Easy Dog Treats To Help Your Dog's Aching Tummy

By: Sarah Gardner

Easy dog treats are a great way to still give your dog a treat even when he has an upset tummy.  First of all, if your dog is experiencing sickness, diarrhea, or any form of an upset tummy, check with your veterinarian before you do anything else.  Assuming all is good, chances are your dog is going to be put on a bland diet (chicken and rice) for a few days which means no treats.  However, that needn't be the case if you choose treats that are easy on the tummy, we'll call them - easy dog treats!

Easy Dog Treats

How Dogs Get An Upset Stomach

Just like you can get an upset stomach due to some food that you previously ate, so can your dog. The problem is that your four-legged friend cannot exactly tell you when his tummy is aching, so it’s your job to provide him with the best possible care to make sure that his health always remains top-notch.

However, even if you take the best care of your furry little companion, he may still get an upset stomach sometimes. Although the cause of an aching tummy can be something from your dog’s diet, which usually happens when new food is introduced, some other factors, such as stress and age, can also cause a stomach problem.

More often than not, the main culprit is your own dog, as dogs are curious animals that have a tendency of chewing on various little items that they come across around the house or when they are playing outside. It's not uncommon to see them munching on plants or grass, and those can cause their stomach to get pretty upset.

Signs Of An Upset Tummy in Dogs

Since you can’t really see what your curious little friend is doing 24/7, you need to learn how to recognize the warning signs of an upset stomach and act accordingly. Below are the most common symptoms noticed.  

  • Diarrhea
  • Vomiting 
  • Fatigue
  • Loss of Appetite 
  • Eating Grass
  • Excessive Burping
  • Excessive Pacing (especially after eating)
  • Bloating (If you see any visible signs of bloating call your vet immediately)

What To Do If Your Dog Has An Upset Stomach

But, what if you do see the signs?  Given all the reasons above, your dog is going to suffer from an upset stomach at some point or another in his life, so you need to know what to do. Always check with your veterinarian to rule out anything serious that requires their attention.  Sometimes a simple phone call or a trip to your vet will be enough.  

If the problem doesn’t happen to be severe and require your vet’s attention, the best thing to do is give your canine friend a bland diet that can include some easy dog treats and pumpkin within their diet. Pumpkin contains a high amount of fiber, which helps slow down a dog's digestive system which helps with constipation and diarrhea.

These Pumpkin Patch Up's contain only one ingredient and that is PUMPKIN! You can either give them these Pumpkin Patch Up's alone or mix it in with their regular food. The great thing about these patches is that they come in a pack of 12. You can leave some at home and some in the car. We regularly go on road trips and I don't leave the house without these. For more information on how Pumpkin can benefit your dog, click here.

Chicken and Rice
(Ideal For Dog With An Upset Stomach)


  • Boiled White Rice
  • Chicken Breast, no skin or bones


  1. Boil 1 part white rice with 3 parts water for 20 – 25 mins or until the rice has absorbed all the water.
  2. Trim fat off chicken breast and boil in water for 10 – 15 mins or until the chicken is fully cooked and easy to pull apart.
  3. In a blender mix 2 cups of rice to 1/2 cup of chicken.  
  4. If you don't have a blender, finely chop the chicken and mix in with the rice.

Feed bland diet depending on your dog's weight below:

Small dogs (less than 15 lbs): 1/2 cup fed 3 times a day for a total of 1.5 cups throughout the day.

Medium dogs (less than 50 lbs): 1 1/3 cups 3 times a day for a total of 4 cups throughout the day.

Large dogs (greater than 50 lbs): 2 - 2.5 cups 3 times a day for a total of 6-8 cups throughout the day.

Easy Dog Treats You Can Include On a Bland Diet

I found the perfect treat to give a dog on a bland diet, quite by accident!  My Aunt's dog, Ava, had just suffered a serious case of bloat that resulted in her stomach flipping and requiring surgery. That's why I always say check with your vet first.

Luckily Ava recovered well but was on a strict bland diet (as above) for two weeks. After about four days she was not keen on eating just chicken and rice anymore so we were desperate to try and find some way to get her to eat. She is a finicky eater and was losing weight. After checking with our vet, here's one of my easy dog treats, which we came up with as a treat.

Chicken, Rice and Pumpkin Broth


  • Boiled White Rice
  • Chicken Breast, no skin or bones
  • Chicken Broth 
  • Pumpkin or Yogurt 


  1. Take the same ingredients as above but add a little chicken broth, pumpkin or yogurt and blend until mushy.  
  2. Next, spoon the mixture into a 'jerky gun' or icing/piping bag (if you don't have either you can make your own here.
  3. Squeeze the mixture into strips onto dehydrator rack or lined baking sheet of oven
  4. Dehydrate for 3 hours or bake on a very low oven temperature to replicate the dehydrating process (170°F or 180°F)

Canned Dog Food Treats

If your dog has been given a canned bland diet from your vet, you can also make easy dog treats out of that. Here's how:

1. Take out the whole can of food and cut into 1/4" slices

2. Cut the loaf into bite-sized pieces (like cookies) appropriate for your dog's size

3. Place on cookie sheet (do not grease)

4. Bake at 350°F (177°C, gas mark 4) until crispy

Keep in the refrigerator for 5 days in an air tight container or freeze.

Benefits Of Easy Dog Treats

You need to give your dog a treat here and there, because dogs love treats. When you give your furry family member a treat after a good training session, for instance, or any other activity that requires their good behavior, not only will your dog learn things much faster, but he will also feel excited and genuinely happy.

Happy dogs are healthy dogs, so rewarding your puppy with easy dog treats can not only make him happy, but also significantly improve his health. This is especially true if the treats you give to your dog are healthy and 100% organic, to ensure any stomach problems are not aggravated by the treats.

Remember to carefully check the ingredients before you choose any kind of treat for your dog, because only when you make sure that all of the ingredients are good can your canine friend experience the benefits of a healthy life, preferably without an upset tummy that requires easy dog treats. 

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