While it is always important to see a veterinarian to figure out what the cause of your dog's upset stomach is, there are times where dogs just aren't feeling well. Perhaps your dog has some kind of condition or illness that is giving them digestive upset. Whatever the cause, these natural home treatments can help comfort your pet and soothe their unhappy belly. The best part? These remedies are completely natural, safe, and effective!
Bone broth is an easily digestible, nutrient dense meal you can give your dog when they are sick. It is easy on the stomach, can be supplemented with additional gut soothing ingredients and will keep your dog hydrated! Learn how to make bone broth here.
One of the most common digestive aids, pumpkin is fantastic for constipation or diarrhea. It can be given with food, or as a snack, and can soothe the digestive tract. Pumpkin also contains lots of vitamins and minerals, which are necessary for a sick dog! Make sure you choose PURE pumpkin puree, NOT the pie filling.
PROBIOTICS / DIGESTIVE ENZYMES
When our dogs get sick, the beneficial bacteria in their digestive tract suffers. Good digestive health is dependent on the gut microbiome, which is why supplementing with probiotics is extremely important at all life stages - healthy or sick. You can provide your dog with probiotics in the form of plain yogurt, kefir, fermented foods, raw green tripe, fermented goat's milk, or a dog specific supplement.
Veterinarians and pet professionals world wide recommend fasting your dog for 12 to 24 hours when they experience vomiting and diarrhea. Fasting allows a dog's digestive tract to calm down and heal itself, rather than focus on digestion. If you continue to feed a dog that is having diarrhea - they will not only get dehydrated, but food will continue to irritate their stomach and intestines!
A BLAND MEAL
After fasting your dog for 12 to 24 hours, it is best to give them a bland first meal. Many people like to use chicken and rice, but you can also use turkey, beef, pork or duck. Simply boil the meat and rice, and mix them together. For additional support, you can add ginger, pumpkin and probiotics to their bland meal! Learn more about bland meals here.
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