Tips to Cure Your Dog’s Upset Stomach

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Dog laying on sofa sickNormally 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.

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Here are a few things you can try at home before seeking medical attention.

Keep Your Pup Hydrated

One 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.

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. Dehydration in 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.

Check Your Dog’s Temperature

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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.

Find Out What Your Dog Ate

Looking for clues may help the vet’s diagnosis of your situation. If any of your house plants have been nibbled on that’s a sure red flag as many house plants are toxic to dogs. Also check the trash bags and cans around your home for signs of scavengers.

Ways to Help Your Dog’s Upset Stomach

Here are a few products you can try out that have proven to be successful for other sick pups.

DiarRice for Dogs

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Rice is a natural remedy for symptoms of diarrhea for humans, but pups can’t digest it as well and therefore it could further upset their stomach. However, DiarRice is a rice-based probiotic that has all the same soothing properties of rice in a format that is easily digestible and tastes like chicken. You can mix with either wet food or dry food (adding a little water). DiarRice should start doing the trick immediately so if you don’t see signs of improvement right away you should seek further medical attention.

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If your dog still 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.

Natural Remedies To Cure Your Dog’s Upset Stomach

If you prefer not giving your dog human medications there are other natural home treatments 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:

  • Banana baby food
  • Rice with boiled chicken (boneless and no salt or seasonings added) – Exact portion can vary by dog, we suggest starting with a half cup of cooked rice and about 4 ounces of chicken. If your dog isn’t drinking water, add some water to the mixture as well.

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 Causes Dogs To Get An Upset Stomach?

You might be curious to know what caused the upset stomach to begin with? Here are some possible causes and why.

Changing Your Dog’s Food

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.

So 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.

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.

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.

If You Have an Emergency, Call The Vet

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 and help guide you through this difficult time.

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

Do you have other treatments that you have tried successfully to get your dog on its way to recovery?

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475 Comments on "Tips to Cure Your Dog’s Upset Stomach"

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Daniel Whitfield
Daniel Whitfield

It’s unusual for my dog to experience vomiting. Is there anything i can give him. He’s a 8 yr. old Yorkie

Tammie
Tammie

My cocker spaniel..got the food lid off and are quite a bit of food…acts like hea,got a belly ache..i Have him a teaspoon of pepto…what else should I do? He seems miserable

Chelsea
Chelsea

I have a 2 month old lab puppy. He wont eat or drink now. But this morning he ate pork and beans but he threw em up. He is not eating until now. I dont know what to do. Im a new pup owner. HELP. Shoul i take him to a vet? I cri

Kimberly Alt
Admin
Kimberly Alt

Yes you should take him to the vet asap.

Anelise Schoeman
Anelise Schoeman

We got new puppies the weekend. They had runny tummies. Took them to the vet and the vet gave them more worming medication. Gave them antibiotic injections and electrolytes and also Intestinal dog pellets. Stool got better. Had to take them back yesterday & got more antibiotics to take orally. The one puppies tummy is better but the other one is still very loose. Is the puppy still stressing or why?

Joa

A year ago my puppy had problems, antibiotics was given over and over again, watch out now my dog has auto immune disease WAY to much, my puppy may not recover and decision time may be soon. Do your research for the health of your puppy

Kristina W.
Kristina W.

I was told about Oat Grass, that it is a good thing to help with upset stomach problems in my dogs. Has anybody tried or heard of this?

Deidra
Deidra

My pup went to a puppy training class & was fed little bits of string cheese as a treat about a dot in size about 15 times in class, came home & took a nap, had 3 really good size bowel movements but feels like she has to poo & dribbles pee everywhere. What could be causing this? Lactose intolerant, no more trainers giving her tiny bits of cheese. Does she have a urinary tract infection from cheese? Please advise, I am worried.

Carol Peveler
Carol Peveler

What can I use if I don’t have pepto

Nanari
Nanari

My shih tzu has been experiencing diarrhea for 2-3 days now, her stool is so wet and brown and she poops everywhere in the house. She’s active but I think she’s losing appetite and becoming more lethargic. I always bring her water but she doesn’t drink. Should i bring her to the vet immediately or should I treat hwr myself?

Kimberly Alt
Admin
Kimberly Alt

We’re always advocates for taking pets to the vet when something is wrong. Unlike humans, our dogs aren’t able to tell us how bad they feel. We’re always on the side of “better safe than sorry.” We’d hate for something serious to be wrong with your dog and it be too late. We recommend going to the vet.

Robbi Mujar
Robbi Mujar

My dog ate a chicken but after that she is not feeling well she started vomiting the food that she ate. The next day she didn’t want to eat her food also she’s weak anr always in bed. What should I do?

Kimberly Alt
Admin
Kimberly Alt

You should take your dog to the vet if you think she is felling unwell or acting different. Your vet will be able to help your dog. Please let us know how it goes and we hope your dog gets better soon.

nova peniquito
nova peniquito

my dog ate chocolate few days ago and now she’s having a diarrhea her poop is sometimes black..she doesnt want to eat anything unless its meat but she drink water sometimes…what should i do to make her feel well?

Ann Mcconville
Ann Mcconville

My little Yorker has been off a few days had diarrhoea keeps eating grass which makes him sick he is normal when out for a run but in the house just want cuddles and sleep was eating and drinking but this morning refused his food still got wet nose and alert

Chantal Syc
Chantal Syc

100% Pure canned pumpkin is good for diahrrea. One tablespoon. They love it to. I keep it on hand.

Marlo Pasoz
Marlo Pasoz

My 2 and half year old chihuahua has a upset stomach she’s been fatigued all day she has been drinking some water she hasn’t eaten she doesn’t want to. No diarrhea and vomited twice today I’m worried any body with advise on what to do for her at home?

Kimberly Alt
Admin
Kimberly Alt

Hi Marlo, have you tried giving your dog this chicken and rice meal?

janasia eskridge
janasia eskridge

my dog she is a blue nose pitbull, she wont eat or drink, and i think its because she ate grass when i took her outside to use the restroom so what should i do,,,she just stay in one place plz give me some advice plz plz plz

Kimberly Alt
Kimberly Alt

Dog’s sometimes eat grass when their tummies hurt. It’s possible her tummy hurt before you let her outside. If she continues to not eat or drink you should contact your vet.

Helen
Helen

My pitbull cross lab puppy is almost 6 months old she got sick she vomit now she won’t drink or eat what can I do to make her eat or drink

Kimberly Alt
Kimberly Alt

You should take your dog to the vet to get her feeling better. Hope she recovers quickly.

Dee

Our pug is 10 yrs old, just laying around,not eating, hardly drinking, won’t eat treats or any of his favorite table food. He has Lyme’s disease for a couple of years now, could he just have the flu , nose is dry, a couple of days ago he was coughing day and night but now he stopped. Not having any trouble breathing. I will end up taking him to the vet tomorrow, is their anything I could do for him now

Kimberly Alt
Kimberly Alt

I think taking him to the vet is the best you can do for him now. Please keep us posted on how the visit goes. We are hoping for a speedy recovery for your dog.

juls
juls

My dog just had 8 puppies last wensday, the last three days her poop has been runny.. I read that you could give them rice and egg yoke, to help with nutrients for her, so I have been doing that along with her dog food. Is this cause it??? concerned

Patty
Patty

Why would you do that to your dog? Spay her! Irresponsible owner. Seriously dude! Are you going to sell the 8 puppies to make money? Obviously you don’t know s*** about what your doing. Take her to the vet reading s*** online isn’t going to help so concerned? Don’t breed your dog you a** head! How about you spay your dog you idiot.

Sophie's mom
Sophie's mom

Wow!!! I believe you are the A**hole!! How do you know she is breeding them for money? How do you know they are breeding the dog at all? How do you know that they didn’t provide a happy, healthy, safe home for all 8 puppies and momma? Assumption will get you nowhere my very rude friend!!!

Sophie\'s mom
Sophie\'s mom

Wow!!! I believe you are the A**hole!! How do you know she is breeding them for money? How do you know they are breeding the dog at all? How do you know that they didn’t provide a happy, healthy, safe home for all 8 puppies and momma? Assumption will get you nowhere my very rude friend!!!

Dog mom
Dog mom

If everyone spayed their dogs right away, there wouldn’t be anymore dogs. Just stop judging people before you know.

Jude
Jude

Patty you are really rude and you don’t know the circumstances. Opinionated people like you should never breed either.

Chantal Syc
Chantal Syc

100% canned pumpkin a couple tablespoons will do the trick. They love the taste too. I keep it on hand

Sherry
Sherry

My bezer is 4 years old and has an upset tummy and very bad gas. Is there something I can do to help my baby girl. She is a German shepherd husky mix. Any suggestion would be helpful.

Linda
Linda

I have a heeler-jack russell mix she has spells where she has upset stomach and gas really bad. My vet told me I could give her a gas-x for the gas and it has helped her with the gas and the upset stomach she weighs 38 pounds and the dose was 12mg of gas-x for her weight I give it to her at the first signs of problems starting.

Richard
Richard

Hi, I have a 13y/o shih-tzu, she has been sick for a few days now. First sneezing then no appetite and just lying around. Now she drinks water and vomits the water 15-20 min. later. Any suggestions will be appreciated. thanks.

Kimberly Alt
Kimberly Alt

Take your dog to the vet immediately. She needs medical attention. Good luck and keep us posted.

Mary furphy
Mary furphy

I have a 13 year old borderline collie who have the runs an it very runne what can i give her if anything

Mel

My dutch shepherd is only 5 months old and weighs about 60 to 70 pounds and is not himself/ has stomach issues.. you can hear his stomach growling. not to mention he puked a little this morning….

What do I do? does the chicken and rice really work???

any recommendation is greatly appreciated.

Kimberly Alt
Kimberly Alt

Hi Mel, I’ve personally used the chicken and rice as a solution and it has helped. I know many others who have used it as well. How is your dog feeling today?

Natalie
Natalie

My 3lb chihuahua 6month old puppy has been refusing to eat for almost 20 hours. I’ve tried puppy milk, sugar, homemade rice and chicken and kibble, she’s refused all. Her stomach is making small gurgling noises and she cannot find a comfortable spot. I’m so worried. Please help!

kruyfie
kruyfie

Rice water, cook 1 cup of rice with 4 cups of water until rice is cooked and soft, you can add fine shredded boiled chicken breast fillet ( fat/skin free ) no other ingredients added. feed this to your pup in small amount couple times a day, plain yogurt also good, but not too much. good luck

Valerie Stewart
Valerie Stewart
I have a 15 year old Dalmatian. I went out of town for 18 days and when i went to pick her up i could see every bone on her body. She has always been very thin but this was extreme. I immediately went to the store and bought chicken, beef, ham lunch meat and more. She started eating immediately and she has been drinking a ton of water. I stayed by her side for five days straight. Throughout this period of time she had diarrhea which eventually came out blood. But as time progressed the blood went away and… Read more »
Kimberly Alt
Kimberly Alt

You should contact your vet about her current condition. Keep us posted and know that our thoughts are with you and your dog.

Larry Sanders
Larry Sanders

I have a 8 year old Rott, and he has had a upset stomach for a day in a half now, what is the best thing to give in this situation. ..Sarge Needs Help

Kimberly Alt
Kimberly Alt

Sorry for the late response, Larry. Checkout this article for a recipe on what to give your dog if he has an upset tummy. https://www.caninejournal.com/community/boiled-chicken-and-rice-for-dogs/

Morgan P.
Morgan P.
My basset hound about a month ago threw up blood and was rushed to the emergency very early in the morning. They took her blood and everything came back negative, they said she looks fine. Then several days ago she produced a fever out of nowhere, next morning she was taken to the vet and again more precise tests were done and all came back negative. White blood cells look great, he thought it was Addisons disease and that also came back negative. He told us that she just has a very sensitive stomach and to keep a log on… Read more »
Shellstaf@hotmail.com
Shellstaf@hotmail.com

My poor MaggieMae she is a tiny Chihuahua she’s 10 and has developed a sensitive stomach she’s on special food but it doesn’t seem to be helping can anyone suggest a good dog food for a sensitive stomach or sensitive digestion

Has your vet check for pancreatitis
Has your vet check for pancreatitis

Has your vet check for pancreatitis

kaya
kaya

Is it okay to give my puppy baby aspirin?

Kimberly Alt
Kimberly Alt

We suggest contacting your vet and asking this. We’d hate to tell you one way or the other and something bad happen so your dog. Let us know how it goes!

Alex Schenker
Admin
Alex Schenker

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Dusty
Dusty
Please help! I have adopted a dog “bully” so I do not know a lot about his history he is very thin in the back area and his spine is showing we are working on his weight. We do know he has had many UT infection and seems to be doing better over the past month but now we notice he is having large chunks of solid yellow clay/rubber looking stuff in his stool and then this morning he vomited yellow mucus with a golf ball size yellow clay/ rubber ball looking thing. On one end its very smooth and… Read more »
Kimberly Alt
Kimberly Alt

You need to take him to the vet asap. This is not normal behavior and could be life threatening. The vet will know how to help. Best of luck, we are thinking of you! Let us know how it goes.

Maekala Burr
Maekala Burr

I need some advice my dog has ate some coconut oil that was mixed with sugar to make a body scrub, she isn’t ill at the moment but I’m assuming it isn’t going to agree with her. What would be the best course of action?

Jami
Jami

Im not a vet by any means, but coconut oil is actually good for their skin and coat. And if its mixed with just sugar, or even sugar and essential oils, they will probably be okay. Just watch out for diarrhea as her stomach probably wont know what to do with it.

Davemike
Davemike

I have a yorky Palm mix and I love him dearly. I came home from work tonight and he seemed fine till I found either throw up or diarrhea on my couch. Then I tried to feed him and he has no appetite even for his favorite human food. He doesn’t seem dehydrated. I worry he might have tried to eat something off my basement floor. I can’t think of what else he could have gotten into besides some diluted bleach on some areas of the floor. If so how bad would this affect him?

Kimberly Alt
Kimberly Alt

If you think your dog got into bleach you need to take him to the vet asap.

pierette York
pierette York
I bought my dog some chewing sticks made in Taiwan. It is some sort of cow hide I believe. Within a few days my little poodle was unable to stand on his back legs to reach the treat I was giving him. I stopped feeding those sticks and within 4 days he had regained the strength in his back legs. Now I only buy food and treats made in the USA. After that episode I noticed that he also gradually started to lose some hair. Even though I complained to the well known supermarket where I bought this product, they… Read more »
Kimberly Alt
Kimberly Alt

You may find this article to be helpful/interesting. It discusses why “Made in the USA” is so important. https://www.caninejournal.com/rawhide-bones/

Ylli-b52@hotmail.com
Ylli-b52@hotmail.com

My dog is having stomach cramps or something like that he’s swallowing and he really can’t handle that pain…please help.

Kimberly Alt
Kimberly Alt

Take your dog to the vet to get him the help he needs.

nicole
nicole

Thank you very much it made my dog feel a lot better. At first, I thought I lost my dog but now since I saw this I had my dog back. THANK YOU!

Madi
Madi
This is an interesting story, sounds a lot like my father’s dog Rex. We found him abandoned when I was about 1-2. He didn’t wear a collar or have any background on his breed. He was an unknown dog cross between many breeds. My dad and my mum looked everywhere for the dogs owner, on websites, local stations we even put signs up but no one was in claim of the dog. Eventually my dad was in-love with him no matter how massive he was. My father owned so many huskies anyway at that time because he was working in… Read more »
JOAN PORTILLO
JOAN PORTILLO

Sorry for your loss even if it 2 Or 3yrs ago.
Rex sounded amazing …

Kimberly Alt
Kimberly Alt

I’m so sorry Madi. It’s never easy losing a dog. Rex sounds like the greatest friend you could ask for. I’m sure he loved you all as much as you loved him. I hope your relationship with Teddy can grow to be as great as your relationship with Rex was. Nothing is greater than the love of a dog. 🙂

Bryan Benson
Bryan Benson

Thank you so much for the advice. This is a male dog that was left in the forest. I found him two weeks ago he is friendly and beautiful. No one has claimed him so I will keep him. Tomorrow I will take him to the vet.

Ileana Gonzalez
Ileana Gonzalez

I have a 3 month old Yorkie and Chihuahua mix she has an upset stomach, and she also has diarrhea, I don’t know what to do? I am a very concerned animal lover. What should I do? Some people are telling me to feed her white rice with baby food? Is that okay for a puppy? Also I’m hearing is it okay to give a puppy Pepto Bismol?

Kimberly Alt
Kimberly Alt

Hi Ileana, our article above goes over everything you just mentioned. Please read and let me know if you have any further questions. Hope your pup gets to feeling better! 🙂

Lori
Lori
I just wanted to add a few things to an old albeit relatively newly active post. 🙂 First, I tried the Diggin’ brand of freeze dried pumpkin several years ago after receiving a sample at a pet boutique in SoCal. I have done a lot of dog rescue, many from the Devore shelter in San Bernardino, and the last 2 years in rural Kentucky (they’re shockingly similar, heh). Many have UTI’s, kennel cough, a slew of worms, diarrhea and so on. Most dogs I rescued were emaciated, and I’d use a mixture of critical care formula and clinicare soft food.… Read more »
Hemi 73
Hemi 73
I have a small dog that weighs about 30 pounds. He is 12 years old and he may have a tumor because it feels like a small ball inside his tummy. It does hurt him sometimes because he yelps when he is touched or moves. I called the animal clinic to see what I can do for my dog, they told me to bring him in, which will cost me $80 just to be looked at. That’s not including medication or surgery. All they told me is to give him plenty of water and feed him some soft dog food… Read more »
Kimberly Alt
Kimberly Alt

Taking him to the vet is what is best for him. I know how expensive it can be but it sounds like Ginger needs medical attention. A vet can help him get better and make him feel like new.

Dawn Geren
Dawn Geren

This article is true. I have asked vets before and they say that white rice, no bone chicken and no human food is good when your dog is sick. The pepto trick does actually work. They may seem groggy or sleepy, but after a little bit of rest they are back to normal. Keeping them hydrated is a must in our home.

BeeSee Maw Kay
BeeSee Maw Kay

Hi everyone, I got a puppy called Chinese crested last five months ago. Now she has vomited and has an empty tummy. She doesn’t like to eat her food, but I have no idea how to help her out of sickness. If you guys know some of the good medicine or good information to help puppy can you let me know or send the information to my email please.
beeseemk@gmail.com

Thanks.

Kimberly Alt
Kimberly Alt

Hello, have you spoken to your vet about this? I suggest giving them a call today and explain the situation. The vet knows more about your dog and can help determine the right dog food for her. Best of luck!

Clifford Oakley Webb
Clifford Oakley Webb

Well I have gotten so much good advise from caring people. Thanks to all of you for caring enough to help. And you negative people, I really hope you stay rich, and don’t fall on hard time or lose your job and your income falls. I will pray for everyone and their pets.

Megan Earl
Megan Earl

I’m really glad I found this post. My dog has been acting weird lately, and I think he might have a bad case of an upset stomach. After reading this post, I’m wondering if dehydration might be the culprit! He’s an outdoor dog, and we try to do a good job of keeping his water dish full, but it gets hard sometimes. Also, sometimes he doesn’t even seem to want to drink! Maybe I should bring him to the vet and get an actual diagnoses.

Has your vet check for pancreatitis
Has your vet check for pancreatitis

Why would you have a dog to keep it outside all the time and then actually get on here and tell people that sometimes you forget to fill his water dish

Lendy
Lendy

Hi everyone,
I have a 3 month old puppy named Mocha. She just recently got her vaccine shots about 5 days ago. After the shots she would no longer eat food nor drink her water. Now she’s so thin and I’m starting to get worried. We’ve already taken her to the vet but they said she has no fever. Is this a reaction due to the shots she have taken or is this a sign that tells me something is wrong? Help please.

Tont
Tont

Is Pedialyte that you buy in the grocery store for children the same that you can give to your dog?

Jessica Senechal
Jessica Senechal

But what if she ate too much grass? How can you help her stomach feel better?

Sadie Cornelius
Admin
Sadie Cornelius

Jessica, sorry to hear your pup has been eating too much grass! Here’s an article that might help! https://www.caninejournal.com/why-dogs-eat-grass/

Debbie McLean
Debbie McLean
So what have I taken away from this? If your dog has a sick tummy you have a fifty percent chance of ever figuring out what is wrong, you have 100 percent chance of vet over charging you and more then likely giving you no help at all. I have a very old beagle who does have tummy issues and was hoping to come across something to make him more comfy until his vet opens in the morning and all I came across was nothing. The article itself I already knew. I keep pepto in my house at all times… Read more »
Jessica DeAguero
Jessica DeAguero
My little dog is some kind of a mix terrier, she is 15 years old & about 17 lbs. She has had this hacking cough for quite some time now. I read on the internet about her hacking cough & it said this might have something to do with her heart. She will hack & throw up a little liquid followed by a little foam. I can’t tell you how many times she has thrown up her food on the carpet. I finally took her to the vet & $190.00 later I walked out with a new dog food which… Read more »
robin
robin
To all the negative people here that say if you can’t afford a vet you shouldn’t have one. My dog just had an upset stomach so I rushed him to the 24 hour vet on a Sunday. I knew what to do but I chose to bring him in. $200 to be told to do what I already knew and I have vet insurance but was useless as it has deductible. Some of these people that are not rich would do more for their pet than one that is. Many vets are about money. They push Hills Science Diet and… Read more »
monica
monica

My 7 year old chocolate lab has just started vomiting but nothing is coming up. She weighs 80 lbs. How much pepto bismal can I give her? She doesn’t want to even eat ice chips. Can someone please give me advice? I live 2 hours from an emergency vet hospital and they want an arm and a leg to see her after hours.

Bill Breeze
Bill Breeze
I have found that when my dog has an upset stomach I give her the low fat cottage cheese and her tummy is fine in 24 hours. I also give chicken broth rice. I use a chicken broth instead of water when making the rice and she usually will eat it. If you go the cottage cheese route be sure to take your dog out more than usual being it may cause diarrhea but with mine she has a small bowl of 2% cold milk and she is usually fine. Hope this helps out but I am not a vet… Read more »
Sadie Cornelius
Admin
Sadie Cornelius

Thanks Bill those are great tips, we appreciate you sharing your first hand experience with what has helped your dog’s upset stomach!

Cooper
Cooper
Our 9 month old Vizsla has had chronic diarrhea almost since we got him. He did have worms and it was treated, but the diarrhea did not go away. It starts out good in the morning and gets worse as the day goes on. He should weigh a lot more than he does. We do pay for pet insurance, but we have still spent a fortune on testing. Right now he is on three meds, but the vet does not know what’s going on. She is hoping the meds clear up whatever he has. She also prescribed a crappy food.… Read more »
Marion
Marion
I rescued two Yorkies many years ago and they were very sickly, feet, testicles swollen, and throat swollen, could hardly breathe, terrible allergies, I saw three vets, each finally put them back on prednisone, which only worked for short periods. After walking the floor one night crying and rocking the little one, thinking I would have to put him down in the.morning, I was desperate and finally found a holistic vet, The Tree of Life, in Courtenay, 1 1/2 hrs out of town. I immediately drove out there and she was a God send, they finally got well. I also… Read more »
Activist
Activist

My dog got sick after eating commercial pet treats. What kinds of additives would make a dog sick like that? I talked to the company and they didn’t act too helpful. Other than broth and time, does anyone know what I can do for the poor dear?

Stephanie Leach
Stephanie Leach
Yesterday my dog started with some diarrhea later in the day. Then she threw up her food from the morning. I knew not to give her any more food. I could tell she was uncomfortable, not in pain but wanting out often & not being able to do anything. I let her rest and the main thing was – she was drinking water, thankfully. When outside a neighbor told me about giving her a bit of Pepto Bismol (she’s only 9 lbs. so 1/4 of the syringe.) I did that around 5:30pm and again before bed and she was good… Read more »
Akumasmile
Akumasmile

I want to say thank you to you because this is my first time going through having to feel bad that my dog had a tummy ache. I want to do the best I can for my dog, and your website helped a lot. Thank you again for the great advice!

Bill Breeze
Bill Breeze

I have found over the years that cottage cheese has always helped my dogs with her stomach issues. Maybe because the cheese is light and is a bacteria already but it always eases the issues and it firms up the diarrhea associated with stomach issue. My second stand by is the chicken breast with the rice and light broth. There are only a few times I have broken an antacid tablet in half for immediate relief. Hope this helps someone out.

Melody
Melody

My one year old chihuahua is not eating or drinking water. This just started yesterday afternoon. It is now midnight and he still isn’t eating. He tries to cover up his food with his blanket. What should I do? I am on a very fixed income and have no money for a vet.

ten

My dog doesn’t want to eat anymore. She felt bad. She’s vomiting and diarrhea with some worms. Does anyone know how I can revive her? I brought her to the vet last night and the vet advised me to confine her. But I don’t have enough money to buy a dextrose powder and antibiotics and some other medicine. We went back in our house. She’s feeling the same and not wanting to eat. What can I do? Can anyone please help me? I love my dog and I don’t want her to die. Please help.

Lynn
Lynn

Hello, Just a quick question: my dog has had diarrhea for 2 days now and her stomach is really grumbling. She still wants to eat her food but on here you said to give them white rice and I only have brown rice would that be ok to give her.

Rob Frost
Rob Frost
I have a 12 yr old lab/mastiff mix and she has tons of life still. Everyone thinks she’s like 7. Well she’s been sick for about a week and hasn’t eaten the whole time. She threw up a little blood and pooped some dark tar-like stuff and now it’s green diarrhea that just leaks out. The vet has done blood tests and organ test and even checked for pyometra and parvo virus and still nothing. My bill since I first went to the ER and then a local vet will total around $3k. I don’t want to let her go… Read more »
marine777
marine777
IN reality- Vets CARE BUT…..MONEY MATTERS and BECAUSE they KNOW it’s like CHILDREN to YOU- they tend to MILK YOU DRY! Example- My dog throws up early AM.hardly PM- went to vet- just Diagnosed- WRONG-will be 3rd time back and NOW she Suggests a BLOOD TEST- OUR TIME to DRIVE, wasted GAS, wasted MONEY as each time WE pay for a ROOM- lets meet at a MOTEL and and maybe have a GOOD TIME for this amount of MONEY- anyway- MY Dog is STILL throwing up-DISCOMFORT- I as a Disabled Vet am getting SICK as MY SACRED ONLY amount is… Read more »
Sheri Gorton
Sheri Gorton
Interesting comments. I can see many points of view here. It’s unfortunate that so many pet owners are disappointed in their vet care, and say most vets are money hungry. I’m sure they are out there. And where you live does change the vet care costs. Many vets take Care credit, which we always refer people to if they can’t afford an unexpected cost for their pet. Our vet Hospital in Susanville, California where I am a vet tech is pretty affordable. People come from the big cities to have pet care from us because it is much more affordable,… Read more »
aw79
aw79

Now a days almost no Vetenary clinics will take payments and their fees are outrages! I’m beginning to think they are just in it for the money. So are only rich people suppose to have pets now? If that is the case then their is going to be a large number of pets put to sleep in shelters. Going to the vet these days is like going to a mechanic with a car problem. It is most likely that the bill is going to be very high with a lot of miscellaneous fees.

Laura
Laura

My male Chihuahua mix is dying :'( I am financially broke. It is awful to not be abke to take them to a vet! He is suffering and in shock already. He feels cold and clammy, has shallow breaths and just defecated foul smelling watery stool with chunks of feces. I just want him to stop suffering. Please dont let this happen to your dog it is awful to hear them suffering. Please God! Ease his pain and suffering!

Sadie Cornelius
Admin
Sadie Cornelius

Laura, we are so sorry to hear your dog is sick! Hopefully your pup gets to feeling better soon!

kathy
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
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
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… Read more »
suzzt ggh
suzzt ggh

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

Linda
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… Read more »
Valerie
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
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
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?

kathy
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.

kathy
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
Caladium

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

Dog-owner
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!

KLC
Because this is an open forum where anyone can, and should, ask questions/respond problems they have with their pets, If you have an issue with people’s responses, remember that they are also stressed out and perhaps need to write down details/express their concerns in order to get their thoughts in order. I wish you had some more patience. Reading these stories isn’t hurting you or your time. If you are so concerned with the time to take care of your pet, perhaps a trip to the vet would be more in order, since you are in such an emergency. I… Read more »
Rhonda Willoughby-Ohl
Rhonda Willoughby-Ohl

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

ws

You right on track.

heather
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? 🙁

deb

Heather, yes sweet potatoes can cause diarrhea. My dog cannot have any of those types of treats. Her system is sensitive and diarrhea will happen.

$38704353
$38704353

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.… Read more »
Carmarie
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
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.… Read more »
Luis Cebamanos
Luis Cebamanos

Unless you are a qualified vet, please do not do that again.

Toni Perkins
Toni Perkins

Unless you are qualified to tell people what to do, please don’t do it again Luis.

Paul
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.
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… Read more »
Julie
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 Logan Wilson
Admin
Sara Logan Wilson

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
Sophie

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

jeannie
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
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… Read more »
Shirley
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
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
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… Read more »
Nancy Kizilos-Clift
Nancy Kizilos-Clift
I struggle with the same thing — it is the thing I myself am most judgmental about – others being judgmental. 🙂 ironic, I know. Human people often walk around as if we have owners’ manuals for each others lives. Yet if we are not compassionate and listening to each other, we have no idea what others are dealing with – one may be witnessing a MIRACLE and think it’s a SHAME, assuming the other person started where you did and not where they did. Take heart, though – there are signs of love and generosity everywhere if you look.… Read more »
Carole A Saulino
Carole A Saulino

We had a dog show up at our house in a similar way-we nursed him back to health, took pictures, posted signs everywhere from stores to vets to shelters, animal hospitals…3 months later & getting healthy no one came to rescue him but that’s ok. He rescued us!!! He is the best thing to ever happen to our family. He became best friends & comforted our Rottie as he became ill.

Kimberly Alt
Kimberly Alt

So happy to hear this turned into a positive story for both you and the dog. He is very lucky to have you as his family. 🙂

Lisa letanosky
Lisa letanosky
Brian I completely agree. One must know the situation before making rude and lewd remarks. I, like you, have lost about all hope for man kind. Kind now there is the word that is missing. No one is kind anymore. No one wants to help anyone out. It basically is a dog eat dog world. How can we ever evolve if it stays this way? Any opportunity I get to help someone out, whether it be person or animal, if I can I’m there to lend a helping hand. People you may want to try and do the same from… Read more »
Andrea Bykovsky
Andrea Bykovsky
There is also this blanket assumption that “taking care” of your pet means taking it to the vet, when in reality this is not always the case. Many vet centers are known for being salespeople who push unnecessary products, procedures, and medicines onto people and upcharge them a ridiculous amount. I had a vet who prescribed my dog with antihistamines, that cost over $80. When I pressed them to tell me what it was they admitted it was chemically identical to human Claritin, and dosage-wise equally measured. Claritin costs under 15 at the store and I don’t need my dog… Read more »
Gabrielle Gilbert
Gabrielle Gilbert
Hi =) I have a beautiful red nosed Dogter and her breed is highly susceptible to allergies. Our vet has recommended Benadryl, a mg per lb. It works just fine any time, especially Spring, when her allergies begin to cause discomfort. On the same note, She once needed prescription eye drops that cost @$20. Getting them home & added to the medicines, I noticed they were IDENTICAL to some less than 1oz. prescription eye drops that I paid $99 for myself. These eye drops are also usable for earaches, needless to say, we buy them @ HER doctor’s now! 😉… Read more »
Joanne
Joanne

Great post! Love it! Some people are either just plain stupid or don’t have hearts!

larry
larry

Omg some people really suck. I have two boxers and love them with all my heart. May god have mercy on their souls cuz I know I wouldn’t. If someone told me to just put them to sleep cuz they didn’t feel good, reading that just pissed me off. I’ll say it again, people suck! No wonder my good friends all have pets. And the ones that don’t, I don’t want anything to do with. Ok back to my sick baby. : (

Sherry
Sherry
Larry you need to go back & read what Brian wrote again. If you read it correctly, he was merely saying how he had tried to find the rightful owner calling radio stations, going on the Internet & was discussing how the dog just appeared on his doorstep. How he knew she had been neglected and abused, not by him, whoever she got away from. He was speaking his truth about her being sick and clearly said he was trying to get advice. My daughter has boxers who are fun, healthy, never need to visit a vet, but not everyone… Read more »
Cassie
Cassie
I did not get the impression that Larry was insulting Brian. I think he was basically agreeing with him about the sorry judgmental attacks other people perpetrate against animal owners when they have no grasp of the facts. And his comment about getting angry if someone suggested he put his dog down due to being sick and them not being able to take them to the vet was directed at a fictional party, not Brian. He said reading that made him PO’d, but I am reasonably certain he meant his anger was at the thought of someone having the nerve.… Read more »
Brandi
Brandi

Amen! 🙂

Sam

I have a Dachshund too- she has a sensitive stomach.

worked2death
worked2death

Sam is that something that Dachshunds are known for? I have a Dachshundpit mix and he seems to have that problem with his tummy he is a rescue and is 28 months old now.

Sam

Yeah- I just stick with meat with no salt and high quality dog food for the appropriate age. I use now senior dog food and I give snacks for dogs and sometimes vegetables such as a boiled potato.

robertv
robertv

Where do you live? Regardless, you need to get some fresh air and take a sedative. You are a good person. You cannot control what others do. Damning the entire human race will not change anything, but it will affect you personally in a negative way. Don’t let the Neanderthals win. Stay cool headed.

Tricia
Tricia

Absolutely. I believe you sir, just said what so many of us pet owners feel. I thank you for that sir. 🙂

delia bustillos
delia bustillos

My Puppy keeps on making this weird noise. She makes a noise like she’s throwing up but nothing comes out. What can I do? She can’t stop doing that and I can’t sleep cause I’m scared that she will be super sick but besides all her actions she’s supper active. Please help me.

Cassie
Cassie

Delia, this sounds like reverse sneezing. Both of my dogs do this and while it sounds pretty rough (like a cross between hyperventilating and a loud hairball retch made by a cat), it is harmless. Maybe look up “reverse sneezing” on Google. I would hate for you to pay a steep office charge just to hear that it’s harmless!

Kimberly Alt
Kimberly Alt

Hi Delia, I suggest you call your vet. Better safe than sorry and we all want your pup to feel better!

Marion Tharrington
Marion Tharrington

I agree with you Brian. I hate when I see hunting dogs that have been discarded after the hunting season is over… they take off the collars and leave them all alone along highways and back roads. They die of hunger and get run over. People are CRUEL, but thank God not all have sick hearts like them.

Sam McGowan
Sam McGowan

Baloney! Hunters take good care of their dogs. A good hunting dog is well-trained and a hunter is not going to abandon it at the end of the season.

malaika
malaika

It happened near me. Someone just left their beautiful dog alone in the woods to fend for herself. My friend adopted her and she now showers him with love and appreciation.

sony
sony

Nicly said brian…

v b

good for u brian. i agree.

Diane
Diane

I try to rescue any dog I see left beside the road. I liked dogs better than most humans. They are more loyal and loving.

Kat

Go Brian. Pets are often more human than people. Definitely more kinder and loving. I’d rather have a dog than a person for my best friend.

Belinda
Belinda
I completely agree with you Brian. Very well said. We rescued a rottweiler puppy about 2 days ago and she can’t be more than 3 or 4 weeks old. However, quickly upon her arrival we realized she was already infected with the parvo virus. We are financially stable for our family at the moment but not enough for a $1500 vet bill. So as a Christian woman we decided to take care of her at home and if she passes it’s God’s will. We have been loving her, encouraging her, and keeping her hydrated and comfortable. I just feel like… Read more »
Alex P
Alex P

They’re more or less nice, not very human if you ask Brian (and most likely a lot of others).

Hannah J.
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… Read more »
mslneenyo
mslneenyo

I haven’t heard about many vets who let you make payments. It’s really a shame. An office visit plus that awful prescription food + bloodwork, shots, antibiotics, this test, that test ends up costing around $800 (or more). It’s ridiculous. And shelters are begging us citizens to “adopt” a dog or cat. Very sad.

Sherry
Sherry

I was so distrubed by Larry’s reply to Brian who only ask for advice that I replied immediately. Now I’m reading that others voiced the same concern. Good for you.

boomer1941
boomer1941

“Payments on vet bills,” when did that all start? lol With the prices they get for just walking in the door I had to decide to self diagnose and treat my pet, I just don’t trust a vet anymore, they would love to get anybody’s pet on an operating table to play with their laser surgery tools and stick you with hundreds in bills if not a few thousand. The days of the real vet are gone!

Terry
Terry

If you can’t afford the care (Vet) they may need, maybe you should not own a dog or any pet!

Kathleen
Kathleen

Well Terry if you and all the other people passing judgement who can run your pet to the vet every time they fart would just go to all the shelters and rescue every single pet in there, and take all the abandoned ones off the street, and take in all the pets whose families have fallen on hard times, then poor ignorant people such as myself wouldn’t be left to take care of so many. Until then be quiet. On another note thank you so much for this site that helps so many.

Heather Leverette
Heather Leverette
How very cruel of you to knock someone down for trying to care for their sick furbuddy. There are a lot of people out there with children who cannot afford health care… does this mean we should give them up for adoption? People like you TERRY should not be allowed to comment on places like this. I have 4 little dogs whom I love more than anything and mine do occasionally get sick. When they do I also rely on this website to help me help them. Apparently you have money falling out of your pockets. So instead of being… Read more »
mjk98
mjk98

I’ll be the one to say go find your dog a new home… the thought of this dog not feeling good and you don’t have money to pay to see a vet is ABUSE so stop being selfish and go find a loving home that can afford vet bills. You should not have a dog…. PERIOD

Michael Daymonte
Michael Daymonte
I am an animal lover whether it’s domesticated or wild. All animals deserve the same respect and right to life as humans. But mjk98 has a point. People need to be held accountable when they decide to take the big step and become a pet owner JUST as someone has to care for and feed a child they bring into this world. I have witnessed people buy pets during the holidays and they discover they don’t like the smell or spend time with their new puppy and don’t play with the dog so it barks and whines for attention. They… Read more »
TWB22
TWB22
I’m not sure that is a smart thing to say…I work/volunteer as a behaviorist/trainer for the local SPCA and we have many, many people who love dogs but don’t always have the funds to support all needs and requirements. This is precisely one of the reasons why we exist; to rescue animals, and sometimes their owners need a little help as well. In cases like this it would probably be more helpful to recommend to any dog/cat lover to consider the foster option instead of adopting the animal. That way the person will have the best of both worlds plus… Read more »
dog8818
dog8818

mjk98, you are a horrible human being.

shannon
shannon

What about people who have children and can’t afford expensive medical treatments should they give them away or not be allowed to have them???

andy
andy

You are a jerk. Please do us all a favor and NEVER get a pet… PERIOD.

Yasmin
Yasmin

Really?! He could have taken the dog to the pound and the pound would have put the dog to sleep a few days later. So by keeping the dog and doing that he pretty much saved the dog.

KARLS
KARLS

So you’re telling me that when you have an upset stomach @mjk98 we should just rush you to the hospital and let them poke you, probe you and draw all kinds of blood? Hmmm… now let’s say you don’t have insurance. Heaven forbid that doctor gives you a Tums and sends you home. You sound like a jerk. That is all.

michelle
michelle

I absolutely agree Karl S. I love my 2 dogs and would do anything for them but cannot afford vet bills. My one dog is a registered therapy dog for me and my many disabilities which puts me on a tight budge. So, mjk98 you really do sound like a jerk!

Marion Tharrington
Marion Tharrington

The first ones to abuse animals are the vets. Their fees are far too high. I paid over a $1,000 to treat two small cysts on my dog’s face. They operated twice and both times they came back. I read on a site like this to use a little coconut oil and turmeric in a paste like consistency. It worked and my dog is fine. Not even all the antibiotics prescribed by the vet could stop them from coming back.

zommy
zommy
Soooo… People that don’t have lots of money don’t deserve pets? 2 years ago I was doing well financially, working, living in a nice home and the proud owner of a pitt bull and black lab. Almost overnight my life went downhill. My place of employment ended (state job) the program I worked on – myself and 12 others were left jobless. 3 months later my home burned down. As if all that wasn’t enough, I was diagnosed with a serious medical issue. When it rains it pours. My lab got an ear infection and thanks to sites like this… Read more »
Mary Nova
Mary Nova

That’s why clowns like that say mean things, like “you don’t deserve a dog” and uses his initials! He’s probably just shooting off his big mouth, don’t pay attention to him. Mjk98 needs me to go bite his ugly butt! I know about having problems and I’m so sorry about yours, I’m sure your pet is a major comfort to you, and don’t worry about idiots that can’t have one ounce of understanding or compassion. If anyone doesn’t deserve a pet it’s him!

Yasmin
Yasmin

Great thing you did.

Musicgl
Musicgl
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… Read more »
kimberly Prieto
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.

karen lancaster
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… Read more »
Rhonda Willoughby-Ohl
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… Read more »
Jackie Merryweather
Jackie Merryweather

Our Boston Terrier has really bad allergies. He is 7 and we use coconut oil for his ears and any other spot he gets. Also there is a probiotic powder that can help the tummy. Good luck.

doggylover31
doggylover31

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

valgal
valgal

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

Carissa Marks
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.

SLD

Ahahahahahaha, a stuffed animal though?!?!

Alison
Alison

The SPCA vet in Titusville, FL is very low cost and the SPCA adoption center has ways of helping pet owners who cannot afford certain treatments. We just took my father-in-laws dog to the vet and discovered she had early-stage heartworms. The treatment costs between $600-$1000 which we can’t afford. The SPCA has offered to cover the treatment. I’m sorry if you have had bad experiences with vet care. Hopefully this may help you or someone else down the road when a pet needs care. 🙂

Clark
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.

Sharon
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.

lucas
lucas

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

Jill
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!

Carol
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… Read more »
Teddy
Teddy
I’m having the same issue with my 8 year old Chow. I took him to the vet and they tested him for parvovirus, pancreatitis and kidney function. Everything tested good; no problems. He did some x-rays and determined that my dog has a lot of gas in his intestines/stomach. But was unable to give me what his illness is and/or how to help heal my dog. It seemed like he just wanted to keep making my bill go up. He started with an estimate of $390 and I ended up paying over $525 after turning down a hydration shot and… Read more »
Alicia
Alicia
My 7-month old Golden Retriever just had the exact same symptoms, and your bill looks very similar to mine! She was obviously very sick, threw up undigested food hours after eating and was refusing the eat or drink for two days. Her body temperature and lymph nodes were all normal so the vet wasn’t too concerned about pancreatitis but took X-rays in case there was a blockage somewhere. There was gas buildup inside the dog’s small intestines but nothing in particular that might be causing a blockage, so she was given cerenia (anti-nausea injection), and sent home for the night.… Read more »
Kimberly Alt
Kimberly Alt

I’m so glad your pup is doing better!

Dee

Carol,
Did the vet test for pancreatitis? It stops the dog from digesting food and symptoms can be vomiting, belly ache, lethargy, and dehydration. One cause can be fatty foods like oil (I’d be dubious about the coconut oil), bacon, etc.

Mary
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. 

Katie
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
Mary

How have you made out with the vet please?

Beth
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.

Alisande T
Alisande T

Opening him up is taking a huge chance. It might be the right move, but my goodness, not in all cases.

Leah
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… Read more »
Sandy
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.

Katie
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.

Alisande T
Alisande T

The vet is not necessarily going to get it right either. Try to figure it out yourself for a day or two, unless you think it is an emergency or your pet is in serious pain. Good luck.

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… Read more »
Love My Pet
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… Read more »
Daisy
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.

Chan
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. 🙂

Crystal
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
Joanna

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

Lynn
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… Read more »
Emely
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 Logan Wilson
Admin
Sara Logan Wilson

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.

doglover1
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 Logan Wilson
Admin
Sara Logan Wilson

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.

Krystal
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.
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.
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… Read more »
Annie McGarry
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… Read more »
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… Read more »
Alice
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
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… Read more »
Trish
Trish

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

Sara Logan Wilson
Admin
Sara Logan Wilson

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

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… Read more »
Samy
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
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
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… Read more »
William
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… Read more »
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… Read more »
Carrie Scott
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… Read more »
Nancy
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!

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… Read more »
Perla
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?

Ashley
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.

Katie
Katie

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

AJoiB
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… Read more »
Angel
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.

Penny
Penny

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

Poor and love my dogs
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… Read more »
verachuckdave
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.… Read more »
Jeannie
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!!

Jackie
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
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,… Read more »
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… Read more »
Aaron
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. 

Suzanne Garrett
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.

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. 

Ashley
Ashley

I second that!

Shay
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
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… Read more »
Kevin
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… Read more »
Lisa
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… Read more »
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.

Melissa
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.… Read more »
I luv my Rattie-terrier!
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… Read more »
Mommy
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.

Dianna
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… Read more »
Alinicky
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!

Tina
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!

Barb
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!

Shannon H.
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. 

Tanya
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.

Neil
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.

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editor
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?

Ellie
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
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.… Read more »
Jamie
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… Read more »
Jill
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.… Read more »
lyndsey mae
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 🙂

Thergonz
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. 

Thergonz
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. 

Taylor
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.

lanissa
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!!

cindy
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… Read more »
Melissa
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… Read more »
Sharon R.
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.

geri
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.

Willow's mom
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
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
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.

Anonymous
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.

Shar Strom
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… Read more »
a clever canine
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!

Cookie's Mom
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! 

yates
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.

A Worried Dog Owner
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… Read more »
Diane
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
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… Read more »
Anonymous
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… Read more »
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
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… Read more »
Anonymous
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… Read more »
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