Canine Upset Stomach

Natural Remedies for Your Dog’s Upset Stomach


by Lorie Huston, DVMon January 12, 2013

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Natural remedies can sometimes help settle your dog’s upset stomach.

Today, we have a guest post offered by Samaiyah Islam. Samaiyah is here today to offer some natural remedies to use when your dog has an upset stomach. As always, please consult your veterinarian before beginning any treatment or remedy for your pet, especially if symptoms are severe or ongoing. We hope you find these remedies helpful.

Natural Remedies for Your Dog’s Upset Stomach

Your dog’s upset stomach does not necessarily have to mean a costly trip to the vet, especially when you may have less costly remedies right at your fingertips. We’ve tracked down six natural remedies that can help perk up your pup as they settle down his stomach.

Relief from Rice

A small portion of plain, cooked white rice can be nice for soothing a human’s stomach and the same remedy can also work for your dog. For even easier digestion, the Natural Dog Health Remedies website recommends creating a soft rice porridge that contains Chinese yam and egg yolk. The site says the yam and yolk transform the porridge into a tonic that is particularly effective for soothing diarrhea.

Cook 1 cup rice in 3 cups water, bringing to a boil then turning down the heat and simmering until the rice absorbs nearly all the water.

Create the tonic by adding 2 ounces of finely grated yam to mixture and simmering for an additional hour. Once the hour is up, remove the pot from the heat and mix one egg yolk into the porridge. Cool the mixture and serve, doling out small portions to your hound every few hours as needed.

Soothing Slippery Elm

Slippery elm bark is a common herbal remedy used to soothe sore throats that also works on upset stomachs, Mother Earth Living says. Dried and powdered slippery elm bark is available at health food shops.

Mix 1 teaspoon of the powdered slippery elm bark into 1 cup cold water in small saucepan. Stir constantly as you bring it to a boil. Turn down to a simmer, stirring and warming over low heat until the mixture thickens. Remove from heat and cool. Consult your veterinarian for the proper dosage for your dog.

The Three Cs

Carob and cinnamon are two remedies that require no special recipe or care to prepare. Mother Earth Living says to administer one or the other by simply sprinkling a teaspoon of either powdered carob or cinnamon on top of your dog’s food. You may already have cinnamon stocked in your spice cabinet, and powdered carob is readily available at many health food stores.

Cabbage you chop up and boil into a juice is another easy-to-administer natural remedy. Natural Dog Health Remedies notes cabbage is packed with nutrients that are beneficial to the stomach, intestinal lining and the entire digestive tract.

Place a small handful of chopped purple cabbage into a cup of water in a pot. Heat slowly on low until the water turns purple from the cabbage. Let it cool then serve it to your dog.

The Power of Pumpkin

Pumpkin is one of the simplest-to-find natural stomach remedies you can offer your dog that happens to be one of the most effective, too. All you need is a can of unsweetened pumpkin from your local supermarket, a can opener and a spoon.

Your dog can start feeling better after as little as one or two teaspoons of pumpkin mixed in his food, according to the Natural Dog Health Remedies website.

Pumpkin contains gads of fiber, which absorbs excessive intestinal water and thus help combat diarrhea. It also softens the stool, which makes it effective for constipation. Another pumpkin benefit? Many hounds find it doggone delicious.


About the author: Samaiyah Islam is an avid dog lover and writes about pet health care on behalf of Sunset Veterinary Clinic and SpayXperts.

About Lorie Huston, DVM Lorie Huston is an accomplished veterinarian, an award winning blogger, a talented author and a certified veterinary journalist. She is available for writing assignments, blogging and social media consultation, and SEO strategy.

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