Recently I have been dealing with one issue after another with Monroe causing us to visit the vet weekly. Two weeks ago we went for a normal check up. Last week he had a scratched cornea (probably from his brother) which led to him to wear the cone of shame - poor guy.
This week he has had an upset stomach! If anyone has met Monroe they immediately see how food motivated he is - he acts like we never feed him. However this week he has been getting sick and not really wanting to eat…ahhh! I tried a couple home remedies before finally have to resort to going to the vet again.
I often get asked what home remedies I use to help my two pups before I take them to the vet for stomach issues so I thought I would compile them for reference to help in case you had a sick doggo on your hands!
4 Ways to Calm your Pup’s Upset Stomach at Home
1. Canned Pumpkin
Canned pumpkin can have two very different effects on dog’s stomachs. It can either make a dog’s stomach settle or “clean it out” if you get my drift. Luckily with my two it always settles them.
I open a can and give each dog 1/8 cup in their food dish. You can repeat daily until you see it working or just do it once and make pumpkin bread with the remainder of the can (usually what I do since one dose is usually enough)! Basically it is a win-win if you have a pup that feels better and a loaf of pumpkin bread filling your house with the best smell.
2. Boiled Chicken and Rice
Sometimes when your pup has an upset stomach it is best to give them very bland food to help get them back on track. I recommend boiled chicken and rice as a simple grain and lean protein!
All you have to do is boil chicken in water until done (about 20 or so minutes depending on the amount of chicken you use). After that use the water from boiling the chicken (it is actually chicken broth now) to cook the rice on the stove! Make sure to have the correct amount of water/broth for the amount of rice you are cooking.
Since you are going through the trouble of cooking your dog’s food, I would recommend making enough for a couple of days worth of meals to help get their stomach back on track. Monroe eats just under 1/2 cup of food twice a day so I would make sure to have roughly three cups for three days of bland meals.
3. Small Portion Meals Many Times
When your pup has gotten sick a few times or possibly got into something and overindulged (cough, Monroe, cough), the best way to get their stomach back on track is to break their normal mealtime up into three portions.
For example if your dog gets 3/4 cup of food usually during mealtime, give them 1/4 cup of food every 30 minutes to an hour until they have their food serving for that meal. This helps the stomach slowly adjust to having food back in it without being overwhelmed.
This method can be done paired with the boiled chicken and rice to give their stomach an ultimate relief.
Disclaimer: Please consult your vet before administration so you can determine the appropriate amount to give you dog.
Did you know that dogs can have certain antacids? After consulting your vet they can let you know the appropriate dosage and type of antacid that is safe for your pup. You might have to split a pill in half for them but it will be worth if they start to feel better! On top of that it is a pill you can pick up at your local pharmacy!
I hope that if you are reading this because you have a sick pup, this helps them feel better! Be sure to keep them hydrated through this since dehydration can increase nausea.
Always Chase Your Tales,