Stomach growling? What do they mean?

Stomach growling? What do they mean?

Have watched it all in the cartoons and Tom and Jerry episodes when the tummy growls and all it means is that you’re hungry. But did you know that it sometimes also means digesting of a meal or maybe because you’re sick? Do you ever wonder what the noises in your pet’s tummy mean and whether the reasons are the same as yours? Here’s an answer to your question.

Rumblings usually are produced in the intestines and not particularly the stomach. They are very common and a normal part of life.

Keep reading to know the causes of the dog stomach noises.


During digestion, the gastrointestinal tract breaks down food. That food moves around, the gases that are created by the digestive process move around, and even some of the organs involved in the digesting move a bit. Most sounds audible to a pet parent are related to gas moving through the intestines. Sometimes, digestion can produce louder-than-normal sounds when the process creates a lot of gas or when the gastrointestinal tract suddenly experiences an increase in activity, like when a dog eats dog food after having an empty stomach.


A dog’s stomach will sometimes growl due to hunger. The noises are produced by the movement and contractions of the gastrointestinal tract and are usually a little louder than the sounds of digestion. These hunger rumbles are most common in the morning before breakfast, a little before dinner, or anytime a dog has gone a while without food.


Ingesting a lot of air, whether while scarfing down food or just breathing heavily, can cause excessive stomach noise in dogs (and doggy burps). If your pup is eating too fast, you can try using a special type of dog bowl or other techniques, like putting a large ball or toy in a regular bowl, to slow your dog’s eating.

More Serious Causes of Dog Stomach Noises

Most times, the noises from the stomach are completely harmless and normal but they can also mean serious gastrointestinal problems. If a dog gets into the garbage, eats something that doesn’t agree with him, or has his diet changed suddenly, stomach upset—and accompanying gastrointestinal noises—may occur.

More serious problems that can be associated with dog stomach noises include intestinal parasites, swallowing foreign objects, or a gastrointestinal diseases or disorders. In rare cases, excessive stomach noises can be associated with certain endocrine or metabolic disorders.

Pet parents need to be concerned if the noises are associated with other clinical signs whose symptoms could include decreased appetite, vomiting, diarrhea, hypersalivation (drooling), and lethargy. You should also be on the lookout for signs of abdominal pain, such as a hunched posture.

If these symptoms are persistent, you should consult your veterinarian.

Share this post

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *