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Nov 1, 2012 11:59 AM

Feeding Your Pet After Its Upset Stomach

I would love your suggestions about what to feed a dog who's recovering from a bout of upset stomach---no chronic conditions, just the occasionally bout of mild doggie dysentery.

Our vet has always recommended hamburger and rice, but do you have other mild, appealing ideas while the furry members of the family get back to normal?

For example: is yogurt contraindicated? It was recommended to prevent upset during a recent course of antibiotics Ben had over the summer.

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  1. Couple spoons plain yogurt on a saucer is good,so is the rice mixed with some plain poached
    skinless chicken breast or a plain scrambled egg, ie: no seasoning or S & P.

    1. I've known a lot of people who swear by cooked chicken breast and rice

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      1. re: redfish62

        Yes, cooked chicken breast always goes over the best. also scrambled egg with a few bits of cheddar cheese, white rice or a little chopped up pasta mixed with a protien. Sometimes he will eat a little cottage cheese with a little oil on the top. Canned tuna.

      2. Rice is my go to starter,with cooked chicken liver,ground beef or chicken,ground or not.In that order.Yogurt is a close second,egg,third,because my dogs and cats don't like them as much.

        1. Do you all cook the meats without oil/butter? I was told dry-scrambled hamburger (couple of teaspoons of water in fry pan to start the cooking) well drained. I think Ben would like chicken more.

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          1. re: pinehurst

            I use coconut oil, mostly because I use it for my own health reasons.
            With my dogs illness and meds he frequently had upsets, beef and pork was the hardest to digest. He ate it, but then headed out to eat grass right after.

            1. re: pinehurst

              Your description,the dry scramble method is pretty much what I do.If I use any extra fat it's usually butter,closest,easiest small amount for me.Also we have one dog,rescue greyhound,Sleek that loathes,won't eat ANYTHING with obvious vegetable oil or mayo.

            2. Our vet recommends cottage cheese and rice. About as much as he would get in dog food. At the other end of our street we have a dog breeder/trainer. His dogs go to the military, gov't, police, etc. Very high end dogs if you get what I'm telling you. Anyway, he too used rice and cottage cheese.

              Both feel at least 24 hours before food is also a good idea.


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              1. re: Davwud

                Hi Davwud. A friend of mine who had a Sheltie with digestive issues went through times when all the little guy would accept was the low fat cottage cheese. So I can absolutely see the logic in the cottage cheese/rice.