• Hahnbee Choi, Cert. CN

Upset Tummy Protocol

Updated: May 14

The most heart-wrenching thing is when your best friend isn't feeling good! Whether it's from a new food or stress, rocket butt (aka diarrhea) is never fun for anyone...Here is a go-to upset tummy protocol that, more often than not, clears things up pretty quickly!


⚠️ If your dog has chronic diarrhea that has lasted longer than 1-2 days, please take them to your vet ASAP. ⚠️



Why Does Diarrhea Happen?

Diarrhea is defined as a loose and watery stool. It often disappears within a few days and can be acute or chronic. Acute diarrhea lasts 1-2 days, while chronic diarrhea is usually the result of a viral or bacterial infection or food poisoning.


Diarrhea can occur due to numerous factors such as:

  • Stress

  • New foods

  • A food allergy or intolerance

  • Viral infection

  • Bacterial infection

  • Intestinal disease

  • Parasitic Infection

⚠️ The following protocol is for acute diarrhea only. ⚠️


Symptoms of an upset tummy:

  • Decreased appetite

  • Drinking less water

  • Fatigue

  • More sleepy/depressed

  • Looking uncomfortable

  • Sensitive to touch around the abdomen area


Upset Tummy Protocol


#1 Fasting (from solid foods)

Fasting is the willful refrainment of food for a period of time. Fasting should only be done with dogs older than a year old. If your dog is younger than 1 year, disregard this step and opt for feeding a bland diet instead.


Fasting adult dogs will give their digestive system a break and allow whatever is messing up their system to have a chance to clear out, reset, and recover from the inflammation inside.