What to Do if Your Dog isn’t Eating & His Stomach is Making Loud Noises

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For a pet owner, it’s highly alarming when your dog suddenly loses his appetite. Not eating enough or not eating at all can signal a number of digestive issues. If your dog’s loss of appetite is coupled with loud gurgling noises coming from is tummy, it’s even more cause for concern. When your dog makes loud stomach noises and won’t eat, you have to know what to do next.

Quiet Gurgling of the Stomach Is Normal

Commonly stomach gurgling, known to vets as borborygmi or borborygmus, is natural. It’s the sound a dog’s stomach produces when gas or fluid is moving in the intestines. It also indicates that the digestive system is in the process of breaking down food.

Quiet or moderate gurgling is normal but it’s another story when the noises are actually audible. There could be too much gas in your dog’s digestive system or his stomach could simply be empty (which signals feeding time). You know how your stomach makes strange noises when you’re hungry? Your dog might be experiencing the same thing.

Common Causes of Stomach Gurgling

As mentioned, your dog might be making loud stomach noises simply because he is hungry. Of course, the best solution is food. Make sure that he has enough food to eat and water to drink.

In this situation, one of the most common mistakes pet owners make is giving too much food. It’s more ideal if you give your pet a moderate amount of food, or even small portions of his meal frequently as not to upset his stomach further.

You can also try introducing your pet to a bland diet. When your dog makes loud stomach noises and won’t eat, his stomach could be upset. Try unseasoned boiled chicken or fish with rice to give his stomach a rest and to make the process of digestion easier.

When Tummy Gurgling is a Sign of Danger

If you already tried the bland diet approach, and still, your dog makes loud stomach noises and won’t eat, it’s something you should treat right away. If the stomach gurgling is coupled with weakness, vomiting, diarrhea or passing gas, it’s no ordinary stomach ache.

It could be dog bloat which is potentially dangerous. But, without any alarming symptoms, you can simply massage the gas out of your dog to relieve the gurgling and/or gassiness.

You should be very observant of your furbaby’s symptoms as there are other more serious reasons why your dog makes loud stomach noises and won’t eat.

The gurgling could be because of intestinal parasites and digestive blockage from eating something he shouldn’t have. Or, it could even be serious diseases such as inflammatory bowel disease, hemorrhagic gastroenteritis, glandular disorders or even cancer of the intestines.

In any case, you should go to your vet immediately if your pet hasn’t eaten anything for more than a day. Don’t wait for more days to pass until you take action.

Is My Pet in Pain?

When there’s an underlying disease present and you see that your dog is lethargic, he is most likely experiencing some abdominal pain. It might be tempting to give him some pain medication, but you should hold off if you haven’t visited your vet yet. Bring your pet to the clinic as soon as possible.

Remember to Help Out Your Vet

If your dog is indeed vomiting or passing out watery stool, make sure to take a small sample of it before you go to your vet. The samples are going to be a big help in determining why your dog is making loud stomach noises and won’t eat.

Put your fresh samples in a clean container. The vomit sample should go in one container, while the stool sample should go in another. Also, be ready with the symptoms that you have observed as your vet will likely ask questions like:

  • How many days has it been since your dog last ate?
  • When did you first observe your dog vomiting and passing out watery stool?
  • How is he sleeping?

Your vet might start an IV line to replenish the fluids that your dog has lost. Your vet might also suggest for your dog to stay in the clinic for a number of days especially when he is not eating. The next treatments will highly be dependent on the diagnosis. Listen to what your vet suggests to treat stomach gurgling and its underlying cause.

Disclaimer: The content on MyPetChild.com is for informational purpose only. It is not intended to be a substitute for professional veterinarian advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your veterinarian when in doubt.

60 Comments

  1. Lance Anderson August 25, 2020 at 11:32 am

    12 year old West highland terrier has gurgle in stomach and won’t eat. Stool don’t know yet. Was good yesterday . This happens about once ever 2 weeks. When she will eat Chicken & rice has worked in the past. Also pepto Bismol has worked in past. Any help out there?

    • Joanna January 16, 2021 at 7:44 pm

      Hi i have west highland terrier too and found this article. Any idea did you take yours to the vet ?

    • Susan March 16, 2021 at 8:11 pm

      Our Westie has done this on and off for years. It is getting more prevalent now. We have her on wonderful food from a company called My Perfect Pet. It is their chicken and rice food, with a few added nutrients and vitamins, but no preservatives. She likes it and we like giving it to her, feeling good about doing so. But she still gets the stomach gurlgles and goes a day without being able to eat. Our vet has her on Pepcid AC 10 mg once a day. Xrays have been taken and there is not a blockage, which is good. But it’s still worrisome, and the vet is not figuring this situation out. Zoey is 15 and putting her through some kind of invasive procedure is worrisome. But I am worried about this, and we just can’t seem to get it under control. Have you had a lot of tests done on your Westie?

      • Jim c September 15, 2021 at 2:54 am

        Hi Susan, I’ve been going through this for years and can’t figure it out. Spent thousands on full blood panels x-rays sonogram yoh name it. January had to put him in the hospital. Gave him fluids and changed his diet to royal canine HP we went almost 3m with no issues then 2m then 2m then 1 and now back to weekly bouts. I thought that food was the key and it wasn’t. My westie will be 9 soon and he has many years of love left in him. You folks come up with anything?

        • Ged November 24, 2021 at 11:26 pm

          My Westie is almost 12 and has had this issue for years. Our vet believed it may be due to acid building up in her stomach between meals. I think so too as I’ve found it is more likely to happen soon after she’s been particularly active, playing chase etc. We have managed to largely stop it by feeding her 4 times per day. We already fed her 3 times, so split one portion into two and gave her that first thing in the morning and last thing at night with her normal lunch and dinner in between. That means her stomach is never empty for long enough for the acid to build up. Hope this helps.

    • Janet D August 29, 2021 at 7:52 pm

      How much pepto bismol? I have a 10 pound chihuahua/French bulldog mix and her tummy sounds like it’s screaming or a baby crying. And it’s loud. She obviously doesn’t feel well. She didn’t eat yesterday til quite late and I gave her freshly cooked chicken.

    • Jim c September 14, 2021 at 2:51 pm

      Lance I have a 9yo westie with same issues. December it went days and he stayed at vet for 2days. They changed his diet and he has been ok for 9m and it’s back. Vets can’t figurdd it out. Like you this was happening every 2w and now it’s every week. Did they find anything for you? I’m sick over this. Anything you can share would be appreciated.

  2. Keith December 20, 2020 at 7:07 pm

    My dog has the same problem, once a week or every other week he doesn’t eat for a day and his stomach makes loud gurgling noises. He usually also has loose stools, but it only lasts for a day and then he is fine. Does anyone out there have any insight into this? I thought maybe he was eating poop. He likes deer poop, but we have been very vigilant to keep him away from it. He eats about anything like sticks and parts of his toys but we are also trying to minimize that too.

    • Julia January 1, 2021 at 5:04 am

      Hi Keith,
      My dog is going through the same thing. Did you find a reason and solution to alleviate these symptoms? Please let me know.
      Thanks,
      Julia

      • Julia Pedro April 18, 2021 at 12:51 am

        Have ya’ll asked that your vet checks for giardia or coccida? Does your dog eat sand, have smelly mouth, poop smelling unusual, stomach making loud noises? Likely giardia or coccida.

    • Lisa Inches February 4, 2021 at 11:59 pm

      My Chihuahua/Docksin used to do this all the time. He was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis. He’s been on prednisone for years and we have them down to half a pill every other day. I try and incorporate foods that have probiotics in them. I also give my dogs and cat those sodium bone broth with their food which is very beneficial. You could add yogurt and canned pumpkin to your dogs diet which helps with stomach issues.

      • Barbra March 30, 2021 at 9:41 am

        Hello, my mixed Chi has similar issues bit hasn’t been diagnosed with ulcerative colitis. Her stomach makes loud terrible noises when she gets this way which is 4 times a month. I made another appoint for her next month. Last year she had a bad case with diarrhea and her Vet told me to not give her chicken anymore and start her on Royal Canin, but it didn’t work. I’m praying there’s nothing serious wrong and I’ll just make her food at home with Turkey & Pumpkin and put Greens powder on top so she’ll get all her vitamins and probiotics. She doesnt get diarrhea anymore, but she still eats grass but doesnt vomit. I’m so worried. 😔

        • Jim c September 14, 2021 at 2:55 pm

          Hi Barbara. Has anything worked? Vets don’t know what it is. I’ve done sonogram b-day blood work you name it. No answers.

    • Lal Day February 14, 2021 at 7:09 am

      Hello, our 8 months old Maltese/Bichon has the same issue. Almost every week, he will not eat and tummy makes noises and loose stools and he is fine after a day or so. Just ordered pumpkin and we have been giving him natural cooked food, rice/chicken or rice/beef etc for 4 months now and don’t know how to improve his diet. He vomits the night before this happens and after two days, he is perfectly fine. Any suggestion are much appreciated.

  3. Louise January 9, 2021 at 9:50 am

    Our 8 month old Cockapoo has similar symptoms to the comments already made. She won’t eat anything (inc treats/bland food) for almost a whole day. Her tummy squealches, loudly, as if she’s hungry and she usually tried to eat grass at this point. Her poop is often loose (as in some consistency, not full on diarreah). But she isn’t lethargic, she will happily go out for her walks and charge around with the ball.
    Every time we have been to the vets they just say give her a bland diet…seems like there might be something more going on, any ideas?
    Thanks

  4. H January 15, 2021 at 2:39 pm

    Have a vet check your pups for hiatal hernias.

  5. Mark January 16, 2021 at 5:00 pm

    I’m afraid I don’t have any helpful suggestions, but has anyone else wondered why nobody sells deer-poop flavored dog treats? Seems like a great commercial opportunity!

    • Lynn April 11, 2021 at 1:28 pm

      I agree with you Mike. My shipoo eats it a lot. Lol.

  6. Mindy January 31, 2021 at 11:28 am

    I’ve been going thru this SAME issue with my 2 1/2 yr old female Chow Chow. I’ve gone to the vet twice- had X-rays done to see if there was any blockages or growths… NOTHING. He ran bloodwork— NOTHING. Have no idea why this happens. Made her chicken and rice…ground turkey and rice…canned pumpkin and green beans…I’ve exhausted every option. She’ll go about a whole day or so without eating, gets very gassy and runny poop…I just stick with chicken and rice for a while until it lets up. I MAKE SURE THERES WATER DOWN AND SHES DRINKING. The vet said she’d go for a day or so without eating…I try and get her to eat at least some chicken so she doesn’t throw up…I’m STUMPED!

  7. Sharon February 11, 2021 at 9:50 am

    My 13 year old lurcher has had squeaky painful tummy once every 4 weeks. Had her tested and have been told she has pancreatitis. She has to have a low fat diet. But it hasn’t cured it. She doesn’t eat or drink all day doesn’t have up set stomach or sickness, just pain. She is prescribed tramadol which helps.

  8. Mary Rogers March 31, 2021 at 3:36 am

    I have a Siberian husky that does the same. It worries bled to no end even though huskies are known to regulate the food they eat to the amount of exercise they get. When he won’t eat I offer food til he gets hungry.

    • Mac September 4, 2021 at 5:52 pm

      My Husky does the same, she was 71/2 when I adopted her and have had her 3 years and she has done it since I have had her, have tried various food but no difference , I should say I have kept her on the same food her previous owners gave her for the most part.
      Not eating and chewing grass tends to last for 24 hours then all is fine for a short while, I have noticed that not eating makes her worse so try to get her to eat Bonio biscuits , her favourite plus some cheese which she loves to eat [grated cheese on her food goes down well]

  9. Dee April 1, 2021 at 7:39 pm

    I’ve been going through this with my Bichon/Yorkie mix for years. He used to have an episode every couple of months but recently it’s been a couple of times a week. I’ve had him to the vet dozens of times, three times in the past month. They say everything checks out fine with labs and physical exam. I know he’s miserable though. He has bad anxiety and these spells make him so much worse. He acts scared and it’s very hard to even console him. Over the years I’ve spent hours and hours trying to research this issue, I’ve changed his diet in every way imaginable, I’ve added probiotics, given him Pepcid, Pepto Bismol as well as other things suggested. I’m so frustrated and feel like I’m failing him. 😞 There has to be more to this. How can something so “simple” be so debilitating? Still looking for solutions….

    • Mary May 8, 2021 at 3:41 pm

      We are going through the same thing with our 2 year old American Eskimo mix Pomeranian. I’ve taken her to 4 vets and one internist. We’ve tried everything, including feeding her five times a day. The internist thinks Snow White has food allergy IBD, but her regular vet diagnosed her with gastritis. If you have any idea how to make things better for your fur baby, please share your thoughts. I have done so much research and yet I don’t know how to alleviate her discomfort.

    • Jim c September 14, 2021 at 3:00 pm

      Dee your not alone. I spent sleepless night comforting my guy Dr bills all over the place. I don’t get it. I’m sitting here with my guy right now trying to get this to pass. You learn anything new?

  10. Lorraine Eastham April 5, 2021 at 1:37 pm

    My westie has had a noisy tummy nearly every 2 weeks. My vet suggested potato and white fish which seemed to do the trick for about a month. However it’s back again – every other Tuesday. He has been getting bits of chicken if we’ve had it for a meal as I thought that would be ok. I gave him some yesterday and today he has a gurgle in his tummy. He remains alert and spritely when his tummy is off. I am going to try yogurt in his food and no chicken as a treat to see if that helps.

    • Martha April 7, 2021 at 10:04 pm

      I have had the exact same issue occurring to my 3 year old maltese dog. It happens a couple times a week seemingly. I dont know what to do she has quality food and one day she’s fine the next she can’t sleep next to me. Any ideas?

  11. Lori April 18, 2021 at 6:01 pm

    I have a 10 month old chi cross. He’s been a very fussy eater the day we brought him home. What I have noticed is I have to be so careful with what he winds up putting in his mouth. Loves chewing on wood. This is a horror to me as I lost a beautiful dog from this same thing. Wood. I like to walk him in the country, oh my before you know he has poop in his mouth. Now his stomach is off, eating grass, off his food. I believe he might have a parasite. Off to the vet. Be so careful everyone gosh with what they chew on. I even wonder about his toys. ❤

  12. Linda Sampson April 28, 2021 at 4:47 pm

    I’m reading all of the comments here but I never see any replies.
    My dog also like once a week does not eat and has loud gurgling noises. He does act fine except for he will sleep on the floor instead of with me.
    i worry that something bad is wrong, but after a day he is back to his normal self.
    It sounds like maybe this is common and many people have had it looked into without any real answers.

  13. Janet April 30, 2021 at 7:23 pm

    This problem seems so common, my 9.5 year old tibetan terrier has in recent months started having the same symptoms roughly once a week. She has always had a bit of a sensitive tum and has suffered badly with colitis in the past. I’ve tried giving her probiotics and changed her food to hills science plan sensitive stomach. Going to the vets next week with her.

  14. Pia Everett May 1, 2021 at 2:17 am

    My 11 year old Golden/ Chow has the exact same issue, every 2 weeks his stomach will start making loud noises in the am and he will not eat. Sometimes it last the whole day, other times I can get him to eat by lunch time.
    It started for about 2-3 years ago. The vet did all kind of tests, but they can’t find anything wrong. His pancreas was checked and it’s fine. He gets fresh pet, boiled chicken and white tuna mixed with dry food.

    • Krista May 3, 2021 at 3:57 pm

      I have a pomchi and she has been doing this every 2 weeks. Her stomach gurgles so much, she won’t eat or drink. She throws up bile. I have spend thosands taking her to the vet and ER. Everything always comes back normal. I am at my witts end because I don’t know what’s wrong and why this keeps happening. She get under skin fluid, gravol by injection and a few hours later is eating back to normal etc. But I can’t keep taking her to the vet every time this happens, but I’m scared if I don’t something worse will happen…like her organs fail due to dehydration. I need helps as she is doing it again today but not vomitting…yet.

      • Pia June 13, 2021 at 6:09 pm

        Try slippery elm bark. Good quality, best in capsule so you can put powder on food as preventative, or dilute in water and give with a syringe in mouth (obviously no needle attached) when sick. It will calm digestive track, remove irritants, parasites or poisons without costing an arm and a leg. Research yourself but it has worked for my lead poisoned dog, my sister’s dog that was poisoned by a neighbor and stays I took in with various stomach issues. Walmart quality will not do. Has to be organic and from a reputable source. Powder will slime up when mixed with water which is what you want. You cannot overdose and no side effects. As I said, research yourself.

    • Sandra Mavity November 14, 2021 at 7:05 pm

      DO NOT FEED YOUR DOG FRESH PET!!!!!! It has garlic in it and that is POISONOUS to dogs!!!! Our BT almost died because if Fresh Pet!!!! The emergency pet hospital dr couldn’t figure out what was wrong until 8 mentioned the food smelled the whole kitchen with GARLIC! She was beside herself!!! That explained the symptoms, but almost killed my dog! Fresh Pet won’t tell you what “natural flavoring” ingredient is……..but it’s garlic! POISON!

  15. Janet May 4, 2021 at 4:06 pm

    My pooch has been prescribed omaprazole for two weeks for possible excess stomach acid, so let’s see if that helps?

  16. Susan May 27, 2021 at 7:48 am

    My 14 month ol Pughas the exact same thing. I don’t see any replies on here, how do you see them? Has anyone found a solution or a treatment plan? We are getting ready to leave on vacation for two weeks and I’m very nervous about leaving him. He was just out eating grass, tummy gurgling and looking like he doesn’t feel well. Guaranteed he won’t eat breakfast tomorrow. I’m so worried.

  17. Maria Tafar May 28, 2021 at 7:44 am

    My 11 year old chi mix whom I adopted a year and a half ago does exactly the same as others mention. About 2x per month he does this, stops eating and tummy loudly squelching…..lasts about a day and next day fine. Bizarre, I wonder what it is?

  18. Ron June 12, 2021 at 2:20 pm

    Same story here. 2 1/2 year old mixed coonhound/beagle. Twice a week his belly gurgles. He is currently on a prescription diet. He gets no food other than his Royal Canin HP food. His stool is more solid, but seems smaller than it should be. Been to the vet once a month, ran many tests…no negative results. When his belly is bad he doesn’t show any terribly alarming behaviors, although he does lay by himself, he will still get up and play with the puppy. He is a rather anxious dog. Things we’ve tried: chicken & rice, pumpkin, goats milk, probiotic, different feeding times, increased number of times feed throughout the day, slow feeder bowl, raised food bowls, prescription food. Looking into a raw diet now. There is a ton of similar stories with no answers. This is frustrating and scary.

  19. Mandy June 17, 2021 at 1:32 pm

    My 4 year old chorkie has the same about every 2 weeks has a gurgling tummy and doesn’t eat for the day been vets but got no answer.The next day he’s fine. Just asking about trying pesto for dogs and how much to give.

  20. Linda July 16, 2021 at 3:17 am

    Same with my boxer. Loud gurgling sounds you can hear across the room. Won’t eat for 1 or 2 days. Always the same from vet “gastritis” Have tried expensive mail order fresh food, chicken and rice, many brands of dry dog food and she always gets the same problem every 1 to 2 weeks. I have tried pepto , Pepcid, antacid etc. Doesn’t seem to help. Also gets probiotics. I am at my wits end. She seems uncomfortable when this happens. I just ordered purina sensitive stomach. We will see, but I don’t hold out much hope.

  21. kirk July 27, 2021 at 2:52 am

    exact same thing with my boston terrier (coming up to 2 years old)
    He will get loud gurgling stomach followed by a chuck of white foamy substance
    skip breakfast and then be fine by the afternoon
    happens like once or twice a month..

  22. Franky McGinnety July 28, 2021 at 3:34 pm

    My Welsh Terrier gets the same. I did some research found that beef and chiken were not good for dogs so I have changed to a one protein diet lamb and rabbit treats pure rabbit. Been good for a few months if she has a different treat back it comes. The vet thinks it’s ibs I give her 1:2 a paracetamol we are fine again.

  23. Evonne August 2, 2021 at 12:50 am

    Our 12 year old Chorkie has had this on and off for the past few years. Initially it started with a bout of Pancreatis that led to an overnight in the vets, rabbit pooh was the culprit. I know now as soon as I hear a gurgle it’s tummy time. He won’t eat when he has it, he feels super sorry for himself and his stomach sounds like a marching band. Vet told us to keep Pro-Kolin paste in the house (which he hates, I literally have to rub it round his gums to get him to take some) and if needed give him a Buscopan. He is fed a really good quality dog food and although 12 still has high levels of exercise each day so I’m reluctant to cut his protein and fat levels as one vet advised. I find though it’s seems to be worse when he has treats for dog walking friends. His tummy has been fine for a good while and he had a treat from his dog buddy owner this morning and boom we have gurgling tum tonight. I have given him some ProKolin so fingers crossed.

    • Jim c September 14, 2021 at 3:18 pm

      Did your treatment work? Been dealing with this for years and getting worse.

  24. Sarah Schreyer August 5, 2021 at 9:00 pm

    All of these comments make me so sad, my boxer mix has been dealing with the same issues for years. No idea why it happens. He will get “bubble tummy” and I’ll know because he won’t eat, or drink, or wanna go outside, he just sleeps. All day. It’s so sad. And then tmrw, he’ll be completely fine. Like nothing happened. I’ve tried all kinds of nutritional additives to bulk up his stomach lining, but I just don’t know what else to do.

  25. Nancy August 19, 2021 at 12:44 pm

    I’ve had life-long issues with my cheweenie, who’s 12. Tried powder probiotics with no luck. She’s on Fomatidine (Prilosec, I think) every day, which seems to help. Less often incidences. I’ve also been making home-made dog food for most of her life. Chicken, rice, some veggie. Seemed to work with much less issues. But now, she’s been eating a few days, off a day, eating a week, off one, eating a few days… Maybe it’s her age? Going to increase pill to twice a day. NOTE; have taken her to three different vets over the years, no firm diagnosis. I’m not going to put her through all that again with no results or some kind of an outcome.

  26. Paige August 29, 2021 at 5:54 pm

    My poor 7 month pomeranian gets a loud tummy & won’t eat for the entire day, he looks sick hell vomit and have loose stools. i’ve changed his food 3 times including his wet food i give him once a day. currently i am feeding him honest recipe which isn’t kibble it’s like an oatmeal food. he loves it. he was doing so good not having any problems until today. I don’t understand how he could be excited for food thae night before then comes the morning & he’s so uninterested.

  27. Janice Haber September 4, 2021 at 9:06 pm

    My 9 yr old Westie has these same symptoms; loud buzzing stomach, won’t eat, sleeps alot sometimes and other times gets his toys to play. After about 6 hours and a bowel movement or vomit, he’s good to go again. I have had him to the Vet so many times and no results. Complete blood panel, tummy x-ray, two fecal tests. The only thing the Vet tells me is that there are no parasites, virus or bacteria. Wouldn’t you think the Vets or Vet pharmacists would study this since it is fairly common? So sad.

  28. Liv September 7, 2021 at 6:25 pm

    I’m experiencing the same issue with my dog that so many here have mentioned but I’ll leave my comment anyway and hope that some day we will find a solution. I began noticing stomach issues with my shepherd mix about a year and a half ago when he had some reddish mucus in his stool, the vet said it was likely just some inflammation and suggested a bland diet for a short time. The symptoms started to happen more frequently and then became more severe, including the gurgling/screaming stomach, lack of appetite, noticeable physical discomfort, and mucusy vomit and stool. The vet ran a series of tests and found that my dog had pancreatitis so we got on a low fat diet and added a B12 vitamin to his routine but he continued to experience the problems mentioned above. The vet ran a more advanced blood panel and said his pancreatitis was gone but that he had IBD. I’ve tried several combinations of new diets, medications, and supplements to help keep his stomach healthy but nothing seems to last long-term. I’ve had some minor success with Hills Prescription W/D mixing kibble and canned food but he still has regular flare ups, I’d say monthly, but they aren’t lasting as long as they had previously. Has anyone else’s vet diagnosed their dog with IBD? Hoping to find a way to at least mitigate some of the discomfort. My heart breaks for all the commenters here, this process is so frustrating. Maybe we need to start a support group?

    • Liv November 22, 2021 at 10:53 pm

      UPDATE: My dog experienced a particularly bad flare up back in September where his stomach was very bloated, he could not lay still and was even having trouble standing up. I took him to a different vet within the practice as an emergency visit because I was quite worried and she suggested giving him Pepcid every night before bed since his problem with not eating tends to start in the morning. I don’t want to jinx anything but the Pepcid has been working wonders! Since he started taking it about 2 months ago I’ve only noticed a couple of days where I heard his stomach squealing, but he had none of the other symptoms. It did take a little bit of coaxing to get him to eat on the two days I heard his stomach noises, but a big scoop of canned food worked for him, whereas before I couldn’t even get him to eat ANYTHING (even chicken). Just wanted to share in case it could help someone else, it’s definitely worth asking the vet about. Hopefully this helps long term, I’ll try to keep y’all updated.

  29. manal September 13, 2021 at 7:30 am

    Hello every one, my boy is a 4 years canaan dog , same story… loud sounds from his tummy as if he is hungry, can’t eat anything, only some leaves from the garden and he stay like this for the whole day… I went to the vet and she thought this might be due to worm or something but nah nothing is related to that… then I figure out the reason… My dog shouldn’t eat one meal only…. I gotta feed him three times a day… small portion in the morning and evening and a normal meal for lunch… If I skipped the evening or the morning meal this problem will happen 😐 so from my experience your dog should eat three times a day to avoid this problem… try that hopefully it will be useful for you 🙂

    • Jim c September 15, 2021 at 2:43 am

      Did your treatment work? Been dealing with this for years and getting worse.

    • Jim c September 15, 2021 at 2:45 am

      Disregard that comment. Been following that routine with my westie for years. Problem always comes back. I don’t get it. So frustrating and heartbreaking.

  30. Jean J September 28, 2021 at 3:25 am

    My little 12 year old miniature schnauzer is going through this currently. It’s not her first time. Sounds like the same as you all are describing. As far as I can tell hers started with bloody, mucous diarrhea. We knew she had eaten something she should not of eaten and were hoping by the next day she’d be fine. In comes the not eating and now tummy gurgling to beat the band. Trying to decide if we take her to the vet or not. Considering the slippery elm.

  31. JOY REEVES September 30, 2021 at 12:35 am

    OK.. here’s my story. My 13 year old Pitsky got sick, loose stool(with blood), vomiting… Vet gave her anti biotics, probiotics etc. She doesn’t seem any better and now my other dogs (2 pits and i brussel griffon) are exhibiting same symptoms… Gurgling stomach,no appetite and vomiting…HELP

  32. M October 17, 2021 at 5:38 pm

    I’ve correlated not getting food into his stomach soon enough with the diarrhea/not wanting to eat.. meaning WHEN his stomach expects there to be food (based on the sun coming up, how he sleeps, if I wake up early and don’t feed him until his normal time, etc), if there is not food in there, his stomach acid has nothing to do, but keeps pouring in as if there was food to digest.. then with that amount of stomach acid, he doesn’t feel like eating, then he’s going to poop all that out (diarrhea).

    Like many of you, we went to multiple vets.. blood tests, xrays, ultrasounds, fecal tests, all fine with the exception of some inflammation (seen during ultrasound). Doctor prescribed antibiotic (which he said would reduce the inflammation), which has been working for us to make the diarrhea go away and the appetite come back… except today where he was awake already, wanted to play, then after that LOUD stomach and not wanting to eat. One day when the stomach sounds started I was able to get him to eat bread and we had a fine day.. My prediction of today is it will not be good, given the fact that he wouldn’t eat breakfast (and I had ran out of the bread). My logic behind the bread was that to him it was a treat (more likely to eat it), not too unhealthy, and would soak up his stomach acid. From the previous week where we were at our worst (bloody diarrhea), we began the antibiotic, and me feeding him bread (just to get him to eat), and going to the store to get a bunch of different dog foods tried giving him each, and he went for blue buffalo turkey and potato recipe small breed… with that, his health basically went back to normal.. (possibly until i ran out of those and the bread and here we go again…)

  33. M October 17, 2021 at 6:11 pm

    Also to add to my previous message, I eventually stopped feeding him bread as he took to the blue buffalo food. The bread I gave him that he liked was Sliced Croissant Loaf – La Boulangerie (just because it had the smallest number of ingredients in it).

    Sometimes to get food into him we had 2 other tricks that worked periodically 1) throwing the food to him (where he catches it in his mouth) and 2) the threat of the cat eating his food sometimes makes him eat his food.

  34. Iris Fox November 8, 2021 at 2:49 pm

    My 10 year old Collie has similar issues to what many of you described in the comments. She will be fine for a few weeks and then she will wake up one morning not wanting to eat her meal. It happened this morning so I started rubbing and pressing on her stomach and it was making all types of sounds. She has been to the vet a few times and they have prescribed Metoclopramide. I will give it to her for a week or two and then she’s back to normal. When it happens again and she refuses to eat, I give her a pill and within a couple of hours, she is back to normal. I don’t know what causes it as I never give table scraps and am very careful as to what I feed her.

  35. Jason December 31, 2021 at 4:31 am

    My 6 year old Chihuahua experiences the same thing about every 2 weeks. We’ve had numerous vet trips. Labs and X-rays. He even seen a specialist and still no firm diagnosis. I’ve changed his diet multiple times and give him probiotics every day. He was tested for liver failure and high bile acids levels. Liver failure test was negative but the bile acids came back high. It worries me so bad when he has these episodes. He doesn’t eat for about 24 hours then he is fine like nothing never happen. This has been going on for years. We have found out he is allergic to chicken, soy, and yeast. He is on high quality dog food hill z/d and he still has these episodes. He doesn’t get any human food. I’m so frustrated cause I feel like I’m failing him. Anyone got any answers?

    • Liv January 4, 2022 at 5:01 pm

      Jason,
      I’ve been giving my dog Pepcid every night before bed with a small amount of kibble per my vet’s recommendation. After nearly 2 years of tests, trying different diets and meds, etc. this is the only thing that has seemed to help him. I’ve been doing this since mid-September and aside for one or two loud stomach days early on, he’s had no more flare ups (before they were happening every couple of weeks). Might be worth asking your vet about! Hope this helps.

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