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Dog owners have all asked the question “My dog has an upset stomach, how can I help?”. We’ve all been scrapping up some vile liquid that our dog left behind asking ourselves what we did to deserve this. That’s what you signed up for when you got a dog! The good, the bad, and the liquid diarrhea.

What causes upset stomach in dogs?

There’s a few things that could be causing your dog’s tummy to be a bit uneasy. One reason could be switching to a new food, or a new treat. Typically when switching food you should follow a regimen as to not upset their tummy. Most vets recommend adding 1/4 of the new food to their old food, then increasing from there. You can find more information on how to change your dog’s food here. Dog’s can have an upset stomach from eating something they shouldn’t have (like goose poop, my dog thinks goose poop is equal to a steak dinner…). If your dog has an upset stomach and you haven’t changed food, and they haven’t gotten into something they should not have, you should contact your vet immediately.

If your dog is frequently throwing up, there’s a cause for concern. Once again, you should contact your vet. If your dog is only throwing up every so often, you should still contact your vet but it is likely something they ate, or they ate too quickly.

There’s a list of things of things that can cause your dog to have an upset stomach, but we don’t want to scare you! This article is for when your doggo has switched food too quickly, or eaten something they shouldn’t have. In either case the solution is a simple one!

What’s the solution?

Yep, that’s right. Head down to the grocery store’s baking aisle and pick up a can of pure pumpkin, do not buy pumpkin filling! Pure pumpkin will only have pumpkin listed in the ingredients. Pumpkin is rich in fiber and contains lots of vitamins and minerals like vitamin E, A, and C, potassium, and iron!

Simply put, pumpkin can bulk up your dog’s stool by absorbing water and lowering the pH level in the large intestine. Take that liquid poop!

Depending on the size of your dog, add in about 1-4 tablespoons of pumpkin into their meal. We suggest starting small to avoid too much fiber going into their diet. It helps to add in water to your dog’s food to soften the kibble for easier digestion. The easier their food is on the tummy, the easier their poop will go into the doggy bag! Lucky you!

On the flip side, pumpkin can help with constipation. Use the same amount of pumpkin as you would for diarrhea.

As always, if you’re concerned they may be a bigger issue at hand, contact your vet!