If you’ve ever wondered, “why is my dog’s stomach making noises?” I am pleased to inform you that you are not alone.
Sometimes just like yourself, your dog will experience series of noisy bubbling. In fact, it can be so loud sometimes that you might even be able to hear from it across the room. Although these noises aren’t totally normal, they do not necessarily translate to a problem you should visit a vet for.
The gurgling sounds you overhear from your dog’s belly are produced by the gas moving around in their intestines. It is common for their intestines to have some operation, just like humans, but it is usually very quiet.
Dog stomach sounds have a medical term, much like every other thing in medicine. Borborygmi is the scientific term for the dog’s stomach sounds.
Normal borborygmi are quiet. Try the following experiment: place your ear against your dog’s stomach, and you should hear cycles of silence combined with soft burbles. That is exactly what normal borborygmi sound like.
- 1 How Loud Is Loud?
- 2 Why Is My Dog’s Stomach Making Noises?
- 3 Are Your Dog’s Stomach Noises Painful?
- 4 What to Do About Your Dog’s Stomach Making Noises
- 5 Prevention of Stomach Making Noises
- 6 Conclusion
How Loud Is Loud?
It’s natural for your dogs to have some gas in their intestine, just as it is absolutely normal for the intestines to pass nutrients around their bodies. Therefore, it is only natural for gas to float around in the intestines alongside other components. This frequent activity in the intestine is probably why borborygmi (normal) are so common in dogs and even other animals.
Normal and quiet gurgling occurs when normal gas quantities are moved through the intestines in a normal fashion. But when the intestines contain a great quantity of gas passing through or experience oddly intensified activity, unusual loud intestinal noises happen. Both of these phenomena usually happen concurrently.
Howbeit, some dogs will have episodes of unusually noisy bowel gurgling at some point, but they don’t necessarily indicate a problem. Even if the noises are loud enough that you can hear from across the room, they still might not be a cause for alarm. In most cases, they might not be anything more than hunger.
But then, they can also mean something is wrong with your dog. Let us, therefore, consider the various reasons why your dog’s stomach is making that noise.
Why Is My Dog’s Stomach Making Noises?
Here are some natural and medical reasons your dog’s stomach is making noise:
One of the commonest reasons your dog’s stomach is making noises is hunger. That is, their intestines do not contain enough amount of food. Therefore they have a higher ratio of gas to solids, hence the sound.
In response to an expected meal, the empty intestines will begin to perform some internal activities, resulting in tummy grumbling or audible intestinal sounds. It goes without saying that the solution to this is to feed your pet some quality dog food.
Unfortunately, hunger isn’t the only thing that can cause a lot of gurgling in the intestines. Anything at all capable of causing gastrointestinal upset of any kind is also capable of causing loud borborygmi (dog stomach noises)
If you are careless with your canine friend enough to afford them the time and luxury to visit a trashcan, you might not like the result of it. Should your dog break into the trash, it would be the perfect time to eat what they like in the trashcan. You do not need me to explain to you how they can possibly eat spoilt and decayed foods.
The point here is simple. Should you hear that loud noise from your dog’s stomach, and you are wondering, asking yourself, “why is my dog’s stomach making noises.” You might want to check out the trashcan to confirm if your furry friend reached there.
Unless there is some highly harmful or decayed rubbish in the trashcan, you should not worry too much. Your dog’s condition will improve with time. But if otherwise, your dog, at any moment, might suffer from severe vomiting, diarrhea, or pancreatitis. It would be best if you visited your vet as soon as possible.
According to Blue Cross, parasites in the intestines, like tapeworms, whipworms, hookworms, roundworms, etc., are capable of sucking essential nutrients from your dogs through the intestines, leaving them easily hungered. Remember, less food creates more chances for gases.
A foreign object (rock, toy, plastic, stick, fabric) ingested by your dog can create a painful blockage in the digestive tract. Gagging, vomiting, not sleeping, constipation, and lethargy are also possible symptoms. A blockage in the intestine can cause necrosis of the intestinal walls’ tissue as well as stomach noises.
Inflammatory Bowel Disease
Inflammatory bowel disease in dogs is a disease that causes inflammation of the intestinal lining. It can lead to intermittent symptoms such as diarrhea, weight loss, vomiting, and abdominal discomfort like noises in your dog’s stomach.
The symptoms of hemorrhagic gastroenteritis in dogs include bloody diarrhea and vomiting, exhaustion, loss of appetite, decreased appetite, and a painful abdomen. The reduced or total loss of appetite, as well as painful abdomen, can cause your dog’s stomach to make loud noises.
Other reasons your dog’s stomach is making noises include:
- Gastrointestinal foreign bodies
- Certain toxicities
- Adverse reactions to medications
- Metabolic problems such as kidney or liver disease
- Glandular disorders
- Cancer of the intestines
Are Your Dog’s Stomach Noises Painful?
Some people ask whether noisy gastrointestinal sounds hurt; it depends on the conditions around the dog’s gastrointestinal sounds once again. Hunger pangs aren’t very disturbing. However, noisy borborygmi triggered by intestinal parasites, inflammatory bowel disease, or hemorrhagic gastroenteritis can be painful. Tiredness and a lack of appetite are often associated with painful gurgling noises. You might need a ride to the vet if your dog seems to be in that kind of excruciating pain.
Nevertheless, some dogs just keep experiencing loud stomach noises regularly. If you observe your dog’s stomach is making noises—loud noises, often than usual, then you should use the absence and presence of other signs in guiding your action and response.
Dogs who face regular noisy stomach gurgling accompanied by loss of or decreased appetite and episodes of diarrhea could be suffering from parasites or some other chronic intestinal disorder. You should treat it as quickly as possible.
Dogs that seem to be in good health but make frequent bowel sounds on a daily basis are most likely well (although you should have your vet confirm it). And besides, some dogs’ intestines are naturally more active than others hence more stomach noises.
What to Do About Your Dog’s Stomach Making Noises
So, should you be concerned with your dog’s stomach sounds, and what should you do about it? It all depends on the situation. If it’s early in the morning and your dog looks to be in good spirits but hasn’t been fed, try giving him food. There isn’t likely to be a concern if he feeds with his usual zeal and the noises disappear.
If your dog’s stomach is making sounds in addition to signs of moderate lethargy or a minor loss of appetite, a condition may be developing. Prepare yourself for the possibility of diarrhea or vomiting (though none is guaranteed). Perhaps, to hopefully curtail this, you can serve an easily digestible meal like cooked boneless, skinless chicken breast and boiled white rice to your dog.
If your dog is making loud stomach sounds and seems to be ill, you should get veterinarian help right away. Significant lethargy, a decreased appetite or thirst, diarrhea, and vomiting are all signs that something is off.
If you ever find yourself doubting whether your dog needs to see the vet, the best option is always to take him in. In these kinds of situations, it’s best to stay on the side of caution.
Prevention of Stomach Making Noises
- Your dog’s meals should be pretty predictable and constant.
- Make sure that you do not leave harmful or toxic substances within your dog’s reach
- Always empty your trashcan
- Feed your dogs only quality dog foods
- Regularly screen and examine your dog’s health
If you notice that your dog is experiencing stomach noises, it is just normal that such should happen. Even we humans have that noises going on in our bellies.
It only becomes a matter of concern when the noises are loud, constant, and accompanied by other symptoms. You know your dog better than anyone else. Therefore, when you suspect that the noises are abnormal and unusual, you should take them to the vet for proper screening and examination.
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