Sick Black mixed small dog laying beside his food bowls.

While some dogs have refined tastes, most pups will try to get just about anything between their jaws. A little gastrointestinal upset is just par for the course in a wide variety of dog-owning households. Dogs may be able to clear the room, but an upset stomach or sensitive tummy are nothing to laugh at. 

The Range

Vomiting and diarrhea (occurring either separately or concurrently), no appetite, and constipation are among the most common reasons we see dogs for an unplanned veterinary exam. Depending on the severity, human reactions may vary between frustrated and anxious whereas dogs feel pretty uncomfortable about their tummy troubles. It could be something they ate, food or non-food, but there could be other explanations as well.

The important thing to remember is that anytime your dog veers from their normal appearance or behavior, it’s time to act quickly. Prompt treatment will not only lead to a faster recovery, but may reduce the possibility of health complications. 

Peace of Mind

A wellness exam can rule out certain diseases or illnesses that cause or exacerbate digestive challenges in dogs. As a result, we can zero-in on other potential sources for sensitive stomachs in dogs. 

An Allergic Reaction

Food allergies are often responsible for vomiting and diarrhea, but you could also see itchy skin around the eyes and ears. We can help you figure out the allergens, or triggers, that are causing GI upset. An elimination diet, followed by a slow re-introduction of certain ingredients is extremely effective. 

More Fiber

Many digestive issues in dogs can be fixed through their diet. Often, the addition of soluble fiber can ameliorate gas, indigestion, and diarrhea.

Toxic or Indigestible

From items around the house, such as socks or slippers, to potentially toxic plants or foods, there are near-constant threats to their well-being in the house. Gastrointestinal obstruction, or the ingestion of a foreign object, must be addressed immediately. 

Various foods cause an upset stomach in dogs, including dairy products, nuts, avocados and more. Other foods like chocolate, grapes/raisins, and beverages containing caffeine or alcohol may cause GI symptoms, but can also cause a serious pet poisoning emergency. Pancreatitis in dogs can be life-threatening, and may follow the ingestion of a particularly rich or fatty food.

Irritable Bowel Syndrome in Dogs

Irritable bowel syndrome in dogs can be linked to stress or food intolerance. This abnormal functioning of the intestines results in diarrhea, pain, and even constipation. Treatment is successful with dietary and/or environmental changes.

Let’s Talk About Stress

Dogs can be in tune with their people and their shared environment. Anything that disrupts their routine or state of calm can trigger stress and anxiety. The largest consequence of this is, of course, an upset stomach. Addressing and removing any triggers will help with symptoms, but some dogs benefit from medication, desensitization, or behavioral therapy. 

We’re Here For Your Dog

Englishtown Vet M.D. is always here to answer your questions or address any concerns about your dog’s well-being. Please call us at (732) 387‑7977.