Can I Give My Dog Medicine for Upset Stomach?

Your dog may, on occasion, have a bout of diarrhea or nausea without notice. You may be wondering about how to treat this at home.

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Sometimes the aches, pains and discomforts of our pets are much the same as our own. Your dog may, on occasion, have a bout of diarrhea or nausea without forewarning. You may wonder, “Can I give my dog medicine for upset stomach?”

The ultimate answer to this question is yes, there are certain treatments that may be suitable and safe, but it is always in your pet’s best interest to check first with your veterinarian.

According to the Dog Owner’s Guide online magazine, vomiting or diarrhea lasting more than 24 hours could lead to dehydration, as well as other complications. See your vet right away if this is the case — don’t take chances with your dog’s health.

Eating Grass

It is normal for dogs to eat grass, especially when their stomach is not feeling quite right. Grass eating is their natural way of cleaning out their systems, as it most often will make them vomit, which in turn gets rid of whatever is not settling in the stomach.

So, your dog is not a grass eater? Try withholding food from him for 24 hours. (I know it sounds harsh, but if he were in the wild, he would do this on his own.) Be sure he gets lots of water to help flush out his system.

Home Remedies for Upset Stomach in Dogs

I’ve come across a few other remedies you may find helpful in getting your dog out of those “Why did I eat that?” tummy blues.

  • According to Your Dog: The Owner’s Manual, Pepto Bismol (the same liquid or tablet form that humans use) may offer dogs the same relief it gives us from stomach distress. A child’s dose for every 40 pounds of your dog’s weight, given every four hours, if needed, may ease the nausea and/or diarrhea.
  • Pedialyte is another human medicine that may help a troubled pet bounce back from tummy problems. This liquid medicine is designed to rehydrate and restore the balance of electrolytes in a human infant’s system when the infant is dealing with tummy aches. Doggie dosage is 1/4 cup every half-hour for a 40-pound dog.
  • There are some natural home remedies for upset stomach in dogs. These include rice, banana baby food or boiled chicken (no bones, no salt). Hamburger meat is a no-no: it’s too greasy, unhealthy for your pet and no help at all for an upset stomach.
  • Last on the remedies list, good ol’ honey. Giving your own “honey” a little honey (one teaspoon, three times a day) could help with his upset stomach, acid reflux or heartburn, as well as increase his appetite while he is under the weather.

Next time your dog has you thinking, “Can I give my dog medicine for upset stomach?” you will know that there are some things you can possibly do at home to make him feel better. Give your veterinarian a quick call and describe the symptoms — and then together, you and your vet can decide which remedy will best suit your pet.

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Gayle Hickman

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Gayle Hickman has been researching and writing about pet behaviors since 2011. In addition to Petful, her articles have appeared on Reader's Digest, Yahoo Shine and WebVet, to name a few.

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