Causes of Gurgling Noises and Stomach Problems in Dogs

Diarrhea, stomach making noise (gurgling), and no appetite are all signs of upset stomach in dogs. Here’s how to deal with your dog’s stomach problems, based on my experience with Georgie. My terrier’s tummy was upset for almost a full year, until I finally figured out what was wrong.

Causes of Gurgling Noises and Stomach Problems in Dogs

probiotics for dogs stomach problems

A healthy, safe way to deal with stomach problems in dogs are the Fortiflora Canine Nutritional Supplements. They promote a strong immune system and contain high levels of antioxidants, vitamins A, E, and C.  Yogurt with probiotics is also good for dogs, but a canine nutritional supplement that replaces intestinal flora doesn’t add calories and fat to your dog’s diet.

Probiotics are important for dogs (and humans!) because diarrhea and gurgling stomach noises may be linked to a lack of healthy intestinal bacteria in your dog. If your dog’s stomach is making noises, you may need to experiment with different foods and supplements until you find what works for you. Here’s what I used to soothe my dog’s stomach problems and gurgling noises…

“Fox-terriers are born with about four times as much original sin in them as other dogs.” – Jerome K. Jerome.

My dog Georgie is a terrier, and she has been a “sinner” ever since we adopted her from the SPCA two years ago. She barks at male joggers, refuses to come when called if a squirrel is within a five mile radius, and barks when passersby look at the house (you should hear her when they have the nerve to knock on the front door!).

And she has a mild-to-severe stomach problems that took me almost two years to solve. Of course, this isn’t a sin, it’s just a pain for us both.

What Causes Gurgling Stomach Problems in Dogs?

I searched online for “stomach problems in dogs” but found nothing helpful. So, since I solved Georgie’s tummy troubles, I thought I’d better share my tips! I hope they help you figure out what’s causing your dog’s stomach gurgling, diarrhea, or lack of appetite.

Sometimes, gurgling tummy noises can indicate a serious illness such as cancer or intestinal bowel disease. Other times, stomach problems are the result of something your dog ate (or killed. Georgie is a terrier who kills squirrels, and that can cause all sorts of intestinal problems.)

Remember that dogs can have “human” stomach problems

dogs gurgling stomach noises problems

Georgie with the tummy troubles

I took Georgie to the veterinarian several times, and we decided she probably has IBS (irritable bowel syndrome). Or, perhaps she even has IBD (irritable bowel disease). I figured this out by searching the internet for “dog’s bloody stool” and “dog not eating.”

The reason I thought she might have irritable bowel is because her symptoms are exactly the same as mine. I have ulcerative colitis. My symptoms include stomach upset, gurgling guts, diarrhea, bloody stool, lack of appetite, and gas…it seemed like my dog’s stomach problems matched my own, and my diagnosis of colitis was bang on!

Tylan – a stomach remedy for dogs

The veterinarian did two tests for parasites; both came back negative. She said that the only way to know for sure if our dog has irritable bowel syndrome is to take a tissue sample. Instead of putting Georgie under anaesthetic and making her undergo surgery, I chose to give her Tylan.

Tylan is an antibiotic that can cure infections. It’s often prescribed when a dog has diarrhea, and is used to help heal stomach and gut symptoms caused by colitis and intestinal problems. I also recently learned that Tylan tastes foul, which explains why Georgie won’t eat it unless it’s covered by chicken or cheese.

Immune tonic for dogs

dogs gurgling stomach noises

paxxin for dogs

Paxxin-Digestive and Immune Tonic for dogs might be a good alternative to Tylan (Tylan is a prescription medication that a veterinarian prescribes).

Paxxin can sooth and heal the digestive system, stimulate appetite, and calm your dog’s nervous system. I haven’t tried it for my dog’s stomach problems, but it does lubricates and protects internal mucous membranes. Check out the reviews from dog owners who tried it, on Amazon.

Probiotics for helping with stomach problems in dogs

Diarrhea and gurgling stomach noises may be linked to a lack of healthy intestinal bacteria in your dog. I’ve been told that yoghurt with probiotics is good for dogs, but I give my dog the  canine nutritional supplement that replaces intestinal flora.

Probiotics are especially helpful if your dog has diarrhea, because diarrhea cleans out the intestinal tract. Not in a good way.

How to Deal With Your Dog’s Stomach Problems

Take your dog to the veterinarian for a checkup. I know vets are expensive and sometimes seems useless (I was frustrated with the three veterinarians we tried because they didn’t do anything about my dog’s stomach making noises), but you need to get a professional opinion about your dog’s stomach problems.

Here’s what worked for me…

Sensitive stomach dog food

sensitive stomach dog food

sensitive stomach dog food

Purina Pro Plan Dry Adult Dog Food, Sensitive Skin and Stomach Formula is what I feed Georgie, along with a cup of chicken soup and a teaspoon of white rice. I give her half a cup of the dry dog food along with a sprinkle of the Tylan twice a day.

And no more marrow bones. What I finally discovered is that marrow bones – which I regularly gave Georgie – are too rich for her. She only weighs 22 pounds, and if she eats the rich, protein-laden marrow out of a raw soup bone, her stomach gets upset. I don’t know why the marrow bones didn’t seem to bother her the first six months she was on Tylan, but it worked to solve her tummy troubles now.

Try different things to stop your dog’s stomach noises

The first six months Georgie was on Tylan, she didn’t have a single stomach problem! So I foolishly didn’t renew her prescription, and have spent the last six months trying to get her tummy troubles under control again. I don’t know why the Tylan didn’t automatically pick up where it left off – she was doing great for so long, but taking her off then putting her back on wasn’t as effective or easy as I thought it’d be.

So, back came the diarrhea, stomach noises, gurgling guts, and no appetite. I don’t know if she felt pain because of her upset stomach, but I fear so. My colitis hurts me, and I think Georgie’s gurgling guts aren’t comfortable for her.

Give your dog a bland diet

grain free dog food stomach problems

grain free food for dogs with stomach problems

Taste of the Wild Dry Dog Food, Hi Prairie Canine Formula with Roasted Bison & Venison is a very popular bestselling grain free dog food. Made with real roasted meats, supplemented with fruits and vegetables, it delivers natural antioxidants to protect your dog’s health. It’s also packed with highly digestible proteins that supports a healthy immune system.

Of course, there is no guarantee that any dog food (grainfree or not) will stop your dog’s stomach from making noise and gurgling. But, it’s worth trying different types of natural, organic dog foods until you find what works.

I give Georgie chicken soup and rice every morning for breakfast and every night for dinner. I make my own homemade chicken soup – I just boil a chicken carcass for three or four hours. She loves it, and it’s so good for her tummy. I supplement with a half cup of seafood kibble (the Purina Sensitive Formula dog food that I described above), which is made for dogs with sensitive stomachs and skin.

Eliminate everything but the chicken soup and rice

I figured out it was the marrow bones that was causing my dog’s stomach upset by giving her only chicken soup and rice for a few days. When her tummy was fine, I added her normal treats back to her diet. When I gave her the marrow bone, voila! Her guts and stomach made gurgling noises the next day, and she refused to eat. A fellow dog owner told me it’s the same with her dog – she only gives marrow bones for 15 minutes a couple times a week.

A final tip for curing your dog’s stomach noises and problems

dog's stomach making noises

dog’s stomach making noises

One of the best sources of information about your dog’s health is other dog owners.

I’ve been told to give my dog charcoal, canned pumpkin, and yam – all are supposed to calm indigestion and upset stomach in dogs. I tried all three, but none calmed my terrier’s tummy. Still, if you haven’t tried it, you might consider adding a tablespoon of charcoal, pumpkin or yam to your dog’s dinner and breakfast.

I hope my tips help you figure out your dog’s stomach gurgles…I welcome your thoughts below, but I can’t give advice on what to do when your dog’s stomach makes noises.

May your dog’s tummy noises and stomach problems go away quickly, and not be the cause of any more trouble for your dog.

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7 Responses

  1. Laurie says:

    I hope your dog’s stomach problems go away soon, with or without a veterinarian’s help! It’s very sad and difficult to see our dogs in pain :-( My dog Georgie’s tummy is holding steady — so once you get your dog on a healthy diet, don’t veer off of it. I am very, very careful not to let her have anything but my “approved” treats because her stomach will act up again.

    May you find the right solution, and ease your dog’s gurgling stomach noises soon.

  2. Kisha brunette says:

    My dogs stomach used to be fine.. like she could eat anything and little to no problems.. now every other day she gets severe gurgling sounds.. refuses food and want to be outside eating grass.. no diarrhea or vomiting but her poop is green or slimy. I’m at my white end making an appointment tomorrow! She is a small schnorkie. And she is almost 7. I feel so bad for her.

  3. Deana says:

    Your comments make a lot of sense, as I looked for ways to help mys digestive problems. You already use your chicken wisely. I came across an old remedy for many human stomach problems that even goes as far as saying it would help reverse the effects of antibiotics in my system. I’m sure it works for our fur babies and dogs with stomach probems too. Bone broth was used years ago as base for soups and also because people didn’t waste anything. I use it in most sauces and soups. No bone goes to waste. Marrow bones have the longest use time. Thank you for your comments on what causes gurgling stomach noises in dogs.

  4. Ted says:

    Rachel- my 5 yr chi has the exact problem!! Every month for a couple days his stomach is noisy, he won’t eat, loose stool, seems nauseous. Can’t figure it out, vet said he seems to just get gastritis from stress? I’m not sure that’s it. Parasite tests are negative though.

  5. Laurie Pawlik-Kienlen says:

    I thought I had the parasite giardia once, and my doctor said the symptoms (stomach problems, bloating, painful gas or cramps, gurgling noises) are the same for dogs and humans. And, he said the problems can come and go because the parasite can go dormant. It’s possible that the micondazole didn’t kill the giardia parasite. Maybe it’d be worth talking to your veterinarian about a different treatment for parasites.

    Or, maybe the problems and gurgling noises in your dog’s stomach isn’t a parasite or bacteria….maybe it’s intestinal bowel disease, like what my dog has. I sprinkle a teeny bit of Tylan on her food in the morning and evening, and it’s taken care of her tummy issues.

    It is interesting that your dog’s stomach problems and gurgling noises come and go like clockwork, though! It could be hormonal, if your dog isn’t fixed. Or maybe there’s something in your house that is triggering your dog’s stomach problems — for instance, if you clean your house with a strong cleanser every month.

    It might be worth tracking your when your dog has stomach problems and gurgling noises, and noting what treats, foods, and experiences your dog is having. That may help you diagnose the cause of the tummy troubles.

  6. Cindy says:

    My 6 dogs have stomach problems too. Like clockwork. Can’t figure it out. Thought the gurgling noises and stomach problems in my dogs was giardia, treated with micondazole. But still comes back. Every two weeks or so. 😩 Some kind of bacteria that ebbs and wanes????

  7. Rachel Erickson says:

    You have described my Zeus’ problems to a T. He is a 2 year old Great Dane. The difference is, we don’t give treats like that and he has pretty much 100% dog food, with a occasionall milk bone or teeny slice of cheese, really teeny. But here’s the really weird part…. He does this once a month for a couple days. I put him on rice, pumpkin, bit of chicken, and small amount of kibble, high protein. When the diarrhea stops he gets regular dog food and he’s fine till the next month. Like clock work. Every month. So I, unlike you, can’t figure out the trigger to the symptoms. And that it happens every month is the weirdest part.

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