Your eyes flash open. You hear the dreaded sound. You jump out of your bed faster than a child on Christmas morning. It must be your dog, throwing up on that new hallway rug. It is never fun to wake up to sick pooch. Luckily, there are several at-home remedies to help cure your Pit Bull’s upset stomach.
So your Pit Bull has an upset tummy. If there is no improvement of vomiting or diarrhea within 24 hours seek a Vet’s advice right away. Keeping your dog hydrated after a bout of vomiting or diarrhea is critical to their health and recovery. To check your pup’s hydration, grab your dog by the scrub of the neck and check how quickly the skin snaps back into place. If the skin snaps down immediately, the dog is hydrated. Should the skin take a few moments to flatten down, they could be at risk. Another way to check hydration is to feel their gums, a hydrated dog’s gums should feel slick.
Symptoms of dehydration include:
- Excessive panting
- Lethargic and sluggish movement
- Hollowed eyes
- Dry areas of skin, especially around the eyes, mouth and nose areas
- Refusal to eat and drink
A hydrating option is unflavored Pedialyte to replenish the electrolytes your dog loses during vomiting or diarrhea. Dogs should be given at least 15 mL for every pound of body weight per day. A rule of thumb is an equal part Pedialyte and one part water to dilute.
Prepare Bland Food
Your pup may have an upset stomach due to eating something they shouldn’t have, a change in diet, or a viral bug of some sort. As the inflammation in their gut calms, it is important to slowly get them back to their normal diet. While your vet may recommend a prescription kibble or wet food, an easy meal of well-cooked rice and plain, unseasoned boiled chicken will do the trick. Some dogs also do well with unseasoned ground beef.
Gradually Re-Introduce Regular Food
When you have a sick dog, slowly beginning to incorporate their regular food back into their diet is key. Begin by mixing a small quantity of their regular dog food in with the two basics or rice and chicken. Other add-ins that sooth the stomach are bananas or plain pureed pumpkin. Gradually add more kibble than rice/chicken.
Feed your pup small portions of this until their stomach settles. You will want to keep their diet low-fat and bland to promote a healing gut. Plain yogurt or probiotics are also good additives.
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