How to strengthen your dog’s tender tummy

May 28, 2017

If your dog has a tender tummy, s/he is most likely experiences loose stools, flatulence, and/or vomiting occasionally due to a change in diet, exposure to new environments, or even stress.  If your dog experiences diarrhea or vomiting, it’s important first to rule out underlying major health issues.

Some warning signs that would warrant a visit to the vet include:
    • Bloody and/or liquidy diarrhea
    • Vomiting continuously or retching
    • Distended or painful belly
    • Nervous pacing or lethargy
    • Dehydration

    If you and your vet are able to rule out anything major causing your dog’s stomach upset, it’s likely your pup just has a tender tummy, and may experience another bout in the future. The good news is, there are things you can do to strengthen intestinal fortitude, and help prevent stomach upset in the future.

    At Fedwell, we have talked to thousands of pet parents over the year who have expressed concern about their pup’s sensitive stomach. As a result, we create our “Tender Tummy Bundle”. Here’s what we have found to help tender tummies the most:

      • Pumpkin: As most pet parents know, pumpkin can be a real “cure all” for dogs with sensitive tummies as it can help stop loose stools as well as constipation. It’s great to incorporate into a daily regimen as it promotes regularity.
      • Psyllium Husk Powder: Think of psyllium husk as mother nature’s imodium. Psyllium husks absorb LOTS of water, and when given to a dog (or human) it will absorb extra moisture in the bowel, and stop diarrhea. Added bonus? This type of fiber helps fuel good bacteria in the gut!
      • Goat’s Milk: Goat’s milk has lots of health benefits, but for our tender tummy friends, it’s on our list because it’s easily digestible and packed with natural probiotics. It also contains loads of minerals, electrolytes, and protein which will help replenish important nutrients for pups who have been sick.Fedwell's Tender Tummy Bundle
      • Bee Pollen: Bee pollen is considered a “wholefood” as it contains almost everything necessary to sustain life. You can think of it as nature’s best supplement. Bee pollen is great for tender tummies because it boosts the immune system, promotes healing, and helps relieve stress.
      • Probiotics: It is estimated that over 5 Million adults in the US take a daily probiotic. The benefits of probiotics for humans are similar to the benefits for dogs, and a great daily addition to any supplementation you’re providing. Probiotics and digestive enzymes help support your pet’s naturally occurring beneficial bacteria and to support a healthy immune system.
      • Bone Broth: Bone broth is great for dogs recovering from GI irritation as it provides vital amino acids, vitamins, and minerals, but it’s also great at preventing tender tummy flare ups. Bone broth is loaded with gelatin that can plug holes that can cause a leaky gut, which is often the precursor to allergies and food sensitivities.
    Having a dog with a tender tummy can be challenging, for you, your pup, and your rugs! By incorporating even just a few of these supplements regularly, you’ll see a difference in intestinal fortitude! Questions or comments? Be sure to leave them for us below or email us directly:

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