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Symptoms And Essential Care For Dog With Upset Stomach Or Diarrhea

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Care for Dog with Upset Stomach or Diarrhea

Care for Dog with Upset Stomach or Diarrhea

Dog's Upset Stomach

Upset Stomach is a common problem in dogs and it can also turn into a Diarrhea, if not taken care of at the right time. You must have seen free roaming dogs eating grass and then vomiting, which is a natural way to cure their upset stomach. But the grass is usually not available to domesticated dogs, and they are unable to do so, we have to take care of them.

How To Know If Your Dog Is Suffering From Upset Stomach

Is your dog behaving unusually, such as not eating, or being lethargic or restless? These could be symptoms of upset stomach, you should keep observing him, and keep measuring his body temperature. Normally the body temperature of dogs is 99 to 101 degrees Fahrenheit, and if their temperature is more than 101 degrees Fahrenheit, then you should consult a vet. Do not give human medicine to dogs without consulting a vet, it can be harmful for them.

Unusual behavior in dogs can be caused by the following stomach problems,

  • Digestive problems or stomach pain
  • Dehydration
  • Diarrhea

Symptoms of Upset Stomach

If your dog is behaving usual and looks restless, that can be a sign of stomach pain. You must observe his activities that will give you an idea if he is suffering with stomach pain. To understand this, mainly these two activities should be closely observed.

1. Dog Stretching His Body or Sleeping In Unusual Position

The dog looks restless and changing his sleeping positions frequently or sleeping in unusual position (Such as picture 1st).

This is a symptom that the dog has stomach pine and digestive concerns.

Most common stretching position for dogs with upset stomach

Most common stretching position for dogs with upset stomach

If the dog is repeatedly pulling its body into the praying position (Such as below picture 2nd),

Then possibly dog is suffering from gas and pain and is trying to release it.

Stretching position for dogs with upset stomach, to release gas and pain

Stretching position for dogs with upset stomach, to release gas and pain

2: Dog Vomit

If your dog is vomiting frequently, he may have eaten too much food, or has eaten something that he is unable to digest. But if it is repeated frequently, or coffee is happening frequently, then there is another possibility that the dog is suffering from dehydration and diarrhea.

Dog upset stomach | Dog vomit

Dog upset stomach | Dog vomit

3rd: Dehydration in Dogs

Dehydration is a common problem with dogs that may cause serious complications and need immediate attention. The main reason for dehydration is lack of water in a dog’s body, it usually happens when dog released more fluids than intake. Normally the dog’s body contains 80% water that controls the circulation, digestion and waste removal from the dog's body.

Symptoms of dehydration

Check if your dog is already suffering from dehydration,

• Notice the nose of your dog’s nose that should be wet and cold and sticky to touch. If nose is wet, then, chances of dehydration are less. If that looks dry and sticky then can be a possibility of dehydration.

Check Dog's health by it's nose

Check Dog's health by it's nose

  • Pull his lips and notice the gum, if that is wet and shiny then chances are less of dehydration else dog can be dehydrated.
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  • Squeeze the skin of neck from top and hold for a minute, leave that and notice if skin remain squeezed then that is another symptom of dehydration.
3: To check if dog is dehydrated

3: To check if dog is dehydrated

Symptoms of Diarrhea

Diarrhea is worst stage for the dog with an upset stomach. If you observe any from below, then you can doubt for diarrhea.

  • Abdominal or rectal pain
  • Detected mucus or blood in stool
  • Sickness
  • Dehydration
Dog with diarrhea

Dog with diarrhea

If dog is dehydrated or with diarrhea. And didn't observed progress within 24 hours, then you must visit to vet.

1. Offer Plenty of Water

Dogs body contain huge amount of water (liquids) that's around three fourth of his total weight. When dog’s body lack required amount of liquids in the body, they can face dehydration. The best way to cure is to offer them plenty of water. Water consumption can help them to prevent dehydration.

Normally sugar, glucose or any flavor is not recommended for dogs, but in such situation you can give glucose water or a tablespoon sugar to small dogs and puppies and 1-2 table spoon for bigger dogs. Though some vets do not approve glucose or sugar for dogs, so it’s may be a controversial.


2. Give Rest and Pamper

You must pamper and allow him to take rest. Do not take him for walk or play, any physical exercise like walking, running or playing need fluid consumption from the body and that can create lack of water and energy from the body and dog may get more complications. But in case of mild diarrhea or low digestive problems, a slow and little walk is fine.


3. No Human Medicine


Giving human pills to a dog can work sometime, but it's not safe always. You must check with your vet and ensure that doesn’t have any side-effect.

Commonly people ask,

  • Is it safe to give human medicines to the dog?
  • Can we give Aspirin to the dog?
  • Does human medicine have side effects?

And the answer is, sometime it may work, but it’s not safe always.

  • Sometime it may work, but it’s not safe always. Also it depends upon the dog’s capacity and size.
  • Aspirin is not suggested for all the dogs. Though may vet believes for medium or large dogs its OK. Please, refer the chart below for details about which human medicine you can give to your dog.
  • Yes, human medicines can have side effects for dog. You must check with your vet and ensure that doesn’t have any side-effect.

4. Fasting for 12 - 24 Hours

If the dog is dehydrated or suffering from diarrhea then you should keep him on fasting for min. 12-24 hours. Fasting will not effect and it will help him to prevent upsetting his stomach from further stomach and digestive problems also it will help gastrointestinal tract to rest and recover. For puppies, it's suggested to keep on fast for less time 10-12 hours is sufficient for them, but for elder or bigger dogs its good to keep on fast for 20-24 hours.

Keep on Fast

Keep on Fast

5. Keep Warm and Relaxed

Check the body temperature of your dog, normal dog’s body temperature varies in between 99 to 102 Fahrenheit. If your dog has a fever then provide him a soft bed and keep him warm. Cover him with a soft blanket and give him rest and sleep.

Keep warm

Keep warm

6. Heat Therapy

If you feel a dog is suffering from stomach pain, then stomach heat therapy can be a good idea. Fill therapy water bag with little warm water to give stomach therapy. Also, you may use a hand towel, put that in a little warm water and sneeze that to use for therapy. Do observe, if your dog likes that if you feel your dog doesn't like and wants to get away, then stop that.

Dog stomach heat therapy

Dog stomach heat therapy

6. Start with Bland Diet

After 12 -24 hours of fasting, you can start with the bland diet.

  • For puppies you may start after 12 hours with one fourth of his normal quantity.
  • For bigger and adult dogs, start after 20-24 hours, with one third of his normal quantity.
  • Do not start regular food. Start with bland diet, that is good for easy digestion and to get immediate energy.
  • For their first feeding, It’s good to start with white rice water.

Cooking Rice water:

Boil a tea cup white rice in 4 tea cup water for 20- 30 minutes (until it became pasty and creamy white).

Do not add salt or sugar, you can add a tablespoon chicken powder to make it tasty. Wait till soup comes at normal temperate, don’t serve warm rice water.

Cooked rice water for dog suffering with stomach

Cooked rice water for dog suffering with stomach

Cooking Bland diet for dog with upset stomach


You can give a small amount of cooked rice (2-3 tablespoon for small dogs and 5-7 for bigger dogs). To prepare chicken rice you need to add cooked (boiled) chicken with rice, remember the amount of chicken must be the half of rice. Continue this food till you see some progress in your dog or till your dog cured and became normal.


Dog's bland diet

Dog's bland diet

  • Ingredients:
    1: Plain boiled chicken, 2: Plain yogurt 3: Boiled pumpkin.
  • Ratio of Ingredients:
    Around 50% amount of boiled rice and rest 50% ingredient can be any one, two or all three ingredients.
  • The amount of food:
    For a small dog 3-4 tablespoon is sufficient and for large dogs you can give 5-8 tablespoon.

There are many human food that you can give to your dog with normal good health, but not to the dog with upset stomach or diarrhea. So it’s better to avoid giving table food or you must know which table or human food is good for them. Some human food can be a good option to give occasionally, like mashed potato, sweet potato, boiled and mashed carrot and many other. Though its always advisable to consult your vet before experimenting.

8. Dangerous Human Foods

It’s equally important to know which human foods are good in normal health, but bad if the dog is with upset stomach, even some food can be dangerous and cause some serious health problems. You, must know to avoid that, like raw milk, kelp, raw meat, cheese, peanut butter and some other.

This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. It is not meant to substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, or formal and individualized advice from a veterinary medical professional. Animals exhibiting signs and symptoms of distress should be seen by a veterinarian immediately.

© 2016 Aaradhya


irtyngd on June 14, 2019:

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DONNA SWEET from Manchester on March 29, 2019:

My dog she is 15yrs old has vomited yellow bile the last couple days,she does not seem dehydrate and her gums are pink . Had to put her on canned dog food ,because she had her teeth remove about 8 months ago .She's and Italian greyhound an was told that is common for the teeth problem. Feeding her canned dog food I'm concern that maybe the problem . I have 16yrs dog that eats the same can dog food an hasn't had a problem at all. What a good dog food for senior dog to eat.

Aaradhya (author) on March 15, 2019:

No that's not suggested

Austin Dailey on March 14, 2019:

Should you feed your dog with a cracked egg over there feed

Ellison Hartley from Maryland, USA on January 15, 2019:

This is great that you explain exactly what to include as a bland diet. The first time I was told that, I had no clue what that meant for a dog!

Kathleen on October 20, 2018:

Can I give a small dog a famodine?

Aaradhya (author) on September 11, 2016:

Hi Sarah,

There are many possibilities for vomiting and diarrhea.

Some times its not serious if frequency is not high. But if that's very frequent and dog looks dull then you must visit to Vet.

Also change his diet as suggested in article and give him more drinking water and limited (less than regular) food and rest.

Sarah Vallejo on September 08, 2016:

What does it mean when puppy is vomiting and diarrhea he got his first shot last week I'm worried about him

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