An upset stomach in dogs is often caused by common indigestion problems. This is basically when the pooch is not able to process food as effectively as it should.
However, other causes, such as infections and parasites, may come into play.
Here is a complete breakdown of some of the most common causes of stomach issues in dogs:
Sudden changes in diet will more often than not cause stomach upsets in your pooch. This however goes away once the dog gets used to the new food. But in some cases, it may last for a long time.
Dogs afflicted with parasites such as giardia, hookworm, whipworm, and others may also experience stomach problems. The parasites may also have negative long term effects on the pooch’s digestive tract.
Food sensitivity is also a common cause of stomach upsets in dogs. However, this only affects hypersensitive dog breeds.
Poisoning will also cause digestive issues in dogs. It’s not uncommon for canines to eat or chew on substances that contain potentially toxic chemicals like pesticides and other household cleaning items, being the little vacuum cleaners they are.
These chemicals are not only dangerous to the long term health of the dog but will cause a tummy ache.
Your dog will also experience an upset stomach if they are exposed to certain viral infections. Viruses, such as parvo and distemper in particular, are known to cause indigestion in pooches. They are also very deadly so make sure you see a vet as soon as possible.
In some cases, stomach upsets could be a symptom of a bigger more serious underlying problem. A good rule would be to have the pooch inspected by a vet regularly to rule out any other serious issues.