Based on my experience and many other peoples feedback there is one food that is safer and more effective than all others to give a dog with an upset stomach. You will often be able to tell they have an upset stomach since they could be eating grass, vomiting, have diarrhea and be suffering from indigestion.
What to Give a Dog With An Upset Stomach?
Whenever my dog has an upset stomach I give him a cup of boiled rice. This always seems to do the trick and I never have had a problem with it. Sometimes I like to mix in some cooked chicken with the rice if the upset stomach persists.
Here is what I do when my dog has an upset stomach…
- Pick up all food
- Wash out water bowl and make sure its full
- Once she hasn’t vomitted for a few hours I give her a 1/2 cup of boiled rice
- Make sure she stays hydrated drinking water - TIP – if she isn’t drinking her water make some chicken and put a little grease in the water (make sure to clean it out right after)
- Monitor her for changes
So when does indigestion take place in dogs?
As we mentioned earlier, it‟s possible for dogs to experience indigestion because of food allergies. But food allergy is just one main cause of indigestion in pet dogs.
Indigestion can occur when there‟s an insufficient level of digestive enzymes in a dog‟s system. Different forms of sugar or carbohydrates are utilized by the dog‟s system through the action of specific digestive enzymes like sucrase.
When there is an enzyme deficiency, the raw material (the food) inside the dog‟s digestive tract is not digested properly. The food remains in the dog‟s system for a longer period and eventually ferments. Fermentation causes the bacterial population of the dog‟s digestive tract to increase exponentially. This bacterial boom also increases the water content and gas content of the dog‟s stomach and intestines, instantly causing symptom of indigestion.
Enzyme deficiency is caused by a variety of factors including:
- The dog‟s age
- Infection of digestive tract
- Intestinal inflammation
What about dairy products, like fresh milk?
Why do some dogs suffer from indigestion when they are given dairy products? Well, apart from allergy to dairy products, many adult dogs suffer from lactose intolerance because adult dogs simply do not produce the necessary enzyme to properly digest lactose, the key component of dairy products. Pups and young dogs can usually handle dairy products, but as a dog ages, the production of lactase gradually slows down and eventually ceases altogether.