet to the animal hospital…run tests that they usually borrow from relatives for only to be told that their pet needs more treatments. They usually elect to put the dog down after that. They are left with the loss of their pet and a $2000 bill.

        I've used TRUPANION in the past and they were wonderful. Reimbursement was 90% and came within days of submitting the insurance form.

        There are other insurances that cover routine care but some that are for illness only.

        For $37/per month I feel if/when the time comes I wont have to worry how or if I can afford to help my loving Poodle or put him down.

      • Katie

        Dogs need medical care as much as any family member. Make sacrifices, cut back, work out a payment plan. JUST DO IT.

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  • editor

    Hi, I have a Chiweenie Chihuahua and part Terrier. She has an upset stomach. She

    vomits white foam and she doesn't want to eat. I would take her to a vet but I

    don't have enough money. Does anyone have any advice on how I can cure my dog?

    • lyndsey mae

      I'd start by syringe feeding her Pedialyte or a Gatorade/water mix (1/2 gatorade 1/2 water) to keep her hydrated. Eventually her appetite will come back. Boil chicken with no spices, no salt, etc. then shred it and leave it for your baby :)

      • lanissa

        Thanks so much! My dog got better the next day. I loved the results when my dog Chino didn't have an upset stomach. Anyways thanks!!

      • Taylor

        My 12 year old pompek has had diarrhea and runt black stools for several days. Vet gave me several meds to be used with food but dog refuses even chicken breast. To keep him hydrated I am giving him coconut water – not milk – as it is full of electrolytes and is nature's purest form of water. I live in the tropics so am fortunate to have coconuts on my property.If you cannot get fresh, try tinned. By the way, coconut water is wonderful for humans and is also used as a substitute for plasma.

      • Thergonz

        I find dogs take unflavored pedialyte with fat free chicken broth a lot easier at a 2 – 1 ratio. Once they can keep that down I would add rice and skin free, shredded chicken breast. 

      • Thergonz

        I find dogs take unflavored Pedialyte with fat-free chicken broth a lot easier at a 2 to 1 ratio. Once they can keep that down I would add rice and skin-free shredded chicken breast. 

    • Ellie

      If anyone knows the answer to this I would also like to know. I have an 11-year-old Chihuahua and she also vomits white foam from time to time. She just vomited this morning and hasn't done that for awhile. 

      • Kathy Ledford

        Hello, to the answer of the chihuahua that throws up white foam. I have a 15 yr old chihuahua, that started this about a year ago, on and off. Took him to vet several times and they have narrowed down to congested heart failure. He is on several medicines and haven't seen this since. We hope he will be with us a few more years since we have had him since he was 4 months. Personally I was always taught it was a sign of worms. I worm him now, even in the winter monthly with worm pills from vet. Anyone that has a dog that is throwing up white foam, it needs to see a vet. Look around and ask where the cheapest vet is. You may have to go out of your city or county, to find a reasonable vet. Good Luck.

        • Jill

          Hello, 

          My dog have been trowing up clear mucus and white foam since Christmas 2011.  So far the vet said it was an abscessed tooth and they took it out. Then in Sept 2012, it started again – the face swelled up and drooling got worse.  They did X-rays but could not see anything. They even did surgery to open her throat but still nothing. She was put on a bunch of meds/antibiotics/anti-inflammatory/allergy pills for about 1 month. Then 3 week after meds were done, she starting to throw up again. Clear mucus/ white foam and her eyes are swelling up again. Besides that, she is feeling okay – she's eating, drinking, sleeping, etc. just like she was not sick. But since it's back it's telling me there is something else and the vet doesn't seem to know out what it is.  Since Sept, I've put so almost $3,500 in tests, meds, etc. not sure what to do anymore. Any ideas anyone?

        • Jamie

          My dog vomits white foam also from time to time. I had actually Googled and found this page this morning because he was up most of the night strangling like he was trying to cough and would then gag and throw up foam with a little clear fluid. We have taken him to the vet (always use the same one) and he was actually just there a few weeks ago for his neutering surgery and yearly shots and spent the night. And they have always told us it is just his stomach being upset. He probably ate something he shouldn't have. Now I am considering getting a second opinion after reading what your vet said about congestive heart failure. He just turned 2 in January (human years) and we have had him since he was weekned from his mom. Both of my boys are as attached as my husband and I are…if not more. :( 

  • cindy

    My chihuahua is 17 years old. I have had her since birth. All of her life even when she was with her mama her stools have been hard. She has been checked by a Vet and he says she is ok. So for 17 years it's been this way.

    But lately they seem to be harder and drier. She has yelped a few times as she goes. She goes everyday, eats a good diet, gets exercise as usual and is her normal spoiled self, maybe sleeps more now. She has always been tiny, weighs about 3 lbs. but I feel and see her you know…getting close to you know what. And my question is at this stage of her life I want her comfortable and going to the vets is horrible for her – she hates it. Is there something I can give her orally like stool softeners (not human kind) doggy kind? Or maybe adding a few drops of a certain kind of oil to her diet? Or maybe vaseline on tip of glove and insert into her cavity before she goes out potty? Oh, I'm sure if I started doing that she'd beg me to take her to the vets, lol? She is my everything and I just want her to not cry when she poops. I never know when she is going to have a hard one but seems like once every 6-7 days it will be to hard. Ideas needed. Thank you.

    • Willow’s mom

      Have you tried giving her some canned pumpkin?  Not the pie mix stuff, just plain unsweetened pumpkin. It's often a good stool regulator for either overly hard or soft stools.  Since she is so little, I'd start off with only a small amount (maybe a couple teaspoons added to each meal) and very gradually increase 'til you see 'results'.  I've noticed with my dogs that their tummies sometimes get less resilient as they get older, so maybe her digestive tract just needs a little help!  Good luck – it's not easy seeing our little friends get older, is it?

      • Fred

        This is the first I have heard using pumpkin as a stool regulator for dogs. I've looked around some more online and it seems really help. My pup is having stomach issues right now and I'm going to try adding a few teaspoons to his meal. I hope it works. Thanks for the great tip!

        • Linda

          My 4 Italian greyhounds and shih tzu cross get a teaspoon of pumpkin added to their meal everyday.  I have not had an issue with dry hard stools in any of them.  And they love the taste.

    • geri

      A natural laxative that is also anti-bacterial is castor oil. You can get it at any health food store. Since your puppy is very small – 3 lbs, just give her 1/2 teaspoon every other week – you can pour it on her food. Be careful not to overdose, as castor oil is potent. You can also use castor oil to get rid of some parasites with the same treatment.

    • Sharon R.

      Had the same problem with our toy Eskimo Spitz. She used to yelp when she would go outside and was constipated. It was embarrassing for both of us. Vet said to give her un spiced plain pumpkin puree mixed in with her dog food. She loves the taste and works great. No more discomfort when she goes.

    • Melissa

      I work for a vet and make sure anal glands are empty. Also, add canned pumpkin (do not use pie pumpkin) or a sprinkle of bran flakes to her food a few days a week. Most of our clients who do this add on Mondays and Thursday. Do not use castor oil as it is a poison and there are safer alternatives. Also try giving your dog baby carrots or green beans for a snack instead of biscuits or other dog treats. No rawhides or bones. If their system is normal then they will have an easier poop session. Best of luck and may less yelps come your way.

  • Anonymous

    It has been raining a lot, cold and super windy from this Hurricane Sandy which means my little maltese is refusing to go outside to do her business. Her stomach is tender when I pet her which I am sure is because she will not go to the bathroom like she should. Is anyone else having problems with the storm and their dog and if so, any recommendations of how to get her to go outside like she should to relieve herself? Thanks.

    • yates

      I know this sounds silly, but do you actually go outside in the cold and rainy mess with your dog? When the weather is really cold and yucky out my dog doesn't want to go either unless I physically stand out in the rain with her.

    • Cookie’s Mom

      My sweet little Maltese does the same thing – she will not go outside to do her business if it's very windy and especially if it's raining.  I literally have to bundle up, and go outside with her, while constantly coaxing her to "go potty".  I put her rain coat on, too.  Lots of patience! Good luck! 

    • a clever canine

      We had a similar problem here during earthquake season. Puppy training pads or newspapers in a box in the garage can be comfortable enough for your doggy to use temporarily. The only problem is readjusting her to do her business outside in the future. If it's for her health then just let her use it inside, in my opinion, and retrain her once the weather is better. I'm sure shell be happy to be outside once again and shouldn't be a problem. Good luck!

    • Shar Strom

      I know this is late, but maybe can help someone else later.

      I have a handicapped dashchund. When she had her stroke that left her partially paralyzed in the back end (she can walk some, but not very far), she began having a difficult time taking care of business.

      I learned quickly that it is not very hard to express your dogs bladder and stools. You can help your little one go potty right in the toilet, or if a bigger animal on a potty pad or in the bath tub, what ever is easiest for you to clean when done. There are great web sites that show pictures of expressing the bladder, so I will not go into great detail, but as you put pressure on the bladder, and the tail goes up, you know you have hit the right spot.

      Lifting the tail and applying slight pressure below the rectum is what makes my little girl began to move her bowels. I hold her right over the toilet three to four times a day and she does her business quickly and painlessly for both of us. Some others have found success squeezing the sides of the rectum them pulling it slightly to stimulate a movement. I think it is different with each dog, but you get the picture.

      I hope your dog is back to normal now, but hopes this helps someone in else if they find their pup won't do it's business (especially if it is really cold out) and save them the discomfort and you the frustration of a mess.

  • A Worried Dog Owner

    Hi, I recently got myself a puppy (1 months ago {American Eskimo, got her at 4 1/2 weeks old, i know that's young but there were reasons why the breeder sold the puppies at that age).

    Well anyway, I have a few questions for which I hope to find answers!!

    Today, Shadow started eating loads and loads of grass (which was for his upset stomach, i guess) and then he vomited it right back up after 20 minutes or so, and then went for more. I finally cut him off from being outside and now he's relaxing/sleeping and every hour or so he wakes up coughing and then he starts chewing on any hard surfaces that he can find (also licking them, until I stop him from doing so)

    So I was wondering what's wrong?

    I've been feeding him a vet recommended dog food, he also gets the occasional human foods, not much though.. Anyone have any ideas?

    • Diane

      I have the same problem with my elderly affenpincher.. I started giving her foods that are low in protein and 5mg of pepcid every night before she goes to bed… it worked she does not do that anymore. Diane

  • Anonymous

    I am so happy you recommended rice and chicken for an upset stomach – that is my dog’s favorite food! I was taught the remedy by my grandfather, who used it when his hound would get exhausted and dehydrated. Dogs cannot resist it, either, just like we humans cannot resist it when we are sick. I am not against giving dogs medication, but I think it just is not always the best idea.

    Oh, the author touched on this, but do not use chicken broth or canned soup, it is way too salty and drying them out with salt is the opposite of what you are trying to do.

    Dogs are usually in touch with instincts and will do what they need to to feel well again, like eating grass or lapping up some chicken and rice, but if they are inside or disoriented, they can go wrong and eat a house plant every once in a while. I do recommend looking up what plants are toxic to dogs (and other pets) and either taking them out of the house or putting them out of the dog’s reach just in case.

  • Anonymous

    Hey, I never knew that you could give a dog Pepto-Bismol or Pepcid crushed up in order to help him with his upset stomach.  I really like the fact that you mentioned that manufacturers sometimes change their formulas.  This is one of the things I find frustrating, which is why I always like to find a homemade solution if I can to what I want to use.  Like I'll buy the store brand of course, but I always want to make sure that I know how to make something if my favorite product changes.  I think this is one of those things that your vet will just talk to you on the phone about.  At least this was the case when my dog first started getting sick.  They told me to just give her very bland human food and I went a step further and started giving her yogurt because I thought the enzymes would soothe her stomach.

    I'm surprised at the banana baby food recommendation.  I have decided to avoid fruit for the most part with my dog.  I've just heard it causes problems in their systems.  I guess bananas are different.

  • Lin

    My one year old mixed breed hasn't eaten in 2 1/2 days. She will drink water from my hand. She threw up white mucous once and had two bouts of diarrhea. Other than that, she appears normal. She plays and runs, especially after her poop. Of course it is a holiday weekend and the vet is closed, but I've left a message. I have some puppy Pepcid which I started giving her yesterday and I'm going out to get some pedialyte. Other than that, is there something I should do before the vet opens tomorrow?

    Lin

  • Anonymous

    Dogs will occasional have an upset stomach and it's not always a cause for alarm. Just like humans, dog do get queasy from time to time. Thankfully, there are a number of things you can do to help your dog. One trick I learned long ago was to give your pet plain yogurt. The bacteria in the yogurt is supposed to help ease their stomach. Some vets even recommend Pepto and other human stomach medications, such as Pepcid, but this is something you should discuss with your vet.

    If you find that the problem continues, but there doesn't seem to be a cause for the problem, a likely source may be your pet's food. There are a number of ingredients in many brand name dog foods that aren't good for your dog. Some dogs also have allergies to wheat, soy, and dyes. You have the option of buying prescription dog food from your vet, but holistic formulas may be able to solve the problem.

    If the problem doesn't ease up, there may be something more serious at hand. Continuous vomiting can be a sign of kidney disease or pancreatitis, both of which need to be treated immediately by your vet.

  • Anonymous

    About a week ago, I decided to put my dog on holistic dog food, after reading a lot about how healthy of a choice this was for a dog’s health. I got so excited about the new, healthier and happier life that lay ahead for my dog that I completely threw away his old food. What a mistake!

    I wish I had seen this article earlier, because now I understand that it was not just that my dog did not like the new holistic dog food, but rather that his system was not accustomed to the high-quality protein and other ingredients.

    I had really been considering his bloating, flatulence, and diarrhea after meals to be a sign that he was not meant to have that type of food, rather than that he simply is not used to it. After reading this, I decided to buy a small packet of my dog’s old food and start mixing it in. I am not sure whether this will undo the shock to my dog’s system, but my hope is that it will at least alleviate the pain of the dietary transition a bit.

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  • Anonymous

    This article was so cool and helpful! Yes, I admit that giving a dog Pepto-Bismol sounds incredibly strange, but it also seems like a genius idea. It helps us people when we have an upset stomach, right? I also learned from this article why dogs eat grass, and I had never figured that out before, but it makes perfect sense. If I were a dog and I had an upset stomach, I would go for something I knew would make me throw up, too.

    More or less what it comes down to is that dogs, although they have different nutritional needs and a different social system, have a lot of the same basic needs as people do. Humans and dogs both need to be sufficiently hydrated on a hot day, and both human and dog stomachs are soothed by antacids and chicken soup. And yes, I would agree with the author on that note that hamburger meat is not good for a dog with an upset stomach, as it is not good for a sick human either. No wonder they say that dog is man’s best friend! They seem to have a lot that they can share with us.

  • i have one major question.

    So i just read that you can't give your dogs bones because it damages its digestive system..and well we have always giving her bones but we've never seen a problem. But this week my dad gave her a bone in the morning and later when she went to the bathroom, she pooped and at the end it looked like a very bright red in her poop. So I figured it was blood. but she seemed fine. Later on when I took her to poop again that same day there was no blood so I didn't worry so much.

    But yesterday my boyfriend's dad gave her tortillas without me noticing and I'm guessing bones too because she threw up all over the carpet, and there were pieces of tortillas in it and also shredded bones. and i got really scared. Later when we were in the car she threw up again, but then later she seemed normal like nothing was wrong.

    But this morning she's been having diarrhea and I have been making her drink water. I know I should take her to the vet but i don't have any money because I used it for her insurance so I'm waiting for it to come through. Is there anything I can do here at home?

    So far today I'm making sure she doesn't eat anything but her food. 

    I would appreciate any suggestions.

    • a clever canine

      If you could not afford to take your dog to the vet, then why would you get a dog. Some people's children!

      • Simply Lisa

        "If you can't afford to take your dog to the vet why did you get a dog?????" Who are you to say this? People's circumstances change throughout life; especially now since the economy has taken a nose dive. Times are tough and you have the absolute nerve… the audacity… to sit in judgment of someone's decision to love a dog? You have no idea what life has just offered this comment poster, nor the challenges they may be going through at the time, and yet you leave a nasty message like that! Your post should never have been approved for posting. You are a sad sad excuse for a human being!

        • Canine Journal

          We at CanineJournal.com 100% agree with Simply Lisa and the fact that people choose to adopt dogs for various reasons but almost all are grounded in love. So as times change for individuals, we should not pass judgement on one another.

          That being said, as a reader-driven web community, it is our policy to post all comments unless they are spam and we only edit for profanity, grammar and spelling. So, we encourage our readers to be nice and supportive to one another but we feel it is important to give our readers a voice and to not censor out that which we do not agree with. Thank you all for reading and for keeping us all honest.

      • Dog lover

        Your comments are out of line and RUDE.  This person loves her dog or wouldn't have asked for help!!  People are struggling to EAT in this country right now–and they are still loving and feeding their animals. Get off your HIGH horse and when you want to judge someone else look in the mirror and ask yourself just what have you done to help anyone lately? Canine or Human.

      • A dog owner

        While you were so quick to criticize it seems you weren't responsible enough to read her full post before making your snide remark. She wrote "i don't have any money because I used it for her insurance" meaning she used the money to buy insurance for the dog so that she could be a responsible owner. If everyone that "couldn't afford" to own a dog followed your advice, millions more dogs would be homeless or in shelters.

        Most people who "can't afford" to own dogs are actually the ones that treat their dogs the best, and will provide them forever loving homes rather then dumping them off because they are moving or whatever the excuse may be. In this case, it looks more like the statement "Some peoples children" suits you perfectly.

      • angeljackntinkersmom

        Shame on you! The point of this is to be helpful, not rude and judgmental. Some people's children (you) need to learn manners.

      • a clever canine

        Seriously how ignorant are you??! When I bought my purebreed chi for $650.00 which I could afford no problem. Vet expenses no problem. Blah blah blah……However, since then, the economy has managed to turn my world upside down and sideways!!!!!! I've gone through savings and am now living homeless on $127.00 a week of unemployment. Now my best friend, the love of my life, is very ill. I'm going through feelings of being a neglectful pet parent, I feel I'm committing a crime every time I look at her. Because she needs $700.00 worth of surgery and I can't help her. So, you the one with the big cruel words, back off until you walk in the shoes and know what your talking about.

        • Denise Gregory

          Hi dog lover,

          Send me your address and I'll send you some money to help with surgery. Put dog surgery in title so I'll catch it in spam box. Good luck to you and your baby.

          Denise

          • AURELIA

            Hi. Do you love your dog or dogs like if they were your children? Well the truth I love my babies so much when they get sick I worry so much. They are like my pet children I do take them very good care every day. But one thing that I am trying to do is get them fix. I don't want them getting pregnant again. I have try to save money but it is hard because I am on low income, I am trying to get just two dogs fixed, my boy and my girl, then I do later my other two. But I hope God hears my prayer that I win my SSI ASAP. Right now my only boy, Brownie, is very sick, He don't wanna eat at all but sometimes he goes drink water so I hope he gets better soon. Anybody got good ideas?

      • a clever canine

        I agree with everyone else. This was rude and unnecessary to say. In the past year my dog had to go for stitches because some irresponsible person threw broken glass in the snow. I had been laid off a month before and was jobless. A friend paid for the visit. Now because I couldn't pay for it does that make me irresponsible? No!!! Times and circumstances change. Anyone who truly loves their pets or loves animals will understand this. I'd die and give everything I have before giving up my dog. If I'm short on cash, I make sure he has food before me. While jobless, my family told me to get rid of my dog because it's just a dog and I couldn't afford it.. he is not just a dog. Do you get rid of your children when you can't afford things right away or can't afford their medical care? No. But you find a way to take care of them. The person who posted that comment is heartless and cold and obviously doesn't care about anyone or anything. If they did they wouldn't have said that, especially before actually reading the original posters' comment about getting pet insurance.

        • Choochoo

          If you all look back up at who posted that ignorant comment, it's the same person who just left the comment about agreeing, clever canine!! You said what you said, don't try to act like you didn't. It's four o clock in the morning and I'm up with my 3 yr old Siberian husky who has diarrhea and vomiting. I can't afford to take him to the vet unless I work tomorrow but that means leaving him home alone. My husband is out of town and this issue makes me want to cry i feel so bad for him. I switched his food recently, maybe this is the problem? I really hope so because I would hate for him to have to wait if its a medical emergency. I'll be heading to the store in the morning to buy him some Pepcid and pedicure before work and maybe some pumpkin. I hope it helps. He'll be fasting for now. Wish me luck!!

          • michelle

            FYI for all readers – "a clever canine" is the generic name that appears for users to choose to leave comments without logging in or typing a name when they submit a comment. So, this is likely NOT the same person who wrote both but we are sorry for the understandable confusion. 

            Michelle @ Canine Journal

      • deanna

        For one thing you shouldn't open your mouth if you don't have anything nice to say. And another thing, people who live in glass houses shouldn't throw stones. Until you walk in another person's shoes, it's best you keep your opinions to yourself. Times are hard for people now a days. Just because you can afford to take your pet to the vet doesn't mean the other person loves their pet any less than you do!  Wow people where's the compassion?

        • Kermie

          Many times people comment unaware of the impact on others. My little terrier is vomiting tonight and I can afford the vet in the am but not the emergency vet tonight due to paying $500 a month to the vet for emergency surgery on my 11 year old German Shepard in August. She recovered great but fell at the end of November and after a couple of vet visits with no improvement we had to put her down. So I spent $1,100 at the vet in Nov. which has made money a little tight his month.  Does that make me a terrible pet owner too? In addition to the monthly payments, I also took my terrier and his brother for their yearly shots and exams. So you see I have taken care of my dogs but recent expenses for them is preventing me from seeking after-hour care tonight and I feel guilty about it! The lesson here is don't judge; you may not have all the facts.

        • kathy sue

          I would rather save a pet from death at the pound than not being able to pay a vet bill from time to time.  Why not offer the pet owner some $ to care for her pet rather than bash her for being strapped for cash? Hootie tootie can shove it. Remember karma is a bitch!!  I am not really angry and hating, just real about it.

    • yates

      Please never give your dog bones!!! That is horrible for them! I mean really do you eat bones? Well nether should they!

      • roxy

        Bones are actually an excellent source of calcium for dogs when fed properly. Raw meat and the bones in such meat can do wonders for a dogs health, if the diet is properly researched and fed. There is a huge difference between cooked bones and raw bones. Heat makes bones brittle and causes splintering. Raw bones are flexible and break cleanly rather than in shards like a cooked bone would. Over a year of feeding my dog this diet and have had no health issues whatsoever.

  • a clever canine

    Hi! I have a 9 year old German Shepherd. His name is grizzly. He has been having diarrhea for about 3 months now. I have had him to  two different vets. I have had blood work done twice. On the reading of the first blood work my vet said his liver level was up to 950. Which means my dog could be dying. But he is eating, drinking and playing. I took him to the second vet for a sonagram and blood work and everything was good.  I feed him chicken and rice, had him on an antibiotics, changed his food to all gluten free (Blue Wilderness). He was on Royal Canine for German Shepherds. He still is in pain. He will wake up around 2 am and starts with a heavy panting and cry to get us up. We take him outside and he will poop small amounts. He will walk around like he still has to go, but nothing comes out. Something is really wrong, but no one seems to know what. Can you help me?

    • a clever canine

      Watch the flea meds as they can be toxic to the liver and kidneys if ingested.

      Try detoxing him with milk thistle to safely clean out the liver and kidneys. And try feeding him pumpkin and/or yams mixed with some of his food to help with digestion. Do this on a regular basis.

      You could also mix a paste of molasses/chamomile/spearmint/peppermint and oatmeal to help with the tummy problems. For a really good detox, look up and buy zeolyte to give a few drops in water. This is what i would try…

      • DD

        My vet has my old dog with high liver levels taking milk thistle everyday.

  • Anonymous

    If any of you have had a dog with an upset stomach you know just how messy and unpleasant a situation that can be.  I know that when my dog gets sick like that, I want to find a way to make him feel better as soon as possible and make sure he is good to go for a good long time. 

    The part you mentioned about keeping the dog hydrated I think is perhaps the most important thing.  An upset stomach is generally caused by some kind of material or substance that irritates the lining of the stomach or creates an excess of acid and keeping a dog properly hydrated will dilute any disturbing or offending agent in the stomach. 

    Secondly, I had not considered feeding my dog rice in the event that they become sick.  White rice is a very bland and mild food that will also absorb things in the digestive track and when I get sick, I even consider eating rice to help calm things down in my belly. 

    Thanks for the good read and the new knowledge!

  • Anonymous

    I have found that a sick dog, specifically one that is vomiting, is very sensitive to temperature much the same as human beings are.  We have all felt sick before, and there is nothing worse than feeling queasy or nauseous and being stuck in a hot room or outside in the sun.  It seems to speed up the process of going from nausea to all-out throwing up just that much more. 

    Whenever my dog looks a little green around the gills, I lead him down to the basement with a bowl full of ice water and a little food in another dish.  I do this for a few reasons.  First of all, the basement is all concrete and this means even if he does barf, it makes for an easy cleanup.  Second of all, it is the coolest room in the house and the cool concrete is soothing for him to lay on when he’s feeling overheated.  Also, the ice water helps bring his temp down if he’s feeling up to drinking it and once I see him pick at the food, I know we’re in the clear.

  • Jane

    The info on this site was very helpful. But Im scared to death for my 1 year old dog. Yesterday morning my dog  went out to go potty and she was completly fine. later that day she had withdrawn from us and wanted to be by herself. she had also vomited a large amount of something that looked nothing like food. but sticks and other things. she wont eat but drinks water and can hold that down some of the time but vomits some of that up to. she had diarea once, which was watery. she walks ok but is slower in step than normal. She isnt dehydrated, she doesnt seem like she's in pain and i felt and rubbed her tummy and she had no discomfort nor is she bloated. What can i do or give her? Any idea what is wrong? I tried talking to the vets here in town but they wouldnt give me any info over the phone and wanted $349 just to run tests. i would gladly pay it in a heart beat but im not working. Any help would be great.

    • Al

      Hello, How is your dog doing now? Did your dog get better and if so, what did you do and how long did it take for your dog to get better? My dog is having some of the same problems.

  • dany

    one day ago i gave my puppy (dililah) some chicken bones and today she seemed to be upset and she wont eat or drink anything i am really worried about her because she's just in her crate and she wont come out and play with my other dogs. i hope that you can help so she can get better.

    • emma

      You can not feed bones to dogs! The bones can be broken into shards and hurt the digestive system of your dog. You need to take the dog to the vet right away.

    • a clever canine

      Never never give a dog, be it puppy or adult, chicken bones. They can splinter and are very sharp therefore perforating from the esophagus down through the intestines and bowel. This can be very serious – life threatening. Please get her to a vet immediately.

    • roxy

      Cooked bones of any sort should never be given. These are the ones that can splinter and poke holes in your dogs digestive system. Raw bones on the other hand are safe to are actually good for your dog. Even raw chicken bones.

  • Anonymous

    I love to come in here and read the comments from the pet doc. See, I have this issues with doctors always wanting to hand out medication for everything. In fact, my own doctor knows I always want to change my diet or try some kind of herb before I ever think about trying some kind of medication. So it does me good to come in here and read a comment from the pet doc saying not to do anything first and to just observe the animal.

    I know animals are different than us in many ways. I mean some days I either eat chocolate or someone gets hurt whereas my dog eats chocolate and he gets hurt. But in some ways, we are very similar. When we get sick we all just want to be able to rest and maybe have someone offer us a drink or something to eat. Other than that sometimes the best cure is no cure at all.

    I mean, if your dog is expelling unusual things or unusual quantities of things, then yes, he probably needs some medical attention. But sometimes they just need to get some rest and be left alone. I don't think that's asking too much either. I mean, haven't you ever had an upst stomach just because you had an upset stomach?

  • Anonymous

    One thing that stuck out to me after reading this article was just how important it is to make sure your dog, or any pet for that matter, is properly hydrated.  I think we as people often have a problem with keeping our own selves hydrated, so it is not that difficult to understand why we have a similar problem with our pets. 

    Hydration is extremely important to the health of all organisms and without proper intake of water, it can dramatically affect all functions of the body.  In the case of dogs with an upset stomach, not having the proper hydration can lead to an excess of stomach acid that will ultimately lead to illness. 

    Please make sure to always keep your dog’s water bowl full and make sure that it is full with fresh, clean, potable water.  Dog’s can be messy eaters and it is not uncommon to find chunks of partially chewed food in the water dish.  This can obviously lead to the growth of bacteria and other parasites.  Keeping the water clean can avoid this problem.

    • Baldev

      That was the best

  • Marlene Romero

    Hello. I have an American Bulldog that looks just like Petie from the Little Rascals:) Hence the name, none other than Petie. My poor boy has been having bouts of mushy stool. Started out in the beginning of June right after a plastic bone I had given him. Boy! Do I regret that one!

    I took him to the vet upon seeing red blood in his stool. She gave him Flagyl (metrodinazole). It helped some but a few weeks later upon visiting family in PA he ate a load full of grass and the next day at home he threw up the grass. Diarrhea ensued again of the watery type and at times with red blood.

    I called the vet again. She offered Flagyl again. He's on Day 6. Another 2 days and it will be gone. Stools are minus the blood but is still mushy.

    I am very concerned still. Have been in constant communication with the vet. She says it's likely not Parvo as he's got all his shots, is a lot older, (he's about 8 or 9 years old) and his stool would be very smelly (which it's not.) Just very mushy right now. He's acting fine. Eating every time I feed him. I've been feeding him mostly the bland diet suggested by the vet: white rice and boiled chicken, no salt at all, just a little bit of corn oil or extra virgin olive oil for the rice. Petie looks forward to his twice daily walks, grabs the leash to run out the door before I am ready.

    I love my dog to pieces! What can all of this be due to?! I've been googling for weeks now and have been learning it can be a series of different things, from allergies all the way to pancreatitis and everything in between. Could it have been the bone he consumed weeks ago? Wouldn't he have passed it by now? And if he were very ill, wouldn't he be acting lethargic and not himself? So perplexed!

  • Anonymous

    When my dog gets an upset stomach, she bites grass very lightly, but doesn't actually consume the grass.  She is a beautiful little girl though.  Like when she goes to the bathroom, she walks like 3 feet away, and then kicks grass up, covering nothing.  She is fiercely loyal, very sweet, sensitive and emotional, but not logical in some ways. 

    This is why when she's sick, I have to spring into action, because she won't self-medicate.  Like she goes for the grass, but she doesn't actually consume it.  I have developed a few things I do based on what the vet told me once and my own gut instincts. 

    When her tummy hurts, I make sure to boil some chicken and rice and sauté it in a little oil.  I mix in a little yogurt or crush up one or two acidophilus pills (without fillers) depending on the mg and mix that in as well. 

    I have also thought about giving her papaya enzymes but have not researched it enough yet to think this is a good idea.  Also, fruit is not ideal for dogs, so I have kind of ruled that out.

  • Desperate New Mom

    Hello all,

    I just rescued a Coton de Tulear about a week ago. She was obviously scared the first few days and whined a lot. Yet on the 4th day when we got home she vomited, then had diarrhea, and now has lost her appetite. I took her to the vet Friday, he gave her an IV, Regalin, something for diarrhea and acetaminophen. I told him i had given her Pedialite and Pepto Bismo and he said that was very good. I ask also told him I changed her food from Purina Puppy Chow to Blue Buffalo he said that was fine. His directions was to give her rice with boiled chicken and medicine and then go back to her regular food after a few days.

    She was eating the chicken with rice, but once we gave her the blue buffalo she won't eat. She eats maybe a little, drinks water and vomits again. Then she gives me those sad eyes, she's only 3 months old, so she sleeps most of the time. She follows me when I leave the room, so I just feel awful. The vet said to take her back if she keeps getting diarrhea. She had loose stool, so not fully diarrhea yesterday. This morning she drank water and vomited within minutes.

    Please advice on what else I can do, I don't even know what she has and the vet wasn't too explanatory. To go to back to a vet that wasn't too helpful to begin with gives me second thoughts. I am also concerned of giving her medication with no food in her tummy. I would appreciate any advice.

    • keith

      I have to miniature schnauzers who have very sensitive stomachs  had their share of problems as well.

      first i want to say stop the blue food  i believe they had a recall on that food made in china . i did research  and found  a great dog food   flint river  you buy it direct from the company  go on line to  flintriverranch.com  they have foods for young dogs to adult dogs  no by products in it  not made in china .switch it over little at a time .

      if your vet isn't giving you the correct answers to the problem  my advice is seek a new vet  .before its to late .

      my dogs  do very well with the flint river dog food .

      please check them out and seek a new vet if your baby isn't showing any better signs

    • Old Mom of a Sensitive Bichon

      Look for food allergies. Testing can be quite expensive, but my Bichon threw up off and on for the first 3 years of his life before my new vet finally recommended testing for allergies. He had 21 food and environmental allergies. He is allergic to almost everything in commercial dog food, eggs, potatoes, beets, beef.  ou name it, he's allegric to it.

      He ass lived on chicken & rice off and on all his life. I use Science Diet ZD, but even at that, I still have to give him chicken and rice from time to time.

      These types of dogs can be very difficult to diagnose, so good luck!

  • Anonymous

    I have two dogs that I have raised since they were puppies and the one thing I can say about dealing with a dog that has an upset stomach is that it is way easier to prevent from happening than it is dealing with once it has already happened.

    Dogs have very different digestive systems that we do as human beings and I believe this to be a fact that many people forget as they integrate their dogs closer and closer into their families.  People tend to think that their dogs want variety in their diet and appreciate the same kinds of foods we do, but the reality honestly could not be further from the truth. 

    Feeding your dog a consistent and well-planned diet is the first and most important step to take in making sure they do not have stomach issues down the line.  Then, you must diligently monitor their food intake and prevent them from following their own nose into trouble with the neighbor’s garbage tempting them day in and day out.  A dog will eat nearly anything, good for them or not, you must be careful.

  • Anonymous

    When my dog has an upset stomach, I don't really worry about it too much unless it lasts for a long period of time or he has a fever to go with it. Even if he has a fever, I am more concerned about how long the fever and upset stomach last than I am about anything else. That's because I think dogs are like us in the way that sometimes they just don't feel good and they don't need medicine for everything.

    I usually just try to give my dog broth when he first shows signs of an upset stomach. I he does not want to eat that, then I just leave him alone, but keep an eye on him to make sure that he does not get dehydrated. If he won't eat for one day, I am not really upset about it. If he won't eat for more than one day, then I start getting concerned.

    Once he starts eating broth, I might add some rice to it so that he can ease back into a solid diet. This usually works pretty well. I also keep in mind that this year it is so hot that it can be hard to build an appetite, so sometimes he may not be sick. He might just not have an appetite because of the heat.

  • KingTux

    My little buddy Tux is a 3.5 year old Pug mix. We are recently in a new house and have an ant problem. Today we came home from work to a chewed up ant trap and thought nothing of it until I was eating a piece of cheese and went to give Tux his bite and he wouldn't jump up for it like he usually does. We carefully read the label on the ant trap again and called the vet. The vet gave us a poison control line to call and they confirmed that the raid was not harmful to dogs. Tux does not want to jump up on the couch nor on the bed. Has anyone seen this from an upset stomach? Could this be something much more serious and the Raid ? It was also his first day home alone in the new house and I assume he could have eaten any number of random things we didn't think would be harmful to him. He is not vomiting, he ate all his food, and had normal looking stools. How long should I give him before x-rays? Should the vet be looking at his stomach?

    • a concerned fellow dog lover

      When my dog, Sadie, was sick with what we thought was an upset stomach, she would not jump either.  She ended up having bladder stones. Once removed and on a special diet, she is jumping again, but never as much as before.  You may want to have a vet check Tux.  The exam involves a feel of abdomen and a urine test at first then an x-ray if the vet feels something of concern.  I hope Tux is better soon.

  • Anonymous

    Dogs, like people, have very sensitive and complex digestive systems. From time to time they may become irritated and upset. This can lead to all the typical signs and symptoms that you would expect including diarrhea, loss of appetite and vomiting.

    If your dog is in this situation, then you want to proceed cautiously and watch for certain things. For example, if your dog is vomiting and has diarrhea, it very likely that they could become dehydrated. You can prevent this by always keeping their water bowl full and making sure they know it is available. If your dog does not show interest in drinking, then try some ice chips. You could also make ice chips from gatorade or other sports drinks to help restore their electrolyte balance.

    If things just do not seem right, take your dog to the veterinarian. Sometimes an upset stomach can be a sign of some underlying issue. This is especially true of your friend seems to be in pain. Maybe a bone splintered inside of their intestine and is the root cause of all this?

  • Anonymous

    Let's face it. This is something that happens no matter how careful you are with your pet. Of course, that doesn't make it any easier to deal with. Not only can it be heartbreaking to see your pet sick, but it can be frustrating to clean up the mess. I have tried many options offered by my veterinarian due to the fact that my previous dog had kidney failure, which meant her stomach was almost always upset. He had us give her Pepcid on a daily basis, which helped a lot in the beginning.

    With my latest puppy I discovered that switching foods can really be disastrous. I wanted to feed her healthier food than the pet store had been feeding her, but it took a while for her to adjust. I think this is a wonderful resource that many new pet owners will find useful. I like that you stressed the importance of keeping pets hydrated, offered solutions for treatments, and mentioned the importance of seeing a vet if the pet doesn't improve. While most upset stomachs are just from poor food choices, such as a bit of human food here and there, they can sometimes be very serious.

    • Karen

      I have a 5 year old Cane Corso (uncropped and undocked) and an 8 month old Lab/Border Collie mix, both which are rescued. I noticed early on that even when we tried to switch the Corso to a better food it caused him to be sick, so we went back to what he was eating when we got him, Iams and he seems to be doing ok with it. I've noticed, though in the past 3-4 months that every once in awhile he throws up. He's had all his tests, so no issues there. But since we got the pup we've been feeding him a mix of dry and wet food (both Iams) and we give some of the wet food, not much-just a taste, of the puppy food. Could this be upsetting my Corsos stomach?

      Also we never give our dogs bones. If you think your dog needs a bone, get him/her some rawhide treats. They are easily digested and our dogs love them.  Thanks for reading!

  • Anonymous

    Aside from simply doing all the things that you read here that you should do when your dog has an upset stomach, you might want to take some other things into consideration. For instance, give the dog some space. I know when I do not feel good, I really do not want people fawning all over me. Yes, I appreciate that they care, but I really just want to sleep until I feel better. You pet might feel the same way. This came to mind because my dog got sick and my children were just constantly wanting to love on him. It was very sweet of them, but I could tell that he just wanted to be left alone so he could get better.

    You can also make the environment around your pet more comfortable, but don't go overboard. For instance, make sure he has an area where he can keep cool, but don't go changing everything around so that it is not the way he knows it. Keep the noise level to a minimum and just make it a calm environment such as you need when you are sick.

  • Anonymous

    This article provides a lot of information about ways to deal with the upset stomach of your dog. Just like people, dogs have very complex systems and they can get digestive issues for a lot of reasons. Unfortunately, since they cannot talk it can often be difficult to get at the root of the problem.

    A dog may try to naturally clean out their system by eating grass. This is purely instinct and usually will do the trick. However, if this does not work it is very important to keep your pet hydrated. This means more than just keeping their water bowl full. Just like people, a dog also needs vitamins and electrolytes. The article suggests giving them Pedialyte. There are even dry mixtures of this which can be added to water.

    If you still have not been able to determine the cause of the problem, you may want to consider taking the animal to the vet. There can be a number of complicated issues involved. Your dog might not only be not feeling well, they may even be in pain. You want this resolved asap.

  • Anonymous

    I am always amazed at the things that don't upset my dogs stomach. For instance, he can eat my flip flops on a daily basis and not bat an eye. But if he gets a new type of dog food and I do not give it to him in increasing increments, but do give it to him all at once, he is one sick puppy.

    It does not amaze me any less when people try to do strange things to fix their dog's upset stomach. I have seen people do all kinds of strange things, including trying to force their dog to eat. Do you want to eat when you are feeling like you are going to throw up? I know I don't. Sometimes an upset stomach is just an upset stomach and we need to use common sense. And the only time I would force feed my dog is if I had to force liquids with vitamins in him to keep him hydrated. I certainly would not feed my dog greasy hamburger meat and think that is going to make him feel better.

    Sometimes we just have to use common sense. I don't panic when my dog is sick any more than I panic when my daughter is sick. Bugs go around and as long as there are signs of improvement, there is no need to freak out. And I am so glad this site is here so people can get some valid advice on what to do.

  • Anonymous

    Dogs do indeed get upset stomachs from time to time. They will pretty much eat anything that is put before them as well as anything they can find both around the house and outside that looks appealing to them. Herein lies the problem. The canine sense of smell is much different than ours as humans. Odors and things that we would find gross, many times will seem interesting to a dog.

    This tendency to eat just about anything can lead to an upset stomach in a dog. Normally, things will tend to work themselves in a natural fashion. This is also one of the reasons why sometimes a dog will be seen eating grass; this tends to push things along in their digestive systems, so that the problems can be eliminated.

    It is also important to realize that the digestive system of your dog is very sensitive. Their upset stomach may have been caused by something so simple as a very slight change in diet (or even switching to a new brand of dog food). On the other hand it may be a symptom of a dangerous problem like the Parvovirus.

  • Anonymous

    The canine digestive system is much more temperamental than our own. When they feel that their stomach is not quite right they may try eating grass. The author suggests that this is a naturally method and usually works to help clean out whatever the problem is.

    For times when the eating grass method does not seem to work, you might want to try a more inventive idea. You could give your dog a little Pepcid crushed and mixed with some water. You could also try Pepto Bismal. Just make sure to not give them too much. Also, these methods may make their stools darken quite a bit.

    Make sure to keep your dog hydrated. This is especially true if they are having diarrhea. A dog (especially a smaller breed) with diarrhea can become seriously dehydrated in just a few hours.

    There are also a number of home remedies that the author suggests. These include feeding the dog rice, banana baby food or boiled chicken without bones. Of course, you may also want to try tracking what the eat to maybe determine the cause of the problem.

  • his name is wally

    Wally is 18 months old. He's an Australian Healer, red phase.

    Before I got him, he was trampled by a horse. This was the story I got from his previous owner. They were giving away their critters because they became very poor very fast. The dog was FULL of worms etc. He is now healthy. I got him when he was 6 months old. His right front leg is a real mess. It was broken in 5 places from the all the way from the shoulder blade to the foot. I cannot afford to go to a vet so I take him to a low cost clinic for his shots etc, but they will not or cannot do anymore than that. I've gone broke myself.

    Since ive gotten him he's ALWAYS eating grass, I figure because of the pain he MUST be in because of his injury. The pain is especially apparent after he plays for 5-10 minutes. His right foot just dangles, but he runs and plays very hard and I try to keep his play at a minimum because of the pain.

    Before I went broke, I did take him to a vet that recommended removing the entire leg but i could not afford it. I'm retired and my investments went into the toilet so to speak. I would like to know what I can safely give/do for him to ease his discomfort. Thank you in advance for any advice you can give me.

    • Canine Journal

      My heart breaks for you but you are such a good person for continuing to care for the dog even when you are barely making ends meet for yourself. The world needs more loving people like yourself.

      As for your dog's pain, the only real option that we can think of for over the counter pain treatment would be buffered aspirin (non-buffered aspirin is too harsh for dog's stomachs) and only for a short period of time. It should be given 1-2 times per day and always with a meal. Please note that if you use too much it could cause organ failure so go light and give according to the dog's weight (and NEVER give aspirin to cats!).

      Here is the recommended dosage of buffered aspirin based on your dog's weight. 

      Dog's Weight (in pounds) Aspirin Dosage
      (give with food, 1-2 times per day)
      10 pounds or less 1/2 buffered baby aspirin
      10-29 pounds 1 buffered baby aspirin
      30-49 pounds 1/2 buffered adult aspirin
      50-99 pounds 1 buffered adult aspirin
      100-200 pounds 2 buffered adult aspirin

      Please keep us posted on how your dog is doing. Thanks!

  • Anonymous

    We moved into a house that we have to do quite a bit of work on. Part of the house is an enclosed porch. The roof was leaking and it ruined some of the drywall, but I was not able to repair it right away. I had other things that were more pressing, like plumbing issues. My dog had other ideas.

    The porch was well insulated and I found that every single time that dog went out onto the porch, I would find him trying to eat the insulation. He even brought in a few pieces to the other parts of the house. I know that he did actually ingest some of it one day, though I did not realize that is what was wrong with him. He was just acting lethargic and not being himself. Then I found the insulation. Now, you would think he would have learned is lesson after that, but no. He continues to try and get to the insulation.

    I have no idea hat is so attractive to dogs about your average insulation, but I know we lost several dogs when I was a child because they would not stop eating the insulation. It is as attractive to them as cat poop and flip flops. Just be warned. Keep a keen eye on your dog if there is insulation around.

  • Anonymous

    A few years ago, it didn't upset me when my dog has an upset stomach. I didn't worry about it because I come from kind of a hard core family. We very rarely go to the doctor and we really don't want to run our dogs to the doctor more than we go. But then I had a pup die of Parvo. Now, every time I see a dog with an upset stomach I get paranoid. I want to help the dog for sure, but I also want to run home and bleach my shoes and everything I had on when I was near the dog. That is one scary virus and it spreads so easily!

    By all means, feed your dog broth or rice, but keep an eye on him or her. You don't want to just let it go on until it is too late. That's what I did and I regret it every day. We lost a really great pup and my son was so brokenhearted I could hardly stand it. It came on very quickly and I didn't take it seriously enough. And this year there has been an unusually high amount of dogs with Parvo because the weather never got cold enough for a long enough period of time to kill the virus.

    • Victoria

      Parvovirus can live even during winter season. It can live in the ground/dirt for up to a year. All the cold does is incubate it longer. For example, let's say there was freezing temperatures for 2 months, the Parvo will live up to 2 months longer on the ground. So instead of 12 months it is now there for 14 months. I went through Parvo myself and I had 2 puppies that were siblings. My little girl passed but my little boy lived with lots of IV fluids, meds, antibiotics, and a blood transfusion. I'm so scared of this virus that my other 2 dogs are now kenneled on a slab of concrete that I bleach everyday. I'm too scared to let them on the grass.

  • a clever canine

    Hi! My 21 week old chihuahua has been in pain for the past 3 days. I have taken him to the vet on two separate occasions.

    1. The first time he had his blood tested and was given fluids along with a shot to keep him from vomiting and some pills to take home. The vomiting did stop some but it still seemed to be bothering him.
    2. His second visit they performed another blood test to check his electrolytes and internal organs. He checked out okay on both blood test. I have a prescription diet food I am feeding him, meatball sizes at time.

    He is eating some and drinking water through a syringe, but HE WON'T POOP. He has not made a bowel movement for a day and a half. He also is having accidents, and he is house broken. I don't know why he's holding in his urine. He also walks around in a really uncomfortable manner. We have to move him around so gingerly or he cries. Will he be okay? Any ideas on how to make him have a bowel movement?

    • Alex

      You mention that he has not been going to the bathroom regularly. Often changing food can lead to some digestive issues.. did your vet ask for at least a follow up phone call on your dog's health and how it is reacting to the changes you have made (including food)? You should call the vet with an update and see if they can help with some advice over the phone since you have already been in twice.

      We also always recommend speaking to another Vet for maybe a second opinion. We have an online group of on-call vets that can provide some immediate answers to your needs regarding your Chihuahua's health. All the best and keep us posted.

    • Lisa Stockstill

      Try to stimulate his pooping by inserting a vasaline'd up finger into his colon. This will help it pass out too if it is a hard poop that is is hurting him and keeping him from wanting to go.

  • Anonymous

    My dog is driving me nuts. He's starting to remind me of people who eat bizarre things as some kind of disorder. And when he does get an upset stomach, I just throw my hands up in the air and don't really know what to do about it. I mean, no matter what I do to make him feel better, he just goes on eating things he shouldn't. He isn't starving either. He is very well fed.

    I just bought a house. I found a great deal on some sticky tile, so I did my entire kitchen in it. Now, I will probably have to redo most of the kitchen again. Why? Because my dog keeps chewing on the floor tile. Seriously. The floor tile. I was so mad I told my son to get him out of the kitchen altogether. Then I swept up the huge chunks he left laying around.

    I finally got over that. But last night, I hear some paper making noise. My son was outside so I knew it wasn't him. I thought maybe the cats had gotten into a paper bag or something. No such luck. I walked around the corner to my son's room to inspect, only to find the dog chewing the wall paper off the wall. It seems he found a loose corner near the bottom and just went from there. Want to guess who has an upset stomach now?! It isn't the dog, I assure you!

    • a clever canine

      You might try finding more outputs for his energy. I have a blue heeler. These dogs have a lot of energy and when she is bored, she gets destructive. Her personal choice of victims happens to be power cords. Thankfully none of them have been plugged in. She has become a very expensive dog having eaten cords off of a nice shreader, a skills saw and many other things. She has plenty of chews toys and is well fed. I believe that it is her way of saying she is bored. So far an increase in her daily activities seems to have done the trick. Good luck with your dog.

  • kikismama

    Kiki and I moved last month to a new home. She was sick with diarreah and vomiting for the first 2 weeks. The vet and my groomer say it's very normal for dogs to get sick when they move. Her stool is semi hard now, but it's yellow. Yesterday it was brown and I thought she is finally getting better, but today its getting yellow again. She is very playful and has a great appetite. No symptoms of feeling sick at all. She is drinking plenty of water too. There are no other dogs here for her to have caught anything from, but I caught her with a small piece of Bone from near the dumpster when this first began 3 weeks ago. I can't afford to take her to the vet for a stool sample. Any suggestions of how I can firm up her stool and get the yellow to go away for good? Oh, I have been changing her food also, but very slowly. Kikismama

    • Canine Journal

      Hi Kiki's Mom,

      Sorry to hear that your pup is not feeling well. Sounds like there has been a whole lot of change in her life lately and we are guessing that it why she is not 100% well. We are not vets so please do not take this as any sort of diagnosis but you might continue to make sure she drinks lots of water, keep her food just as you have been feeding it to her for a few days and make sure she gets plenty of exercise – essentially do not change anything at all for a couple of days except try to increase her water drinking if possible. This should help flush out any issues or isolate the issues from all of the changing factors that have been going on lately in her life. She might just be a bit stressed from all the changes and comfort and love along with stability could make all the difference. Try it out and keep us posted. If she is not better in a few days or if she gets worse, please take her to the vet – it will be cheaper to treat something minor than to treat a serious condition down the road.

      Take care and wishing you both all the best.

  • Anonymous

    I have heard several ways to cure a dog's upset stomach and I think it's dangerous that there is so much false information out there. Someone even said that you should feed your dog ground beef too help their stomach. That particular idea has to rank right up there in the top ten worst things you can do to your dog when they are sick. I mean, if you have an upset stomach, is your first choice going to be to go eat a big greasy hamburger? I doubt it.

    The problem with medicine here in this country is that we are always seeking to treat the symptoms rather than the actual problem. If you could find out why your dog has an upset stomach, you could end the problem permanently. You dog's body is a miracle of nature, just like ours is. It is going to reject anything that is doing it harm. So when your dog has an upset stomach, it means that their body is trying to rid itself of something or process something. It's admirable to want to make your dog feel better. No dog lover would feel any differently. But, you can actually make things worse if you don't take the proper steps to deal with the original problem.

  • Anonymous

    Of course my dog has an upset stomach. He has yet to figure out that my beaded sandals are not chew toys or late night snacks! Seriously I have to love this dog even if he does eat my precious shoe supply. He takes care of all the animals on the property, treating them all as if they were his babies. He even has a little baby doll he carries around and a fuzzy teddy bear. It's really cute with his ears flopping as he runs through the yard with some little thing gently held in his mouth.

    These are the scenes that make it all that much more painful for the whole family when our dog is sick. We had one pup die of Parvo and of course, my son being the kid who brings home every baby stray he can find, we've had quite a few little animals die.

    When my pup gets n upset stomach I usually patrol the house for any objects that might be a clue as to what he has eaten this time. If I do find some scrap of something that doesn't look like it came from anything big enough to cause him real damage, I know he's eaten something he shouldn't. Then I just let his body work through it. I feed him broth until he can eat solids Then we do oatmeal or rice and boiled chicken.

  • Jake

    I need help with my 1.5 old boxer / pit mix (he is 51 pounds). When he was 7 months old he had a terrible case of parasites and was very ill with daily vomiting and diarrhea. He lost 7 pounds during this period. The specialist gave vomiting medications and a high dose of medicine to get rid of the parasites. After a month he seemed to feel better and regained the weight he lost. But after being sick for so long, Jake was never really right with his stomach and we still have issues.

    Jake is feed in the morning and at diner. He is a smart dog, so if he's not feeling well and doesn't want to eat, he will wait in the living room. This morning was again one of those days wouldn't eat, which is fine because I know he's not feeling good. But I can hear his stomach, which sounds like a war is going on in his belly. I occasionally give him Pepcid, but I would LOVE to figure out what is wrong. This happens almost every day with Jake. He is on Wellness Basic food (Salmon/Sweet Potato). Also, Jake has had blood test done and always come out perfect. Any suggestions would be GREAT.

    • Barb

      Sweet potato is a nightmare, I've found. My cocker spaniel was on salmon and sweet potato, and later on lamb and sweet potato (made by Taste of the Wild).  All hell broke loose, as she finally BUCKED the sweet potato! I cook for her now, for the sweet potato aggravated her so fiercely; her little (she is 15 years old now) skin old age tumors grew and grew and grew and grew. I took her off the sweet potato diet, and her huge huge resulting tumors shrunk 900%!

  • Anonymous

    As I was thinking more and more about the problem of how to deal with and cure an upset canine stomach, I came across a lot of information on the internet. To be honest, I do not know what is good and what is bad. Everyone seems to have their own special methods or natural cure. Then again, there are others who are clearly just marketing some kind of ebook or other dog related product, so they cannot be trusted. They are just on the boards or forums to spam their links and hope that some unsuspecting fool will click on it and buy the product, thinking that it will provide a solution to their problem. Most likely it will not.

    One of the common things I heard was to give your dog meat. I am not sure if this is a good idea or not. The author of this article certainly does not agree. The author flat out says that this meat is too greasy. I am inclined to agree. It does certainly make sense. That is more than I can say for many of those message boards.

    Then I started to think about what humans do when we have an upset stomach or diarrhea or other intestinal distress. Personally, I would drink a number of liquids, especially clear liquids to try and flush whatever was in there out of my system. After a while of the clear liquids, I may try something that was a natural diuretic like maybe some green tea. I think we could accomplish the same thing with a dog. Of course, the big problem would likely be getting them to drink.

    I also wonder if maybe taking some type of fiber additive and sprinkling it on their food would be beneficial for keeping them regular and helping to avoid any type of stomach problems in the first place. This is something which I need to do more research on to really understand.

    The author also suggests trying to get to the root of the problem. Try and figure out what your dog ate before the got sick. Many times a dog will nibble or flat out eat some house plants. These plants can be very toxic to dogs (cats also, although generally a cat seems to stay away from these). But, if they ate something like this, it may be very difficult to discover. If it is possible try and keep these plants out of reach of your dog.

    Another common reason for stomach issues is a change in the diet. If you recently changed the type of food you give your little buddy, or even the brand, this could be the reason for the upset stomach. If you really want to make a change, the new food should be introduced gradually. You need to mix it in with the old food little by little. Maybe start with 10 percent of the new stuff the first week, then an additional 15 percent the second week.

  • Wylie’s Dad

    After reading all the comments about the dog's upset stomachs I wanted to pass this along…..many years ago I adopted a black lab I called Zoie. She was a real sweet loving dog and after a few weeks of having her I woke up one morning to her vomiting and diarrhea. It was so bad I immediately took her to the vet and he told me she had a severe case of Parvo and probably would not make it.

    They took her and for 1 week had her hooked up to an IV in a cold somewhat dark room. After they finally let me see her she look awful and I did not want her to die in the vet, so I took her home and for 4 days every 4 hours fed her Enfamil and pureed chicken with a spoon. I slept on the floor with the dog the entire time and after complete exhaustion and falling asleep I would wake up with her laying real close to me.

    On the 4th day, she woke me, licking my face and tail wagging. She wanted to go outside real bad and started running around, wagging her tail and acting happy. She finally began eating like normal and for the next 10 years was my best buddy.

    The beginning of Jan 2011 she developed a severe infection in her uterus and had to be put to sleep. I terribly miss her and have since adopted another loving lab/pointer mix I call Wylie.

    So all you people out there that have new puppies who are sick, don't hesitate to take the dog to the vet for an assessment if they begin acting sick. I truly believe that Zoie would never have made it if I had not taken her home with me and cared for her like I did.

  • Anonymous

    Ask any dog owner (myself included) and then will tell you that this is one of the most frustrating things that they experience. But you do not need to feel helpless during this time. In fact, there is quite a bit that you can do to help them get through this situation. One of the most important things to remember is to keep your dog hydrated at all times. Lay out the water and give them every opportunity to drink.

    This is true if they are experiencing diarrhea or vomiting. Both of these can actually be quite painful experiences for your dog, especially if they are puppies. A puppy may never have been through anything like this before and may not know what is going on. It may make them quite anxious and even fearful. Obviously, being in such a state is not conducive for a quick return to health. With diarrhea, the dog is losing a lot of water (the same is true for people as well). They can become dehydrated very quickly so make sure they continue to drink. Keep their water bowl fresh. Maybe even consider walking it over to them every hour or so. If they stay dehydrated for a while, this could lead more serious problems.

    Another trick we can try is attempting to give the dog some human medicine. Now, I think the author gives this advice very cautiously since he also stated that you should always consult with your vet before attempting to do this. I completely agree and think that this is the best advice given in this article. If the vet gives you the ok, then go ahead. Otherwise, I would skip the human medicine. Even if they were OK at one point, you never know if they have changed their formulation recently. This is the same reason that we do not give the dog human food or table scraps. Even something which appears to be safe could become a problem.

    If the vet says it is ok, then you could maybe give something like Pepcid or even Pepto Bismal. Again, I urge you to proceed with caution. With the Pepcid, the author recommends you crush it up and mix it with water. The advice is also that the amount of medicine and water will depend on the weight of your dog. Once again, check for a recommendation with your vet. I would also imagine that instead of giving this straight you could even mix it in with their normal food.

    The author also warns that using either of these treatments can turn canine stools very darker. This should not be cause for alarm. Just make sure to keep them hydrated. After a few days with this treatment everything should be back to normal.

    The natural option is probably the best, but in many cases the dog does not want to do this. Try to get them to eat grass if possible.

  • betsy

    We found this dog and took it home. We gave it food and water and a place to stay until we can take it to the pound. we have this other dog (Princess) and we gave her the same food like always. But when this new dog eats the food he doesn't chew he swallows and later on throws up all the un-chewed food. We gave him water and he throws up the water and drool. He has excessive drool and around his mouth is wet.

    I'm somewhat worried because we found him and we don't know if he is sick or not. The other problem is that he has this love connection for my dog Princess and chases her around everywhere but Princess growls at him to get him away. When she's out he doesn't eat or rest or drink anything just follows us around. 

    I'm somewhat worried because i don't know what food to give him. If he is used to moist food or to other food, the food my dog eats is hard food. I don't know what to do. Even if I give him water he won't drink. He has so much energy all the time. He tried to bite us a lot and when we say no he doesn't back off. He also pees a lot in a lot of places and when we take him outside he doesn't pee at all. He gets aggressive really easy all of a sudden.

    I'm sorry for any misspell words I'm in high school and well I felt bad for this dog wandering in the park. He had only a collar and a small rope. the collar didn't have a name and I can tell they just left him there. I want to learn to be a vet that way I can take care of animals myself but I really need help with this!!!!

    • Fashion-Hound

      Hi Betsy,

      You are such a good and kind-hearted person for taking care of this dog. These traits and your dedication to finding a solution will make you a great vet someday!

      Sadly, this sounds like a much more complicated situation than we can help with. We recommend that you find someone to take you and him to the pound or a vet as soon as possible. Animal control would probably be the best bet since they will have resources to help without charging you.

      Best of luck and thank you again for helping to make the world a better place. Keep us posted.

      • betsy

        Well, I got help and now he is doing way better. He eats what Princess eats. We don't know what age he is but he's very energetic and playful so we're guessing he's still in his puppy years.

        My mom took him to the pound and they said that we can keep him for 30 days while they post to see if anyone claims him as a lost dog. If no one comes to claim him, my mom says we can adopt him. We've gotten so used to him and my mom is probably going to agree to adopt him. But he pees too much in house so we are trying to find a way to make him stop. I'm trying to train him to stop and get him used to going outside. I just hope my mom doesn't get sick of him and all of a sudden take him to the pound. Me and my smaller brother and sister have grown to like him a lot. So now all that is left is for me to train him and convince my mom he's a good dog. Thanks for all the help!!

        • Canine Journal

          Hi Betsy, Thank you so much for keeping us posted and for all the wonderful news. Hopefully your mom will continue to like the dog and support you in your efforts to make a difference in this dog's life. I am sure your younger brother and sister are so happy that you are working so hard to help them keep their new pet. Stay in touch and all the best!

        • a clever canine

          He's peeing because he is "marking" his new territory.  You're going to have to keep an eye on him at all times and the minute you see him lift a leg, stop him and take him out immediately.  Also, is he neutered?  If he's not, getting him neutered should stop or lessen that.  I recently adopted a stray who was not neutered and did the same thing around my house.  But since the neutering, he has not done it in the house.

          You also might consider crating him while you're not home.  Dogs will not pee where they are made to stay.

    • a clever canine

      I would say take him to the vet, he will get better there!

  • Mary

    Our Rhodesian is 3 1/2 years old. We have 2 other dogs & they love snooping around in our backyard.  We feed our dogs 2 times a day. If they walk away from their bowl with food in it, we pull it up. Our Rhodesian didn't eat dinner last night or breakfast this morning. She's had an upset stomach before, but just wondering at what point should I contact the vet? Our Rhodesian is a very healthy 70 lb female. She's very playful & loves playing with us with her basketball in the backyard. She was playing last night, but not as much. Had a rough night last night, she wanted to go outside every couple hrs & threw up a couple times (not much due to nothing being in her tummy). Sure welcome any suggestions!

    • Carole

      Hi, I know how worrying it can be when your dog refuses to eat. Have you tried her witj dry biscuits, both hers and yours? If no joy, try cooking boiled rice and chicken but only feed a couple of tablespoons at a time and try this four times a day at least. The key is, little and often. If this doesnt work pop your little lady to the vet as they can soon lose condition and may need some medication to settle their tummy. Hope this helps. Carole

  • Zeus

    My puppy is not feeling well today .. and I don't know what to do about it :/

    He's been having diarrhea and throwing up all day & it's scaring me. What should I do? I have no clue what he ate because he was over at my sister's house with his sister & they were playing in the backyard. I don't know if they got into anything but his sister seems to be fine.

  • DB

    Two mornings ago, our dog has a major vomiting spell. As in unreal amounts of vomit.  She had gotten into some stew that had onions (bad for dogs) among other things.  Took her to the vet, who gave her hydration and an anti-nausea shot. He prescribed a four day treatment of anti-nausea medications which she won't take.  She has not thrown up since though and rallies for 20-30 minutes where she wants to be pet.  I can't get her to eat the special food he prescribed though.  She'll like a teaspoon or so off of a Kong, but won't eat it out of her bowl at all.  In cases like this, what else can I do?

    A cautionary tale indeed.  Our dog never gets into our food and this wasn't a large amount.  We of course feel horrible and will never leave a bowl/plate unattended again.

  • Anonymous

    My nearly 2 year old chihuahua has been throwing up more than usual lately. He does not act sick, tired, depressed, or show any signs that something is wrong with him. He woke up in the middle of the night a few nights last week and thrown up yellow bile. After this he goes right back to sleep as if nothing happened. Last night he threw up what look like undigested food (it wasn't liquid-like at all, it was a long 'log' type mess). He then went right back to sleep. Now this evening, he threw up what looks like food again and again. he threw up three very large 'logs' in a row. Then, as if he thought nothing of it, he went about his day. What could be wrong with his tummy?

    • Canine Journal

      You mention that he has been throwing up 'more than usual' recently. Did you recently change his food or has he had access to a different type of food (for instance, if you take him to a friend's or family member's house)?

      We also always recommend speaking to Vet. We have an online group of on-call vets that can give you immediate answers to your questions regarding your chihuahua's health.

  • Anonymous

    My Bichon, Presley, has been sick for about 2 weeks. I took him to the vet where they treated him for Tonsilitus and an irritated gut. When he finished the anitbotics, I started giving him Pepcid and Benidryl. I changed his eating habits by stopping giving table food. I had already changed his food to gluten-free, just in case. Nothing seems to help so far.

    He is still coughing and gagging at times. Not eating very well and still not the happy dog he was. He is still eating grass and throws up sometimes. Every now and then he does have a burst of energy and runs jumps and plays, but it wears him out. Can you give dogs yogurt? Would that help his stomach?

    • Fashion-Hound

      Sorry to hear that Presley is not feeling well. While yogurt may help some dogs, it more often than not can actually make digestive issues worse since many are sensitive to dairy. Instead we have found that changing the primary protein in a dog's diet/food can often do the trick. So, if you are feeding chicken and rice dry food, perhaps switch to beef and rice or even a fish-based food (salmon is common). Often dogs are allergic to one protein but can easily process another so this is a good place to start.

      We have also seen that grains and corn, can often be to blame for doggy upset tummies. Corn is cheap and readily available so it makes for an inexpensive food and is the most common ingredient in mass market dog foods. But, if your dog cannot digest it, then you are just wasting money anyway. There are many new foods on the market that include potatoes or other vegetables that are proving very good for treating digestive, skin and many other common health problems in dogs.

      Hope this helps and that your dog is feeling better soon. Please keep us posted.

  • Anonymous

    My dog has been having a lot of sounds in his intestines/stomach. His stool was getting back to normal. Now he is eating grass and having diarrhea again. The vet took an x-ray and you could see gas in his intestines. They have put him on meds. and I gave them all to him.

    I gave the last dose of medicine yesterday morning. Last night the gurgling sounds started again. It bothers him so much that he runs around the house trying to find a good spot to sleep. Or he eats grass and tries to throw up.

    I have done the boiled chicken, rice and hamburger. Made sure he did not get new dog food without mixing the two. I am afraid he will stop eating again. He just looks so pathetic.

    I don't know if I should call the vet again. I have asked if my pet could be put on some daily medication to help the gas in his intestines. Any suggestions?

    • M. Gabel

      My lab had the same problem. 2 vets and $2000.00 later, we found out that if we feed her more often, less amounts that cut down on her gas.. I noticed the discomfort happened in the morning after she had gone without food in her system for 10hrs. 

      So, I started feeding her 4 times a day, smaller amounts to keep her stomach working all the time.. She no longer has ANY gas problems, or stomach issues. 

      Here schedule is as follows:

      Breakfast: 7:30am 1/4cup

      Lunch: 11:30am 1/4cup 

      Dinner 6:30pm 1/4 cup

      Bed time snack (Just before Bed: 1/2 cup

      I feed her a little more at night because of the longer gap till her next feeding.

      Hope this helps.

      Matt / Rochester NY

  • Anonymous

    My Rottweiler has been vomiting for the past 20 hours. He is very lethargic and not interested in good. Any suggestions? I phone the vet and they said to watch her for the next 24 hours and if there is no change, call back to come in for an appointment. I am worried… any suggestions?

  • Anonymous

    Last year my border collie was very sick. Usually she is so active and happy. But this one morning she was so miserable and didn't want to eat or play. We took her to the vet and they did a blood test which showed up with Pancreatitis. This was caused by a bone given to her a day or two before. It had too much fatty marrow. She had to be on an IV and have meds for a week at the vet. Now she is on a very low fat diet of steamed chicken, cooked rice with peas and carrots and lite dry food.

    If you think your dog has eaten something that may have been fatty take them to the vet as soon as possible and ask for blood tests for pancreatitis. Google it. There are certain breeds that are more likely to get it. Good luck

  • Anonymous

    I just found this site looking for some food ideas to feed my little dog with an ulcer.

    I am shocked how many people recommend Pepto Bismol!

    Everyone – Do not give your dogs PEPTO BISMOL. THEY HAVE CHANGED THE FORMULA AND IT IS NOW DANGEROUS TO DOGS.

    Use PEPCID instead.  I give my guy 1/4 of a 10Mg tablet.  I crush and mix with a bit of water, then put it into a syringe with  no needle (get one from vet).  The vet said you can give it once or twice a day to start.

    It is also extremely important that you use the same syringe (no needle) to get water into your dog if they are not drinking a good amount each day.  My vet said 4 x 10 ml syringes full of water per hour, but that's in extreme cases.

    Don't give any food until they are feeling better and then just a small bit of rice with boiled chicken.  Or plain toast.  If it continues for more than 2 days you need to get them to a vet.

    Good luck to all.

    Canadog

    • Fashion-Hound

      Thank you for the great update. Do you know what they have changed about the Pepto formula that has made it harmful for dogs? Would be interesting to understand so we can share with our readers – please send any info you have and we will update our article today as well.

  • Anonymous

    My 1 year old dog has congestive heart failure. A couple of days ago she started getting sick to her stomach. I took her to the vets who said that it is not related to the heart problem and gave her antepsin suspension to take 20 minutes before eating and told me to not to let her drink water quickly. I've been feeding her boiled chicken, in small amounts per serving but more servings per day as prescribed by my vet. I last fed her at about 10pm, it is now 3am and she has just been sick again – looks like the whole evenings chicken. I'll be taking her back to the vets when they open but does anyone have any advice meanwhile please. Thank you

  • Anonymous

    My lab mix had not been eating much other than grass in the yard. My vet told me to buy chicken liver & cook it. Let it cool down & mix the chicken liver with his normal dog food (hard) & 2 days later my dog is eating 100% better..

    • Fashion-Hound

      Hi and thank you for taking the time to reply with this successful remedy that has worked on your dog that was not eating like so many others on this blog page. Hopefully your tip will help other dogs and owners as well.

      Take care!

  • Anonymous

    She is still drinking and going to the bathroom on both ends. She still likes her treats but now she won't eat her food that she has eaten for the longest time. So she had some hamburger and rice but she threw it up . What should I do? Change the food or give her something to ease her stomach? She is drinking water and still going to the bathroom.

  • Anonymous

    I don't know what happen to my dog (I don't know what breed he is) but he has started to act weird. 'Id call him and he would not come – he was hiding instead. He lost his appetite and wouldn't drink water. I gave him Pedialyte, the vitamin supplement for babies and he would drink it.

    I took him to the vet and they told me he has heart worms. I started his treatment and saw no results. I finally decided to take him to another vet 2 days later. The vet changed his medicine and yet still no results.

    Today I got home from work and I gave him water with the syringe and his stomach was making very weird noises like when you have gas and are holding it in.

    I am planning to take him to the vet again on Monday as the vet requested but I'm thinking maybe they both are missing something else that's affecting him.

    Anyone else had this happen to their dog? Symptoms include:

    • Depressed
    • Loss of appetite
    • Low energy
    • Shakes while he stands
    • Cries at times like he's in pain
    • Anonymous

      My dog has been having the exact same problems for a few days now. I took her to the vet and all they did was give me meds to give him, but they're not working. If you find out what's wrong with your dog please let me know. I feel horribly knowing my dog is in pain and I can't do anything about it.

      • Anonymous

        Other than mine does not cry out in pain, my dog has the same symptoms. She has been to the vet every day this week, today included, and gotten IV fluids. Monday thru Thursday we gave her a shot for nausea, On Tuesday started an antibiotic, and Friday gave her a doggie medicine similar to Prilosec to treat what may be a sour stomach.  She still will not drink or eat… has eaten 1 cheese stick Friday and a shortbread cookie. I have tried giving her Gatorade, chicken broth, scrambled eggs, every kind of dog food the vet sells, hot dogs, cheese and even peanut butter nothing seems to appeal to her…. Have either of you found any solutions?????

        • Anonymous

          My dog had not eaten for 4 days.  He had similiar symptoms; tired, depressed, stomach making gurgling noises.  After several vet visits and phone calls he was on antibotics and the vet wanted him to go on anti-nausea pills as well as medicine to stimulate his appetite. 

          After much research online I went to the natural dog store and bought Nature's Variety Raw Instinct food and he LOVED it. Gobbled down 6 of the mediallions in minutes!  I also purchased goat's milk at the same store which I have read can work wonders for a sick dog stomach.  Haven't tried that yet – letting his stomach settle from the raw food first. Good luck to you!

        • hellkitty kat

          When my dog had her upset stomach and wasn't eating and her stomach was sore to the touch, I took her to the vet and he did a complete work up on her checking all the blood levels etc. He said she could have garbage gut. I feed my dog premium dog food: Blue.. organic treats etc  so if she got bad stuff it wasn't from me anyway. He gave me some medicine called flora. It's a powder that is mixed in with the food or water. and he said to feed her no kibble at all since it is to hard on her system at this time. He recommended a gastrointestinal canned food made for this problem and I had to feed her only a small amount 6 times a day. After about a week she was all better. so maybe you can ask your vet about the flora stuff and the canned food for this. Also the dog should not be fed anything else when treating this upset stomach.

    • Anonymous

      Could it be some sort of intestinal blockage? When my bunny had one he stopped eating/drinking, just laid around and his stomach made the loudest gurgling noises. Obviously, they're not the same animal but it's just a thought. Hope your dog gets better soon!

  • Anonymous

    Our young adult dog Cashew, keeps getting sick. I am not sure if it has to to do with feeding her too much. We have had her for about 2 months now and in the last month she keeps getting sick – this is the second bout of sickness in about 5 or 6 weeks.

    She is a mix breed, medium-sized dog, just a bit over a year I think. She is a rescue from a local shelter. She seems to always be hungry. Our older dog only eats once a day but the younger one is also so skinny (we think she maybe be part whippet or greyhound) and eats very quickly at meal time. I feel so terrible that she seems so hungry so we started to feed her twice a day. The problem is, it seems when we feed her twice a day she gets sick – both vomiting and diarrhea. She gets so sick that we have stopped feeding her twice a day because it goes right through her. Then after a day and all is out she is back to being fine – but starving again! And the cycle continues. What gives! I feel terrible for her. :-(

    • Fashion-Hound

      I hope your pup is feeling better soon. I have two dogs and they both eat twice a day. We feed them half of their daily recommended portion in the morning and the other half in the evening. This helps them slow down digestion and allows their stomachs to absorb the nutrients and calories more evenly throughout the day. I would recommend you try this.

      Also, one of our dogs was also a very skinny rescue when we adopted her and she too wanted to eat every thing we put in front of her as fast as possible. She also appeared to be starving based on her behavior. But our vet told us to feed her her recommended daily portion for her size (2.5-3 cups a day for her 65 pound weight, divided by two for morning and night time portions), irregardless of how much she begs. The vet also recommended that we get her a bowl with three pegs in the center of it to slow her down when eating which has also helped a lot with her digestion and eating in general (she used to choke a bit when eating so quickly).

      Bottomline, do not overfeed her – it will continue to make her sick. She will get used to her correct portion in time and hopefully her tummy will calm down as well. If not, take her to see a vet. They are trained to look at all of the symptoms as well as talk through the circumstances with you to find the right solution for you and your dog.

      Take care and best wishes for a calmer stomach for Cashew.

  • Anonymous

    My girl Brussels Griffon's stomach is making strange noises, mostly gurgle gurgle. She seems very insecure. She acts sad and scared and i am soo scared too! I don't know if she ate something or if it "just happened', all I know is my poor 5 year old is going through pain! Please if you know a remedy besides going to the doctor please post.:(

    • Anonymous

      Both of my dogs were Rescued/adopted from our local shelter.  
      My Rottweiler/German Sheppard Mix has the same belly noises.  It turned out to be gas that causes very painful bloating.   
      My Vet (who works with our states college that the main study is Dog Health) told us we could give our dog Gas Ex soft gels.  The vet advised us that it is pretty much impossible to overdose on gas ex and for our dog who weighs 110 lbs we could give him 2 max strength soft gels with every meal.  He also said if the gas ex didnt work and or if the dog had vomiting and or diarrhea we could give for a dog that weighed 70-100 pounds 1 Tablet of Pepto Bismol and if you get the liquid Pepto Bismol then for 70-100 lbs give 1 teaspoon
      We also asked about our smaller 30 lb Boxer/Pitbull dog and was advised for a dog that weighed  20-60 lbs, give 1/2 of a Tablet. For the liquid Pepto Bismol, 20-60 lbs give 1/2 teaspoon.

      Our Rottweiler/Sheppard dog has food allergies. Once we found a food that didnt have any ingredients that he is allergic to he stopped having the the belly noises.  Now only when the wild animals get into our neighbors garbage and leave food in our yard and our dog eats it will he get the belly noises.  The gas ex worked great for our dog – it quickly stops the noises. 

      As for our Boxer/Pitbull dog she has Digestive enzyme deficiency.  We are able to give her a digestive aid chewable tablet we purchase from Petco and it has helped with her low weight gain and keeps her stool firm.   We also decided to give our Rottweiler the Digestive aid and it seems it has even helped out more and now he very rarely ever gets the belly noises.

      Hope my story helps you and anyone else who has a pet that gets the belly noises.  

      • Fashion-Hound

        Thanks for taking the time to share your story and treatment advice with our reader. I am sure this will be very helpful for many dogs with sick, gassy tummies. Thanks and take care!

  • Anonymous

    My husky/border collie/lab cross is  13 years old. He has always been a good eater (dry food only and some table scraps). In the last few months (3-4) he sometimes refuses to eat his dry food meal but seems famished and looks for other treats. On thes occasions his stomack makes the weirest gurgling and even squeaking noises. Usually by the evening meal he is OK and will eat his dry food. It happens maybe 1-3 times a week. Any ideas??

  • Anonymous

    Last time my dog was sick to her tummy it was because I changed her food. Next time I will mix in old food with new food as a transition during the change to make it easier for her to take. Thanks!

    • Anonymous

      This is a great tip. Most people just change foods right away for their dogs and that is not the solution! Your dogs system needs time to adjust to the new food, so mixing 1/2 of the old food with 1/2 of the new food should help to avoid an upset stomach for your dog.

  • Anonymous

    I have a 10 week old Chihuahua she has gas really bad and a fever. Does anyone know what i can do to help her?

    • Fashion-Hound

      We recommend that if your dog has a fever and other symptoms (e.g. gas) that have lasted more than a couple of hours, you should get an appointment to see a veterinary doctor as quickly as possible for treatment. Hope your pup is feeling better soon.

  • Anonymous

    My Yorkie always ends up with stomach problems each time we get a new bag of dog food. She is such a picky eater to begin with, and I finally have found a brand of food she will eat.  (This took years to figure out).  But it never fails, as soon as a new bag is opened, she becomes sick for days.  Does anyone have any suggestions or similar stories?

    • Anonymous

      Did you get any response, my dog throws up every a new bag of food is started. I know each bag comes from a different batch, unless multiple bags are bought at the same time. Also looking for ideas to help my girl:(

      • Fashion-Hound

        One of our other readers sent this idea yesterday that has helped her dog to start eating again. Hope it helps yours too:

        • Vet suggested to buy chicken liver & cook it.
        • Let it cool and then mix it with your dog's normal hard dog food
        • Within 24-48 hours, your dog should be back to normal eating patterns

        Keep us posted and hope your dogs are feeling better soon.

  • Anonymous

    My sweet Peanut (age 16) vomited some bloody vomit yesterday. She has always had little “throw-ups” and occasionally they have been tingled with blood (over the last 3 years). My vet said if it was very occasional, don’t worry. However, the redness of this last vomit does have me concerned. She has her good days and bad days (mostly very good – people think she is 1 or 2 years old). She seems on the mend today (ate, drank, peed and pooped). Does anyone know what could cause the occasional blood?

  • Anonymous

    My pomeranian boy,use to have soild poop and now it’s not soild.Also he doesn’t throw up.he just has not soild poop.Is there anything I can do to help or is it just normal?

  • Anonymous

    Reading all of the comments above about upset stomachs has eased my mind a little. I was searching for information about what may cause my dogs stomach to make loud gurggling noises. He also threw up a foam like substance twice while going to the bathroom outside. Unfortunately do not have money or pepto bismal. I am praying that my dog’s only suffering from
    a temporary condition. If anything was to happen to him I would NOT be able to handle it!

  • Anonymous

    i have a chiuia and he is not feeling well and we think he ate crayons. What should we do?

  • Anonymous

    i have 3 six week old chihuahua’s and they have diarrhea and vomiting what can i do

    • Anonymous

      Whenever a puppy as young as six weeks old is experiencing symptoms such as vomiting and diarrhea it is crucial to get them to the vet IMMEDIATELY. Young puppies are unable to withstand the dehydration that is caused by gastrointestinal upset. There is no telling why your young puppies are experiencing these symptoms and they require a veterinary visit to be able to determine the cause. Your veterinarian will also likely want to see their mother if you are in possession of her as it could also be affecting her. As soon as your vet takes your puppies in they will also likely give them IV fluids to ensure that they are not too dehydrated as this alone can kill such young dogs.

      As a side note, it is particularly important with such a small dog breed to take immediate action.

  • Anonymous

    My dog is so old… I think he’s going to die…. but he means the world to me I would do anything for him…. he is moving really slowly and throwing up after drinking and his throw up is watered-down….. Please help I would do anything for him, he’s my world :(

  • Anonymous

    I have a Jack Russell. He likes hunting bugs. Will this upset his stomach or could it be too much raw hide. It is clumpy chunks and not bothering him but twice today? Thanks for any input.

  • Anonymous

    My dog won’t eat or drink anything. She just lays there and Barley walks around. She’s been like this going on two days. She’s usually all jumpy and excited. I know I have to keep her hydrated but is there anything else that I can do to help her???

    Thanks,
    Angela

    • Anonymous

      i think ur dog has kidney failure cuz my dog had the same semtums but it could be something else

    • Anonymous

      My dog was this way a couple years ago. As she hears me open the garage door (where her food is kept) she comes running and barking as if to say "Hurry up Mom! Hurry! Hurry! I'm hungry!  C'mon MoooooommmM!!!" and that's how I knew she was "sick", when she wouldn't eat. I tried everything to get her to eat (which is SOOO unlike her to begin with) she would just lay with her head beside her food bowl and I kept thinking "this is definitely not my Sadie….something's wrong!!"   

      After a couple days I called for her to go outside and it took an act of congress to get her to go outside (usually all peppy when she hears the words "FOOD" and "OUTSIDE") and I noticed when she finally did come out of my room (I have a little den made up for her under my desk with 4 pillows where she sleeps at night… or any time of the day rather! lol) her tail was tucked real tight… normally her tail is CONSTANTLY wagging, the only time it's not is when she's sleeping and even then it does sometimes! lol

      I called my vet and they said to bring her in ASAP which really scared me… turned out it was her anal glands. I knew NOTHING about them or that they needed to be "expressed" at times. Her's was impacted which caused her not to eat, so she didn't have to poop. From what the vet told me, it sounds kind of similar to hemorrhoids for humans because it's painful with excretions. 

      Try not to worry about it too much…
      I am just now noticing you posted this like 3 1/2 months ago…..how is your lil fur baby now??

  • Anonymous

    So yesterday I gave my dog wet food for the first time (I didn’t know at the time that I should have mixed it with the dry to let her tummy adjust) but now she’s extra sluggish and sad. I’m guessing that the quick transition, and the fact that she devoured the food is the cause of this problem, but my question is what should I do next – besides mix her dry and wet food for the next feeding. Do problems like this pass on their own or should I try one of the remedies you mentioned?

  • Anonymous

    I have forgotten to give my dog water for days and now he throws up a lot and doesn’t eat.  What can I do or give him? Now I gave him water but he won’t come out.

    • Anonymous

      What could possibly make you forget to give your dog water for days? Poor little baby. I think you need someone to help you with your daily chores because this is kind of a priority.

      • Anonymous

        I think you shouldn’t be allowed to have a dog if you “forgot” to give it water. Water should be out for them at all times!!!!!!

        • Anonymous

          Is the dog still alive?

      • Anonymous

        you are an idiot and do not deserve this dog or any other!!!

      • Anonymous

        you are an idiot and do not deserve this dog or any other!!!

    • Anonymous

      How stupid!!!! Hopefully you took him to the vet immediately – he must have been extremely dehydrated – imagine you had nothing to drink for a few days!!!

    • Anonymous

      Is the dog alive? You really are a stupid bit*h and I hope you rot. Especially a chih,so small with no water for days? Good god why can’t I take all the people like you and line you up for target practice

  • Anonymous

    My dog is on a strong antibiotic, the vet says it is the only one to cure the bacteria she has. However, she doesn’t want to eat anything, and if I force feed her, she vomits. She won’t even eat human food out of my hand. I am already giving her Pepcin. Any help please?

    • domino

      Since your vet knows your dog and your dog’s history, and is the one that prescribed the antibiotic, they are best suited to diagnosing the vomiting and other issues your dog is experiencing. Please make a follow-up appointment with your vet.

  • Anonymous

    Hi our Chihuahua Rat Terrier I believe ate something because he has an upset tummy. Day one he was in pain (yelped and ran away) while pooping and it seemed like diarrhea. So I made sure he drank water and I feed him rice that night instead of his food. That night he pooped more solid but still a little painful. He seemed more playful and hungry at the end of the night but I was worried about feeding him to much so I waited. The next morning he threw up yellow. I gave him more water and gave him some food soaked in water. He pooped solid no pain and peed just fine and this morning ate grass. Soon after his tummy started growling. It seems like he is getting better I just don’t know if I should wait longer?

    • domino

      Normally dogs eat grass if they have an upset tummy to help them clear out what’s in there bothering them. Keep and eye on your dog and if you’re concerned or his situation worsens please go and see your local veterinarian.

      Everyone here at Canine Journal hopes your Chihuahua feels better soon! Please keep us posted on his progress.

  • Anonymous

    One of the dogs I am dog sitting for a couple of weeks started throwing up yesterday (Sunday) about 5 times. Then today his stomach is making weird gurgling noises and he won’t eat or drink his water. I have no idea what to do because it’s not my dog and I don’t want to make him any more sick by giving him food for people, which I was told by the owners that then he will stop eating anything.

    I have no idea if he eats grass, but I am pretty sure he doesn’t because his owners never take them outside and when they are inside they usually just keep them in their cage. My mom is thinking that maybe because the exercise we put on him was more than he could take. I was also wondering if that was true. Please answer anything but going to the vet because we want to try anything before going to the vet.

    • domino

      I know that’s not what you wanted to hear, but our licensed vet is no longer with us, so we don’t have the license to give advice (nor do we know what to say besides telling you to take your dog to the vet). Good luck and let us know how it goes!

  • Anonymous

    I gave my dog 9 beef bones, including a big one. She just eats all the left over meat. This was three days ago. Now and yesterday she is slow and pooping like gelatin, and doesn’t want to come out from under the bed. She’s not showing all the hyper doggy stuff like running around. She’s walking slow. I plan to start cooking food for her at home as she is now 13 years old.

    Should we avoid giving her human food, and stop feeding her commercial food? I’m starting to home-cook healthy food as I found so many good recipes on line for dogs. Do you think Pepto-Bismol will help her upset belly?

    Please advise,
    Kristin

    • domino

      Hi Kristin,

      While as far as we know it’s generally considered safe to give your dog some Pepto-Bismol, we highly recommend you visit your vet to find out exactly what’s going on.

  • Anonymous

    My dog got a hold of some beef ribs. Now she is vomiting and having lots of diarrhea. She has been treated for parvo before. I have made her some rice but it’s still comes up. I gave her Peptol but nothing seems to work. After giving her Peptol she ended up getting a rash. I am so worried what else can I try to give her?

    • domino

      Before giving her anything else, we strongly recommend you schedule an appointment with your local veterinarian. Please keep us posted on her progress!

  • Anonymous

    My dog has been vomiting for two days, and his stomach is making loud gurgling noises. What can I do?

    • domino

      We recommend you take your dog to your local veterinarian. Please keep us informed of his/her progress!

  • Anonymous

    My chihuahua hasn’t been himself for the last 2 days. I think he might have a belly ache or something. On Wednesday he was acting indifferent then later that day. He went #2 and was fine. However, later on Wednesday night he was acting strange again and couldn’t jump up on my bed (which he does all the time) and he yelped when I touched his stomach.

    On Thursday I started giving him water, milk of magnesia, and pumpkin to help with what I believe to be constipation. He went #2 once on Thursday and peed 2 times. Then today (Friday) I fed him more of his food with pumpkin mixed in, which he ate just fine. I also gave him water and a little milk of magnesia. He went outside and did a #2 and peed.

    He’s not having any problem going to the bathroom, but he’s acting strange. For example, he’s not wanting to jump up on the bed (he seems to go up steps okay though). While he was outside he was walking around sniffing like a normal dog. But as soon as he gets inside he gets kinda scared looking and just lays on the bed. I don’t know if I should wait a few more days or if I should take him to the vet. What do you think?

    • domino

      We recommend you take your chihuahua to your local veterinarian. Let us know how it goes!

  • Anonymous

    Upset stomach? Use a little Pepto-Bismol. Worked for my dog.

  • Anonymous

    My four legged fella’ is just not quite himself today. He is a lab who just recently turned two, and has been healthy since I’ve had him. He didn’t touch his food this morning, which is very unusual for him. He’s laying beside me right now and I can hear his stomach gurgling and churning. I’ve noticed him eating grass when he’s gone out to go to the bathroom several times today, and I did witness him urinating so I know he’s doing that. He has also had one episode of diarrhea.

    I’ve been encouraging him to drink, which he has been doing. I adopted him from a family who could no longer care for him due to loss of employment, and I by no means want to avoid taking him to the vet, if that’s necessary. I just don’t want to take him if this is a somewhat normal situation, or if I should watch and/ or wait for other symptoms. Any feedback or advice would be appreciated.

    • domino

      It sounds like he has an upset stomach. Dogs will eat grass to help cleanse their digestive system. It can’t hurt for you to contact a vet if he continues to have trouble eating.

  • Anonymous

    So my pitbull Tank will not in take any sort of food & he’s usually a fatty when it comes to food. I see him eating grass but all he does is sleep. He does go outside to play a little but not as much as he did 24 hours ago. What could I do before I contact a vet?

    • domino

      Contact a vet first. While waiting for your scheduled appointment, keep him in a cool climate (not outside in the heat where he might dehydrate) and see if he’s able to drink water. How old is Tank?

  • Anonymous

    My dog is 6 and neutered, we had to because his prostate was enlarged. I can’t afford the vet right now but he’s throwing up at times, and has runny poop. It started on Wednesday. He didn’t poop until later that day, then threw up. Now he’s still doing it and eating grass. Why does he eat grass and what could I do for him that won’t hurt him?

  • Anonymous

    My boxer’s stomach was gurgling heavily, so I took him for a long walk and allowed him to eat grass. It has let up some, his last stool was formed and soft, with grass in it. But during our walk he tried several times to void bm again. Only a clear jelled substance came out, he has vomited a couple of times. It was all dog food, and he hasn’t eaten since. I’ve encouraged fluids but he hasn’t really drank. Is it okay to give him a tums? Btw, he is still somewhat playful.

    • Anonymous

      Dear Boxer Lover: I have a similar situation with my boxer. I gave him Pepto Bismol. He drank a small amount of water. Nothing else. I wondered about that jelly bm you spoke of. He had that last night. No poop today. Really worried. How is your boxer dog doing? Better I hope! Hope to hear from you.

  • Anonymous

    My Jack mix has an upset tummy. No vomiting or diarrhea, just loud gurgling noises and he acts like he doesn’t feel well. Still drinking normally and eating a little. Any suggestions? I am disabled on a small fixed income, trying to avoid vet costs if I can. Has had all shots and gets yearly check up. He is my heart and best friend.

    • Anonymous

      My puppy’s name is Jack also. You can try to boil chicken and rice or give him some grass to eat. That will clean his insides. You can even try a Pepto-Bismol (a little bit of it). If this doesn’t help you might have to go see a vet. I will keep your Jack in mind. All the best.

  • Anonymous

    I have a love for dogs and one of my dogs is trying to go to the bathroom but cannot. My dog is small and 7 months old. My dog may have ate something. I tried to feed my dog water but the dog won’t drink. I think my dog does not have diarrhea. I gave the dog a half of anti-diarrhea pill before I realized the dog does not have diarrhea. My dog is depressed and won’t move too much. Anyone think of a home remedy that may help? I am praying to JC to help my dog get well. I am watching my dog closely.

  • Anonymous

    So….. where is toilet? Hehe))) Joke, relax. Hi, you hear me??

  • Anonymous

    The best way to cure a dog’s upset tummy? Belly rubs of course! j/k In our experience it works best to have them relax, get out of the sun, eat grass, ease up on their diet or change their diet, etc.

    The particular situation will depend on how long their stomach has been upset, etc. If in doubt – contact your local vet!

    • Linda

      Ahh, my first instinct was to rub his belly. I start from up between his front legs and gently rub all the down to the inside of his left rear leg and he fell asleep. Obviously he liked this very much and I could feel him relax. 

      Foolish me for give him cheddar popcorn and a whole two oz bag. Usually I only give him half, but I messed up for sure!! I assumed since it was a healthy snack for me it would be safe for him. I will definitely be on the look for "healthy" snacks for my boy!!

  • Anonymous

    Wow! I love dogs. I love collecting small chains of dogs. Last year I bought a Chihuahua and it’s so cute. Thanks for sharing this article.

    I was looking for tips on how to take good care of my dogs and some information about them. This will be especially useful if they start getting upset tummies!

    • Anonymous

      My puppy is 11 weeks old and she as a belly ache. Since I don’t have any Pepto-Bismol, will Malox or a Tum work just as good?

      • Alex

        I would use the Tums over the Maalox but even better would be to do nothing at all without more information. What kind of belly ache does your puppy have? Any vomit and/or diarrhea? How long has this been going on? Often times my best advice for an acute incidence of vomit or diarrhea is to withhold food and water for 12-24 hours. Try again offering small amounts of food and water after 24 hours. If the problem persist or gets worse, then that would be the time to seek the help of your local veterinarian. That's a long response to a short question but I hope that helps. Thanks. The Pet Doc