Disclaimer – I am not a vet and I do not know your dog. Use it all at your own risk and talk to your vet if you’re not sure.
So this is our dog Gromit. He is (in my unbiased opinion) the very best dog in the whole world.
Look at that smile? Isn’t he awesome?
Anyway, Gromit has a sensitive stomach. We learned that after adopting him in late-2015 and switched him to a sensitive stomach brand of food which has helped a lot. But he will occasionally still get an upset stomach every now and then when our routine is off (i.e. when we brought the baby home) or when he gets into eating something that doesn’t agree with him.
So here are five things you can do / that we have done to treat this at home (and save a trip to the vet if it’s not all that serious):
1. Canned Pumpkin – Gromit loves this stuff and it really helps to bind him up when he’s not feeling good. I’m sure fresh pumpkin would work too but since I don’t like the taste of pumpkin, I’m never buying it. Plus canned pumpkin is available all the time. You can find it – not with your canned veggies like I assumed – but with baking supplies.
2. Pepto Bismol – Who knew? You can give it to dogs too. Liquid or in pill form but for us personally, pill is easier. It is literally the one thing that Gromit does not like the taste of (go figure). They say to give 1 tsp for every 10 lbs your dog is, every 6-8 hours.
3. Bananas – Another easy one that we usually have at home and that Gromit absolutely goes nuts for.
4. Boiled Chicken and Rice (the Bland Diet) – We tried this once and it didn’t seem to work better than canned pumpkin so we haven’t tried it again but it is an option. Just make sure there are no oil and spices on the chicken.
And lastly, the one thing I make sure Gromit has…
5. WATER. Dogs are like us – diarrhea and dehydration go hand in hand. So make sure your dog has access to fresh water all the time.
There you have it – simple things you can use at home.