How to Aid a Dog's Digestion Naturally

By Elle Di Jensen

When your pooch has troubles with digestion, she may vomit, be constipated or have diarrhea. The priority is to help her feel better as soon as possible. Your kitchen is stocked with natural digestive aids that will do the trick in most cases. If your dog continues to throw up, has diarrhea or is constipated for more than 24 hours, consult an experienced veterinarian to ensure that the symptoms aren't signs of a serious illness.

Pumpkin for Your Punkin

If Fritzi is constipated, canned, pureed pumpkin will help make her regular again. Pumpkin is packed with fiber and most dogs like the flavor. If you're buying a can of pumpkin for the express purpose of using it to help with your dog's digestion, make sure that you don't buy pumpkin pie filling. Just cooked, pureed pumpkin is all you need, and only 1 to 2 tablespoons mixed in with your dog's food should be enough to get things moving.

Baby Your Baby

A bland diet is the best thing to treat a dog who is vomiting, so give her mild foods that you might feed a sick child. Web MD recommends mashed boiled potatoes, cooked rice and boiled chicken. The chicken should be skinless and shredded fine, and don't worry about dressing up the potatoes or rice with butter, gravy or sauces. The book "Doctors Home Remedies for Dogs and Cats" says to mix 1 part cottage cheese or boiled shredded chicken with 2 parts cooked potatoes or rice, and feed your dog a little of it every three to four hours until she's feeling better.

Give Her Some Culture

If your pooch has problems with excess gas, neither of you have to live with the pungent side effect. Yogurt contains good bacteria that facilitates digestion and can help to reduce flatulence. Your dog will like the flavor of plain yogurt well enough that you won't have to force it on her or hide it in her food. Small dogs only need about 1/4 teaspoon per day. Medium-sized dogs should have 1 teaspoon of yogurt and larger dogs need 1 tablespoon each day.

Go a Little Nutty

You've probably heard how wonderful coconut oil is for humans, but it can benefit your dog's health, too. According to Dr. Joseph Mercola, D.O., Illinois osteopathic physician and author, half of the fat in coconut oil is a rare natural ingredient called lauric acid. When your dog eats the lauric acid in coconut oil, his body uses it to fight viruses, bacteria and parasites that disturb digestion such as giardia. Coconut oil can soften the stool, so giving your dog too much could cause diarrhea, or make it worse if the giardia is already causing it. As little as 1/4 teaspoon for small dogs or a full teaspoon for large dogs should be enough to destroy the giardia parasite.