Why is a bland diet needed? We have all at one time or another, experienced the pain and discomfort of an upset stomach. Sometimes we may have diarrhea or bouts of vomiting or both, which is pure misery.
The first thing a vet will try to do is get the stomach quieted so as to be able to accept fluids, which is necessary for proper functioning of internal organs. If an adequate intake of fluids is not possible, dehydration (loss of body fluids) will occur, which if not corrected, will cause death. Thus, a bland diet is needed. Rehydrate your dog
A dog's upset stomach is similar to ours in that his stomach when upset for prolonged periods, also needs complete rest for twenty four hours or more to ward off dehydration.
It is important that immediate care be taken to prevent this situation from becoming critical. In some cases a dog may not be able to drink water without vomiting it out. If your dog is experiencing this problem, offer small amounts of water (use good judgment according to size, such as giving a teaspoon full for petite dogs or a tablespoon full for the larger breeds) every 15 minutes or so.
If he is able to contain the water, gradually increase the amounts offered over the next few hours until his thirst is satisfied. If you wish, give clear liquids such as chicken broth or a little Jell-O.
After at least 12 hours, when your dog's thirst has been satisfied, you may begin giving small amounts of food.
A bland diet may consist of
One and a half cups of cooked white rice with one half cup of cooked chicken or turkey meat (no grease, no skin). Boiled or baked potato may be substituted for the rice.
Bland foods include
2/3 rice or other bland grain
To the bland food, add
Yogurt 1-3 tablespoons per meal (yogurt is soothing but does not really provide any significant beneficial bacteria.... see our information about Lactobacillus sporogenes)
Provide a Probiotic. We recommend Lactobacillus Sporgenes.
Boiled Sweet Potato: 2-4 tablespoons
Consider giving Gastriplex if your dog has repeated bouts.
Take your dog to a competent vet if your dog is