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What are Stomach Making Noises?

It is normal for a dog’s stomach to sometimes make gurgling and rumbling noises.  The noises are usually caused by gas moving through the digestive system.  The medical term for gas moving within the intestines is called borborygmus. Usually borborygmus is not audible, unless you place your ear against your dog’s stomach. If your dog is having frequent, loud noises coming from within his stomach it could be a sign of a serious condition.  Additional symptoms to watch out for include vomiting, loss of appetite, depression, lethargy, fever and diarrhea.

A noisy stomach may be caused by:

  • Intestinal parasites
  • Hunger
  • Swallowing air
  • Pancreatitis
  • Foreign object in the gastrointestinal tract
  • Inflammatory bowel disease

Why Stomach Making Noises Occurs in Dogs

Intestinal Parasites

Intestinal parasites can make dogs very sick. Some intestinal parasites can also be transmitted to people. Intestinal parasites can be a very serious problem in puppies (causing poor growth and development). Common intestinal parasites include hookworms, roundworms, tapeworm, coccidia and giardia. Intestinal parasites can cause a swollen abdomen, vomiting, diarrhea, failure to absorb nutrients, emaciation, intestinal obstruction and lethargy.

Hunger

Hunger may be causing the gurgling and rumbling in your dog’s stomach. Hunger pain noises are more common prior to breakfast or before dinner. Many veterinarians suggest 2 or 3 smaller meals instead of one meal. An empty stomach can cause your dog to vomit bile.  An empty stomach and bile cycle is called bilious vomiting syndrome.

Swallowing Air

If your dog hurriedly consumes his meals, he may be swallowing a lot of air along with his food. The excess air in the intestines will cause a noisy stomach.  Not only can eating too fast cause a noisy stomach, it can also cause choking, stomach discomfort, flatulence and vomiting. Some researchers believe that swallowing excess air while eating can also lead to gastric dilatation-volvulus (bloat). Bloat in dogs is a life-threatening condition. 

Pancreatitis

The pancreas is a gland that produces digestive enzymes and hormones.  If too many digestive enzymes are produced, they can start breaking down the dog’s pancreas. Inflammation of the pancreas can be caused by a high-fat diet, obesity, trauma, genetic predisposition, diabetes, medications, and hypothyroidism.  Additional symptoms may include repeated vomiting, pain, distended abdomen, loss of appetite, dehydration, fever and weakness.

Foreign Object

If your dog swallowed a foreign object (rock, toy, plastic, stick, fabric) it will cause a painful blockage in the digestive tract.  Additional symptoms may include gagging, vomiting, not eating, constipation, and lethargy. An intestinal blockage can lead to necrosis of the intestinal tissue and/or a perforation of the intestinal walls.

Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Inflammatory bowel disease is the inflammation of digestive tract. The digestive tract inflammation may be caused by genetics, diet, infectious agents, and immune system abnormalities. Your dog may have mucus in the stool, loose bowel movements, anorexia, depression and vomiting.

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What to do if your Dog is Stomach Making Noises

If your dog is frequently having a noisy stomach which is accompanied by other symptoms, he should be seen by a veterinarian.  A veterinarian will want to know your dog’s medical history, details of the symptoms and the timeline of when they started. The veterinarian will perform a physical examination on your dog which may include taking his weight, temperature and heart rate, and palpitation of his abdomen. He may recommend a complete blood count, serum chemistry panel, abdominal x-rays, urinalysis and a fecal exam. 

Internal parasites are treated with deworming medication, followed by a thorough cleaning and disinfecting of your dog’s bedding and toys. Also recommended is a complete cleanup of feces from your yard. A foreign object in the intestinal tract may need to be surgically removed. Mild cases of pancreatitis in dogs are usually treated with a low-fat diet and pancreatic enzyme supplementation. IBD in dogs may be treated with a change in diet, immunosuppressants, antibiotics and corticosteroid medications. 

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Prevention of Stomach Making Noises

Intestinal parasites can be prevented by having your dog on a deworming medication treatment plan. Frequent, smaller meals can help prevent hunger pains and bilious vomiting syndrome. It is best not feed your dog fatty table scraps, which may trigger pancreatitis. If your dog is eating too fast and you have other pets, it is best to feed them separately.  This way he can be more relaxed, not worrying that the other dog is going to eat his food.  Feeding your dog small meals 2 to 3 times a day may help his hunger pains and his anxiety.  There are special “slow feeder” bowls available in stores.  An inexpensive bundt cake pan or a flipped over dog bowl can be made into a “slow feeder” for your dog.

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Cost of Stomach Making Noises

The treatment of an intestinal parasite such as hookworm may range from $200 to $300.  The cost of treating pancreatitis, which can mean continued monitoring by your veterinary caregiver, can be $2200.

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What can I do he doesn't seem to be in discomfort? But his stomach is loud and random noises.

Aug. 31, 2020

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Dr. Michele K. DVM

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Thank you for your question. Young puppies are very prone to intestinal upset, parasites, and infectious diseases. He should probably have a Veterinary exam at his age, anyway, and it would be a good idea to have him seen if he is having GI upset. They will be able to treat him for parasites, see if there is anything else going on, and make sure that he is okay. I hope that everything goes well for him!

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Gurgling Belly, Slimy Loose Stool, Not Eating Or Drinking

She is still playing and acting fine just doesn’t seem to want to eat and just went to bathroom and her stool was clear jelly substance and belly is making a gurgling noise

Aug. 2, 2020

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Dr. Michele K. DVM

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Thank you for your question. Young puppies are very prone to parasites of the intestine, and infectious diseases like parvovirus. It would be best to have your puppy seen by a veterinarian as soon as possible, even though she seems very bright and playful still, to get a fecal test and potentially be tested for parvovirus. Your veterinarian will be able to examine her, see what might be going on, and get treatment for her so that she stays healthy. I hope that she does well!

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Stomach Making Noise Not Eating N Pasting Blood

What cause my dog w past blood n stomach making noise n not eating I give him grain free with taurine

July 27, 2020

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Thank you for your question. There are a number of possible causes for what you are noticing, including parasites, intestinal disease, or foreign body. Without being able to see him unfortunately, I cannot say what might be going on with him. If you are seeing blood in the vomit or the diarrhea, it would be best to have him seen by a veterinarian right away, as they can examine him, see what might be going on, and get treatment for him. I hope that he is okay.

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Stomach Gurgling And Yellow Vomit

My puppy’s stomach is frequently gurgling and he just threw up a yellow liquid vomit.

July 20, 2020

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Dr. Michele K. DVM

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Thank you for your question. We worry in puppies about parasites and infectious diseases like Parvo virus. If he is vomiting repeatedly, it would be best to have him seen by your veterinarian as soon as possible. They can assess him and make sure everything is okay, or offer treatment if he needs it. I hope that all goes well for him!

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Peed,Wont Eat, Wants To Throw Up, Butt Is Super Itchy

My dog wont eat and his stomach is growling but he also wants to gag but pushes it down. He itches his butt and peed himself with no warning to want to go outside and pee I'm concerned since he is starting to get older please help:/

July 13, 2020

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Hello, SO sorry to hear about your dog. This can be gastroenteritis causing him to feel this way. It would be best for your vet to see your dog. They can start him on medication to help him feel much better. You can try to give him Benadryl for his itching. The typical dosage is 1mg per pound. If your dog doesn't start to feel better, it would be best for him to see your vet. I hope your dog starts to feel better soon.

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Two days ago my dog got into a little bit of ranch. Now his stomach has been gurgling for the last hour since I got home from work. He was fine this morning. He had some slight diarrhea the same day he ate the ranch. Should I be worried?

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My 20 pound Westie is 6 years old and has been having this problem about once a week or so since he was a puppy. His stomach makes intermittant loud, gurgling noises and he starts licking the floor, the walls, even the dried leaves in the driveway during his walks. He has normal bowel movements, drinks water and is alert and playful as always. He even begs for treats and acts hungry but refuses food when I try to give him any. These episodes last about a day and then his appetite is back to normal. I give him a de-wormer every few months just to be safe. I feed him Blue Buffalo small breed dry food mixed with rice and cooked chicken twice a day.

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My puppy has loud audible gurgling happening. We are unsure of her breed (we believe husky x lab). She chews EVERYTHING; her favorite is dads socks. Tonight I woke up to her throwing up a golf ball sized something along with recognizable liquid on my bed.

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My dog's stomach started rumbling loudly and I thought he was farting. Turns out he has white/clearish anal leakage which smells bad. He kept on itching and licking his anus. His anal glands do not look swollen. I thought he might be hungry or have to poop before I checked his anus. He did not eat his evening meal.

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My dog is a 6 year old Maltese. lately I've noticed her having abnormally loud gut noises and poor appetite. She also hasn't passed her stools in a week. she has been on antibiotics and medication to stop inflammation in her eyes for a week now because the vet noticed she had a bit of a fever. she has been dewormed and deloused every month.

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