Animals, like people, can experience days when they feel “under the weather” without being acutely ill. When that happens, you can help soothe your four-legged friends’ symptoms at home in part by making wise food choices, in consultation with your vet. If your pet is suddenly turning up her nose at her food bowl, that often means she doesn’t feel well. Whether it is an upset stomach, diarrhea or a respiratory infection, some simple steps can go a long way to putting your pet back on the path to wellness
1. Know When To Take A Break
If your dog is vomiting, consider withholding food for a short period of time. Sometimes vets advise giving your dog’s digestive system a rest. A dog with a roiling stomach might need a break from eating for 12-24 hours.
After the break period, you can try slowly reintroducing a bland diet of boiled chicken and rice, or small amounts of your dog regular food. If the problem persists, seek veterinary care.
2. Make It Appealing
If your pet hasn’t eaten for 24 hours, try to make her meal as appealing as possible. Tempt her with special treats in a size or texture (large or square, for example) that she might find unique and enticing.
If your pup won’t eat, try topping your dog’s kibble with hot water or broth to pique your dog’s interest
3. Pumpkin And Sweet Potato Power
Minor digestive upset such as diarrhea occasional vomiting and constipation is not uncommon in dogs, and can be addressed by mixing pumpkin or cooked sweet potatoes into your dog’s food. Try a large spoonful for big dogs and no more than a teaspoon for very small ones.
Pumpkin and sweet potato are packed with vitamins and fiber that support your dog’s gastrointestinal system. The fiber keeps the digestive system regular and can help get it back on track after a bout of either diarrhea or constipation, Marrinan says. These vegetables are also good sources of iron, potassium, magnesium, manganese, copper, zinc and antioxidants. If your dog’s vomiting, diarrhea or constipation does not clear up after 24 hours, you should seek veterinary treatment
4. Go Bland
Sometimes bland food is best for a pet with an upset stomach, and rice can be a good choice for dogs. Rice is a very digestible carbohydrate, and can be given for stomach upset and diarrhea.
Rice powder and oatmeal are nutritious and can help restore water balance within the GI tract. However, home cooking should not supply your dog’s main diet because it could be deficient in some of the nutrients your pet needs
5. Keep Portions Under Control
Obesity is a common problem for dogs and a major risk factor for certain diseases—including some types of cancer. Feeding your dog a healthy diet every day and controlling portion sizes can help your dog avoid illness down the road. If you prevent obesity or feed to get your dog back to a healthy weight, you can reduce your pet’s risk of cancer and other diseases.
A loss of appetite or stomach upset might be a passing annoyance, but pet parents should always consult their veterinarians before mild symptoms have a chance to worsen. And digestive problems in dogs can have an underlying medical cause, such as pancreatitis or cancer. It’s never wrong to call and get an opinion on what might be happening.
Faith Courtney is a dog lover who can’t get enough of K9 love. She’s had dogs around her home since she was 8 years old. Many years on, she still keeps dogs around her home. Her family likes nothing more than to take the dogs out to the a dog park where they all can stretch their legs.
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Our dogs are such an important part of our families that when they are not feeling well it breaks our hearts. This is a great article that gives you some ideas of how to handle your sick pup. We have used all of theses techniques on our sick animals and they do work. Of course if the symptoms persist, your pet”s Vet should be consulted.
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