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Upset Tums – Common Issues

Upset Tums Common Issues

We all know what it can be like if your dog suffers from an upset stomach, and in this article, we will discuss common issues and how to help.

Dogs are natural scavengers and will often eat revolting things we, as humans, would never touch! This may include other animals’ poop and sometimes their own, not to mention eating their own vomit!  Your pup is designed to eat some pretty horrid things, and this can often result in diarrhoea. Dogs love cat poop, but depending on what kitty has eaten herself can be a problem!

You may find that all your pup wants to do is eat certain grass.  This is normal and their way of self-medicating.  Often the grass is either vomited immediately or may come out the other end within 10 mins or so. They are clever at selecting what they need.

What causes diarrhoea?

The main reasons for diarrhoea are caused by:

  • Change in diet
  • Food intolerance or allergies
  • Poor gut health
  • Eating rubbish or garbage
  • Stress
  • IBD and colitis
  • Pancreatitis
  • Over exercise 
  • Parasites
  • Excessive medication
  • Over vaccination
  • Chemical flea and worm treatments
  • Harsh household cleaners
  • Synthetic candles

Most cases of an upset tum in your pup will clear within a few days and is just the body’s way of clearing out what is causing the problem. If it lasts for more than a few days, it is really important to make sure your pup is hydrated, and this is easily done by pinching a piece of skin on the back of the neck. If the skin does not return to normal within a few seconds, this can mean dehydration. If this is the case, you may need a holistic vet to help.

Why does my dog have diarrhoea?

A lovely subject we talk about a great deal here at Barkin Bistro is dog poop! It may be worth having a good look at it and what is going on in the stomach of your pup.

A lot of folks worry about seeing mucus in their dog’s poop – this should not always be a concern as mucus coats the digestive tract, allowing things to slip through the system more easily – only worry if it changes quickly.

Yellow poop:

  • This can indicate a bacterial overgrowth
  • Liver issues
  • Not enough bile

Green poop:

  • This may indicate gut problems
  • Gastrointestinal upset
  • Gallbladder issues

Black poop:

  • Too much offal in the diet
  • Pancreatitis
  • Parasites
  • Kidney disease
  • Bleeding in the digestive tract

Blue poop:

  • Needs to be treated as an emergency
  • This could mean your pup has eaten rat poison or something very toxic

Bloody poop:

  • Colitis
  • Bacterial infection
  • IBD
  • Anal gland infection
  • Parasites 
  • Toxins

Grey poop:

  • Parasites
  • Gall bladder problems
  • Pancreatitis

How do I help my pup?

As mean as it may sound, fasting is probably one of the best and kind things you can do to help, and some dogs will do this naturally.  Just 8-24 hours to start with can make a huge difference.  Do always offer clean water, though! Never fast a puppy under 6 months old as their systems cannot deal with it.

Recovery and what to do.

Feeding really bland foods to help heal the gut is easy and simple, and we have a great selection to help:

All these products are excellent and will help to get your pup back to normal.  Organic, powdered psyllium husk is also great as it is simple fibre and will help to make poop a lot better.

Our simple range of chicken and vegetables can be added with any of the above supplements, and also plain tripe can help too.

Some pups may need a little more help, depending on how severe the problem has been.  In this case, our Four Leaf Rover BIFIDO FOR FIDO would be a good choice of pre and probiotics known to help with building the gut flora back to health.  Tripe is also full of pre and probiotics link to tripe blog here?!


The conclusion here is to monitor your pup and try to find out what has caused the stomach upset, as are so many things that may have caused it. We believe that the correct fresh, raw diet is essential, and a highly processed diet will make things considerably worse. Always remember if you are concerned, to seek help from a vet.

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