If you've ever been enjoying a quiet afternoon on the couch with your dog, only to hear it interrupted by his stomach grumbling and growling, you may have wondered just what was causing those noises. Just like your stomach noises can mean many different things, dog stomach gurgling and other noises are actually caused by various issues. Some of these are nothing to worry about, while others can indicate that you might want to get your dog into the vet for an appointment.
Finding yourself puzzling over your dog's loud stomach noises? Then take a quick look at this article and the potential causes behind those noises. The next time that you hear your dog's tummy rumbling, you'll be better able to tell if he's just hungry for a snack or if he might need some help from the vet.
Normal Dog Stomach Gurgling
View this post on Instagram
Wondering why Dalli is doing flying high-fives? Because this Saturday is #ClearTheShelters day! We’re hoping these rescue pups that we move photographed over the years get you excited to participate this year. 😉 If you’ve been thinking about getting a new bestie, this is the weekend to do it. Adoption fees for many of the dogs (and cats) are being waived to promote adoption. We’ll be down at Austin Animal Center helping you celebrate the addition of your new family member. Keep an eye out for us! ___ How you can help: Can’t adopt? Share this post on your story or tag a friend who can responsibly add a member to their pack! 🤗 ___ • Clear the Shelters Day is Saturday Aug 17th. No matter where you are, your local shelter is almost certainly participating. Adoption fees are waived for most dogs and cats, with the exception of some younger animal. More information can be found at cleartheshelters.com ❤️
A little gurgling is normal for your dog. According to Dr. Eric Barchas, every dog will experience some typical stomach noises throughout the day. These noises, technically called "borborygmi," occur as gas moves through your dog's intestines.
To get a sense of your dog's normal stomach noises, put your ear against his abdomen and listen for a bit. You'll hear the occasional soft gurgle.
Some dogs go through periods when their stomach noises are much louder than usual, and they can be so loud that you can hear them from across the room. While this isn't typical, these occasional loud stomach gurgles don't necessarily spell trouble, either.
Common Causes of Stomach Noises in Dogs
View this post on Instagram
Happy National Mutt Day y’all! This post is an ode to those dogs who will never produce an accurate DNA test. . The dogs who proudly wear the label of “Shelter Special”. . This post is a tribute to the dogs who might not have all the right parts, but still know how to steal our hearts! . Please prepare you pockets with snacks today, as I’m sure you’ll encounter a mutt who wants help celebrating their special day. 😉 #nationalmuttday
There are plenty of reasons why your dog may experience louder than usual stomach noises. Dr. Karen Becker states that your dog's typical digestive process can lead to these loud noises. Your dog's active digestive tract doesn't have much in it between meals, so it's normally quieter gurglings are amplified. You can give your dog a snack to tide him over between meals and quiet these noises.
If your dog swallows too much air when he eats, it can lead to louder stomach noises and even burping. Usually, dogs who are super excited about their food may gulp down their meals, inhaling too much air in the process. You can feed your dog smaller, more frequent meals or feed him his meals using a food-dispensing toy to help slow him down.
Dogs who eat things that they shouldn't, like a piece of paper or part of a toy, can also trigger their digestive systems to work overtime to break down these materials. Depending on what your dog ate, he may be able to pass the material with no problem, but if the material is toxic or large, it could cause a serious issue. If you know your dog ate something toxic or if he starts vomiting or has diarrhea, call your vet right away.
Serious Causes of Stomach Noises
View this post on Instagram
Flynn, the 4mo old Corgi. First time getting pupfessional photos taken and isn’t sure what to do with his nose. . San Antonio!! The last stop on our #HEBTXPetTour is on Saturday at Maverick Park. It’s been an amazing journey thus far and we’re excited to have teamed up with @heb to bring the experience SA. . There are still portrait spots available! Link in bio. And no, it’s not crazy to drive from Austin to attend the event! 😉 . Seeeeee u soon! 🤗
Some causes behind stomach gurgling can be more serious. According to Dr. Karen Becker, intestinal parasites like giardia, hookworm, and coccidia can cause loud stomach noises and other digestive issues.
Dogs can also develop issues like inflammatory bowel disease, a condition that leads to intestinal inflammation. This condition can interfere with your dog's digestion and with his ability to process and absorb the ingredients contained in his food.
Another potential issue called Dysbiosis, also known as leaky gut syndrome, can cause your dog's stomach to make loud noises. Dogs who have leaky gut syndrome develop too much bad bacteria and have too little good bacteria in their digestive systems, which can cause their intestines to become inflamed. Potential causes of this condition include stress, antibiotics, parasite infections, and even processed dog food.
Signs of Trouble to Watch For
Knowing that stomach noises in dogs can sometimes indicate serious health issues, you'll need to be able to tell what your dog's tummy noises are telling you. Dr. Eric Barchas recommends that you pay attention to your dog's behavior and the situation when you hear stomach grumblings to help you decide if your dog needs to go to the vet.
If you hear your dog's stomach growl before you've fed him in the morning, but the noises stop once your dog eats breakfast, it probably means that noise was just normal for your dog's digestive system on an empty stomach. Be sure to watch your dog's behavior, but if he has his normal appetite and doesn't have any other symptoms, you probably don't need to worry.
If you notice your dog's stomach making gurgling noises and he has other symptoms, then you should probably bring him to the vet. Watch for symptoms like reduced appetite, upset stomach, diarrhea, vomiting, or lethargy. Call your vet right away if you notice these symptoms.
In most cases, your dog's stomach noises are nothing to worry about, but it's always important to monitor any changes you notice in your dog just in case they turn into a larger problem.