Why is My Dog’s Stomach Gurgling?

why is my dog's stomach gurgling

Dogs, like humans, may have stomach rumbling. And there is usually nothing bad about it.

But beware, it could also be that your dog’s belly rumbling is a symptom of a serious health problem.

Is your dog’s belly rumbling loudly?

Here are the most common reasons, the symptoms that could portend something more serious, and the emergency procedures to control.

Is it normal for a dog to have a rumbling belly?


Just like your own belly growls at unpredictable times of the day, so will your dog’s.

The scientific name for your dog’s stomach sounds is rumbling.

Rumbling occurs when gas travels from one part of the intestine to another and is usually not a cause for concern.

These are often sounds associated with digestion, the process of breaking down food.

My dog ​​has a rumbling belly: When is this noise normal?

It is normal for gas to be present in your dog’s intestines, like ours.

And it’s just as normal for your dog’s intestines to engage in some activity that moves the intestinal contents. That’s the whole point of digestion.

During this process, gases move naturally through the intestines along with the contents. The noises associated with this movement are therefore normal phenomena.

Normal borborygms, on the other hand, are silent.

Try the following experiment: Place your ear against your dog’s abdomen. You should hear periods of silence interspersed with light gurgling sounds. This is what normal rumbling sounds sound like.

Some dogs, however, experience episodes of unusually loud intestinal gurgling. During these episodes, rumbling can be heard from far.

These sounds are not entirely normal, but they are not always a serious problem. Sometimes they indicate that something is wrong with the intestinal tract.

In other cases, they are caused by nothing more serious than hunger.

why is my dog's stomach gurgling

My dog ​​has a rumbling belly: the 5 common causes

There are a number of common reasons your dog’s stomach is growling. Here are the recurring causes:

1.The digestion process

In most cases, dog stomach sounds are not a cause for concern.

Just as our own bellies can gurgle throughout the day, so can our canines.

This is a normal noise that is part of the process of digestion and breaking down of food.

As mentioned, these noises are also known as Rumbling, and often occur when gas is moving through the digestive tract.


Probably the most common cause of stomach noise in dogs.

Hunger gurgles are slightly louder than typical digestion noises and occur when your dog has gone for some time without food.

In this case, the intestines usually begin to activate, in response to anticipated feeding. But empty intestines contain more gas. This will therefore result in audible bowel sounds, or “belly growls”.

If your dog’s belly is rumbling regularly from hunger, try dividing his meals into smaller but more frequent doses.

3.The air

If your dog eats too quickly, it may be ingesting air at the same time, which can lead to excessive gurgling.

If eating too fast is a problem for your dog, try using a slow feeding bowl or turning mealtimes into play, to eliminate gluttonous behavior your pet may have.

4.Diet change

A sudden change in your dog’s diet can interfere with its digestion.

Therefore, if you want to change its diet, it is important to do it gradually to avoid disrupting your digestion.

5.Food your dog shouldn’t have eaten

Dogs are often gluttonous animals and will eat almost anything in their path.

But if they eat something they’ve never eaten before, something too rich or inedible, their tummies may start to growl.

Even those seemingly harmless table scraps can make your dog’s stomach growl. Chocolate, grapes, xylitol… Many foods that humans eat cannot be eaten by dogs.

My dog ​​has a rumbling belly: when should i be concerned?

why is my dog's stomach gurgling

The above causes are relatively harmless and are not of great concern.

But when your dog’s belly rumbling is associated with any of the following symptoms, it may indicate a more serious problem.

  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Tremors
  • Lack of appetite
  • Lethargy
  • Excessive drooling
  • Excessive gas
  • Dehydration
  • Swollen and bloated abdomen
  • Strange posture

Does your dog have a gurgling and shaking belly? Does your dog have a rumbling and vomiting stomach? Does your dog have a rumbling belly and won’t eat?

All of these symptoms associated with gurgling should be taken seriously and merit immediate veterinary consultation.

Among the causes that these symptoms can involve:

Gastrointestinal obstruction

If your dog has eaten plastic or stones, for example, it can cause an obstruction in the intestines.

It is then an emergency that requires surgery.

Inflammatory bowel disease

Dogs can develop inflammatory bowel disease, just like humans.

This disease in part of the digestive system causes inflammation of the intestines and disrupts normal digestion.

IBD can usually be treated with medication and a special diet.

Make an appointment with your veterinarian to perform blood tests and recommend the appropriate treatment.

Bloating or dilation of the stomach

Bloating is a serious condition that can be fatal if not treated quickly.

In cases of bloating, the stomach fills with gas and twists, creating a bloated and bloated stomach.

If you notice any signs of bloating, see your vet immediately.

Liver disease

Liver disease prevents a dog’s liver from removing toxins from the body.

This is a serious health problem that requires immediate veterinarian intervention.

Medication and diet changes can help manage symptoms.


Pancreatitis is often caused by eating a diet that is too high in fat.

When the pancreas is inflamed, it can cause damage to the pancreas and other organs due to digestive enzymes.

You can manage your dog’s symptoms with medication and a special, low-fat diet.

Note: If your dog adopts the “prayer position”, with the head and shoulders down and the front legs outstretched, this may indicate that your dog is suffering from abdominal pain. Always consult your vet if you notice any gurgling sounds and the above symptoms. But if your dog has the occasional gurgling sound after a meal and seems to be doing well, there is usually no cause for concern.

What to do if a dog’s stomach rumbled

why is my dog's stomach gurgling

Not serious

Do you hear gurgling sounds in your dog’s stomach? The sound you hear may mean some minor stomach pain.

Fortunately, if only that, there are a few things you can do to help ease the discomfort.

If your dog appears normal, watch it closely and take an extra poop bag or two when you take it out.

But if there are other symptoms like drowsiness, not eating, or vomiting, get them checked out by your vet.

If your dog is not showing any other symptoms, the diet may play a role in improving its condition.

Try to prevent your dog from eating inedible food by preventing it from rummaging, and by not giving it any of your meals.

Feed your dog quality food and try to be consistent in your choice.

Choosing and mixing dog food based on cost – or special offer – is rarely a good idea and will cause more gurgling sounds.

Get help from your veterinarian to develop a suitable diet for your dog.

You can also use natural solutions to soothe and relieve your dog.

It may in particular:

  • Relieve inflammation
  • Soothing in case of stress
  • Promote appetite
  • Improve sleep
  • Calm nausea

If it’s serious

While the advice above applies to harmless cases, there is more to consider if you notice any additional symptoms besides that stomach rumbling.

Ask your veterinarian for a diagnosis before beginning home care, as many over-the-counter medications can be harmful if used inappropriately or frequently.

In particular, never give your dog human medicine. Many treatments intended for us are toxic to canines or simply unsuitable (eg anti-inflammatory, Spasfon …) and can cause more damage than other things.

While waiting for your dog’s appointment, try to limit the food you give it to allow its stomach to calm down.

If your dog is showing other signs of intestinal upset, a bland diet of unseasoned boiled poultry or fish and white rice may do it well.

A dog’s stomach rumbling can also indicate ingestion of a foreign object.

To avoid aggravating your dog’s gurgling sounds, keep toxic products in your home, such as chocolate, raisins, or even rat poison, out of reach.

And make an appointment with the vet if you suspect your dog has eaten something poisonous or inedible.

Elaboration of the diagnosis at the veterinarian

Have you made an appointment with the vet? Here is how it will unfold.

The physical examination begins with palpation of the dog’s abdomen and listening for sounds of the heart, lungs, and intestines.

Depending on your dog’s specific symptoms, your vet may recommend further examinations, usually starting with x-rays and blood work.

“It can also make urinalysis, fecal evaluation or abdominal ultrasounds, other tests to rule out pancreatitis and possibly more specific tests to rule out an underlying endocrine disease,” says Media Care Dr. Carly Fox, a veterinarian at Animal Medical Center in Manhattan.

veterinary treatments

Most of the time, a dog’s stomach rumbling does not require veterinary treatment.

However, in some cases, treatment may include deworming medications, diet adjustment, fluid therapy, or even surgery.

For example, dog stomach rumblings can be eliminated by temporary food deprivation, a bland diet, or medications that slow the production of gas, stomach acid, or diarrhea.

If your pet becomes dehydrated rapidly, intravenous or subcutaneous fluid therapy, as well as anti-nausea, antacid, anti-diarrhea, or antibiotic treatment, may be necessary.

If your pet is parasitized, a dewormer or monthly preventative treatment for worms and other parasites may be necessary.

About Amanda

Passionate about animals, Amanda draws her expertise from her training as an educator, pet behaviorist as well as her extensive experience with animal owners. A specialist in dog and cat behavior, Amanda continues to learn about our four-legged companions by studying veterinary reference books but also university research sites (UCD, Utrecht, Cambridge, Cornell, etc..)

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