This is my dog, Piper.
When I hugged him this morning, his tummy greeted me with a bunch of growls. Normally, you might assume that he’s hungry. Nope. Apparently German Shepherds have a tendency to get growly stomachs, but nobody is sure why. But when it happens, he’s uncomfortable and shows no interest in eating. It’s crazy loud, though, and it concerned us that he wouldn’t eat. So, I did a bunch of research (I am a librarian, after all!) and discovered that Tums seem to help. I was concerned about the safety of this, but didn’t find anything to contraindicate its use. So, when growly tummy strikes, we break out the Tums, and they really do seem to help.
But, you might question, how do you get him to eat them when he isn’t interested in food? Great question! Answer? I act like they’re the best treats in the world. I make him sit, lie down, and come, for them. If only they made them in meat flavors! If they weren’t so big, I would tuck them inside of a slit hot dog slice (one of our favorite medicine giving tricks). Sometimes, to give medicine, we hide the pill inside a slice of cheese, or wrap a bit of lunch meat around them. What do you do to give your pet medicine?