Home Remedies for Colic in Dogs

Updated February 21, 2017

Colic is a type of pain that forms in the abdomen. In animals, colic is usually the result of eating excessive amounts of grass, which results in an overproduction of gas that causes the pain. Sometimes colic is caused by poor quality food. Regardless of the cause, you can treat your dog with colic without going to the veterinarian.


Certain herbs can help ease the pain of colic in your dog. Chamomile, ginger and peppermint can help alleviate the gas build-up in your dog. Additional herbs that might help include Pimpinella anisum, or Foeniculum vulgare. Mix these herbs with your dog's food or add it to your dog's water. This will ease the pain, and may help with the gas build-up. Don't use all these herbs at once because you may irritate the stomach more. Choose one herb and try to get your dog to eat it. Also, sometimes just the smell of peppermint can alleviate pain. If you don't feed your dog the peppermint, you may try spraying the smell of peppermint near where your dog is lying.


Try feeding your dog probiotics, which will help regulate your dog. Colic is a result of poor diet choices by your dog (either from eating grass, spoiled foods or garbage) and probiotics may help to clear out your dog's system removing some of the food that caused the colic in the first place.

Slippery Elm

Try preparing a slippery elm mixture for your dog. Slippery elm, which also goes by the name Ulmus fulva, may reduce the inflammation your dog is feeling and help with any ulcers that might aggravate the pain. It soothes your dog's stomach. Simply add the bark to water to create a mixture that has similar texture to oatmeal and feed it your dog.

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