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Is chicken soup good for dogs with upset stomach?

Chicken soup has long been used as a home remedy for humans with upset stomachs. Many dog owners wonder if it can also help soothe their pup’s digestive troubles. Here is a look at whether chicken soup is an effective remedy for dogs with upset stomachs.

Can Dogs Eat Chicken Soup?

Yes, dogs can safely eat chicken soup in moderation. Lean, cooked chicken meat is a healthy source of protein for dogs. Chicken broth is also usually fine for dogs if it is unseasoned and contains no onions or garlic, which can be toxic to dogs.

That said, some seasonings and ingredients commonly found in chicken soups may cause stomach upset or other issues for dogs. Onions, garlic, and chives can damage red blood cells in dogs when eaten in large amounts. Rich or fatty broths can cause diarrhea. Salt should be limited as it can lead to excessive thirst and urination. Avoid soups with xylitol, an artificial sweetener toxic to dogs.

Benefits of Chicken Soup for Dogs

Chicken soup may help dogs with upset stomachs in a few ways when properly prepared without any ingredients that could cause further issues. Here are some potential benefits:

  • The chicken provides protein, which is easy to digest.
  • The broth provides hydration and electrolytes.
  • Low-fat broth can coat the stomach lining for protection.
  • Warm broth may provide soothing comfort.

Risks of Chicken Soup for Dogs

While chicken soup can help dogs with mild stomach upset, it does come with some risks and considerations, including:

  • High-fat ingredients may worsen diarrhea or vomiting.
  • Added seasonings and spices can further irritate the stomach.
  • Quickly gulping the broth may cause bloating.
  • Raw chicken carries a risk of salmonella or other bacteria.
  • Bones can splinter and puncture the digestive tract.

How to Prepare Chicken Soup for Dogs

To maximize the benefits of chicken soup for a dog with an upset stomach while minimizing risks, here are some tips for preparation:

  • Use skinless, boneless, cooked chicken breast.
  • Choose a low-sodium broth or make your own.
  • Avoid onions, garlic, chives, salt, and pepper.
  • Simmer vegetables like carrots, sweet potatoes, or pumpkin to make it more nutritious.
  • Let the soup cool completely before serving.
  • Serve the soup plain without noodles, rice, or other mix-ins.

How Much Chicken Soup to Feed a Dog

For a dog with an upset stomach, a few tablespoons of chicken soup may be helpful. The amount can vary based on the size of the dog:

Dog Size Amount of Chicken Soup
Small dog under 25 lbs 1-3 tablespoons
Medium dog 25-50 lbs 3-6 tablespoons
Large dog over 50 lbs 6-8 tablespoons

Serve the soup in small amounts throughout the day rather than one large meal to make it easier to digest. Also make sure the dog stays hydrated by drinking water.

When to Avoid Chicken Soup

While chicken soup can often help soothe a mildly upset stomach, there are some situations when it is better avoided. Do not give chicken soup to dogs experiencing:

  • Severe vomiting or diarrhea lasting more than 24 hours
  • Weight loss or lethargy along with upset stomach
  • Bloody stool or black, tarry stool
  • Difficulty breathing or swallowing
  • Signs of bloat like distended abdomen or unproductive retching
  • Oversensitivity or allergic reaction to chicken

These symptoms may indicate a more serious health issue requiring veterinary care rather than home treatment with something like chicken soup.

Other Home Remedies for Dogs With Upset Stomach

In addition to chicken soup, here are some other simple home remedies that may help soothe a dog’s stomach:

  • Pumpkin: Canned pureed pumpkin can coat the stomach. Give 1-4 tablespoons depending on size of dog.
  • Probiotics: Plain yogurt contains probiotics to support digestive health. Give 1-3 teaspoons for smaller dogs and 1-2 tablespoons for larger dogs.
  • Chamomile tea: The soothing properties can relax the stomach. Let tea bags steep in hot water and cool before serving a few tablespoons.
  • Ginger: Has anti-nausea effects. Can add a quarter teaspoon fresh grated ginger to food.
  • Peppermint: Settles stomach and reduces gas. Make peppermint tea using one bag per cup of hot water. Let cool before serving.

When to See the Vet

Home remedies like chicken soup can often successfully soothe an upset stomach. But if symptoms persist for more than 24 hours or if other concerning symptoms develop, it is important to make an appointment with the veterinarian. Dogs can become dehydrated quickly when vomiting or having diarrhea, and some stomach issues like blockages or bloat require urgent medical care.


Chicken soup can be a safe and effective home remedy for dogs with mild, temporary stomach upset. The chicken provides protein while the low-sodium broth supplies hydration without aggravating the stomach. Make sure to avoid any seasonings that could cause further issues. While a small amount of plain chicken soup is usually fine for dogs, severe or persistent vomiting, diarrhea, or other concerning symptoms warrant a trip to the vet.