As any pet parent knows, stomach upset will happen along with its most unpleasant symptoms: diarrhea and vomiting. What some pet parents may not know, however, is how to deal with these symptoms.
The first step is to remove food and water. It is natural for an animal with an upset stomach to fast on its own, but sometimes our beloveds do not know what is best for them. Holding any food, water, and treats allows the digestive system to relax and reset. If diarrhea and vomiting desist, it is all right to reintroduce a small amount (about a cup) of cool, filtered water. After six hours, it is advisable to reintroduce a bland diet.
A bland diet consists of a few different options, depending on what the owner has on hand and what is easiest. Adding pumpkin to a half of what the dog normally eats is easy on the digestive system. There are also bland soup recipes and a combination of turkey and pumpkin to ease the dog back into a normal diet.
Here are two easy recipes an owner can make when reintroducing food to a recuperating pet:
Fifty percent boiled ground chicken, beef, or turkey with fifty percent cooked white rice. This is as easy to put together as it is on the pet’s stomach. Servings should be about half of what the pet would normally eat and slowly increased as it is mixed with the usual pet’s usual diet until she is eating normally once again. The owner can add raw carrots and potatoes to the mix, as well as broth for fluid.
Broiled ground turkey with pumpkin filling also works. These ingredients act similarly to the hamburger and rice recipe, delivering the protein and nutrients a pet needs without being harsh on the stomach. Both recipes can be found on The Daily Puppy.
Stomach upset is never makes for a good day and can be caused by anything from anxiety to bacteria. It is important to note that if diarrhea and/or vomiting continue for longer than 24 hours, is frequent or particularly explosive, or does not respond to fasting and a bland diet, vet care is needed. The pet may need antibiotics, intravenous fluids, or both and the sooner they get back to their usual self, the happier the owner as well as the pet!