Caring for a sick dog can be quite a challenging task. You must know what to feed a sick dog because lack of proper nutrition at such a critical time can quickly lead to dehydration, lethargy and in certain cases, even tremors and seizures. Here are the top foods to feed your sick dog to help him recover faster.
Chicken and Rice
This bland meal is not just easy to prepare but it is also really effective in treating a dog’s upset stomach. If you have been down that road already, you would probably know that a combination of chicken and rice is usually the first thing veterinarians recommend when a dog experiences vomiting and diarrhea. This is because rice, whether brown or white, is easy to digest and has just enough nutrients to keep the dog energized without being too heavy on the stomach. However, note that cooking this meal in oil or butter beats the whole purpose. Many dog owners add extra seasonings so that their pooch ‘enjoys’ this otherwise bland dish.
Cook the meal in water only or you can use a no-salt chicken broth if your dog refuses to eat such a plain meal. Also, use shredded chicken breasts so that your pup doesn’t have to put in any extra efforts in taking the meat off the bone.
Giving your sick canine mashed sweet potatoes is a great way to help them get better quickly. Sweet potatoes are rich in vitamins and minerals such as vitamin A, B, and C as well as manganese and potassium. Plus, they contain lots of dietary fiber which acts as a binder for digested food, thereby, preventing diarrhea. Cut it into small cubes and boil before giving it to your dog.
Pumpkin is a great source of dietary fiber and can significantly improve your dog’s digestive health even if they eat it just once. It’s better to feed them fresh pumpkin but in case that’s not available, you can easily use canned pumpkin – it’ll treat your pooch nonetheless.
Pumpkin is the ideal food for treating stomach issues in dogs regardless of whether they have diarrhea or constipation. Mix a few tablespoons of pureed pumpkin in your pooch’s meal or give them boiled pumpkin cubes to bid farewell to all tummy problems.
Note that although these foods are known to treat an upset stomach, you must not rely solely on home remedies to help your dog get better. Take them to a vet for a thorough examination as soon as you can because problems like diarrhea and vomiting are often the first sign of more serious health issues such as liver dysfunction.