What Can you Give a Dog with an Upset Stomach?

Are dog stomach noises keeping you up at night? Does your dog have trouble holding food down or can you hear his stomach growling all the time?

Don’t worry, we have a few tips you can use right away to help your troubled pooch. And we have tried most of these ourselves so we know that they work!

If you haven’t already, check out our article on what causes upset stomach in dogs.

What you can do to help

If you feel that your dogs stomach noises are an urgent issue or you have spoken to your vet, there are quite a few things you can do to help your dog get through this.

Let your dog eat grass

Some dogs will ask to go out specifically to eat grass. And you should let them. This will induce vomiting and help them feel better.

Deny food and limit water intake

Denying food for 12-24 hours is the next best thing you can do to help your dog’s stomach process what it needs to process. Denying water, however, may seem counterintuitive.

Yes, your dog can get dehydrated from vomiting. On the other hand, too much water can induce more vomiting and make matters worse.

That’s why you should offer some ice chips every three hours and if your dog takes this well, you can reintroduce small amounts of water gradually.

Note: before denying water, check if your dog is already dehydrated.

Signs of dehydration include dry and pale gums, dry and sunken eyes, and dry nose. Another test you can do is pulling up the skin on the back of your dog’s neck. If it doesn’t pop right back down, the dog is dehydrated.

How to treat dehydration

If your dog is dehydrated, the safest thing to do is see a vet straight away. He will give the dog IV fluids to replenish what the dog has lost.

If there’s no vet available at the time in your area, you can give your dog Pedialyte to rehydrate him. This home remedy is used for children and is quite safe for dogs, too.

Mix up the powder as instructed and if your dog won’t drink on his own, use a syringe without a needle to slowly inject the fluid in their mouth.

The best dog food for upset stomach

If your dog is feeling better after his 12-24 hour fast, you can start giving him food again. Make the meals smaller and more frequent. Also, you should start with bland food that’s light on the stomach.

You should avoid kibble for at least a few days as it’s heavy on the stomach.

So, what can you give a dog with an upset stomach?

Boiled chicken and white rice

Whenever a dog has trouble with digestion, vets recommend the chicken and rice combo. However, if your dog is allergic to chicken, look at the other lean meat alternatives.

Bone broth

This is a great option to prevent dehydration. In addition, it’s super tasty and your dog is more likely to drink bone broth rather than regular water. You can check out some recipes online.

Mashed pumpkin

You can either buy canned mashed pumpkin (Not the spicy pumpkin pie mix!) or you can make it yourself. Depending on your dog’s weight, you can give him a spoon of pumpkin and sprinkle some ginger on top to ease tummy trouble.

Probiotic yogurt

Adding a little bit of probiotic yogurt to your dog’s meals can help digestion. This way, you are ensuring that he has enough good bacteria in his intestines.

Medicine for upset stomach in dogs

Whenever you want to give your dog a medicine, it’s wise to consult a vet.

The only thing we can wholeheartedly recommend is probiotic medicine. This can help restore the balance of good and bad bacteria in your dog’s intestines.

Some owners give their dogs Imodium or Pepto-Bismol as it has worked for them in the past. However, there are breeds of dogs that can be sensitive to these meds, or your dog can simply be allergic to the ingredients. In these cases, you can do more harm than good.

Before giving your dog over-the-counter meds, we strongly recommend that you speak to a veterinarian.


If your dog has an upset stomach, these are the things you can do to help:

  •         Try to determine what’s causing dog stomach growling
  •         Determine how long ago the symptoms started and if they’re getting worse
  •         Consult a vet
  •         Restrict food and limit water intake for 12-24 hours (you can offer some ice chips)
  •         If you suspect bloat, give your dog Gas X and take him to the vet ASAP!
  •         If your dog is dehydrated and there’s no vet available, try giving him some Pedialyte Electrolyte Powder
  •         Slowly reintroduce food
  •         Start with boiled chicken and white rice, bone broth, mashed pumpkin, and probiotic yogurt
  •         Give your dog probiotic medicine

Consult a vet before giving your dog over-the-counter meds like Imodium or Pepto-Bismol