Just recently, Pepper suffered from an upset tummy and I thought to share some natural remedies to help other dog parents deal with the same.
Some symptoms your dog may experience when suffering from tummy troubles are just the same as with us humans: vomiting and/or diarrhoea, flatulence, stomach noises, appetite loss, and changes in behaviour such as salivation, licking, eating grass…
Often, you can treat your dog at home for an infrequent sick stomach.
However, if symptoms persist more than 24h – symptoms become more serious – your dog’s temperature is below 37 C or above 39 C – or he has difficulties holding water in, it is recommended to consult a vet.
If you think the problem is minor, there are simple remedies to help your dog get over the unpleasant symptoms.
- Adult dogs only – withhold food for some time, 12 to 24 hours.
Water should always be available.
- Start introducing light food slowly:
1) probiotics: help maintain healthy levels of good bacteria, prevent and soothe gastrointestinal problems and boost the immune system.
2) light protein source such as white fish, turkey, rabbit.
3) pumpkin, butternut squash: contain essential micronutrients and fibre that make them very nutritious. A natural stomach soother, pumpkin also helps remove excess water in the digestive tract, reducing occurrences of diarrhoea.
4) bone broth: helps reduce inflammation, heals the gut and it’s highly nutritious. Great especially for picky dogs.
– Slippery Helm = soothing, anti-inflammatory, protective and astringent. Ginger helps combat nausea and sickness. It’s an incredible antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and antimicrobial.
– Calendula = antiseptic antifungal properties. Especially recommended to soothe stomach pain caused by food poisoning or bacterial infections.
– Chamomile = anti-inflammatory and has antibiotic properties, chamomile is also used for relaxation and improving sleep. Especially recommended if your dog’s stomach issues are stress-related.
– Dill = relieves nausea and flatulence, especially helpful in case your dog has eaten something he shouldn’t have.
– Fennel seeds = great in case of colic and flatulence. Antigas and anti spasmodic.
– Peppermint = is an antiseptic, analgesic, astringent and alleviates vomit, nausea IBS, colics, motion sickness, expels intestinal gas.
- Continue feeding small amounts of this bland diet 3 times a day for the next 5 days.