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Natural Cures for Upset Stomach in Pets

Last Modified on Aug 25, 2015

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.

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Acid Reflux Remedies
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Posted by Nadia (Reno, Nevada) on 01/02/2015

My dog has developed acid reflux disease after stomach operation to prevent it from turning, plus a history of bloating, etc., the gagging leads to pneumonia which is chronic with my dog now. We have her on Prilosec, Zantac, Reglan (aid stomach muscle), and semitocone if needed. She might be on Reglan for ever. I added digestive enzymes/probiotics to her diet. The vet throws the kitchen sink at you when they don't know what to do, she seems to respond to all these meds, but maybe also the enzymes are working best. She also on a bland diet by prescription also highly digestible. My question, can I eliminate the Prilosec and the Zantac and replace them with something natural. I will continue with the food and the enzymes/probiotics and the Reglan, but what do I use to replace prilosec and zantac, do you have any info pleaaaaaaaaaaaase? I don't want my dog to live with all these meds because the two I mentioned might fry her organs if used for a long time I think. I also feeding her small meals 5 times a day. I am doing everything I can to help the gagging which seems to subside, but can it subside without meds? I want her to live naturally. She is an ole gal 12.3 years old now ;(. Thank you so much.

Replied by Theresa Donate

Mpls., Mn

Hey Nadia!

Please read up on EC for natural remedies for acid reflux:

Along with the remedies suggested, you might consider a google search "Prilosec natural alternative" and "Zantac natural remedy" for additional ideas.

Replied by Nadia
Reno, Nevada

Thank you so much, you are a life saver, I shall try it after consulting a holistic vet for the dosage and application. I am so relieved.

Aloe Vera Juice
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Posted by Laure (Middletown, CT, USA) on 09/27/2008

[YEA]  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.

Replied by Max
Denver, CO USA

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.
Replied by Kia
Kvc, Jamaica

As far as I know, Aloe vera is harmful to dogs. You should consult the vet.
Replied by Latinfrommanhattan
New York, Ny

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.
Replied by Beth
Michigan, US

[YEA]   I too give it to my senior cat, George. I buy the reverse osmosis aloe vera juice with the same manufacturer name as my senior cat. I found it in the health food store, but the big online retailer (named after a river in South America) has it cheaper.
Replied by Asdasd

[WARNING!]   Please do NOT give Aloe vera to any pets! It's well known to be toxic to both cats and dogs.

Apple Cider Vinegar
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Posted by Sandy (Edmotnon, Alberta Canada) on 01/25/2009

[YEA]  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.

Replied by Amazonwoman64

It sounds to me like these animals may have the same diseases humans get that seriously effect their stomaches.By this I mean test for heliobactor pylori Iif the dog or cat drinks or eats out of your food & a human had it, I wonder if the animal would not also get it. Makes sense to me. I imagine that's why adding apple cider vinegar makes it better since in humans it also helps since they arent producing enough acid to help it & by taking the vinegar they are helping their stomach to be able to digest it. All the remedies being mentioned work on humans also. cayenne, aloe vera & apple cider vinegar.The only one missing that has been found to seriously inhibit H pylori is coconut oil. No idea how that would effect cats though.

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Posted by Mistie (Augusta, Ga) on 07/25/2009

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.

Replied by Ash

Even one pill starting from no tolerance can be really be hard to deal with. You might try turmeric or start with adding a pinch to her food. Turmeric is supposed to help the stomach and is much easier to adjust to.

I'm not an animal expert by any means- here's my experience:

I used cayenne on my doberman for 2-3 years. I believe it extended her life and it definitely healed an open sore that had refused to heal (we were about to result to amputating the toe until we tried the cayenne). She got up to about 3 capsules of the regular (not extra hot) per day- she was about 80 lbs. The vets had no explanation for how her foot healed and accepted that the cayenne was a good idea. Her heart disease progressed very slowly as well.

Our heeler (45lbs) on the other hand is very sensitive to it. It seems to increase her irritable nature. We only give it to her in small amounts (less than a pinch) in her food. We give her one pill of turmeric with the food as an alternative to cayenne (from what I've read these two supplements complement each other). This seems to help keep pests away and skin allergies down.

Neither dog had an issue with eating it in small amounts and this is the best way I've found to build tolerance since even a single pill can really cause some stomach discomfort (my personal experience with ingesting it multiple ways and my doberman was very expressive- she looked uncomfortable when we started with one pill).

My family is big on ingesting cayenne for medicinal purposes- even my 4 year old handles it like a champ. Building tolerance slowly is the key.

Overall I would say if anything, its not dangerous, just temporarily uncomfortable.

Coconut Oil
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Posted by Buddy's Mom (Pueblo Of Acoma, Nm) on 04/30/2015

[YEA]  I gave Buddy, my rescue rottweiler/chow mix VCO for an upset stomach and it worked like a charm. He would not eat his food, which is totally not like him, but would eat lots of grass and then throw it up. I wasn't sure if he would like the VCO so I started with just a small amount on top of a small amount of food and he ate it right up. He went back outside so I watched him for an hour or two to see if he would throw up. He did not throw up, but came back inside, so I gave him a little more VCO and food and again he ate it all. The next day I gave him 1 tablespoon of VCO on his regular portion of food and he ate it all and seemed to have more energy and spunk. I have not seen him throw up or eat any more grass either. Thanks Earth Clinic!

Dietary Changes
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Posted by Kokila (Roslyn Heights, Ny/usa) on 07/19/2011

[YEA]  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.

Posted by Ann (Cranford, New Jersey) on 09/24/2008

[YEA]  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.

Replied by Diane
Green Brook, Nj

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.
Replied by Malinator
Palm Beach, Fl

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!

Posted by Lana (Mishmar HaEmek, Israel) on 07/30/2007

[YEA]  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.

Giardia in Dogs
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Posted by Debbie (Camarillo) on 07/09/2014

Giardia in dogs: Do you know of a home remedy for this ailment?

Replied by Theresa Donate

Mpls., Mn

Hey Debbie!

Consider a nutritional approach with foods that are natural remedies for protozoans.

This is my usual "go to":

2 raw baby carrots [avoid Bunny Luv Brand] grated and shredded

1 table spoon sunflower seeds [raw or cooked]

1 teaspoon C&H Brown sugar

I mix these up in a tablespoon or two of canned tuna [tuna is actually a remedy and not just something tasty for the dog! ] and dose in the tuna for 2 days, and then without the tuna for another 6 days - dose am and pm.

Other nutritionals to consider:

Blueberries - 1 tablespoon twice a day for 5 days

Broccoli - 4 flowerets twice daily for 5 days

Carrots - 2 baby raw organic carrots twice a day for 8 days

Celery - 1 raw stick twice a day for 7 days

Green Pepper - 1 half-dollar sized piece twice a day for 2 days

Lemon Juice - 1/2 teaspoon twice a day for 5 days

Pumpkin Seeds - 1 tablespoon twice a day for 8 days

Spinach - 1 tablespoon twice a day for 5 days

Sunflower Seeds - 1 tablespoon twice a day for 8 days

C&H Brown sugar - 1 teaspoon twice a day for 8 days

I mix these up with a little water and dose with a medicine dropper or put into wet food:

Astragulus - 1 capsule twice a day for 5 days

Bilberry - 1 capsule twice a day for 5 days

Cat's Claw - 1 capsule twice a day for 5 days

Dandelion Root - 1 capsule twice a day for5 days

Garlic -1 capsule twice a day for 5 days

Kelp - 1 capsule twice a day for 5 days

Licorice - 1 capsule twice a day for 5 days

Milk Thistle - 1 capsule twice a day for 5 days

Olive Leaf Extract - 1 capsule twice a day for 5 days

Oregano Oil - 1 pill or 1/4 teaspoon twice a day for 5 days

Oregon Grape Root - 1 capsule twice a day for 5 days

Pau D'Arco - 1 capsule twice a day for 3 days

Schizandra - 1 capsule twice a day for 5 days

Turmeric - 1 capsule twice a day for 5 days

Yellow Dock - 1 capsule twice a day for 5 days

I hope you find something here!

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Posted by Jean (Vancouver, Wa) on 09/08/2010

[YEA]  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.

Replied by Jonie
Milton, On Canada

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?
Replied by Justin
Andover Nj

Where do you get these chewable ginger tablets? Are they specifically for dogs?
Replied by Theresa Donate

Mpls., Mn

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.

Good luck!

Replied by Debbiefudge
East Sussex, Uk

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.

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Posted by Kristina (West Hollywood, California, Us) on 09/05/2010

IBD (Inflammatory Bowel Disease) in Dogs

Please, if anyone has any remedies for IBD in dogs I would greatly appreciate it! Thank you

Replied by Calliet
Santa Rosa, Ca

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.

Intestinal Problems
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Posted by Mary Anne (Virginia Beach, Va) on 06/20/2011

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.

Posted by Julie (Las Vegas, Nevada) on 04/18/2008

[YEA]  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!

Replied by Teetah3
Orlando, Fl

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!
Replied by Holly
Colorado Springs, Colorado United States

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.

Pot-Bellied Calf
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Posted by Debbie (Newcomerstown, USA) on 10/24/2008

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!!!

Replied by Leo
Pittsburg, California

Get her off the grains.
Replied by Catherine
Wellington, New Zealand

What sort of grain is calf eating? .. not a natural food for herbivores, try omitting and feeding only grass and hay. Cheers.
Replied by Debbie
Newcomerstown, USA

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.
Replied by Arlene
Fentress, Tx/USA

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

Replied by Kathleen Thomas
Mankato, KS

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.

Probiotics, Enzymes
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Posted by Jrt Owner (Brentwood, Ca) on 01/15/2011

[YEA]  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.

Replied by Raberdash
Ely, Nevada, Usa

[YEA]   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.