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Caissie Canine Instruction: Helping Your Dog with Upset Stomach

We begin this week’s “RUFF TAILS” featuring two beautiful K9’s, Skye, a one-year-old Goldendoodle, and Canela, a 5-year-old Cockapoo.

My mom said that Canela is stuck in her ways and I, Skye has a lot of energy and will do anything for a treat. TRUE.

Our family says that we have a typical sister relationship. We love each other in the morning, but by the afternoon we are sick of each other. LOL

But when it is time for bed, we need our cuddles from one another.

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There are several causes that may upset your canine’s stomach. Many dogs get into things they should not, such as toys, plants, cooked bones,

goose poop, and garbage just to mention a few.

Dogs may get an upset stomach from motion sickness, ulcers, gas, inflammation, or an obstruction.

Gas, in canines, naturally builds up, when your dog eats and digests their food.

If your dog can not pass gas, this will increase and cause discomfort. Constipation is a condition that humans and dogs share alike.

Inflammation in the lining of the stomach of your canine, is often caused by human foods and spices.

Symptoms of an upset stomach can be diarrhea, loss of appetite, straining to move bowels, vomiting of bile, and restlessness.

When your dog is showing the following symptoms, it would be important to call your vet. If you find pieces of a toy in the stool or vomit, your canine is experiencing more than two bouts of diarrhea, or blood is found in the vomit.

A common treatment most veterinarians will recommend is to start your dog on a bland diet, such as cooked boneless chicken and rice, or boiled shredded chicken.

Paul recommends just plain cooked rice, mixed into their kibble. (Our dog is allergic to chicken)

Some vets will probably start your dog on a probiotic until further tests can be done. Your vet will do a physical exam, possibly x-rays or ultrasound, if needed.

Holistic vets will recommend 100% canned pumpkin, NOT pumpkin pie filling. You do not want any sugar or spices in that pumpkin. Canned pumpkin can be found at most pet stores.

Bone broth, found in most pet stores, or ice chips are a good substitute to keep your dog hydrated, instead of them trying to gulp down water.

Remember your dog may not want to eat, when having stomach upset, but do make sure they are staying hydrated, with ice chips, bone broth, or small amounts of water.

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