When your dog is sick it is hard to tell you what is going on with them. You might notice Pupper acting a bit different, maybe not eating much, and just feeling under the weather. When your buddy has a loss of appetite. There are a few foods that are safe for you to make for them.
These are not only healthy for your pup, but can be a special enough treat to entice him to get some food in his stomach
When your pup is sick and not eating, you also want to keep an eye on their hydration levels. Usually eating and drinking go hand-in-hand. So, if Pup is not eating, she is likely not drinking either.
One way to check for dehydration in your dog is to lift up their lip and their gums. You want the inside of the lip to be nice and wet and pink. Press your finger to the gum and see how fast it returns to normal color. You want the change of color to be immediate, but if it takes a little dehydrated. To get super Dog mom on you, another way to tell if your dog is dehydrated is by checking their ** clears throat** “business”.
A normal poo should be a “log”. If your buddy’s waste looks like little hard rabbit pellets, he is dehydrated.
When your dog is sick try to push as many liquids as you can to help prevent them from dehydrating. Even giving them ice cubes to lick on, just any way to try and push liquids is good to do. As a Dog Mom of a pup with food allergies, I get a little concern with changing a dog’s food habits. You never know what might happen when you introduce a new food. Please do me a favor and talk to your vet before you change anything in your pup’s diet.
8 foods that are safe to feed your dog when they are sick
Chicken and rice
The mix of chicken and rice is great for a dog who isn’t feeling well. It is a very bland diet and you want to aim for a 2:3 ratio. Boil up the chicken and cook the rice according to the package. You can also substitute boiled turkey on replacing chicken if you would prefer.
Even boiling up a straight chicken with no seasonings is great. It is packed full of vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and even fats that will help boost your dog’s strength
Blah and bland is the way to go. Doggo will love the meal just as it is. Spices and seasoning are not needed. You can even run the risk of making their tummy even more upset
Homemade chicken broth
Save back the broth you have from boiling your chicken, this homemade broth is more than water that had boiled meat in it. If you don’t won’t eat solids you an offer the broth as a form of nutrients.
Even if you get a syringe and squirt a little in their mouth, they are getting some of the vitamins and minerals from the chicken broth. You can also freeze the broth in an ice cube tray for a healthy “treat” later on.
Bone broth is a little different than a regular broth. You take beef marrow bones or any bones that have a lot of joints (turkey or chicken) and place in pan. Cover with 2 -3 inches of water and cook for 24 hours.
Then place in the fridge for around 3 hours that the fat forms on top, and scoop it off, and then use the liquid to give to your dog. This is good for pooches who have an upset stomach. Let them drink it up or spoon over dry dog food to add moisture. Bone broth is a great way to keep your buddy hydrated through their illness.
Pumpkin is packed with fiber and vitamins and minerals that are very beneficial but gentle on the stomach. Pumpkin is also good to help perk your dog up and give them some energy. Just make sure it is pumpkin puree and not pumpkin pie filling mix.
Sweet potatoes just like pumpkin offer a good amount of vitamins and minerals along with fiber. They also contain quite a bit potassium and manganese. Peel and cook the potatoes up and serve either diced or mashed.
Just like for us, eggs are a wonderful source of protein. Your pupper will love chicken or duck eggs. You can whip up scrambles eggs for a dog if they have been vomiting or experiencing diarrhea.
Offer 1 -2 tablespoons every two hours to ensure they can keep it down. Then after 8 hours of keeping the eggs down, you can offer other foods like cooked rice, broth, etc.
Look for the stage II meat style baby food. You want something like chicken, lamb, turkey. Just steer clear of any baby foods that have garlic or onion powder, as that is not good for dogs.
Once your buddy starts feeling better and is keeping all the food down. Start to slowly introduce in their regular food, if they normally eat kibble, pour some broth over top of a small bowl of kibble. Or mix in a little bit of their food to the new tummy-healing concoction.
Like I mentioned before, please talk to your vet before you decide to give your puppy something new. It is always better to be safe than sorry when introducing new foods into their diet, especially if they are already feeling sick.
And remember to have patience. We don’t all bounce back from illness right away. It could take a few days to gain their normal strength back up depending on how sick they were. You wouldn’t like it if your mom decided to roll you off the couch when you needed rest. Don’t rush the process. We want healthy, happy pups.