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Home Remedies For Upset Dog Tummies

Home Remedies For Upset Dog Tummies

Everybody gets a little sick to their stomach now and again.  When our dogs are the ones suffering from nausea, though, it can be especially difficult.  They don’t understand what’s happening to them, just that they don’t feel good!

If your dog is throwing up frequently, has lost their appetite for more than a couple of days, or you see blood in their vomit or stool, it’s a good idea to take them to the vet to find out what’s going on.  However, when your dog first starts showing those symptoms, or in the event of an occasional minor bout of tummy trouble, there are a few steps you can take to provide your dog relief right at home.

Signs of nausea in dogs

If your dog throws up, obviously, that suggests that they are feeling nauseated!  Otherwise, though, there are a few signs you can look for to detect nausea before your dog loses their lunch:

  • Eating grass
  • Gurgling belly
  • Floor licking
  • Soft or runny stool
  • Excess drooling
  • Flatulence


Feed a bland, high-fiber food

One of the best ways to help your buddy feel better, is by feeding some home-cooked foods that are easy to digest, to give their tummies something easy to work on while they recover.

Boiled, unseasoned chicken or white fish may not sound appetizing to you, but most dogs love it, and it’s very easy for them to digest!  That makes it a great base for your dog’s bland meal.

Add in some fiber-rich foods that aren’t too salty or fatty, to help restore regular digestive function.  Pumpkin, sweet potato, rice, green beans, and many flavors of baby food all contain lots of fiber, while being low in calories, fat, and sugars, so they should be easy on your dog’s belly.

Finally, bone broth isn’t just good for settling stomachs; it’s also quite rich in calories and nutrients, which is good when your dog is only able to eat a little bit at a time.  Plus, it’s super tasty for dogs, so it can really help get that appetite going!

Note that without any vitamin and mineral supplementation, home-cooked meals typically don’t contain all the nutrition that dogs need long-term, so it’s not a good idea to feed this bland diet for more than a couple of days, unless you’re able to add a multivitamin supplement to help balance it. 

The Radiant Canine multivitamin supplement that I helped Canine Sciences to develop contains over 45 different ingredients, each with their own unique nutritional benefits, and dogs like the taste too, so it’s a very convenient and effective way to make sure your dog is still getting plenty of vitamins and minerals while they’re recovering.

Add a digestive supplement

Including a supplement which contains digestive enzymes, probiotics, and/or additional fiber can go a long way towards restoring regular digestion.

When a dog gets sick, it often depletes their digestive tract of the beneficial enzymes and bacteria that live in their guts and help them to break down the food they eat. 

This is especially true for dogs on an antibiotic regimen, since those drugs don’t distinguish between the harmful bacteria that’s making your dog sick, and the good bacteria that help them to digest.  This depletion doesn’t just make it harder for your dog to digest food, but it can also perpetuate their nausea.

Digestive supplements typically contain a mix of digestive enzymes which help dissolve food into their constituent molecules, probiotics which help protect and promote the intestinal immune system, and fiber to help soothe irritation and absorb excess water in the digestive tract.

I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention that our Radiant Canine supplement contains four probiotic strains, three digestive enzymes, and a big shot of dietary fiber, making it a great utility when using diet to help dogs recover from nausea.

Try a human medication

There are a few differences between the way human and dog digestion works, but overall, they function pretty similarly.  That’s why some over-the-counter medicines intended to treat human digestive problems can be safe and helpful for dogs too.

That said, because these medications are designed for humans, I strongly recommended checking in with your veterinarian before administering them to your dog.  They’re perfectly safe for the majority of dogs, but can occasionally interact negatively with certain dog health conditions or medications, primarily bleeding disorders or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory agents.

To be specific, bismuth subsalicylate – known more commonly as Pepto-Bismol – can be effective at treating dog nausea, and it’s safe for most dogs too.  1 tsp for every 10 pounds of weight is generally an appropriate dosage.  I wouldn’t recommend giving more than a couple of doses unless otherwise directed by your veterinarian, however.  And if this causes diarrhea in your dog or worsens that symptom, stop immediately.

Famotidine, also known as Pepcid, is also a common remedy recommended by veterinarians for dogs experiencing tummy trouble, especially when it’s related to acid build-up or ulcers.  Typical recommended dosage is 10mg for every 20 pounds of dog, though again, it’s a good idea to verify that with your vet, especially if your dog has any ongoing health conditions.

Keep your dog hydrated


To be clear, water alone isn’t going to do much to help your dog feel better.  However, nausea often leads to dehydration, and dehydration makes nausea worse in addition to causing a whole bunch of other potential health problems.  That's why I always encourage dog owners whose dogs' are experiencing nausea to make a special effort to keep their dogs hydrated.

Of course, loss of appetite can also make dogs reluctant to drink, so making sure your dog’s water bowl is full isn’t always enough.   If your dog doesn’t seem interested in their water, some low-sodium broth can help their appetite and encourage them to stay hydrated.

Wishing you and your dog the best of health,



Dr. Edward Tuk

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The Hidden Danger In Your Dog's Treats

The Hidden Danger In Your Dog's Treats
I've got some good news, and some bad news.

I'll start with the bad:

More than half of dogs
 living in the US are suffering from a health problem that can impact the length and quality of their life.

Worse, when surveyed, 80% of dogs' owners have no idea that their dog might be experiencing this problem.

What I'm referring to, of course, is excess weight.  Around 54% of dogs in the United States are overweight, and about one out of three dogs is clinically obese.

Overweight and obese dogs struggle in so many 
ways.  The strain of extra pounds makes them more likely to develop chronic joint pain. Their hearts have to work harder, leading to high blood pressure. They can even suffer from difficulty walking and breathing.  And that's just a few of the many possible negative side effects.

It's no wonder that studies show that the lives of overweight dogs are up to 2 1/2 years shorter than those of healthy weight dogs.

Now for the good news: there's just one small change you can make in your dog's life to help them drop those dangerous extra pounds, and to keep the pounds off of already healthy dogs.

In my experience as a practicing veterinarian, there's one major contributing blind spot that's almost universal among dog ownershigh caloric intake, especially when it comes to treats. 

Even dog owners feeding expensive boutique foods don't seem to pay much attention to the calorie count in their dog's treats.  But excess calories are exactly what leads to excess weight.

For example, an active 20 pound dog should consume up to 400 calories each day, and no more than 10% of those calories should be treats.  That means 40 calories for snacking.

A single dog biscuit from a popular brand contains about 40 calories.  In other words, just one treat is enough to hit that daily limit!  I don't know about you, but I don't know many dog owners who wouldn't feel terrible limiting their dogs to just one treat a day... I sure can't!

If you're already off biscuits and feeding something like a single ingredient meat treat, that's a good start.  But even these treats can be a little on the rich side, typically containing 6-8 calories per treat. 

So that's around 5 or 6 treats a day for that 20 pound dog.  Better, but, let's be honest, you don't want to stop there, and neither does your dog.

As an alternative to commercial treats, you can feed your dogs healthy fruits and vegetables like berries, root vegetables, and leafy greens as healthy snacks.

Or, switch to a healthier and lower calorie treat product. At Canine Sciences, we designed our Nutrient Heaven product specifically with the idea of creating a very low-calorie, healthy and still delicious treat.

Nutrient Heaven freeze-dried dog treats are 90% meat and are less than 2 calories each!

Using the prior example, a 20-pound dog can get over 20 Nutrient Heaven treats a daycompared to just one biscuit, or just 5-6 single-ingredient meat treats, without spoiling their healthy diet!

How did Canine Sciences do it?  With nature's help!  Because it turns out that the diet of our dogs' ancestors is what's healthiest for them to eat today.

We made Nutrient Heaven out of whole duck, a premium meat that is naturally lean, and included the rich, flavorful organs like heart and kidney that wild canines are first to gobble down after a successful hunt, but excluded the fatty calorie-rich skin. 

Then we added low-calorie superfoods based on the foraged foods that wild dogs seek out in nature - sweet, juicy blackberries, refreshing, nutrient-rich kale, and delicious sweet potato

Finally, we freeze-dried all those great ingredients at their freshest, so your dog gets the big raw taste and nutrition of real, natural food, with no grains or fillers.

It's as simple as that - keeping your dog at a healthy weight requires real, balanced, natural food, made the way that nature intended for your dog to eat.

With a properly formulated treat like Nutrient Heaven in hand, you can keep your dog fit and healthy without compromising the wonderful and rewarding bonding experience that is snacktime. 

Wishing you and your dog the best of health,



Dr. Edward Tuk

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Treating Digestive Allergies and Intolerances Through Diet

Treating Digestive Allergies and Intolerances Through Diet

Like humans, dogs can often experience the effects of allergies.  Many experts estimate that around 1 in 5 dogs will suffer from allergies at some point in their lives.

Allergic reactions occur when the immune system mistakenly recognizes a foreign substance as dangerous.  The production of anti-bodies against this otherwise harmless invader causes the familiar symptoms of allergies – inflammation, itchiness, runny eyes and nose, etc.

The symptoms of allergies aren’t just uncomfortable, but can also be painful, disruptive, and even increase the chances of other illnesses.  Dogs can even injure themselves trying to scratch an itch that just won’t go away.  That’s why allergies are something every dog owner should be prepared to deal with.

Dietary allergies

When an allergic reaction is triggered by something in your dog is eating, that’s referred to as a dietary allergy.  This inflames the digestive tract, leading to an upset stomach, diarrhea, and vomiting, as well as external symptoms like rashes, fur loss, or excessive tearing of the eyes.

Allergies are always caused by proteins.  The most common dog dietary allergies are to chicken, beef, soy, and wheat.  It’s no coincidence that these foods are also the primary sources of protein for the most popular dog foods, as overexposure to a particular ingredient can cause allergies to develop where they never existed before.

Food sensitivies

Note that while dietary allergies are actually not especially common, food sensitivities can be – and in fact, food intolerance is often misdiagnosed as an allergy, as the symptoms are similar.  Food intolerance typically has nothing to do with the immune system, however, but occurs when the digestive system isn’t able to process something present in the food they ate. 

Food sensitivity is also not limited to proteins - lactose intolerance, for example, when the digestive system is unable to break down the sugar found in milk, is one of the more common food sensitivities among both humans and dogs.  Food sensitivity can also be triggered by synthetic additives like artificial preservatives or colors.

Addressing allergies and sensitivities

Food sensitivities and dietary allergies typically have a similar treatment plan – an elimination diet, meaning, feeding your dog foods that have an intentionally small number of ingredients that are unlikely to trigger digestive problems.  These foods usually have just one novel protein source which is unlikely to trigger allergies, like rabbit, duck, turkey, or fish – and very few other ingredients.

If you believe that your dog is suffering from a dietary allergy or intolerance, look for a limited ingredient diet whose ingredient list isn’t just short, but ideally is completely different than what you are currently feeding. 

It can take some time for an allergen to completely work its way out of your dog’s system once you start feeding the new diet, so I usually recommend sticking with the elimination diet for at least 8 weeks before making any changes.

If the symptoms continue on that limited diet, that indicates three possibilities: first, that your dog’s allergies are being caused by something in their environment rather than something in their food; second, your dog’s allergies are more broad and triggered by more than one ingredient, some of which are in your dog’s old food, and some of which are in the new diet; or third, the symptoms you’ve seen aren’t being caused by an allergy or food sensitivity, but by another type of illness entirely.

At this point, if you haven’t already, I would recommend consulting with your veterinarian, as they can perform tests to narrow down the cause of your dog’s discomfort. 

If switching to these new limited ingredient foods appears to resolve the issue, try gradually re-introducing more familiar foods to your dog one at a time and watch for a reaction.  That way, you’ll narrow down exactly what it is that is triggering your dog’s symptoms, so you can avoid it in the future.

Treating the symptoms

While you’re working on figuring out the specific food that’s triggering your dog’s symptoms, there are also steps you can take to reduce the severity of those symptoms, too.

Because the primary symptoms of allergies are inflammation, introducing anti-inflammatory foods and supplements can help reduce swelling, itchiness, and indigestion.

Fish oil and flaxseed are common supplements used in this situation, as these are both rich sources of omega fatty acids, which can help your dog’s body control their own inflammatory response, so that when their allergies are set off by something, they don’t suffer quite as much.

Many natural whole foods and herbs, like leafy greens, berries, turmeric, and ginger, are also associated with a reduction in inflammation.  Adding a small amount of these natural remedies to your dog’s diet may help with both the internal and external symptoms of a dietary allergy.

If you suspect the issue may be an intolerance rather than an allergy, digestive supplements can be a huge help, and can even resolve the intolerance entirely in some cases. 

For example, since food intolerance is often caused by a lack of natural digestive enzymes or a bacterial imbalance in their gut biome, supplementing your dog’s food with enzymes and probiotics to boost their gut health and function can provide their body exactly what it needs to break down those troublesome ingredients. 

If you’re concerned that your dog may be chewing or scratching a particular spot too much as a result of their allergies, and they need immediate relief, some topical anti-itch solutions or special shampoos might help.  

It may also be necessary to restrict their ability to reach that spot, using vet wrap and/or a head cone.  However, covering or medicating a hot spot can actually make your dog pay even more attention to it as they investigate, so I usually only recommend that as a last resort, such as when a dog’s excessive scratching has led to an open wound that may become infected.

Wishing you and your dog the best of health,




Dr. Edward Tuk


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Nutrient Heaven Freeze-Dried Duck Delight Treats



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