What should you do if your dog has an upset stomach? As humans we’d likely reach for the Pepto-bismol, ginger ale, or antacids but when it comes to our furry friends it’s important to know what to do.
Symptoms to look for:
If your pet is showing the following signs it’s likely they have an upset tummy.
- Eating grass
- Licking the floor
- Loss of appetite
- Rumbly belly noises
When to visit the Veterinarian?
If your pet is showing these signs they should be brought to the veterinarian for an exam as soon as possible:
- Low energy
- Vomiting continuously
- Diarrhea continuously
- Drooling uncontrollably
- Gagging without anything coming up
- Blood visible in stool
- Visible bloated stomach
These could all be serious conditions that need to be treated by your veterinarian.
Hydration is key! It’s very important that your dog stays hydrated at all times, especially if they’ve been experiencing any diarrhea or vomiting. If you think your pet is dehydrated try giving them some ice chips every 2-3 hours. If they keep that down, feel free to give them more ice cubes and little amounts of water.
Dehydration can happen very quickly in dogs and can cause further health problems so it’s important to take your pet to the veterinarian if they do not improve within 24 hours.
How to determine if they have a fever?
A dog’s normal temperature is 101.5 degrees Fahrenheit. Anything over this is considered a fever and anything under that should be a concern as well. Any pet with a temperature should be brought to the veterinarian immediately to see what’s going on. The best and most accurate way to take your dog’s temperature is to use a rectal thermometer, as there are other types but they don’t work as well.
If your pet is experiencing a sour belly, it’s likely they’ve ingested something they shouldn’t have. Before going to your veterinarian try to retrace your pets steps and see what is around your home that they may have been able to get into. Any insight is helpful to your vet when determining the best diagnosis.
Think your pet needs to come in for an exam? Give us a call at (845) 878-4833!