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4 Foods to Feed Your Dog with a Sensitive Stomach


By Tim Falk

Published: 09/28/2021, edited: 09/28/2021

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Published: 9/28/2021

Battling with a sensitive stomach can be a highly unpleasant experience for any dog. Not only do they need to deal with the discomfort of vomiting, diarrhea, excess flatulence, and generally feeling rotten, but they also face the prospect of eating their next handful of meals with a queasy stomach.

You’re probably quite familiar with how your pup is feeling. When you’re recovering from an upset tummy, the thought of tucking into any sort of rich or fatty food can be enough to turn your stomach. Instead, bland foods are the best choice to help nurse yourself back to full health. 

Unsurprisingly, a similar approach works best for dogs recovering from tummy troubles. Withhold food for a little while, but ensure your dog has access to water so they can stay hydrated. Then, sticking to plain foods, avoiding rich foods, and feeding small portions will give their digestive system a chance to settle down. As their condition improves, you can slowly transition back to their regular diet.

Here are 4 foods to feed a dog with a sensitive stomach to aid their recovery.

#1. Boiled chicken

First up on our list of the best foods for dogs with sensitive stomachs is boiled chicken. Chicken is a lean source of protein and a healthy part of a doggy diet, and it's also perfectly suited for a dog with an upset stomach.

Make sure to use skinless and boneless chicken breast, and that it's cooked without any seasoning or other condiments. Your dog will love the taste, but you'll be doing their tummy troubles a world of good at the same time.

#2. Rice

You might like to eat plain cooked rice when you're recovering from a stomach bug, and it's also a suitable ingredient for your dog. White rice is bland and mild, so it's gentle on your pup's sensitive stomach, and can be combined with some skinless, boneless chicken breast for a nutritious meal.

It's also worth mentioning that you can use rice to make rice water for your dog. Made by boiling 1 cup of rice in 4 cups of water for 20 to 30 minutes, then serving the cooled liquid to your dog, it's the perfect tonic for an upset tummy.

Related: How to Prepare Chicken and Rice for Dogs

#3. Canned pumpkin

Pumpkin is another food you can call on when your dog is suffering from diarrhea. High in fiber, pumpkin is also packed with vitamin A, vitamin C, and a number of essential vitamins and minerals. Best of all, it's mild enough not to cause any further problems for a sensitive stomach, and absorbs water in your pup's stomach to help create more solid stools. Plain, canned pumpkin is the way to go.

#4. Hard-boiled eggs

Last but not least on our list of foods for dogs with sensitive stomachs, hard-boiled eggs are another mild and easily digestible option. The eggs must be cooked without any seasoning or spices.

Eggs are a good source of protein, vitamins, and fatty and amino acids, but be aware that dogs with certain health conditions shouldn't eat eggs. Check with your vet about whether it's safe for your dog to tuck into a hard-boiled egg.

Diets for sensitive stomachs

If your dog regularly suffers from tummy troubles, your vet may recommend switching them to a commercial diet specially formulated for sensitive stomachs.

These prescription diets are designed to be gentle on the stomach and reduce the risk of digestive issues. They commonly feature a limited range of easily digestible ingredients, plus added prebiotics and probiotics to improve overall digestive health.

Could your dog’s sensitive stomach be a serious problem?

From time to time, your dog will suffer from a bout of vomiting or diarrhea. In many cases, it’s no big deal and will resolve itself relatively quickly — especially if you take steps to manage your dog’s recovery with bland foods and small portion sizes.

But it’s also worth remembering that symptoms like vomiting and diarrhea can indicate of a range of more serious health problems. So if your dog’s upset stomach doesn’t return to normal within 24 hours, or if it’s a regularly recurring problem, take them to the vet for a check-up.

Your veterinarian will examine them to determine whether there are any underlying health issues at play. If they can be ruled out, your veterinarian will also be able to help you work out whether other issues, such as a sensitivity to a particular ingredient, are the cause of your pup’s tummy troubles. 

A sensitive stomach is an unpleasant and uncomfortable problem, but it can often be easily managed at home. And with a careful approach to managing food their food intake, your dog should soon be back to “pawfect” health.

If your pet requires veterinary treatment for an upset stomach, the symptoms can be expensive to treat. To avoid high vet care expenses, secure pet health insurance today. The sooner you insure your pet, the more protection you’ll have from unexpected vet costs.

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