Our pets might not able to talk and clearly communicate when they are not feeling very well. Dogs also get tummy upsets and we should be able to notice it with certain symptoms that are explicit. Let us learn more on the painful abdomen in dogs, the common causes and treatment options for your four-legged companions.

What Is Painful Abdomen In Dogs?

Any aches or discomfort in the tummy area, tenderness is referred to as a painful abdomen. This might occur due to a variety of reasons such as a tummy upset, some infection in the stomach, gastritis, etc.

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How To Identify Painful Abdomen In Dogs?

Restlessness: Dogs might be restless and might not feel comfortable in one position to lie down.

Tummy Sounds: Listen to any rumbling sounds or flatulence in the stomach.

Excessive licking: Painful abdomen in dogs may be associated with nausea. Hence they might tend to lick their lips or any body part excessively.

Other Symptoms may Include:

1. Dehydration
2. Vomiting
3. Diarrhea
4. Low energy
5. Tender or swollen abdomen
6. No intake of food
7. Whining
8. Some dogs eat grass

How To Help Your Pet With A Painful Abdomen?

a. The first thing we can do is by keeping your pet away from food at least for 24 hours. If your pet does not eat and recover after 24 hours, it is best to consult a vet to identify the underlying cause of the tummy pain.

b. Small amounts of yogurt might help if your pet is suffering from gastritis or a GI upset, as they are probiotics.

c. Keep away from table food scraps and you could try feeding them a bland diet made of plain cooked chicken and rice.

d. Ensure plenty of fresh and clean water is available for your pet. 

e. Sweet potatoes and yellow pumpkin also help in easy digestion and is great for dogs with a GI upset.

Treating abdominal pain is purely based on the underlying condition. With simple diet and fluids, gastritis or stomach infections can be treated at home. If the underlying cause is not known, it is best to consult a vet and find the source of infection and pain.