Why Your Dog’s Stomach is Making Strange Squeaking Noises
It’s normal for a dog’s stomach to make noises. When we’re hungry, our stomach makes gurgling noises too. Our four-legged friend is no different. As a pet owner, however, it’s worrying when your dog’s stomach is making squeaking noises or some other loud noise that you haven’t heard before. Is it just gas or an internal issue that’s more serious?
Stomach Noises Are Normal
You’ll hear sounds from your dog’s stomach for a couple of reasons. First, gas is passing from one part of the intestines to another. The sound this physiological function makes is softer. When your dog’s stomach is empty, on the other hand, the stomach sounds can become louder since it’s all gas and no food.
The second reason is that your pet’s digestive system is functioning. Stomach sounds indicate that food is being broken down. However, because it is also a physiological function, just like the first example, the sound won’t be all that audible.
When Your Dog’s Stomach is Making Squeaking Noises, You Should…
Since we already differentiated stomach noises that are part of the digestive process, you can maybe have an easier time identifying noises that are out of the ordinary. Your dog may have an upset stomach if you keep on hearing squeaking noises from his abdomen.
It could be mild indigestion which is easily manageable at home. Typically, a dog will eat grass to cure his upset stomach. However, there will be cases where grass isn’t accessible, or your dog might not feel like eating grass at all.
You need to place him on a diet that has the least chance of worsening his stomachache or indigestion. What you can do is offer him white rice and chicken (boiled and unseasoned). Be sure that there’s also plenty of water for your dog to drink.
The Cause of the Squeaking Stomach Noises
There are a lot of other sounds that your dog’s stomach makes. You’ll hear rumbling sounds when he is hungry. You’ll hear audible gurgling sounds when there is a serious digestive issue. Squeaking sounds, on the other hand, are associated more with a change of diet.
Have you introduced a new dog food or treat? Could it be possible that you fed your dog a dairy item? Remember that most dogs are lactose intolerant. They can get an upset stomach from cheese or ice cream. Avoid giving anything with milk to your dog unless you want a gassy pet. If you have introduced a new kind of diet to your dog, it’ could be that his digestive system was surprised, hence the upset stomach.
The Right Diet for Your Dog
Contrary to what you may be thinking, you can’t just feed your pet anything from your fridge when you run out of dog food. Similar to us humans, our dogs need a diet that’s well-balanced and appropriate for their age.
With this in mind, you can ask your vet for the best choices. You can also consider the following tips:
- Your dog’s diet should include cooked or raw meat, fish, vegetables, and rice.
- It’s okay to feed him pure kibble. You can mix it with the food suggestions made above.
- Your dog may need vitamins but it will be your vet’s call.
- Practice good food hygiene. Because you may be dealing with raw meat sometimes, you and your pet could easily get campylobacter or salmonella if you are not careful.
Apart from these suggestions, you should also make sure that your feeding time is consistent. Ideally, he should be fed twice a day with about 8-12 hours interval. As to the amount, you’d have to ask your vet for a more precise calculation.