How to treat an upset stomach in dogs?

Расстройство желудка у собаки

An upset stomach in dogs can be both a primary disease (with direct effects on the gastric mucosa) and secondary (as a result of general intoxication of the body or pathology of the digestive tract).

Pathological changes in the stomach of dogs develop rapidly, and the whole body suffers from this. Therefore, it is necessary to establish as soon as possible the cause of the disruption of the work, so that the treatment is as effective as possible, and the consequences are minimal.

Causes of stomach upset in dogs

First of all, the disorders are related to nutrition. For example, their cause may be a sudden change to another type of feeding or even a change in food. Adverse effect of protein overfeeding, which is possible with the simultaneous feeding of commercial fodder and the addition of natural meat to them, the use of too fatty protein foods in the diet:

  • cream,
  • sour cream,
  • butter,
  • fat meat.

For these reasons, the disorder usually occurs in adults and aging dogs and signals the dysfunction of liver cells. A common cause of the disorder is poisoning in dogs:

  1. Spoiled fodders or food residues,
  2. Insecticides and means from rodents or the poisoned rodents themselves.

To distress of the stomach in a dog can result in infectious diseases of the digestive system, such as :

Violation of the pancreas and liver can induce indigestion, as well as parasitic diseases caused by worms in the dog or pathology of other systems and organs

In the gastrointestinal tract there may be foreign bodies: bones, Christmas tree tinsel, fragments of toys. To the violation of the proper functioning of the stomach can lead even spinal injuries or neoplasms in the abdominal cavity.


Symptoms of a stomach disorder in a dog may depend on the cause of the disease and the location of the affected tissue. Common features are:

When urging on vomiting, it is important to consider its frequency, the contents of the vomit, the relationship of vomiting in the dog with the consumption of food and liquids. So, vomiting is not digested food and foam after 20 minutes after eating says that the problem is in the stomach, and vomiting a few hours after eating with an admixture signals the intestinal origin of the disorder.

A frequent companion of a stomach disorder is a violation of the intestinal motility, which leads to diarrhea or constipation. The dog experiences pain in the abdominal wall area, and as a result of the accumulation of gases or feces in the intestine, it increases the stomach.

The animal becomes restless during the stool. The body temperature can rise, which is typical for many inflammatory processes. An accurate diagnosis can be made only on the basis of a complex of symptoms and additional studies.

Treatment of stomach upset in dogs

It is necessary to find and eliminate the cause that caused the disorder, in parallel removing the symptoms of the disease. A sparing diet with a low protein content is mandatory. In complex therapy are used:

  • Painkillers,
  • Antispasmodics,
  • Gastroprotectors,
  • Haemostatic,
  • Hepatoprotectors,
  • Antibiotics for dogs ,
  • Enzyme preparations,
  • Antioxidants,
  • Probiotics,
  • Immunomodulators.

If there is a foreign body in the stomach, surgical intervention is usually required.


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