How to Treat Indigestion in Dogs
When a dog vomits or sits in strange postures, these may be signs that they are suffering from indigestion. Indigestion in dogs occurs when food is in their gut for longer than normal, this will produce some discomfort in the stomach that make your pet feel listless and nauseous.
At OneHowTo we tell you how to treat indigestion in dogs so you know what to do when your pet is ill and how you can avoid it happening again.
If your dog has vomited due to indigestion, the first thing you should do is not give them food until 12 hours have passed since they vomited. The reason is that if they should eat it, it is quite likely that the dog will vomit again, therefore it is best to let its stomach rest and let them start to feel better.
After 12 hours you should give them food but gradually, i.e. 1/8 of their usual ration and then increase the amount with each passing day. On the third day, your dog may eat normally again.
You should also treat indigestion in dogs by hydrating them. It is important that when a dog has indigestion, you increase the amount of water they usually drink. When the animal vomits or has diarrhoea, much water is lost and, therefore, it is important to pay more attention to your dog's hydration.
However, keep in mind that water should be given slowly because if you drink a lot of water at once, they are likely to vomit. The trick is to give them a lot of water but gradually throughout the day.
Another resource you can use to treat indigestion in dogs is to give them tea with medicinal herbs. E.g. Chamomile tea works very well to try to reduce nausea in animals.
You can give them this infusion during the 12 hours when your dog should not eat anything, as we mentioned in point number 1. The idea is that your dog will take chamomile instead of food, thus reducing inflammation of the affected area and your dog will feel better.
If after following these tips we've given you at OneHowTo on how to treat indigestion in dogs your pet is still vomiting, see a veterinarian to get a clear diagnosis and rule out any other condition than simple indigestion.
You should do the same if you see your dog's stool has blood in it: indigestion in dogs can cause stomach ulcers.
To prevent indigestion in dogs you should follow some tips that will get your pet healthier. Take note of these tips:
- Give them healthy food and in the amounts recommended for the breed of your dog; in this article we tell you how much food to feed your dog.
- Try to prevent the dog from eating in an anxious way: you can do it by dividing the portion of food into two meals, so they eat it in a more leisurely way which is better for their stomach, and prevents hiccups from occurring.
- Do not give them bones or leftover food as they can be harmful to their stomach, learn what foods are toxic for dogs.
- After eating, rest. Try to stop your dog from running right after eating, they may suffer from reduced digestion and therefore, suffer from stomach pains.
This article is merely informative, oneHOWTO does not have the authority to prescribe any veterinary treatments or create a diagnosis. We invite you to take your pet to a vet if it has any type of condition or pain.
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