How to Cure Stomach Pain in a Dog (with Pictures)

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How to Cure Stomach Pain in a Dog (with Pictures)
How to Cure Stomach Pain in a Dog (with Pictures)

We all suffer from stomach pains from time to time, and dogs are not immune to this. If you suspect he has an upset stomach, follow the tips below to make your pet more comfortable and reduce the risk of the problem turning into something worse.


Part 1 of 3: Curing a Dog's Stomach Pain

Heal Dog's Stomach Ache Step 1

Step 1. Control the food

As the animal's digestive system is irritated, let it rest for a while. Feeding the dog causes the dog's stomach and intestines to produce digestive juices to process the food. The juices will likely make any inflammation or pain worse, making the animal worse.

  • Do not feed the dog for 24 hours.
  • If the pain symptoms do not go away after a day, take him to a veterinarian.
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Step 2. Serve fresh, clean water

Keep an eye on your dog's consumption: If he drinks less water than usual in a 24-hour period and still feels uncomfortable, it's time to take him to a veterinarian. Also note the presence of excessive thirst; many dogs drink more water than normal when they feel unwell. A large amount of water in your stomach at one time can cause your stomach to vomit.

  • If he vomits water, control consumption by providing small amounts every half hour.
  • Serve about 50 ml of water every half hour to a dog weighing less than 10 kg. For a dog weighing more than 10 kg, make available about 190 ml of water every half hour.
  • If the dog drinks and spends two or three hours without vomiting, allow access to water.
  • If he continues to vomit, take him to a veterinarian.
Heal Dog's Stomach Ache Step 3

Step 3. Return to regular feeding gradually

If the dog seems to return to normal after 24 hours without food, serve some relatively neutral food for another day. Low-fat, easily digestible foods include: chicken breast, rabbit, turkey and cod. Combine meats with wholegrain noodles, rice or mashed potatoes (do not add dairy products).

  • Do not serve "chicken flavored" foods and feeds, as these options typically contain a minimal amount of chicken meat and are not a substitute for real meat.
  • If necessary, talk to the veterinarian and ask him to indicate specific rations that will help to recover from an upset stomach.
Heal Dog's Stomach Ache Step 4

Step 4. Start slowly

For the first meal after a day's fast, offer a serving equivalent to 1/4 of what the dog normally eats. The smaller amount will be better received by his system and will allow you to assess whether the problem has passed or not.

If the dog is not hungry or still does not look well after 24 hours, take him to a veterinarian as soon as possible

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Step 5. Give the dog love and affection

A little attention always helps anyone get better, doesn't it? The same is true with dogs. Sit down with your dog and talk to him in a calm, comforting tone of voice. Caress it gently.

Do not massage the dog's belly, as he will not understand if you are improving or worsening the situation. When you touch a particularly sensitive spot, you can end up hurting the animal and causing it to reflexively bite you

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Step 6. Provide a mild heat source

Some dogs often benefit from heat therapy. If the animal is shivering, wrap a hot water bottle in a towel and place it near the dog. Be careful not to get it trapped in the heat; give him freedom to decide whether he wants to be near the bottle or not.

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Step 7. Contact a veterinarian when necessary

If the dog looks uncomfortable but healthy, there is nothing wrong with monitoring it and following the Steps above. If he gets worse or has any of the symptoms below, take him to a veterinarian:

  • Effort to vomit unsuccessfully. This could indicate a serious stomach problem that should be checked out by a veterinarian as soon as possible.
  • Vomiting that lasts more than four hours.
  • Excessive vomiting without water consumption. The animal may become dehydrated and must be taken to a veterinarian. The provider will determine if fluid administration through an intravenous injection is necessary.
  • Lack of energy or apparent difficulty in thinking.
  • Do not eat for more than 24 hours.
  • Diarrhea (without blood) for more than 24 hours.
  • Diarrhea with blood.
  • Increased pain demonstrated by whining and whining.
Heal Dog's Stomach Ache Step 8

Step 8. Administer antiemetic medications to control nausea

If the dog has constant stomach problems from a known cause (such as kidney disease or chemotherapy), the veterinarian may prescribe a special medication.

Cerenia (maropitant citrate) is a common medication prescribed for dogs undergoing chemotherapy. The tablet is administered daily and works for 24 hours. The oral dose is 2 mg/kg, which means that a medium-sized Labrador retriever takes one 60 mg tablet a day

Part 2 of 3: Diagnosing a Stomach Pain

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Step 1. Be aware of the dog's restlessness

You know the animal you have and you know when something is wrong. It doesn't matter if the dog is normally energetic or sleepy, you can tell when he seems restless, which can mean an upset stomach.

  • The dog may have difficulty finding a comfortable lying position.
  • He can walk from one side to the other without stopping.
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Step 2. See if the dog is watching the flanks (the region in front of the thighs of the hind legs)

Dogs often get sick and don't understand what's going on. One of the most common reactions is to crane your neck to identify the source of the discomfort. A dog that spends too much time looking at the belly region may be suffering.

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Step 3. Watch for excessive licking

Stomach problems can make dogs sick, causing them to lick their lips more often. Some dogs lick their paws or other body parts to comfort themselves.

  • Excess drooling can also indicate nausea or an upset stomach. Some breeds drool more than others, so use common sense to notice if the situation is abnormal.
  • Spending too much time in swallowing your own saliva can also indicate an upset stomach.
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Step 4. Listen for stomach rumbles and gas

If a digestive problem is causing the pain, you may be able to hear the rumblings in your stomach. The presence of air in the intestines can cause problems and be audible. In many cases, the problem is resolved with the release of gases.

Don't rule out an upset stomach just because you don't hear your stomach rumbling

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Step 5. Observe if the dog enters the "prayer" position

If the animal bends down as if to play - which is reminiscent of the prayer position of some religions - it may have stomach discomfort. It is possible to differentiate pain from games by the animal's behavior.

  • The dog stretches its butt upwards and lowers its front legs.
  • The animal assumes the position to stretch the stomach and try to relieve the discomfort.
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Step 6. Keep an eye out for vomiting and diarrhea

Usually, you don't have to watch the dog very much to identify such problems. Like humans, dogs also suffer when they have stomach problems. As much as cleaning is no fun, don't take it out on the pet.

Part 3 of 3: Preventing Stomach Pain

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Step 1. Keep rotting food out of the animal's reach

Dogs eat just about anything, including things that can cause serious problems. Keep rotten food that has not yet been discarded out of the dog's reach. Keep an eye on your yard to make sure no pets have died on your property, and remember that the dog will probably smell the carcass before you do.

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Step 2. Don't leave the dog free to eat whenever he likes

Some owners choose to distribute large amounts of feed in the dog's pot and allow the dog to eat as much as he likes throughout the day. As much as it takes less work, experts do not recommend this type of food. Because dogs can't always control themselves, obesity and other health problems can develop over time. Eating too much in a short period can also cause stomach pains that could be prevented with a controlled diet.

  • Serve the dog two equal servings twice a day - one in the morning and one in the evening. The serving size depends on the breed and size of the dog; as the values ​​indicated on the feed packages vary a lot, talk to a veterinarian about this.
  • There are also some virtual calculators that help you identify the recommended calorie intake for your dog. Once you've found the recommended calorie value, consult the nutrition table for the ration and find the ideal serving size.
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Step 3. Buy quality feed

As much as the feed packages usually indicate the specific breed of dog for which they are destined, be aware that the breed must not influence the animal's diet. Its size does influence the type of feed, which must be formulated for a specific type of metabolism.

  • Choose feeds made up of quality ingredients. Cheaper types usually contain low quality ingredients.
  • Manufacturers are required to describe the feed ingredients on the package, including the quantities. Look for feeds that contain protein from fish, meat or eggs as the main ingredients. The more protein, the better the dog's digestion.
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Step 4. Do not give human food to the dog

As much as he eats and seems to like everything, the canine organism is not able to process the same foods as humans. Many common foods are toxic to dogs; even small amounts can seriously poison the animal. Never feed it::

  • Avocado.
  • Bread dough.
  • Chocolate.
  • Alcohol.
  • Grapes and raisins.
  • Food with hops.
  • Macadamia nuts.
  • Onion.
  • Garlic.
  • Xylitol, a product found in "sugar free" foods.
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Step 5. Don't let the dog play with sick animals

Just as children spread a cold to their schoolmates, dogs also transmit diseases to each other. If you know a dog that has been sick recently, keep your pet away from him for a while.

  • It can be difficult to control this in a park, mainly because of the huge amount of animals present.
  • If the dog gets sick, talk to other owners who visit the same park as you to find out if there are similar cases.
  • Talking to other owners can help you get information about what's wrong with the dog.
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Step 6. Take the dog's possible illnesses into consideration

Some existing problems, such as pancreatitis, can cause frequent stomach upset. If you know your dog suffers from it, watch him closely to identify stomach upset and other frequent problems. Keep an eye out for lack of energy and diarrhea, for example. Early treatment with a veterinarian can help control symptoms quickly and painlessly.

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