Last Modified on Mar 22, 2014
Does your pet have stomach issues? Dogs, cats, and other pets can be troubled by bellyaches, nausea, vomiting, poor digestion, and other stomach ailments - just like people. Try the following natural remedies to help your pet find relief!
Not only are stomach ailments uncomfortable for your pets, they can lead to further health issues and over the long-term reduce your pet's dietary health. A health digestive system keeps the rest of your pet happy and healthy! Parasitic worms and viruses can cause stomach complaints, but more often than not digestive issues in dogs and other pets are the result of something it shouldn't have eaten, food allergies, or from eating too fast. A change in dog food or diet may help, especially a grain-free or reduced carbohydrate diet, which may resolve intestinal issues in dogs.
Natural Pet Cures for Stomach Issues
Yogurt and pureed pumpkin are two dependable natural remedies for a number of digestive issues in our pets, including vomiting and diarrhea. Yogurt is especially good if your pet has just completed a course of antibiotics, in order to restore your dog or cat's intestinal flora and digestive health. Probiotics and digestive enzymes are also available as health supplements to improve your pet's intestinal health and eliminate stomach complaints.
Aloe Vera Juice
[YEA] 09/27/2008: Laure from Middletown, CT, USA: "My dog Kodi (10 years-old) has had a sensitive stomach and she even has an allergy to gluten so I buy her special dog food without gluten in it. What she has from time to time is stomach gurgles and reflux vomiting. I give her aloe vera juice, which I take also for my digestion problems. I give her 1/4 cup of juice per day until she is better, that is when there is no more hint of stomach gurgles. I have been trying to give it to her on a regular basis, but she does not always want it so I don't force her."Replies
10/05/2008: Max from Denver, CO USA replies: "I think 1/4 cup may be a bit too much. I take a tablespoon. I think for a dog, based on weight it should be less. Or at most the same."
07/23/2012: Kia from Kvc, Jamaica replies: "As far as I know, Aloe vera is harmful to dogs. You should consult the vet."
09/17/2012: Latinfrommanhattan from New York, Ny replies: "Works great for my 15 yr old CAT who's always had a sensitive stomach. I use only half a capful in his wet food."
Apple Cider Vinegar
[YEA] 01/25/2009: Sandy from Edmotnon, Alberta Canada: "I have two Shih Tzu and one has chronic IBS. I have tried pills, diet vet after vet. The most effective solution is a high protein dog food (all natural products and no by products) along with one can of tuna and sweet potatoes mashed together. She also gets one probiotic capsule with yogurt.
In her water I put one teaspoon of apple cider vinegar. So far this is the only thing that has worked. She does have the odd flare up but for the most part she is much better."
07/25/2009: Mistie from Augusta, Ga: "cayenne for dogs? I'm sold on trying cayenne on myself! But a quick question: can you use it on dogs? Of course I'd use it in capsule form for them. My dog has issues with stomach upset. I know that most human foods are ok for dogs. But I also know that some of the best food for humans can kill a dog within 24 hrs: grapes."
[YEA] 07/19/2011: Kokila from Roslyn Heights, Ny/usa: "HI, I have a Shih Tzu, who for YEARS has been suffering on and off with Colitis. I have consulted Vets, etc. To no avail. Given her yogurt, ACV, Petdolphilis, etc. to no avail.
What DID work, was a wonderful pet store's owners sage advice: CHANGE her protein in her diet. yes! I eliminated chicken, and voila! She is cured. Only tolerates beef and fish (like salmon, scrod, etc.)
So hope this helps others. Some dogs don't tolerate wheat either very well. She also has a reaction to pasta."
[YEA] 09/24/2008: Ann from Cranford, New Jersey: "I have an aging German Sheppard mix, about eleven years old. He was vomiting bile every night and ruined my kitchen cabinet with the stomach fluid that he was bringing up nightly. After trying many over the counter products, herbal supplements, food changes, feeding position changes etc. I was at my wits end. After receiving a suggestion from a friend, I decided to try splitting his food ration into two meals. Half in the morning and half at night. Lo n behold, it worked. I now can replace my kitchen cabinet and it will not be ruined by the critter leaving a puddle of bile next to it every night. He just could not eat that much in one feeding. Poor dog. It's a good thing his mom finally woke up n got his feeding right."Replies
01/08/2011: Diane from Green Brook, Nj replies: "Dear Ann, I have a rescue shitzu who had the same problem. The vet told me that some dogs need to have more frequent feedings and said that one feeding per day is not enough. I was actually giving Katie two feedings daily at the time and now I need to give her 3 feedings to prevent vomiting bile. I also found that sticking to her low-fat Science Diet and limiting chicken which I was adding to it has helped a lot. Instead of just splitting the one feeding you were giving you need to give your dog two good-sized feedings per day. My vet told me that dogs should be fed at least twice daily."
05/22/2013: Malinator from Palm Beach, Fl replies: "I just wanted to post up there for future searchers:
My Malinois did this too and was miserable most of the time. the same thing helped him. He would also scratch his body up against things after eating. After $$$ vet bills we know he has pancreas problems. Eating too much at one time (for his compromised organ) will cause lifesaving surgery or death. Glad you made the change to twice a day without spending thousands! The scratching indicated an allergy to something in the food. My guy is fine now!"
[YEA] 07/30/2007: Lana from Mishmar HaEmek, Israel: "My 6-1/2 year old dog started vomiting daily. This went on for months, though she didn't seem to be suffering in any way. Every vet I consulted said there was nothing wrong with her and that I needed to buy her a better grade of food, so I did, but she continued vomiting. Finally I decided to get her a dry food for senior dogs, even though she wasn't strictly a senior yet - and it worked instantly! The higher quality regular brands were just too rich for her to digest. Maybe this will work for others too."
[YEA] 09/08/2010: Jean from Vancouver, Wa: "Upset stomach for dog
Ginger Extract helping my dog's morning sickness. My 4 year-old, 20 pounds, Bichon Freese has a sensitive stomach. He would vomit yellow fluid in the early morning two or three times per month all his life, but last month, he started to vomit yellow fluid more often. I got to the point that I knew when he was going to vomit the next morning. His stomach would gurgle aloud in the evening, followed by waking up in the middle of the night and eating grass urgently, and vomit first thing in the morning before the breakfast. I visited vet., tested parasites, tried aloe vera juice, not-fat yogurt, fed him five times per day(small portions), cut down fresh vegetables and fruits, limited activity following meals, ACV, etc. But he was still having morning sickness. After reading many articles, I gave him 1/2 chewable ginger extract tablet along with 1/2 tums after supper. I also boiled chicken and put couple slices of ginger root and gave him broth couple of times during the day. Since this treatment, his stomach is quiet and he no longer eats grass and vomits."Replies
10/16/2011: Jonie from Milton, On Canada replies: "My 6 yr old Bichon has vomited bloody bile for over 4years. After spending $6,000 in 3 years at the vet I changed vets, went to a country vet and he sort of solved the problem...... We give him 1/4 pill of famotadine which sort of acts as a peptobismol. Instead of waiting until he starts vomiting I put the pill in his food every night and he's pretty good for about a week or two at the most. I only give him Hills I/D dry food mixed with Iams gastro intestinal wet food ( smaller amount seems to sit better with him). We manage the problem only... No one seems to know what the problem is, but everyone with a bichon seems to have the same issues. I'd like to try the ginger, but how do you have him ingest it?"
03/20/2014: Justin from Andover Nj replies: "Where do you get these chewable ginger tablets? Are they specifically for dogs?"
03/21/2014: Theresa from Mpls., Mn replies: "Hey Justin!
Google "chewable ginger extract tablets" and you will see several brands that offer this product. You don't need a special formulation for canines. Start with half a tab and go from there.
03/22/2014: Debbiefudge from East Sussex, Uk replies: "I would give probiotic yogurt. What do you mean by 'extreme stomach issues'?? Look at diet and do loads of research.
No tap water. Use bottled water."
09/05/2010: Kristina from West Hollywood, California, Us: "IBD (Inflammatory Bowel Disease) in Dogs
Please, if anyone has any remedies for IBD in dogs I would greatly appreciate it! Thank you"Replies
01/19/2012: Calliet from Santa Rosa, Ca replies: "My vet put my 14# poodle on MERTAZIPENE (1/4 tab), NO fat diet: I cook chicken breast mixed with some yam or Brown rice. Dry food: Natural Balance Limited Ingredient formula. After 8 yrs on the above, his system can tolerate a chicken thigh mixed in for flavor or lean beef mixed with breast. NO NO NO treats or ANYTHING fr CHINA!!! = huge vet bills or death."
06/20/2011: Mary Anne from Virginia Beach, Va: "My daughter has a 95 lb Doberman 'puppy'. He is 1 and 1/2 yrs old. The vet thinks he has a blockage in his intestines because he throws up every day. A couple of times a day. He does eat the kids toys when he gets a chance and we think he might of eaten a toy and it became blocked. What can we give him to expell the blockage? I am going to e-mail Ted too. Please this is urgent... The vet wants do a x-ray for $1500.00 that she does not have."
[YEA] 04/18/2008: Julie from Las Vegas, Nevada: "My cat was vomiting all the time. A lady told me about Royal Canin cat food; they have a formula Special 33, which is for intestinal problems. It worked!"Replies
11/12/2009: Teetah3 from Orlando, Fl replies: "the key in this cat food is that the bites are of different shapes and sizes. this slows the cat down when they eat and causes them to actually chew their food. many cats get used to the size and shape of their food and just get lazy about chewing. when lots of unchewed food hits the tummy, especially as the cat ages, the tummy just can't digest. so, vomiting results. you don't need to spend big bucks on the fancy food. just find a brand that has different shapes of food in the same box. kind of like lucky charms for cats!"
06/24/2010: Holly from Colorado Springs, Colorado United States replies: "Very good point indeed about different sized dry food. My cat had also been vomitting quite often. I tried a different brand of food and still it persisted. So then I started giving her canned food because she had lost weight. It helped a lot and I think that has to do with the moisture in the canned food. I read an article about how the dry food can be hard on cats' stomach after awhile due to the lack of water. Because felines used to only eat raw meat which has water in it. My cat still has her vomitting moments it could be because she has so much fur."
10/24/2008: Debbie from Newcomerstown, USA: "Daisy, 6 mo old calf, mom died giving birth, so I had to bottle feed her & love her. now her belly looks pot-bellied, she is off bottle & eats grain , grass, & hay. How do I get rid of pot belly? Also, she is not as big as other calves her age. I would appreciate any ideas! I love my Daisy!!!"Replies
10/25/2008: Leo from Pittsburg, California replies: "Get her off the grains."
10/26/2008: Catherine from Wellington, New Zealand replies: "What sort of grain is calf eating? .. not a natural food for herbivores, try omitting and feeding only grass and hay. Cheers."
11/01/2008: Debbie from Newcomerstown, USA replies: "She was getting 'sweet feed', a mix I buy at feed store, will get her off of it. Also read where someone was mixing 2 teaspoons of ACV in with a bottle of milk, I am going to give her a bottle tonight, if she will still take on, & see if this helps also. Thanks to everyone who responded."
02/17/2009: Arlene from Fentress, Tx/USA replies: "What is ACV? My calf is nursing off an adopted mother cow who has her own calf and they all eat out of a 20% molasses tub and I feed them hay since we are in a drought and there is no grass. Could the tub be causing the problem?"
EC: ACV = Apple Cider Vinegar
04/13/2009: Kathleen Thomas from Mankato, KS replies: "Keep the calf on a good quality grain and free chioce hay. Alfalfa hay is best starting with a small portion and then slowly go to only alfalfa and grain. The pot belly will diminish as the calf matures. The calf needs quality forage now to grow and the pot belly is an indication of the tremendous needs the calf is trying to fill. It cannot get the nutrients and energy it needs from only hay at a young age and in fact by removing grain and adding more hay the belly will enlarge and the calfs rate of growth will slow even more. You can add calf milk replacer to her grain or mix in a bucket giving her needed nutrients. Keep her on a free chioce grain ration and you will see a difference. These babies need time and lots of concentrated feed.Have faith I have raised thenm for 35 years."
[YEA] 01/15/2011: Jrt Owner from Brentwood, Ca: "re: pets with stomach gurgling, upset tummy - I hope this can help someone out there.
I have a female Jack Russel Terrier that has had digestive issues her entire life (she has the typical, very excitable JRT personality).
After having spent plenty of money taking her to the veterinarian's office, I have tried my own approach to try to prevent the stomach distress in the first place.
The vet suggested smaller, more frequent meals but that alone (plus a very strong antibiotic) didn't eliminate the problem.
I feel that what has made a big difference is giving her half of a probiotic multi-enzyme pill with each of her three meals.
Since I have followed this regimen she has had experienced only minor stomach gurgling on the rare occasion and Has seemed to recover her old appetite.
I plan on feeding her this way for the rest of her life as it was very distressing to hear her tummy gurgling so loudly and have her go off her food for days at a time.
If this helps you please let someone else know."Replies
[YEA] 01/05/2012: Raberdash from Ely, Nevada, Usa replies: "This is absolutely the only way to handle gastrointestinal issues with dogs in my opinion. I have a young lab with whom I have used this protocol, and the results are almost instantaneous. I lapsed with the probiotics and she had a bout of vomiting and gurgling stomach. I immediately gave her a digestive enzyme and 1/4 tsp. of a probiotic for animals and two cold-pressed barley tablets in a little warm water, and her stomach settled immediately. You have to watch the barley caps, monitoring the dog's urine from time to time to make sure you don't cause calcium oxylate crystals because of an overly alkaline diet, but since I am feeding a high end bison diet, this isn't a concern at this time.
If you feed your dog raw fruits (apples, pears) only do so when there is nothing in her stomach and well before the next meal. NEVER feed fruit with anything else.
I try to feed raw carrots and romaine as treats between meals too, but it has to be well after the dog has digested the cooked dry food.
I have heard that the best time to feed a dog is between noon and 4 pm, since this is when their digestive tract is most prepared to process food. Since I feed twice per day, the second one is always between these hours, closer to noon than 4."
[YEA] 10/17/2010: Nitehawk from Camp Verde, Arizona, America: "Recently all dogs in my area came down with a disease that caused vomiting, diarrhea, & a general state of poor health. Them dogs were very sick, including our two family members. The Neighbor to our west had his Yorkie hospitalized, on IV. Nearly lost her. Our Neighbor to the North had two very sick mini dauschhunds. One of the weenie weenies also had to be hospitalized. The local Vets, who are great but expensive, had no idea what disease this is. There is no vaccine for it. Since we all have pastures irrigated with river water it was guessed that the sickness either came from the soil or irrigation water. My husband & I could not afford Vet when this happened. It looked dismal for our beloved Aussie Twister, and Taboo, a black chow-rot-lab mix! Then I found this site and a plain pumpkin cure. I bought plain canned pumpkin with no additives, and applied the can opener. Directions seemed to be 1 tablespoon per 50lbs body weight. Both of my dogs are over 50 lbs, so I planned on 2 tablespoons each. I pulled the spoon out of the can heaped with pumpkin. Twister grabbed it before I offered. In fact it was testy to get some to Taboo, cuz Twister wanted the whole can. They both felt better within an hour, and later that day had NORMAL stools! I gave them 3 doses of 2 tablespoons pumpkin each day for 5 days. YAY! WOOF! Woof, woof, woof! From Taboo, & Twister too! Many Thanx from our happy, healthy Doggin's!!!"
[YEA] 03/27/2009: Deirdre from Atlanta, GA: "My dog Max turned 15 at the beginning of March... He's a german shepherd mix, about 55 pounds. I have mentioned him on Earth Clinic in a number of posts. Recently he started to throw up about 20 minutes after eating his breakfast. I had been adding 1/8 teaspoon of turmeric to his morning breakfast bowl and figured that must be the cause and stopped it. Still he threw up. So then I decided to add a heaping spoonful of canned pumpkin to his breakfast kibble. This took care of his problem immediately -- no more vomiting. I also now add a heaping tablespoon of pumpkin to his evening meal as well, along with 1/8 teaspoon of turmeric since the turmeric helps him so much with dementia and arthritis. Hope this helps someone with a similar issue!"Replies
[YEA] 10/06/2011: Pegpelca from Sacramento, Ca replies: "We have a 2 year old Golden Retriever--born in AZ--when he was tiny--he ate 6 rocks--we watched them pass through his little system via daily xrays--he's fine now--but we feed him dry chicken and oatmeal kibble with 3/4 cups of canned pumpkin twice a day--it keeps him slim and we have never had any tummy problems. He adores the pumpkin--at first we bought very expensive small cans of "special pumpkin for dogs"--now I buy big inexpensive cans at Target--not "pie mix"--pure pumpkin--good stuff!"
02/12/2012: Grammuh49 from San Antonio, Tx, Bexar: "PLEASE HELP
I need help I am on a fixed income and I cannot afford to take my 3 yr old chihuahua (willie) to the vet or emergency room. He has not urinated nor has he had a bowel movement. I am trying to look for a home remedy for him. I came across this site and figured maybe someone can help, I have gone to other sites and came across one that said that having a dog in this condition would die within 24 to 48 hrs. I am willing to try anything at this point to help him I dont want to see him suffer no more but I also dont want to see him die. I have been giving him pedialyte to keep him hydrated I have also given him 1 tsp pumpkin he still couldnt go so than I gave him another tsp after 1 hour he threw it up. I have also given him 20cc of cranberry juice which he has kept down for the most part. I have been giving him pedialyte since this morning. Somebody Please Help Me I Dont want to see my Willie die."
02/12/2012: Deborah from Chino Valley, Az replies: "So very sorry to hear about what is going on with Willie... If there is ANY way you can get him to an emergency vet clinic, despite your financial situation, I would do that. It might be possible that the clinic will work something out for you to pay over time. This type of health situation can be life threatening and hopefully the clinic will recognize this and give Willie the attention he needs in the moment. Sending heartfelt prayers out for you both..."
02/13/2012: Timh from Louisville, Ky, Usa replies: "Grammuh49, if this condition is an obstruction of some kind (did W perhaps swallow something?) it might be mandatary to go to Vet, but I would first try an enema using filtered water and Sea Salt. A few pinches in a fleet enema bottle w/ the warm water may help break something loose immediately, and go from there. Clay or charcoal by mouth would also help clear any possible poisons W might have ingested.
Try a very gentle massage of the entire abdomen area and note any pain from a certain area.
Hope this helps and good luck."
02/13/2012: Frogeyes from Alexandria, Virginia replies: "Recommend contacting your vet immediately as they may be able to work with you, but they will definitely be able to help Willie. Another suggestion would be to contact http://www.sanantonio.gov/animalcare/ to see what reduced/free services they can offer. Willie needs professional care quickly."
02/13/2012: 5 Pooches Home from Houston, Tx replies: "Have you tried _____s Organic Apple Cider Vinegar? Try this as it might help. Good luck. Sometimes you can just talk to the vet on the phone and explain them that you are broke and ask them what they think is his condition. Once you get some idea, THEN research natural remedies online. Also search PetAlive - www.nativeremedies.com
I am NOT associated with them but just LOVE their products. Good luck. I have 2 chi girls of my own and just love little chis..."