Dog isn’t Eating & Stomach is Making Loud Noises – Top 8 Reasons Why
The following reasons may explain why your dog is not eating while his stomach is also making loud, gurgling noises.
Parasites like roundworms, hookworms, whipworms, and tapeworms can cause dogs to suffer from a stomach upset, which in turn, leads to the loud stomach noises. The dog may also refuse to eat due to the discomfort he feels in the stomach. Dogs can get intestinal parasites from eating contaminated food. They may also get intestinal parasites from licking other contaminated sources such as the feces of an infected dog. This can be prevented by having your dog take deworming medication when needed.
Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)
Inflammatory bowel disease is a result of irritation to the dog’s intestinal tract. The inflammation can cause an excessive production of gas, which then leads to the loud, gurgling noises in the dog’s stomach. A lot of dogs will refuse to eat when they are affected by inflammatory bowel disease. You may need to prepare something bland but somewhat appetizing, such as boiled chicken with vegetable puree.
Dogs are curious beings and this sometimes leads them to eating things they shouldn’t be touching. The lack of eating and loud stomach noises could also be a result of intestinal blockage. Your dog may have eaten an object that doesn’t easily digest such as a plastic bag or a shoe lace. Have a good look around your house to see if there is anything that is fully or partially missing.
Blockage can eventually become a life-threatening condition if it isn’t treated quickly. Your dog may need to undergo x-rays or ultrasounds so the vet can identify the location of the blockage along the dog’s intestinal tract. Surgery could be a possibility, especially if a lot of time has passed since the dog ingested the indigestible material.
Bloat can cause the dog’s stomach to fill with gas and make loud noises. It’s a serious condition that must be treated quickly as the twisting of the stomach can result in the loss of blood circulation. In addition to the loss of appetite and the gurgling in stomach noises, dogs with bloat may exhibit other concerning symptoms such as excessive dribbling and problems with breathing.
The most common cause of pancreatitis is the excessive consumption of fatty food. An inflamed pancreas can cause major discomfort and discourage your dog from eating. Dogs with pancreatitis may regularly adopt the prayer stance (front legs stretched with head down). This may indicate your dog is having abdominal pain.
As us humans would well know, an empty stomach can also result in loud stomach noises. You would figure a hungry dog would wolf down anything edible but that isn’t always the case. A hungry dog may still not eat anything due to other issues like stress and anxiety.
Eating something bad
The ingestion of indigestible materials isn’t the only concern. Dogs for some odd reason love to eat smelly things such as food that have gone bad. This could happen if your dog ate expired food or if he was being naughty and ate leftover food waste in the bin. This may lead to a unsettled stomach and gurgling stomach noises.
While unlikely, you can’t rule out the possibility of diseases like intestinal cancer. It’s important that your vet explores all possibilities if your dog shows no sign of recovering and the stomach noises continue for a long time. In the meantime, it may help to have your dog eat a bland diet until he fully recovers.
What to do next
It’s always a major concern when your dog refuses to eat, even if it involves his favorite treat. Your first port of call should be to call the vet and for them to advise whether an emergency visit is necessary. Certain supplements and medications, such as pepto bismol and slippery elm bark, may help but we would only recommend using them under the guidance of a vet.