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Natural Remedies for Upset Stomach in Dogs

With little notice, it can become apparent that a dog is suffering from an upset stomach. Knowing natural remedies for your dog's gastrointestinal issues can quickly save you from a very large and unnecessary vet bill!

Many pet owners don't realize that a few of the most accessible and natural treatments are also the most inexpensive and effective around. As humans, we can mix up a cup of herbal tea to help ease our painful guts. However, our canine friends must resort to eating the green blades of grass found in the yard—making for a cold and chewy serving of canine herbal tea.

This behavior and remedy is just about as natural as it gets, but if you're looking for more than backyard grass remedies, read on! Before we dig in, be sure to read the article "People Foods That Can Kill Your Dog" so that you know which foods are safe to share with your dog and which may send them to the vet (or worse!).

Does Eating Grass Naturally Relieve GI Upset in Dogs?

Often times, when a dog has stomach issues, he or she will chomp on fresh, chlorophyll-rich grass. This doesn't necessarily mean your dog is sick, however, as healthy dogs exhibit this behavior, too.

Should I Let My Dog Eat Grass?

Grass may cause a dog to vomit—which may be just what your canine needs to make things right again. Some dogs like to add greens to their diet just like you or I would enjoy a crisp salad. Others utilize grass as an effective means for gastrointestinal relief. If your dog does take to eating grass, however, you will want to keep an eye out for the dangers and warning signs below.

1. Stray Fecal Matter Mixed in With the Yard Grass

Stray fecal matter mixed into the grass can transmit parasites and disease if your dog eats it, so a clean yard is best.

2. Pesticide Residue

Pesticide residue can make your dog very sick and can even kill them. For this reason, you should only use "pet-friendly" or "pet safe" yard supplies. (Check every label for this distinction.)

Important Note: Most snail bait can result in a death sentence for dogs that consume it. Look for "pet safe" brands. Snail bait regularly attracts animals because it has a very tempting scent.

3. Excess Vomit Following Consumption of Grass

Excess vomiting following grass-eating is a sure indicator that your dog is sick. The grass gets swallowed in long strands because the dog won't chew it completely when feeling ill. The long grass stimulates the stomach, causing him or her to experience involuntary vomiting. When this occurs, a trip to the vet can ease your dog's ailment and your mind.

4. Habitual Grass-Eating

Habitual grass-eating may be a sign that your dog is lacking in needed nutrients. To make sure your dog is getting a balanced diet—whether it's strict kibble intake, wet intake, or a combination of both—look for labeling that boasts of complete nutrition for dogs.

A pretty good indicator that a dog food is of good quality is when it offers real meat products (not meat by-products) as the first ingredient. (This is not a guarantee, so look for the "100% complete nutrition for dogs" stamp!)

4 Holistic Treatments for Upset Stomach in Dogs

As long as you use common sense and have a genuine concern for your pet's well-being, you can count on a long, fulfilling life with your canine friend. Keep in mind that no matter what you do to help your sick dog—using herbs, bland food, or fasting—be sure to check in with your veterinarian. Even natural or herbal treatments can cause drug interactions in dogs taking prescription medications. Your vet will know how to guide you in such situations.

1. The 24-Hour Fast

Our dogs gain real excitement when it comes to dinner time. Food, to a dog, consist of just about anything that fits in his or her mouth. Because of this, a dog with an upset stomach may not seem all that rare. After all, moldy trash to a canine is a real treat. Providing no blood is found in the vomit or stool, the drama of a queasy-feeling dog can usually be resolved with a 24-hour fast.

Note: This fasting time does have rules attached, which should be followed to keep your dog hydrated and safe.

Fasting Guidelines

  • Puppies cannot be fasted and require a visit to the vet if sick.
  • Adult dogs can manage a full 24-hour fast if they have no other health issues.
  • Younger dogs must receive small meals of easily digestible bland foods during the 24-hour period.
  • Supply plenty of fresh water; even though a sick dog may not want to drink, you must encourage liquid consumption.
  • Should the dog refuse to drink (sometimes drinking water makes the stomach feel worse), ice cubes or ice chips may be offered. Chicken or beef broth (unsalted and unseasoned) and unflavored Pedialyte may also be offered.
  • Following the 24-hour fasting period; reintroduce small, easily digestible bland meals to your dog three or four times a day for the first day or two. (Boiled rice and bland chicken work well.)

2. The Boiled Rice and Chicken Diet

This is a really simple yet effective treatment for dogs with gastrointestinal issues. Simply boil boneless, skinless chicken and then white rice as you normally would. If you aren't sure how, follow the recipe below.

How to Prepare Chicken for Dogs

Use boneless, skinless chicken (chicken skin adds fat that your dog may not be able to handle right now; never give chicken bones to dogs).

Instructions

  1. Add the chicken to boiling water (do not add seasoning!).
  2. Boil the chicken until completely cooked (170°F internal temperature); juices must run clear and show no sign of blood.
  3. Allow it to cool completely.
  4. Cut the chicken into small, bite-sized cubes.
  5. Add a small amount of chicken to a small amount of prepared white rice and feed to your dog according to his or her age and size.

How to Prepare White Rice for Dogs

If you boil the chicken first, you can use the bland, unseasoned broth for cooking the rice. This will enhance your dog's appetite.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup unprepared white rice
  • 2 cups of water (or bland broth)

Instructions

  1. Bring the water to a boil in a saucepan.
  2. Add the uncooked rice.
  3. Return it to a slow boil.
  4. Cover and reduce the heat to low.
  5. Simmer for 20 minutes (or until the water has been absorbed).
  6. Fluff the rice and allow it to cool completely. Serve it with cubed, boiled chicken.

Tips for Feeding

The age and size of your dog will determine the amount of chicken and rice to feed. Remember: You are feeding really small portions no matter what size or age your dog may be. Your vet is the best source for determining your dog's specific meal-size requirements.

3. Will Ginger Help My Dog's Upset Stomach?

If you don't already know, ginger is well-known not only for its wonderful spicy flavor, but for its use as a medicinal aid for stomach discomfort. We, humans, stir it into dishes and steep it into herbaceous teas, not just for the flavor, but as a natural remedy for an upset stomach. If your dog is suffering from GI upset, you can use it in small amounts to relieve gastric upset.

4. Will Goldenseal Help My Dog's Upset Stomach?

Goldenseal is used as a topical antibiotic for treating dogs that suffer from eye infections or those that have weepy eyes. When it is made into a tea for these applications, save a sip or two to resolve gastric upset in your dog. Goldenseal is helpful for reducing bowel problems as well!

Can Dogs Take Pepto-Bismol? Ask Your Veterinarian!

The consensus is that Pepto-Bismol (bismuth subsalicylate or "the pink stuff") can be fatal to cats—the aspirin now included in the compound has major negative health effects on cats.

But is it okay for dogs? Not really. Unless a vet prescribes it with a complete dosage schedule and is monitoring your dog regularly, avoid such OTC drugs and those found in the medicine cabinet. This is particularly true if your dog is afflicted with any of the following conditions:

Never give Pepto-Bismol to a dog with the following conditions:

  • Aspirin sensitivity
  • A history of gastrointestinal ulcers
  • Bleeding disorders of any kind
  • The combined use of steroids or non-steroidal medications (has caused fatal bleeding episodes in dogs)

Better Safe Than Sorry

When your pet is suffering from GI upset (or anything for that matter), it is always best practice to take your dog to the veterinarian—always! Many modern vets can provide you with a holistic treatment plan should you request one.

Natural Remedies for Dogs in Homeopathic Dilutions

Information is derived from "The Holistic Dog Book" By Denise Flaim & Dr. Michael W. Fox

Natural RemedyCondition

Chamomilla (Chamomile)

Helps dissipate pain especially in the mouth. Works well on teething puppies.

Cocculus (Indian cockle)

Great for dogs that get motion sickness when traveling. Also helps with exhaustion and sleeplessness.

Drosera (Round-leaf sundew)

Often a first choice for dealing with spasmodic kennel cough considered violent hacking, like something is caught in the dog's throat.

Euphrasia (Eyebright)

A tonic for the eyes. Eye irritations that burn and sting. Possibly used for conjunctivitis.

Mercurius Solubilis (Mercury, quicksilver)

Conditions with acrid discharge like infected anal glands. Can also help to resolve gingivitis and bouts of diarrhea with mucus.

Pulsatilla (Windflower)

Helpful for clingy or sensitive dogs, especially those that suffer separation anxiety. Commonly used in false pregnancy.

Silicea (Silica, pure flint)

Regenerates dead tissue and knit bones and tendons. Cleanses the body of congestion, infection, and mucus. Also helps to heal scar tissue.

Thuja occidentalis (Arbor vitae)

Antibacterial properties. Sometimes used to combat side effects of over-vaccination.

Homeopathic Remedies for Dogs Are Great When Used Responsibly

While a chronic condition certainly requires a veterinarian or trained homeopath, there are a few common acute conditions you can resolve using natural substances at home.

Never use homeopathic treatment in place of consulting a vet. Remedies listed in the chart are basic everyday treatments that are used for acute conditions like mild GI upset or bee stings in dogs that have no history of anaphylaxis. Anything more serious than these minor ailments requires professional care.

MelindaJGH on October 05, 2015:

Our vet also recommends 1T of Kaopectate.

jim on July 15, 2013:

flat gingerale for a dogs upset tummy can it be used

basset hound ( oliver ) on July 15, 2013:

can you give a dog flat gingerale

T4an from Toronto, Ontario on January 29, 2013:

Great information. Thank you for sharing. I have a large older dog and whenever he has become sick, I have given him rice mixed with his food. It has always settled his stomach. Voted up!

Ann from Round Rock, TX on October 07, 2012:

Great article. I am a vet tech so I am more familiar with the more medical treatment methods so this is good info. I love how you make sure to let people know that vet visits are still important when home treatments don't work! In regards to blood in the stool, this is more common in dogs than many people think. It is how most dogs respond to many GI issues, but really scares a lot of owners since it is something that would be of high concern for a human. Although, I am not saying it isn't a problem. Thanks for the great article!

cardelean from Michigan on March 18, 2012:

LOL, we recently got a cat (Charlie Raisin). We decided that this was as much "extra responsibility" as we could handle right now, since cats are a little more independent. :) I would love to get a dog but not until my schedule is a little easier and the kids are just a little older to take on some of the responsibility. So I'm sure I'll be referring back to this in the future!

India Arnold (author) from Northern, California on March 18, 2012:

Cara! I can't believe you don't have a dog! I agree with you, why would we assume that human meds would be acceptable for canine peoblems, the doseages alone are of serious consideration. I sure appreciate that you found time to visit, thank you for sharing your thoughts on the article!

Big HubHugs my friend~

India Arnold (author) from Northern, California on March 18, 2012:

alissaroberts~ So nice to see you here today, thank you for stopping by. Natural treatments definitely have their place in the care of our dogs. But, knowing when it is time to give the vet a call is important as well! It always nice to have options, especially when it comes to vet costs!

HubHugs~

India Arnold (author) from Northern, California on March 18, 2012:

rebeccamealy~ Pesticides can be that hidden poison which silently lurks in our backyard. When our dogs munch on this resideue covered grass, the suffering can be beyond repair. Thank you for leaving your comments, I really appreciate the support!

HubHugs~

India Arnold (author) from Northern, California on March 18, 2012:

livelonger~ So sorry you have a dog allergy, I would be mortified, to say the least! I wonder hoe a Chinese Crested would do for you,...they are virtually hairless! ;)

Thank you so much for sharing your comments, I am always honored that you do!

Big HubHugs and Shalom, my friened!

cardelean from Michigan on March 17, 2012:

What a fabulous source of information. Like Shanna said, if I had a dog, I would be referencing this often. We did have a couple of dogs growing up and I never once thought to use human medication for them. It's funny that people would think of that. Nicely done my friend!

Alissa Roberts from Normandy, TN on March 16, 2012:

Such useful information for all dog owners! I never knew there were so many natural remedies for dogs - wow this will help tremondously cut down the vet bills. Great hub! Voted up!

Rebecca Mealey from Northeastern Georgia, USA on March 14, 2012:

Good food for thought here. My dogs chew on grass occasionally. I use to think they were really sick until I learned that it is normal in moderation.I never thought about pesticides though and I think this Hub will be of great interest!

Jason Menayan from San Francisco on March 14, 2012:

I don't even HAVE a dog but was enthralled by this Hub (I do love dogs, but am sadly allergic to them). Such great information! A terrific reminder that what works for us doesn't necessarily work for dogs, but that plenty of natural remedies are safe and effective for our canine friends. Thank you, HubHugs, and shalom, my friend!

India Arnold (author) from Northern, California on March 14, 2012:

Missolive~ Give Ollie a pat on the head for me! Sounds like he is one lucky K9 to have you as his friend. I think the chicken and rice will serve him well. I am so happy you liked the table and the Gilligan's Island riff! ;)Thank you for taking the time to stop by the HubHood today, I really appreciate it.

HubHugs~

India Arnold (author) from Northern, California on March 14, 2012:

Thanks Paulart! I appreciate that very much.

Cheers~

India Arnold (author) from Northern, California on March 14, 2012:

What a cute name 'Rosco' is! Thanks for leaving your remarks, I am very grateful for your valuable time!

HubHugs~

India Arnold (author) from Northern, California on March 14, 2012:

theclevercat~ Thank you for the comments. I was actually unaware of goldenseal until I did some research on dog's upset stomachs. I am so glad you found the hub pleasurable to read, that makes me feel like the work is worth the time!

HubHugs~

India Arnold (author) from Northern, California on March 14, 2012:

You are so very welcome Mary.

India Arnold (author) from Northern, California on March 14, 2012:

Chatkath! Big smile for K9 seeing you here today! Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts and for the thumbs up, I really appreciate you!

Namaste, & Big HubHugs my friend~

India Arnold (author) from Northern, California on March 14, 2012:

Thank you so much for the high praise, Daisy. I am so happy that enjoyed the hub, even as you have no pets. Sure appreciate the HubLove!

HubHugs~

Marisa Hammond Olivares from Texas on March 14, 2012:

Hi K9 - Great tips here. There are so many elements that we forget about. Such as the pesticides around the yard. My Ollie is getting up in age and his upset stomach days are a bit more frequent. He tends to naturally want to fast during these times. I had not even thought of ginger or goldenseal...that is so easy. I'll give the chicken and rice a try too. By the way, your table at the end is priceless. Great info K9.

Thanks for throwing in the MaryAnn quip LOL. I love having a little chuckle whenever I read. :)

Paulart from 2510 Warren Avenue Cheyenne,Wyoming 82001 on March 12, 2012:

Nice information is given on this hub.

Teresa Coppens from Ontario, Canada on March 11, 2012:

Excellent hub. Lots of great info I will refer to when our pup Rosco shows signs of a tummy ache!

Rachel Vega from Massachusetts on March 11, 2012:

Wow, I never knew that about ginger and goldenseal! Thank you for a well-researched and pleasurable to read Hub.

Mary Hyatt from Florida on March 10, 2012:

Good Morning, I just want to say thank you for your response to my question about flea prevention. I feel better now using the product to prevent fleas. When I no longer saw fleas after my daily inspection, I stopped using the product. Shortly after that, she begin to scratch until she had a "hot spot" where she had chewed all the way down. It took 3 visits to the Vet and her wearing a cone to get it cleared up. Have a wonderful day, and again, thanks!

Kathy from California on March 09, 2012:

This is another must-read k9! Especially for dog parents, this is a thorough and comprehensive guide that provides an answer for everything! Rated up, useful, interesting and awesome -- Just like you my friend!

Daisy Mariposa from Orange County (Southern California) on March 09, 2012:

K9keystrokes,

Thanks for publishing this very comprehensive, well-researched, well-written, well-formatted article. I personally don't own a dog or cat, but I know several people who do. I'm going to share this article with my followers, some of whom I know are pet owners.

India Arnold (author) from Northern, California on March 09, 2012:

stephhicks68~ I have heard that epilepsy will cause queasiness following an episode (in dogs and in humans). Your dog is lucky to have you as his owner; good dogs deserve good people!

Fantastic that you found the hub up to your high standards, honored that you approve. Glad you made it by today, I sure appreciate your valuable time my friend!

HubHugs~

Stephanie Marshall from Bend, Oregon on March 09, 2012:

Awesome hub - love the chart you included! Like others, I am bookmarking for future reference. We have a dog with epilepsy, on anti-seizure meds, and he does appear to have an upset stomach after an episode at times. The 24 hour fast is good advice. Its great to have other options too. Thanks much! Steph

India Arnold (author) from Northern, California on March 09, 2012:

Dog Adviser~ Thank you so much. I have to say that I really found your hub on "Early Socialization and Physical Development of the Newborn Pupppy" (and who doesn't love pictures of CUTE poppies?) a dynomite read. I will return to comment shortly. It has great information, and you made me fan right away! Sure appreciate that you stopped by today!

Cheers~

India Arnold (author) from Northern, California on March 09, 2012:

Shanna11~ You are so nice. I sure appreciate that you shared your comments here!

HubHUgs~

India Arnold (author) from Northern, California on March 09, 2012:

mary615~ I think you must weigh the advantages and disadvantages for your little cutie. As long as she can tolerate the spot-on flea meds, and you are cautious in using it STRICTLY as directed and within the timeline for reapplications, things should be fine. My Golden has the same issue, so for me, the misery he encounters from flea bites far outweighs the downside of using the chemicals. Unfortunetaly, I have yet to find an effective flea treatment that is natural, and provieds the same level of flea protection (but I am always looking). The facts for me are this; when my dog gets bitten by fleas his skin allergy kicks into high-gear, swells and gets irritated, thus causing him to scratch and bite himself wildy. His skin erupts from these actions and often breaks open, his hair falls out and red angry raw flesh replaces powder pink furry skin. He is simply miserable. With the spot-on supplies, this is avoided all together. I think he would agree that the spot-on meds are his first choice--if he could talk ;). I hope this helps you.

I hope you and your Miniature Schnauzer have a wonderfully long and itch free life!

HubHugs Mary~

India Arnold (author) from Northern, California on March 09, 2012:

iamaudraleigh~ Thank you for leaving your kind remarks, and for the votes! I really appreciate it. I hope your parents find the hub as helpful as you do.

Cheers~

India Arnold (author) from Northern, California on March 09, 2012:

cclitgeirl~ I just love Labs, they are really great loyal dogs! I think you are very smart to always make sure that whatever you treat an animal with (natural or prescribed) you double-check. This is just a good practice. Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts today!

HubHugs~

India Arnold (author) from Northern, California on March 09, 2012:

Brett~ Thanks so much! Cute dogs in your profile image!

Sarah Falkner from www.facebook.com/Family Dog Advice on March 09, 2012:

Useful indeed. Thank you for the information. I will follow for more great info!

Shanna from Utah on March 09, 2012:

If I had a dog, this would definitely be my go-to reference. Full of lots of great information. Great hub!

Mary Hyatt from Florida on March 09, 2012:

You are so knowledgeable in pets! I use K-9 Advantix II to prevent fleas on my 14# Miniature Schnauzer. She is terribly allergic to flea bites. I hate using this poison on her, but I hate for her to get flea bitten too. Am I doing the right thing by her? I voted this Hub UP,etc.

iamaudraleigh on March 09, 2012:

This will benefit my parent's dog and them. Nice job...voted up!

Cynthia Calhoun from Western NC on March 09, 2012:

Comprehensive and I feel like I have a personal vet to consult with when it comes to my dog. He's a yellow lab and though he's 5.5 years old, he's still into everything. :D This is wonderful; I'm going to have to bookmark for future reference. I didn't know ginger and goldenseal were safe. I err on the side of caution and don't feed my dog anything herbal until I'm sure it's safe; my cats, too. But, I love herbal remedies and once I find out I can use something, I'm all over it. Thank you so such a great hub!

Brett Winn from US on March 08, 2012:

VERY nice job!!! Voted way up, and bookmarked!


A Dog’s GI Tract

Before looking at what causes an upset stomach in dogs, and how to treat it, it's important to understand how your dog’s digestive system works.

Dogs have much shorter GI tracts than humans. This allows food to pass through in a much shorter amount of time, depending on the makeup of the food they are digesting. Raw food, for instance, is digested much quicker and smoother.

A natural raw diet with digestive enzymes and probiotics can be broken down and absorbed, allowing the body to utilize the nutrients without any waste. This is also why you will notice smaller, firmer stool in raw fed dogs, as there are no fillers. Keep in mind that your dog's digestive tract was built to digest species-appropriate foods, not a processed diet.


Theresa

The wonderful Theresa from Minneapolis, MN has been helping pet owners and their beloved pets around the world on Earth Clinic since 2013.

About Theresa

Theresa from Minneapolis was born and raised in the inner city, always wishing she had been raised on a farm.

Her love for creatures great and small began at an early age, starting with caterpillars - which continues to this day, along with an interest in all insects and 'creepy crawlies'.

Theresa's interest in pet health started with a bird keeping hobby at age 14, where she learned from another hobbyist that the simple addition of Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) in a bird's drinking water kept fungal infections away she was able to share this with her avian vet who in turn prescribed it to her own clients Theresa was surprised to learn that she could teach her vet a thing or two. This important lesson - that each of us can be a teacher - was a turning point for Theresa, and fueled her quest for the knowledge held in lore, and remedies passed by word of mouth. That quest for knowledge continues to this day, as new and old remedies alike are explored. She may not have experience with a particular issue, but she will research it to the best of her ability and share what she finds freely, in the hopes that you can heal or improve your pet's health.

How To Show Theresa Your Appreciation

If you would like to thank Theresa for her helpful posts, she asks if you would please consider making a donation to one of her favorite local rescue organizations, or by making a donation to help the genius contributor, Ted from Bangkok, recover from his stroke.

Please read up on EC for natural remedies for acid reflux: http://www.earthclinic.com/cures/acid_reflux.html

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

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

3 User Reviews

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.

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.

As far as I know, Aloe vera is harmful to dogs. You should consult the vet.

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.

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.

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

It's possible that a part of the plant leaf is toxic, and not the juice. I've heard of people using the juice on their pets for years.

Aloe vera juice is good for our fur babies

What amount of George's aloe Vera would you give to a cat?

Apple Cider Vinegar

1 User Review

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.

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.

Just wanted to say that I to have a shitsu with IBS totally contolled with a drug called metrodiazadole (flagyl). Went for years with bouts of diahrea. Now one quarter tab a day and he can even have his beloved liver treats. Made my life so much easier.

Cayenne

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.

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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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!

Can you please write out just once what VCO means.

EC : VCO - Virgin Coconut Oil


Natural Remedies and Useful Suggestions

Even though homemade remedies can come in handy, always ask your vet about the appropriate natural approach. Do some research about holistic medicine before opting for any herbal teas, tinctures, and solutions for treating animals. Herbs and tips listed below are suitable for treating mild initial symptoms of gastrointestinal problems, but they can also be applicable for treating chronic upset stomach induced by stress, anxiety, etc.

Healing Herbs

Herbal treatment can be very effective in helping dogs diminish symptoms like pain, diarrhea, and sickness. Chronic stomach pain as a consequence of anxiety is also reducible with regular use of herbal teas or dry flowers mixed with food.

Herbs and plants like goldenseal, calendula flowers, and milk thistle are incredibly beneficial for soothing gut problems and irregular bowel movement. Spices such as basil, ginger and rosemary are also useful in balancing out the gut bacteria as they act as a natural antibiotic. Plus, they are tasty and you can easily slip them in your dog’s regular food, or make a hydrating tea.

Chamomile also proved as a powerful herb for healing stomach pain as it not only has anti-inflammatory properties but is also good for relaxing and sleep improvement.

If your dog doesn’t find the herbal remedies appealing, it’s a good idea to mix them with plain yogurt. Dairy, particularly yogurt, is rich in probiotics and good bacteria that improve absorbance and maintain a healthy and regular bowel movement.

The Importance of Proper Hydration

Incontinence and vomiting can easily lead to severe dehydration, which is the most common danger to your dog’s health. Keeping your nauseated dog hydrated can be challenging. Dogs tend toy lose all interest for food and water due to sickness. Another possible scenario is your dog charging at the water bowl, but drinking too much water fast can only worsen the symptoms.

You can help your furry friend by giving him ice chips or cubes every hour or so. This way, the dog won’t be able to gulp the water but will stay hydrated and refreshed.

Helpful Food

Diet changes and restrictions can be essential in controlling indigestion symptoms. Vets usually recommend low-fat, filling ingredients like cooked rice, chicken, and unspiced starchy vegetables like pumpkin and potato puree. Bananas are also safe for an upset stomach but in small amounts.

Bone soup or broth is rich in beneficial nutrients, minerals, and vitamins, and is very hydrating as well. Simmer some bones (with meat) in apple cider vinegar for a couple of hours until you notice the meat falling off the bones. Bone marrow is full of protein and necessary minerals. These will give the dog needed strength and quicken the healing process.


An upset stomach can have many causes, such as your dog eating something he shouldn't have or a sudden diet change. Most of these problems are mild and can be treated at home.

The most important thing is preventing your dog from becoming dehydrated if he's not keeping his food down. If you pull on your dog's skin and it doesn't snap back quickly, he is becoming dehydrated. If this persists, visit a veterinarian.

However, you can often replenish his fluids by adding a little unflavored Pedialyte or Gatorade into his water dish. Encourage him to drink, using a dropper if necessary.


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