A dog with a sensitive stomach is normally kept on minimal food. The question is, are you compromising on its nutrition? Here are a few best food recipes that you can prepare at home, for dogs that suffer a sensitive stomach.
Dogs are allergic to a lot of foods, which is why they often have a sensitive stomach. The causes for sensitive stomach can be a result of food allergies in dogs, that are caused due to various reasons. Be it the quality of the food, preservatives, artificial additives, or specific ingredients. Possibility is, that the sensitivity is due to some disease, that your pet may be suffering from. In such cases, it is best recommended to consult your veterinarian.
Home cooked dog food is always the best choice for dogs with sensitive stomach. You can always cook some easy homemade holistic dog food for them. While maintaining the regular dog food formula of 40% meat + 50% vegetables + 10% carbohydrates, you need to balance all the vital vitamins and minerals in the dog food, along with protein, carbohydrates, fats, phosphorous and probiotics. You could also treat your dog to turkey or tuna once in a while (once a week). Tuna oil is excellent for your pet’s coat. Also, keep your dog hydrated. See that it drinks ample water. Homemade food is the best for your dog, and hence should be your first choice. In case you find difficulty in finding the suitable food for your dog, seek help from a veterinarian, rather than searching for remedies on your own.
There are a few commercial dog food brands that are meant for dogs with sensitive stomach. Consult with the veterinarian and purchase them for your pet. Some of these brands include: California Natural, Natural Balance, Nature’s Recipe, Flint River Ranch, Pinnacle Duck, Breeder’s Choice, etc. Always alternate the ready-made food with home food. A dog should have home food at least two to three times a week.
Some Quick Recipes
- 2 cups rice
- 1½ lbs chicken meat chunks
- 1½ cups vegetable blend (except garlic and onions)
- 4½ cups water
Heat a large saucepan and add meat, vegetables, rice, and water in it, and cook on a medium to lower heat. Bring it to boil and keep stirring occasionally. Once the mixture has boiled, cover it and simmer for about 20 minutes, till all the ingredients, especially rice, has cooked properly.
Chicken and rice are very soothing for a dog’s stomach. It is very effective in settling an upset stomach too. As dogs love chicken, they don’t fuss about eating this meal.
- 1½ tablespoon cottage cheese
- ½ lb fried, ground chicken
- ½ cup grated carrots
- 1 cup mashed potatoes
Combine chicken, carrots and mashed potatoes in a pot, and put in the microwave oven. Heat it for about 3 minutes. When it gets cool, add cottage cheese to it and give your pet.
Carrots are filled with vitamins, and they reduce stomach irritation, improving digestion and relieving constipation. They also help in controlling diarrhea and improving vision. They add a little sweetness, hence your dog would love to have carrots included in their meal.
- ½ lb beef
- 1½ carrots
- 1½ potatoes
- 1 celery stick
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 pint chicken broth
At first, sauté beef with olive oil in a saucepan. Once it turns golden brown, stew it in the broth for about 45 minutes. Now add the vegetables and cover the mixture. Simmer it for another 45 minutes, or until the meat gets soft. Once cool, serve it to the dog.
Potatoes, in moderate proportions, are very healthy for dogs. They add starch to the food and starch helps in settling diarrhea. Potatoes also secure complex carbohydrates.
- 1 cup hamburger meat, stir-fried in 1 tbsp canola oil
- ½ cup cooked plain oatmeal
- 1 or 2 boiled eggs, finely chopped
- 2 tbsp cottage cheese
- 1 handful beans
- 1 handful carrots
Mix all the ingredients well and serve it to your dog once it has cooled.
Oatmeal is very high in nutrition. Chances are, your dog might not like the taste of it. But, if it is served with hamburger meat, he would relish the meal. This will help effectively in settling his upset stomach.
- ¼ pound beef liver
- 1 tsp corn oil
Cut the liver into pieces and cook it well. You can either fry or boil it. Add the corn oil and serve once cooled.
Liver is a very good source of protein and other nutrients. Your dog would love this meal more than anything else.
- ½ pound veal
- 1 – 2 tomatoes
- 1 cup water
- 1 chicken cube
- Whole wheat bread or brown rice (optional)
Fine chop the tomatoes and veal meat. Make the stew with water, chicken cube, tomatoes, and parsley. Add the finely chopped veal meat to the stew. Cook well. Serve once cooled.
Veal meat is soft and easier to digest. However, since rice is the best food when it comes to settling an upset stomach, prefer serving the stew with rice, instead of bread.
You can add a little ginger to the above recipes or sprinkle a little ginger powder over your pet’s food. Ginger has anti-microbial and pain-relieving properties that will help cure nausea. If your pet is on anti-coagulant medications, please do not give it ginger in any form, as ginger helps in thinning the blood.
Remedies for Sensitive Stomach
The best home remedy for your pets sensitive stomach, vomiting and diarrhea is yogurt. Yogurt cools the stomach and stops the vomiting and diarrhea immediately. You could also add yogurt to some chicken, if your dog doesn’t eat it plain. Yogurt can also be given to your pet on a daily basis from about a spoon-full to a cup, or even a little more. Lentils like husked green gram, and egg whites, are very good for sensitive stomach. If your pet is a puppy, baby food would be the best.
In severe cases, your dog may be suffering from gastroenteritis. Throwing up after everything it eats and foul, green or reddish, loose motions (stools), are common symptoms of the infection. Your pet might even stop eating after a while and become very weak. If your pet has contracted this infection, it is recommended that you see a vet as soon as possible. The vet would normally put your pet on a saline drip, followed by some medications. Gastroenteritis is caused mainly due to virus or change in food.