What To Give A Dog To Eat With Upset Stomach
Most dogs are pretty happy to eat just about anything. Whether it’s a shoe, an old stick they find in the yard, or an open bag of pasta sitting on the kitchen table, they happily consume whatever food is in front of them. Most of us try not to let our dogs eat these things (except for maybe the one about sticks and pasta), but when a dog gets a really upset stomach and starts heaving uncontrollably, we might worry that there will be more than shoes coming back up after all that retching. When your dog has an upset stomach, you want to know what will make him feel better. You also want to get rid of that nasty diarrhea as quickly as possible and with as little mess as possible. Unfortunately, most people don’t know what home remedies can be used to take care of this problem without seeing a vet first. Luckily, there are some things that you can do at home if your dog’s stomach is bothering him and he needs something easy on his digestive system for a day or two
Feeding the Dog a Bland Diet
- Feed the dog a bland diet.
- Feed the dog a bland diet that is low in fat.
- Feed the dog a bland diet that is low in protein.
- Feed the dog a bland diet that is low in fiber.
- Feed the dog a bland diet that is low in salt (or at least monitor his sodium consumption).
Using Boneless, Skinless, White Meat Chicken
Bonnie, boneless, skinless white meat chicken is a great choice for dogs who are feeling under the weather. Chicken is an easy-to-digest and low-calorie protein source that’s also high in vitamins, minerals, and potassium. The protein in chicken helps keep your dog full without adding extra calories to his diet. Plus, it gets digested easily so he can get back to feeling better quickly!
Steaming Plain Rice
Rice is a great food to give your dog when they have an upset stomach. Rice is easy to digest and a good source of carbohydrates, which are an important source of energy for dogs. It also contains vitamins and minerals, fiber (which helps with digestion), protein, fat—everything you need from a single food!
Mixing Boiled Carrots into the Food
If you’re looking for something to add to your dog’s food that will help with any digestive disorders, boiled carrots are a great choice. Just like cooked apples, boiled carrots provide fiber and beta-carotene (which converts into vitamin A), as well as vitamin C and potassium.
Carrots also contain calcium, magnesium and iron. They’re also full of antioxidants like quercetin and lutein which help prevent free radicals from damaging cells in the body.
Removing All Food for 24 Hours
- Remove all food for 24 hours.
- Feed only water. Dogs will not die if they go without eating for 24 hours, and it may actually help them feel better to get their digestive system back on track. However, in some cases of mild upset stomachs, your dog may be hungry and want to eat something anyway—in this case, you can try feeding them a small amount of bland canned food (like chicken or turkey).
- Do not give your dog milk! Although cows’ milk might be soothing for some people with upset stomachs, it can make dogs sicker by upsetting their tummies even more than just vomiting up the original meal did. It’s also very high in fat content and low in other nutrients like protein—so if anything else is going into your dog’s body while they’re recovering from an upset stomach episode then you should probably make sure that it’s at least good quality meat protein (and definitely not dairy!).
- There are no laxatives or medications that have been proven safe for dogs with upset tummies; so don’t risk giving them anything like Pepto Bismol or Kaopectate either! Similarly there aren’t any vitamins proven effective against canine nausea so avoid those too unless recommended by your vet after discussing options with him/her.*
Give your dog food that is easy to digest and bland.
When your dog is feeling ill, it’s important to feed them food that is easy to digest and bland. This will help them feel better faster, and will reduce the chances of further complications.
We hope you have found this helpful. Now that our dogs are feeling better, it is time to give them some love and hugs!