Natural Cures for Upset Stomach in Pets

Probiotics, Enzymes

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


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Posted by Nitehawk (Camp Verde, Arizona, America) on 10/17/2010
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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!!!

Posted by Deirdre (Atlanta, GA) on 03/27/2009
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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!

Replied by Pegpelca
(Sacramento, Ca)
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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!

Slippery Elm

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Posted by Earthmother (Nashville, Tn) on 02/04/2010
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An amazing help for dogs with gastrointestinal problems (ie:vomiting or diarrhea), is Slippery Elm. You can purchase the capsules at the local pharmacy for just a few dollars. I have a 17 year old Jack Russell Terrier/Chihuahua mix who started having bloody diarrhea. I gave her 1 capsule opened and added to some plain organic yogurt. The diarrhea stopped within 30 minutes. She now gets 1 capsule twice a day over her dog food and we have had no more trouble with bloody stools, diarrhea, or vomiting.

Replied by Jacalyn
(New Hyde Park, NY)
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Yes, slippery elm is working g for my 18 yr old min pin chihuahua who is 8 lbs. He has an inguinal hernia that the vet checked and said it is not giving him any physical discomfort and does not recommend surgery at his age.

He was having vomiting and diarrhea for 3 days straight. The vet prescribed antibiotics and cerenia for vomiting. Did blood work and it is totally normal. These meds stopped it immediately for 7 days of use as prescribed. 4 days later my dog started to have diarrhea again in the middle of the night but no vomiting. His meals are always split morning and evening. Was giving him bland diet all along which consisted of boiled chicken, rice, eggs, pumpkin. Started researching slippery elm for dogs with GI problems with good results.

I give him half of a 200 mg capsule of slippery elm mixed with evening meal and it has worked. Hasn't had any diarrhea for 3 days now. He is going normal. His appetite has always been great and he is very active and alert for his age. I am hoping this will continue to work for him.

Summer Nettles

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Posted by Katharine (Buckinghamshire, UK) on 07/30/2009
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My dog had been in a severe bout of IBD and was down to only 8K. vet's only route was biopsies and steriods. BUT I got a god-given tip and an amazing new food recommended to me. I have to share this with as many as I can as I know how upsetting and awful it is for owner and pet. Take the top of two inches of some fresh summer nettles, put two in half a glass of boiling water, let it cool. Then pipette a good 4 table spoons into the pet three times per day, for as many days as you wish. AT the same time i began a totally new food, the only totally holistic food in the UK - _____- lamb version is what I used. My Ripley was like a new dog in days - I could NOT BELIEVE what I was seeing. She now has the nettle tea every now and then, plus probiotics and folic acid occassionally. I wish you the same miraculous results!

EC: IBD = Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Replied by Ana
(Houston, Texas)

what exactly is summer nettles and where do you get it from? thanks

Sweet Potato

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Posted by S. (Ohio, USA) on 08/12/2008
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My dog has a very sensitive stomach it use to gurgle all the time and he often got sick. He can't eat many foods and treats. I recently found All Natural Sweet Potato treats and his stomach has been fine since. No more noises and he loves them. I am wondering if veggie treats can be made in a dehydrator, if anyone has done this please let me know. Thanks.

EC: Yes, you can dry vegetables in a dehydrator. Let us know if you try it!

Turmeric, Coconut Oil

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Posted by Annell (Casper, Wy) on 08/20/2015
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Better But With Side Effects

I began using turmeric and coconut oil at our pit bull rescue when a mastif pit x came to us with a horrible yeast infection and wouldnt let us near his ears to administer his medication. I was so impresed that ive been using it for our older pits. I have noticed one of our females that was not eating regular now has a daily food intake as long as she has these ingredients added to her food.

However, it now appears she is getting rid of what looks to be long thin white worms in a gelatin looking waste with some blood. Anyone else notice this happening?

Replied by Theresa
(Mpls., Mn)

Hey Annell!

Turmeric can be used to rid the body of intestinal parasites - usually the raw form on an empty stomach is most effective. From the results you have seen, it looks like your old gal has at minimum a roundworm infestation. The gelatinous goo indicates her bowel is irritated - likely from the worms; the turmeric does help with that. The blood in the stool could be from the worms, or could be from straining to pass them. It would be a good idea to bring the old gal in for a vet visit, or at the very least a stool check to determine the exact worms you are dealing with so you can worm accordingly.

Vitamin C

Posted by Peggy (Ipoh, Malaysia) on 07/13/2011

I noticed that my three adult dogs once a while will look for grass to eat to induce some vomit of some yellowish fluid in the mornings. I gather it is indigestion. They are mostly on dog biscuits I put them on Vit C 500mg in the morning and now they don't seem to need to do the vomit thing. Vit C seems to help with the digestion.

Water-Soaked Kibble

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Posted by Deirdre (Atlanta, GA) on 04/17/2009
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My husband's friend Mark was visiting us last week from Canada when I happened to mention that our 15 year old dog Max had started throwing up recently about 10-20 minutes after eating. Mark has 2 german shepherds and had learned from a g.s. breeder that kibble can cause dehydration. He recommended that I soak the kibble in water or broth for 5-10 minutes before feeding it to Max.. long enough to make each piece very soft. I do this now before every meal (add about an inch of water to the bottom of the bowl) and Max no longer vomits after eating. Canned pumpkin was another good remedy that stopped the vomiting. See my earlier post under Pumpkin.


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Posted by Forest (Las Vegas, Nv, USA) on 11/11/2009
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Yogurt for my dogs colitis has work right away. I came to your site for suggestions and came across yogurt for colitis.

I have been giving my 9 year old dog pumpkin for fiber suggested by the Vet due to the dogs colitis but my dog after a year and half still was suffering with diarrhea off and on. I also tried Yams treats even purchase a dehydrator to make my dogs treats but the yam treats made the diarrhea worse. So I stop giving the yams.

Now I give my dog 1 tablespoon for yogurt morning and evening and Wala! It is gone now for 4 days! Yeah! It work over night. I will wait a week of no diarrhea then introduce the yam treats again and see what happens.

Thank you so much. I use this wonderful website often and tell clients who come from all over the world your great site here. Thank you!

Replied by Ellen
(Clinton Township, Mi)

What kind of Yogart did you use? My dog has been on a really strong antibotic which isn't helping, he is still struggling with very loose stools and I would like to try yogart but want to make sure I get the right kind.


Replied by Socks' Mom
(Cedar Hill, Mo (usa))

I use plain, organic yogurt that is available at most of the large chain grocery stores for around 3 dollars... The probiotics in it help to re-populate the digestive tract with good bacteria, which, in turn, restores the healthy balance between the good and bad bacteria. (It's HIGHLY recommended in conjunction with any antibiotics to prevent or combat yeast infections, too.)

Replied by Chard
(London, Uk)

Urgent help needed. We have a four year old jack Russell, he has suffered with stomach problems for around the last 2/3 years to which the vet has said is colitis. He only eats plain boiled chicken breast with special canned food that is very light and made for dogs with intestinal problems. The list of food he cannot have is never ending so we have to be very strict and be sure that he has no treats whatsoever. As he can't have any fat in his diet he is very slim which is a concern but of course it's better than him being I'll. Recently he has fallen I'll and is being kept in at the vet which he finds very stressful. He has had blood in his stool, not eating or drinking, weak, being sick. The bet had him on a drip and gave anti biotics and he was allowed home, but since that he's been sick more and we couldn't even get the antibiotics or anything in. He is back at the vets on a drip and having scans and all blood and stool tests, my mum is very upset as we all are and just want him to be ok, she has said that if all tests come back with no answers then she's bringing him home and trying a natural approach instead. My main question is whether he can have yogurt or not as he can't have fat or dairy because of the colitis. Also what's the best thing to settle his stomach and stop the nausea and vomiting? Any help would be greatly appreciated, he is part of the family and we will do anything to get him better.

Replied by Jd
(Columbus, Ohio, United States)

Hi Chard, my 10-year old pug suffered from some stomach issues for a while, some time ago. In addition to completely changing her diet (all home-made now), 2x per day, I give her a couple tablespoons of fat-free cottage cheese. II believe I found this informaton either on this site or another one. If you want to do more research on it, google cottage cheese for dogs. But, for my girl, it has worked great. I've also been told by my vet that I could give her a Pepcid AC tablet, but I haven't had to do that yet. I did try givin her some plain yogurt, a while back, but she hated it. Good luck!

Replied by Madeira
(Middletown, R I)

My 9 lb Yorkiepoo has colitis and I find if I give her a tablespoon oF plain Kefir it helps her tremendously. It is somewhat like yogurt but I believe it is better. If you google it, you will find out how great it is and how much to give your dog.

Replied by Denise
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I think that leaving dogs overnight at vets is very stressful. When my dog is sick, he just wants to be with me, quietly. To leave them alone in a strange place while they are sick, I think, would add even more stress to them and to have to sleep overnight is a very disorienting thing for a dog who should be stress free so that he can heal.

Posted by Lindsey (Owosso, Michigan) on 05/04/2009

I have a 5 year old Lab mix and 2 American Bulldogs. I have heard that feeding them yogurt is okay for their stomachs and helps with possible vomiting and stomach upset. I've tried this and they LOVE it but I've fed them the ____ brand usually strawberry banana flavor. Should I use just plain yogurt and how much? The lab mix weighs about 65 lbs and the 2 american bulldogs weigh about 85 and 90 lbs and they're almost a year old. I feed them twice daily about 2 cups per feeding. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

Replied by Jane
(Seattle, Washington/USA)
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Not sure what brand you are using, but be sure that the yogurt doesn't contain artificial colors, preservatives or artificial sweeteners like sucralose. I feed my dogs organic plain yogurt (no added sugars or fruit), just mix it in to the food. They love it.

Posted by Amy (Odenville, AL) on 08/09/2006
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My dog was having stomach problems; gas, weight loss, eating grass and vomiting. After about a week, we had blood tests and a complete exam with the vet, who could not say what was wrong. No parasites or worms, no organ problems. At wit's end, I thought about probiotics and yogurt helping people's stomachs. I checked, and yogurt is safe to feed dogs. My dog eats at least 4 tablespoons of yogurt per day and has not had any more problems; even his weight is back to normal. It is his favorite "treat" and my other dogs get it every day too!

Replied by Indira
(Miami, FL)

Yogurt: for dogs.... i just wanted to know what kind of yogurt... are you refering to normal supermarket yogurt, which humans eat?. or is it a different yogurt. i just want to know what kind of yogurt for dogs that vomit?

Replied by Joan
(Boca Raton, FL)
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I use PLAIN YOGART. My vet recommended it and the stomach noises have gone away and no more loose stools. My yorkie has colitis and it is gone. I give him 1 teaspoon in the morning.

Replied by Mary K
(St. Louis, Missouri)
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My yorkie was having frequent episodes of spitting up. The vet didn't find anything wrong and found him in good health. He suggested a teaspoon of yogurt in the morning and evening. I use plain yorgurt I get at our grocery store. It was amazing the change. Couldn't believe the difference. My pooch rarely spits up anymore. I'm a nurse and we occasionally use active cultures like those found in yogurt for our patients with stomach ailments. I now see that it can also work on my dog.... I would stay away from flavored yogurt because I don't think the dogs need the extra sugar or artificial sweeteners.

Replied by Raven
(Orangevale, Ca, Usa)

You can definitely buy yogurt for your dogs at the grocery store. Just make sure it says that it contains live cultures. Some companies pasteurize the yogurt after making it. (Why?! ) My opinion is that the more cultures that are in the yogurt, the better.

Replied by Judy
(Denver, Colorado)

My little miniture American Eskimo vomits pale yellow foamy stuff and it doesn't seem to have a thing to do with what she eats or when she eats. She doesn't seem to be sick and BM's are normal, and only throws up occasionally. She seems to be able to eat anything I give her - oranges, pickles, beets - all kinds of stuff without a problem. However, I've noticed when it falls on the floor she normally won't touch it.

My son and I live in a duplex. I'm on one side and he and a friend that used to work as CNA in nursing homes live on the other with a covered porch adjoining the entrances.

I spend a lot of time on my son's side. We generally eat meals together and my computer is on his side. His friend cleans the floors with Pine-Sol. I have asthma and can't tolerate the smell and have to wait until everything is dry and the smell clears out. Three mornings ago he mopped the floor and we went over late and I didn't smell it and didn't know it. She threw up but friend didn't see it. Next morning she threw up within 20 min. And he flipped and said he just mopped that floor the day before. That got me to thinking about PineSol. This morning she threw up again within 20 minutes.

I also have a border collie mix that seems to be rather letharic on my son's side. When I go to my side they play like crazy, but he doesn't pee as much as normal. I'm more concerned about him than the little girl.

The only difference between the two sides of duplex, is my side isn't as "antiseptic". Nobody has a contagious disease and I can't stand the smell and only use plain water or vinegar to mop.

Anybody had a problem with dogs and use of Pine-Sol or Lysol? I searched the internet and found it can cause liver and kidney damage of they eat food off the floor that has the residue left, and throats can get inflamed just from inhaling it. Border Collie licks his paws all the time so I know he has to be picking it up.

Other than the Pine-Sol, I'm at a loss as to what could be going on.

(Kissimmee, Fl)

Pine Sol is extremely toxic and should not be used. I would not use it with dogs and children in the house. White vinegar, mixed with a little Dawn dish detergent and baking soda is safe and effective cleaner - cheap and non toxic.

Replied by Had
(White River Jct, Vermont)

Judy from Denver/ Pine Sol. If your son likes 'clean' have him use vineger and water to clean, not just floors but everything. It is not toxic, and by the time it dries there is no smell and everything shines like it is brand new. There is a book, Over 100 Helpful household hints (heinz distilled white vinegar), cost about $2-3. you can use other types of vinegar, but vinegar was used long before bleach and other health endangering products that people buy today.