Why a Dog’s Stomach Would Gurgle

Wondering why a dog’s stomach would gurgle? Maybe you heard it from several feet away. It’s amazing how such a small tummy could make such loud noises! What’s really troubling is when it keeps on happening or when your doggy seems sick. What causes loud abdominal noises in canines? Consider the following reasons why a dog’s belly would rumble, and check for symptoms and signs of illness instead of panicking. They have many of the same issues as humans.

Did He Recently Eat or Not?

You will hear intermittent abdominal noises by simply placing an ear on the dog’s belly. You can also hear similar sounds coming from your own tummy after drinking or eating and when you’re hungry. It isn’t necessarily a sign of stomach upset let alone a serious disease. No, you can’t usually hear noisy stomach activity from several feet away, but if your dog ate within the past hour or two it’s probably just digestion. Maybe he ate more than usual, raided the trash, or maybe he ate too fast and swallowed lots of air. A change in dog food is also one of the possible causes of stomach upset in dogs.

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Still wondering why a dog’s stomach would gurgle? These are some of the most common reasons why a dog’s stomach would make loud noises.¬†Although it could be something serious, in most cases it’s nothing to worry about.

Common Reasons Why a Dog’s Stomach Would Gurgle

  • Gas bubbles
  • Hunger
  • Digestion
  • Upset stomach

Medical Reasons for a Dog’s Loud Stomach

  • Intestinal parasites
  • Irritable bowel disease
  • Canine hemorrhagic gastroenteritis
  • Metabolic disease
  • Intestinal blockage
  • Endocrine disorder
  • Medication
  • Poisoning
  • Intestinal cancer

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Help! My Dog’s Stomach is Gurgling

Although illness is a reason why a dog’s stomach would gurgle, like I’ve stressed throughout my post, more than likely it’s something normal or minor. Just think of all the times you’ve heard your own stomach growl. With that in mind, if your dog is exhibiting symptoms of illness such as vomiting, fever, diarrhea, loss of appetite, and/or lethargy, it’s important to seek veterinary help a.s.a.p. If his tummy is tender, bloated, or if he’s in pain, call your vet right away.

Have more to add or questions for other dog parents? Feel free to leave a comment below, and tell us about your doggy.



Kimberly Dalessandro (a.k.a. Crystal Ray) began her online writing career in 2005 with PageWise Incorporated and went on to become a top writer for both Associated Content and Yahoo Voices under the pen name Crystal Ray. In early 2017 she launched Blue Crystal Sky ~ Everything Under the Sun. She is continually coming up with new ideas to share with the world.

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