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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

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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.

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. 

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.

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.

Stomach Making Noises Questions and Advice from Veterinary Professionals

Shanel
Poodle
8 Years
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Diarrhea
gurgling stomach
Vomiting
Lethargic
Loss of Appetite

Medication Used

metronidazole
endosord

I have a 7lb toy poodle that began having diarrhea early thursday morning. It was a kind of mucous and bloody mixture so we called the vet. They advised a chicken and rice diet and monitoring. She was acting perfectly normal otherwise (playing, eating, and drinking). We became concerned over the weekend when her symptoms we not improving and took her to the emergency vet on Sunday. The texted her stool and blood and did not find any indication of a foreign object, pancreatitis, or parasites, but they did notice she had some abnormal bacteria in her stool. They gave us an antibacterial, something to help her diarrhea and a bland food. When we arrived home from the vet we found out other pup (14lb Maltese mix, 3yrs.) had broken out of her crate and had diarrhea all over her crate and the house, and had also thrown up. She had no symptoms at all prior to this point. Our poodle began throwing up as well. Since the the emergency vet yesterday morning the problems have worsened and persisted for both pups. Neither are interested in food or water and their bellies are gurgling non-stop. We called the vet and they noted that bacterial infections could spread. I think I will take them to our regular vet tomorrow if problems continue, but I was hoping someone may be able to give some advice. I want to help but I'm not sure what to do.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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I think, since the signs are not getting better, and both pups are now affected, that taking them back to your regular veterinarian is a good idea. Shanel should be showing improvement since she is on medication, and it is concerning that she is still vomiting and not eating. Your veterinarian may want to take an x-ray to make sure that those two didn't get into anything that you aren't aware of, but regardless, they'll be able to see them, assess hydration, and make sure that they are okay.

My Yorkiepoo female was laying down and I heard very loud gurgleing noises coming from her stomach she didn’t do anything while outside and doesn’t show any signs of pain and she’s never been like this before

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Cocoa
Pomsky
15 Weeks
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Diarrhea
gurgling tummy noises
Bad smelling gas
other

I have a 15 week old Pomsky. She goes to work everyday with my husband and rides in his truck from 9 am until 5 pm. He takes her for walks throughout the day to make sure she gets exercise but for the most part, she's been a truck puppy since we got her almost 2 months ago. Typically she eats about 1/4 cup of regular puppy food midday and about 1/2 cup regular puppy food at night. Her bathroom habits have been very normal.

She had a vet appointment on Saturday to receive the next round of her vaccines, and was micro chipped as well. On Sunday she took her heart worm and flea medicines. She took the same ones last month and had no problems. Afterward the appointment, we drove about 4 hours out of town, to visit family. While there, my mother in law fed her about 1/4 cup of puppy food a couple times a day (which is only a little more than usual) but my father in law fed her people-food (eggs, bacon, pizza toppings) When we drove home Monday evening, she hadn't experienced any problems except some wicked gas. Then, on Monday night when we got home, she wouldn't eat her puppy food. On Tuesday she had only eaten about 1/4 cup of the puppy food all day. Tuesday night she had yellowish-tan diarrhea. We noticed some pieces of cat litter in her poop and thought that this must be why she was sick. We have the cat genie, washable litter. We figured the residue from the sanitizer probably made her sick. However, again today (Wednesday) she was in her crate and had the same color and consistency diarrhea.

She is acting completely normal...crazy, jumping, running, bounding puppy. There are no changes in her behavior. She just has a gurgling tummy, diarrhea, and bad gas. Could it be a delayed reaction from last weekend? Could it be from the cat litter? Or is it more serious and may need to have her checked out before her next appointment in 2 weeks?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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If Cocoa is acting perfectly normal otherwise, and not vomiting, I suspect it is residual upset from people food, cat litter, and who knows what else! If she becomes lethargic, starts vomiting, stops eating altogether, or the diarrhea isn't resolving, she should see her veterinarian, as it may be more serious.

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IZZY
Maltese
12 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Diarrhea

My moms dog has been having loud high pitch sounds coming from her stomach and has been having orange diarrhea uncontrollably once a week for the past months and smells kinda like burnt rubber. She is a Maltese and I dont think my mom is feeding her the write food. she is 12 years old. what is it? And can it be treated over the counter?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Orange diarrhoea may be an indicator of liver disease or bile issues which may be brought on by an inappropriate diet; you should take Izzy to a Veterinarian since it would be useful to have her checked over and for blood tests to be done to be on the safe side. If you suspect that Izzy isn’t being fed right, you should try to get your mother to feed a breed and age appropriate diet to see if that makes any improvement; in the short term boiled rice and chicken could help. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Peanut
Corgi chihuahua mix
6 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Fever
Gas
Diarrhea
Lethargy
Stomach Noises
Burping

My dog has always had a sensitive stomach and we try not to let her eat any human food. Two nights ago, her stomach started making weird high-pitched noises (it sounded like gas to me), and this resumed for about 2 days. She's been a little slow (except when somebody comes home, we bring out her food, etc. Basically she's lethargic until something exciting enough happens to "wake" her up.) My dad said she felt a little hot too but it might have been because she was laying in front of the window for a while. Whenever I take her on walks, she'll eat grass. She never usually does this unless her stomach's upset, and the grass has been helping her poop everything out. When she's nauseous, she'll lick the floor for a good while but she hasn't done it at all during the past few days, so I'm assuming she's not nauseous. I just want to know what this might sound like? I'm going to take her to the vet when I get off work today but I want to know if it sounds like something incredibly serious or if she just has bad gas or something.

Side note-- I've been feeding her a bland diet of chicken and rice since yesterday and it seems to have helped a little, but she's still a little lethargic.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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The symptoms you’re describing are common for a variety of different disease and conditions so it is difficult to narrow in on anything; in textbooks most things start with gastrointestinal symptoms and lethargy. Possible causes may include infections, parasites, food tolerance, poisoning among many other causes; your Veterinarian will be able to give you a better idea of what is going on when you visit later today. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Princeton
Standard Schnauzer
4 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Stomach Noises

My dog Princeton has extremely loud stomach noises while he is sleeping- so loud they have woken me up but he is sleeping soundly and snoring. I did wake him up and took him outside ,he ate some grass then happily took himself back to bed. I know he hasn’t eaten anything Foreign but did nite he didn’t eat his evening dry food which isn’t unusual- he does g always eat his evening meal- he picks at it when he is hungry.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without examining Princeton it is difficult to say what the specific cause is; a tummy bug, parasites, foreign objects, poisoning among other causes may lead to a loss of appetite and loud stomach noises. If he doesn’t eat his breakfast, try him with some boiled chicken and rice as it is bland; if he doesn’t improve or you notice any other symptoms visit your Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Luna
Mini cockapoo
15 Months
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Stomach issues

Medication Used

cerenia

My dogs stomach is making gargling noises and it is waking her up and she wants to lick everything and tries and eat the fuzz off of things. She had a virus but has no more diarrhea or vomiting in several days. She has been on nausea meds but that is not helping the issue. I don’t think it is nausea. She has had ultra sound and bloodwork and shows nothing. Vitals are always normal. We are getting(and she is also) about 3 hours of sleep a night. No history of licking etc before this virus. She always slept through the night.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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I'm not sure what virus Luna has, or what medications she's on, so it is hard for me to comment on what might be going on with her. Since you have had her at your veterinarian recently, it would be a good idea to call them and let them know what is going on with her, and see if they have any suggestions on what to do for this problem and when it may resolve.

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Alva
Rottweiler
8 Weeks
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Bloody discharge

I have a 8 week puppy. She has been given the 1st round of shots. We have been careful with who we visit and when she is able to run around. She's been doing really great. This morning she woke up and pooped normal poop. A few hours later she pooped again normally. A little bit later she acted as if she needed to poo but very little came out. Few min later she tried again but what came out was red and little mucous in consistency. There was no sign of blood in her previous stool. She has not pooped since. Her tummy has been making noice ever since as well. Scared for her. She has drank very little but still pretty active. Please help.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
2981 Recommendations
There are many causes for mucus in the stool which may include infections but also may include parasites, foreign objects, poisoning, trauma, dietary changes, stress among other causes. If Alva is otherwise alright, you should keep an eye on her but if she is straining to defecate or is having any other symptoms you should visit your Veterinarian to be on the safe side. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Mochi
Shih Tzu
10 Weeks
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Vomiting, growling
Vomiting

Hello. I got my puppy last Friday. He is only 10 weeks old. We took him to the vet the following Monday where we were told he has hookworm and anemia. Vet prescribed some supplements to help him with appetite as well as a supplement for iron. He was also given a deworming med at the clinic that day. Since then he’s been fine, good appetite, playful and happy. But today he is actually lethargic, vomited about 4 times, pooped normally but the last poop was a light brown yellowish diarrhea. He has not pooped nor thrown up since then (about 2 hours ago) and is just laying in his bed. He does not want food nor water and his tummy is making growling noises.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Puppies may get an upset tummy for a variety of reasons including infections, parasites, foreign objects, dietary intolerance, sudden dietary changes, poisoning among other causes; keep an eye on him and ensure that he stays hydrated and see if he will eat boiled chicken and rice, but visit your Veterinarian if there are no improvements especially with his young age. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Bruno E.
Chihuahua
1 Year
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Diarrhea

My dog’s stomach noises are mild. He has been having diarrhea since Friday night, it has gotten better but still concerned. I looked up his stool and it’s scored at #4 out of 7. It’s slightly reddish I’m not sure because the food.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
1397 Recommendations
Thank you for your email. If Bruno has been having diarrhea, and you think there may be blood in the stool, he should be seen by a veterinarian. Possible causes include parasites, dietary indiscretion, or an intestinal infection. Your veterinarian can look at him, determine what might be going on, and give him any appropriate treatment.

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Happy
Goldendoodle
4 Months
Mild condition
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Mild condition

My dog makes pulsing rumbles from his stomach Shortly after he eats any food. He is still playful and active and poops normally, this has been going on for two and a half days I’m not sure if it’s a food sensitivity (we fed him sweet potato for the first time 3 days ago) or if he has an intestinal blockage since we did give him a jerky like chew treat in which he ate rather quickly. Not sure if I’m just being paranoid or there’s something actually wrong with him. Thank you for your time


Sincerely Mike M

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Sometimes a dog’s stomach will make more noise than usual especially when fed something new, however I cannot determine whether there is anything to be concerned about without examining him; if there are no other symptoms so far I would keep an eye on him and his bowel movements and visit your Veterinarian if you have any concerns. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Reddington
Border Collie
3 Years
Mild condition
1 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Loss of Appetite
Gurgling Intestines

I’m concerned by his stomach or intestines making gurgling noises heard from across the room in the mornings before and shortly after breakfast. These noises seem to happen only in the morning and do NOT have any other noticeable symptoms such as diarrhea, vomit, inconsistent stools or lethargy . We’ve noticed these noises for two months happening intermittently throughout the week. He eats two meals a day. When the noises are happening, he’s reluctant to eat until he eats one cooked, scrambled egg with no seasoning. After eating the egg, he will eat his dry food and within 30 minuets, noises subsided. We’d like to make sure he’s okay or determine if we need to seek veterinary care.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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These noises may be just due to an empty stomach (I have a similar issue in a morning), when a stomach is empty it may become gassy due to acid build up which may also cause a loss of appetite (unless something more appetising comes along). I would look at giving Reddington a meal just before bed to see if this help decrease or eliminate the noises in a morning since the stomach would be empty for a shorter period of time (for example if you normally feed him at 8am and 4pm this means that he goes 16 hours without food from 4pm until 8am); you don’t need to feed him more per day, just take a quarter from each earlier meal and give it to him before bed. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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