What Causes an Upset Stomach in Dogs?

So your poor baby woke up and his tummy is making loud noises. As a new dog parent, you naturally get concerned. In this article, we’ll look at some of the different causes of upset stomachs in dogs.

Causes of upset stomach in dogs

The most likely cause is that your dog has eaten something he shouldn’t have. As a dachshund owner, I know very well what that looks like. They are so close to the ground and by the time you can see they took something, it’s already gone.

If you don’t know what he ate or you know that he swallowed a bone, a toy, or something poisonous that he can’t expel, you need to see a vet as soon as possible. This can be a life-threatening condition, and you shouldn’t take any chances.

Even some houseplants can be poisonous to dogs, so keep a lookout.

Another reason for an upset stomach is a sudden change in your dog’s diet. If you recently switched foods, this can be the sign that the new food isn’t the best choice for your dog. However, this can also happen if you introduced the new food suddenly.

Other reasons can include stress, food sensitivities and allergies, parasites, bacteria imbalances, and pancreatitis.

It could be a lot simpler though. Your dog may just be hungry. If I don’t feed my dog right when I wake up, her stomach will begin to make loud sounds. I’ve learned that it is because she’s hungry. To her, it’s an unpleasant feeling, so she doesn’t eat or drink. Feeding her a tablespoon of organic canned pumpkin usually does the trick in this case.

The signs your dog has an upset stomach

Signs can be mild like passing gas or severe like bloating. In between, we have dog stomach growling and other dog stomach noises, vomiting, and diarrhea.


Bloating can be a life-threatening condition and cause your dog’s stomach to twist, preventing blood flow to major organs and sending your dog into shock. You should suspect bloating if your dog is acting restless, has a swollen stomach, drools, paces and looks anxious, or tries to vomit but nothing comes out.

If you ignore these symptoms, the dog can experience a rapid heartbeat, shortness of breath, weakness, and he can collapse.

If you suspect bloat, take your dog to the nearest vet ASAP! If you have some Gas X, you can give it to your dog as a first aid until you get to the vet.

Gas X for dogs will kick in within minutes, collecting small gas bubbles into larger ones, and it will ease passing them from the system. Side-effects are rare and mild so Gas X for dogs is highly recommended by veterinarians. You should always have a pack of Gas X for emergencies.

Learn more about the right dosage and what vets have to say about Gas X for dogs on the Veterinary Place website.

Other signs you should take seriously

Other than dog stomach noises, vomiting, and diarrhea, if you notice any of the following, you need to talk to a vet:

  •         Fatigue
  •         Loss of appetite
  •         Blood in vomit or stool
  •         Shortness of breath
  •         Pale gums
  •         Rapid heartbeat
  •         Dehydration
  •         The frequency and volume of vomiting/diarrhea is increasing

If you don’t have any of the signs above and feel it’s just a minor stomach ache (or she’s hungry and just doesn’t know it), check out this article for ideas on what to give your dog if they have an upset stomach.