The holidays are right around the corner and we know we all tend to overeat. We also know some remedies to treat an upset stomach: you might eat some crackers, drink a clear carbonated beverage, or even grab an Alka Seltzer to help settle your stomach. But what can you give your four-legged best friend when they’re not feeling their best?
Here are some home remedies to help treat your dog’s upset stomach.
It’s very important to keep your dog hydrated, especially if they’ve been vomiting or have diarrhea. Obviously, water is essential, but like humans, dogs need electrolytes and vitamins to retain fluids. Pedialyte in either liquid or powder form will help with hydration.
Pumpkin is high in fiber, which helps regulate the dog’s digestive system. Cooked, peeled, unsalted, and unseasoned pumpkin is full of vitamins, minerals, and fiber. Make sure you give your pup plain unseasoned pumpkin and not pumpkin pie filling, which is high in sugar and low in natural pumpkin.
Plain unflavored Greek yogurt is full of probiotics which aids in your dog’s digestion. Greek yogurt is higher in protein and has less sugar than other yogurts. Don’t feed your dog yogurt that has artificial sweeteners in it, as some can be harmful to them, or yogurts with sugary fruits and toppings, as that can upset their stomach more.
Bone broth is great for dogs even if they’re not sick. Simmer meat (on the bone) with a splash of apple cider vinegar and water to cover all the bones in a pot. Once it’s cooled you can freeze it and have it readily on hand to add to your dog’s kibble or as a food substitute when they can’t keep solids down.
A bland diet of boiled chicken and white rice is the diet most vets recommend for an upset stomach. Chicken is easy to digest and is a good source of protein, essential vitamins, minerals, and amino acids. Rice is easy on the stomach and a good source of fiber.
While these home remedies can help your dog feel better, they in no way should be a substitute for veterinarian care. There are many reasons your dog could be sick, and only your vet can pinpoint the probable cause and recommend a proper course of treatment.