No matter how diligent you are in the care of your puppy, he or she is likely to become ill at some point in time.
Unless you know the reason for your puppy’s sickness (i.e. – you abruptly changed food or the puppy got into the trash can), it is best to call the veterinarian and schedule an appointment as soon as the dog shows any signs of illness. You can then go ahead and try treating the problem on your own. If your treatment doesn’t work, you already have an appointment scheduled. If you’re successful, simply cancel the appointment with the puppy’s veterinarian.
The first thing you need to do if the puppy is vomiting or having diarrhea is to stop feeding him or her. The dog’s regular food can attribute to stomach problems, especially if there is an underlying reason for the puppy’s intestinal discomfort. In some cases, you might find it is the food that is causing the stomach problems.
One of the most important things you can do is to make sure that the puppy is not getting a lot of oils and fats in their food when he or she is not feeling well. Oils and fats are very hard to digest and may cause further stomach or intestine irritation.
Lean meats can have a calming effect on the puppy’s stomach problems. Cooked chicken (remove the skin before cooking) is a good source of nutrients and usually does not cause further stomach upset.
Ground beef (the leaner the better) can also be used to treat a canine with an upset stomach. The beef should be boiled to remove the fat.
Boiled rice is another good food to use to treat a puppy that is experiencing stomach problems. Cooked rice is easily digested.
Many veterinarians will recommend using a combination of cooked chicken and rice or boiled ground beef and rice to treat dogs of all ages that are vomiting and/or experiencing diarrhea. Start by feeding small quantities of the mixture to make sure the dog can keep the food down. It is best to feed small quantities more frequently.
Cooked oatmeal is also a rather bland food that can also be used to treat a puppy’s upset stomach. It can be substituted for the rice in the mixture mentioned above.
Yogurt can be used because it coats and soothes the stomach. Yogurt doesn’t offer a lot of nutritional value to a puppy’s diet, but you’re more concerned with eliminating the problem for the stomach distress at this point. Yogurt is also a good supplement to use if your dog is taking a regiment of antibiotics.
There are specialty foods designed to treat puppies and dogs of all ages that suffer from chronic stomach ailments or known allergies to certain foods. These foods are available only from veterinarians and tend to be fairly expensive. However, they truly are a bargain if they work.