10 Human Foods Good for Dogs With Diarrhea or Upset Stomach
Diarrhea is a common issue for canines and may vary in frequency, extent, and intensity. Usually, dogs that experience sudden diarrhea may be going through a change in diet or might have eaten something they were not supposed to consume, such as garbage. There are, however, more serious causes of diarrhea, so please see a vet to rule out the possibility of a chronic illness.
If it turns out the problem is only temporary, the following are 10 foods that can help alleviate an upset stomach and help your dog feel better.
Foods to Give Dogs With Diarrhea or Upset Stomach
Mashed Sweet Potatoes
1. White Rice
Vets often recommend white rice as the most ideal option for curing diarrhea caused by dehydration because it is easily digestible. Rice contains soluble fibers that absorb water passing through the GI track, which helps to stabilize the stool.
How to Prepare Rice
- Boil a cup of white rice in 4 cups of water for 20-30 minutes (or until it becomes creamy white).
Do not add salt or sugar. You can add a tablespoon of chicken powder to make it tasty.
Don’t serve the rice warm. Serve at room temperature instead.
- You can serve the rice with plain chicken, or mix it with a little yoghurt or pumpkin.
Pumpkin is another good food option to cure an upset stomach.
- Pumpkin is a rich source of soluble fiber and water, which helps to delay gastric emptying and slow down GI transit times (and the number of episodes of diarrhea).
- It is also easily digestible and delivers instant energy.
How to Prepare Pumpkin
1. Canned Pumpkin
Give 1-2 cups of canned pumpkin. This will provide about 80 calories and 7 grams of soluble fiber per cup.
2. Cooked Rice and Boiled Mashed Pumpkin
- Boil pumpkin until soft.
- Mash the pumpkin into a purée and serve at room temperature. You can mix it with a little bit of rice, too.
- Don't add sugar or salt.
3. Mashed Potatoes
Potatoes are a good source of vitamins C, B6, potassium, magnesium, and fiber. It is safe for dogs, but should only be consumed occasionally because it contains high amounts of sugar and starch, which can develop into fat and cause weight gain.
4. Boiled and Mashed Carrots
Carrots are an excellent source of vitamin A, and also contain good amounts of vitamins K, C, potassium, and fiber. Because it is soft, bland, and packed with nutrients, it is a good for dogs suffering with diarrhea or digestion problems.
How to Prepare Carrots
- Make sure to remove the end part of the carrot and wash the carrots thoroughly before serving.
- You can cut carrots into little pieces and cook it together with rice.
- Another option is to boil and mash the carrots into a purée.
5. Baked and Mashed Sweet Potatoes
Sweet potatoes are one of the richest sources of vitamin A. They also contain vitamins C, B6, B5, manganese, potassium, and fiber. Like pumpkins and carrots, the fibers in sweet potatoes help alleviate an upset stomach.
How to Prepare Sweet Potatoes
- Make sure you cook sweet potatoes thoroughly. Never serve raw.
- Cut the sweet potatoes into quarters and boil for about 20 minutes. Then mash with a potato masher.
6. Boiled Egg
Eggs are very nutritious and contain ample amounts of protein and vitamins.
How to Serve
- Avoid feeding raw eggs. Raw eggs may contain bacteria that can cause hair and skin problems and exacerbate an upset stomach.
- You can mash up boiled eggs or make scrambled eggs and mix it with white rice. Again, don't add salt or sugar.
Some veterinarians are against feeding yoghurt to dogs. But the majority of vets recommend it because yoghurt contains probiotics — microorganisms that help stop bad or undesirable bacteria from overgrowing in the gut. Owners who have tried feeding their dog yoghurt claim that it helps control diarrhea and relives any issues related to stomach discomfort.
- Remember to serve plain yoghurt. Don't add sugar and don't buy yoghurt that contains fruit or added flavors.
- If your dog is lactose intolerant, yoghurt could aggravate an already upset stomach.
Oatmeal is a great source of soluble fiber, which helps delay gastric emptying, and, therefore, controls diarrhea. It is very effective when fed to senior dogs with bowel irregularity issues.
How to Serve
- Raw or half-cooked oatmeal can be dangerous, especially when your dog is suffering from diarrhea.
- Make sure to cook the oatmeal thoroughly and don't add any sugar or flavoring. Serve at room temperature.
9. Cottage Cheese
Cottage cheese contains high amounts of protein and fat, which helps solidify waste. Vets recommend feeding cottage cheese to dogs with an upset stomach, but only if the dogs do not have lactose intolerance. Cottage cheese should be served sparingly because it may be too rich and could exacerbate diarrhea if served in excess. Try mixing it with rice for a well-balanced meal.
Watermelon is low in fat, calories, and cholesterol, but high in nutrients and vitamins, like vitamin A, B6, C, and potassium. It also contains lycopene, a carotenoid antioxidant that neutralizes free radicals and strengthens your dog’s immune system. The high fiber and water content in watermelon also serves double-duty to relieve your dog of dehydration and solidify its waste.
Note: Some dogs may not take well to watermelon. Stop feeding it immediately if unusual symptoms appear.
How to Serve Watermelon
- Remove the seeds. Seeds will cause intestinal blockage and worsen the problem.
- Remove the rind. Ingestion of the rind may be dangerous.
- Cut into small pieces to make it easily digestible.
Initial Care and Precautions
When dogs are suffering from an upset stomach or diarrhea, they need more of your care and attention. Here are some things you can try to help relieve their upset stomach and make them more comfortable.
Be sure that your dog doesn’t have a fever or is shivering. Once you are 100 percent certain, give him a warm bath to soothe his tummy.
Put your dog on a fast for 12-14 hours, while providing adequate amounts of fresh water. Water consumption helps cure the dog of dehydration. You can substitute with coconut water to provide a good source of instant energy.
After fasting, you can start feeding your dog again with a bland diet in smalls amounts (20-25 percent of his regular diet).
Slowly Incorporate Regular Food
You should continue feeding your dog a bland diet until he is feeling well again. After this, slowly incorporate his regular dog food (e.g. 1/4 dog food and 3/4 food from the list above, then 1/2 and 1/2, and so forth).
No Physical Activity
Any physical activity, such as long walks, running, chasing, jumping, or playing with another dog should be avoided. Strenuous physical activity will slow down recovery and could make your dog feel even more sick.
Symptoms of Upset Stomach in Dogs
Sudden weight loss
Fever and shivering
Mucus or blood in stool
Lethargic and inactive
Possible Causes of Dog Diarrhea and Upset Stomach
Overate or over-exercised
Toxic or poisonous foods
Parasites (roundworms or tapeworms)
I hope these tips and tricks help. If you have experience, please share your own tips in the comments below.
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