To give an overview, when stomach distress hits, I always check in with my vet. Depending on the diagnosis, with most average tummy troubles your vet may suggest withholding food for a day to give the intestinal tract a rest. But always be sure to keep fresh water around to avoid dehydration. However, for us, since one of our Sibes is on medication and gets very sick if he doesn't take his pills with food, so I go right to the BCR diet and do not withhold food from him. The BCR diet means no fat or oils at all. We use fresh chicken (breast or thighs) cooked in water only.
In most mild cases of stomach upset, the BCR diet helps to calm down the intestines and tum-tum, and aids in stopping diarrhea. If your furbaby still won't eat, as was the case of my Gibson and Bandit a few weeks back, I put the chicken pieces into a food processor and whirled them up into an almost chicken paste. Added that to the rice and fed them a little bit at a time by hand. A hint for the rice I got from my own vet is to have it as starchy as you can get it. If you have a steamer, that works great. If you microwave it, it's a bit of a trial-an-error to get to the perfect rice consistency. After quite a bit of practice, I have discovered that two cups of uncooked rice (not instant) plus four-and-a-half cups of water (for microwaving) seems to work best. The reason for the regular rice versus instant? The regular rice is starchier, while the instant rice will go right through them, which defeats the whole purpose of the BCR diet.
After not having symptoms for a 48-hour period, we reintroduced dry kibble (a little at a time) into the BCR, eventually upping the amount until back to normal amounts of kibble are achieved with no ill side effects. But please, always be certain of why your dog is sick to begin with by discussing it with your veterinarian.
We hope pets everywhere are feeling just fine - and here's wishing for a little more stable weather (snow is OK, wind and ice can just blow away!) Join in our hop, and if you have a home remedy for an ailing pet, please feel free to share. Until next time - stay healthy!