Why Is My Dog’s Stomach Making Noises While Sleeping?

If you’ve heard your dog’s stomach making noises while sleeping, you can feel worried and wonder whether it is normal.

The strange noises from your dog’s stomach may be due to various reasons.

But if noises appear in your dog’s stomach, you shouldn’t be too worried, as this can be a normal operation in your dog’s digestive system.

Yet, you shouldn’t ignore these noises because they may be the symptoms warning of other dangerous problems for your pet.

Read on and find the root causes of noises in your pup’s stomach during his slumber.

Why Is A Dog’s Stomach Making Noises While Sleeping?

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Why is my dogs stomach making loud noises while sleeping? 

Air consumption or bad gas in the intestines is to blame. Some other causes are pancreatitis,  diarrhea, or vomiting.

Besides, if your pup is hungry or eats improper food, these noises can also occur inside the stomach.

Let’s closely look at each reason below to understand why they trigger the stomach noises in your canine.

Bad Gas Or Air Consumption

When your dog gets bad gas, its stomach may make a loud noise. This gas can be due to a gastrointestinal disorder or a stomach upset.

Also, dogs can be filled with bad gas when they have allergies or food intolerances or if they eat things they shouldn’t eat.

In general, the faster your dog eats, the more air it can swallow. This air often moves somewhere; if it is not exhaled, it passes through the gastrointestinal tract and is in the rumbling tummy’s form.

This is not a medical problem since the intestines’ design allows gasses to pass through as a normal food processing part.


When dogs are hungry, they may have the syndrome of vomiting bile with an empty stomach. Also, your dog’s stomach often growls if they are hungry.

The noises due to hunger are also popular before breakfast or dinner. This growling may be louder when peristalsis is still going on even though the digestive tract is empty.

Some vets recommend two or three small meals rather than one to help your pup get rid of hunger during the day.

After a long night, a dog’s hunger is usually greatest in the morning. But my dog’s stomach growling disappears when its tummy is filled with food.


If dogs have diarrhea with other signs, such as vomiting, their stomach can become upset. I can also hear fluid or gas-gurgling noises moving around the intestines.

This makes my dog feel uncomfortable with the experience of intestinal spasms or cramps. Diarrhea will make fresh water and food travel through the dog’s digestive and intestinal tract faster.

Such fast movement is the cause of loud stomach growling.


If your poor dog has a gurgling sound in its stomach and is vomiting, its intestines or stomach can get the infection or inflammation.

The culprit can be diet change, gastric disorder, or eating something your pup shouldn’t eat such as stones, resulting in the dog vomiting stones.

Bloating Signs

Your dog’s stomach generating the noises while sleeping could be a bloating sign, fatal and serious if not cured promptly.

Bloating symptoms include nausea, abdominal swelling with a distended and restless stomach. If your pup has these signs, ask for help from the veterinarian for proper treatment immediately.

Diet Change

Sudden changes in your dog’s diet may cause indigestion. Thus, you should gradually change the special diet for your dog to avoid a growling stomach.

Improper Food Eating

Stomach growling can result from the food type your pup is eating. Certain foods, such as high-fat and bean diets, are closely related to your dog’s flatulence.

Therefore, you should reconsider your dog’s diet and not allow it to eat too many gassy foods, especially before bedtime.

Dietary Indiscretion

Your pup can love non-food things like mine. It can gnaw on furniture, make the trash cans break, or eat whatever they like. So, I often notice my dog’s stomach gurgling if the effects are mild.

Yet, stomach noises can come along with diarrhea and vomiting in more serious cases.


The problem with the pancreas producing hormones and digestive enzymes is also why your canine is making stomach noises. Overproduction of digestive enzymes will destroy a dog’s pancreas.

Pancreatic inflammation may step from trauma, obesity, a high-fat diet, genetic predisposition, diabetes, hypothyroidism, or medications.

Other symptoms include weakness, recurrent abdominal pain or vomiting, fever, bloating, loss of appetite, or dehydration.

Dog’s Stomach Gurgling While Sleeping – What Happened? 

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It’s normal for your dog stomach gurgling while sleeping. These abdominal sounds refer to noises from the movement of gasses and fluids in the intestines and stomach.

This can also occur while your pup is at bedtime, as it ate before sleeping.

It is often nothing to worry about unless the gurgling is frequent or accompanies other worrisome symptoms, such as diarrhea.

Depending on how dogs eat their dinner, stomach growls can be much louder while sleeping. Canines that are fast eaters tend to show digestive signs.

A loud gurgling sound can originate from the stomach’s inability to cope with the sudden air, liquid, or food influx. There is a simple solution for this.

I filled the slow-feeder food bowl with dog food and gave it for dinner  a few hours before bed to give my dog enough time to process and digest the food.

What Are Symptoms Of Dogs Stomach Gurgling At Night?

Your dog sleeps without eating at night, so the stomach acid can build up and sometimes cause nausea. If you catch some sounds from its belly, it could be an acid buildup in its tummy.

Besides, your pup can vomit in the early morning or before breakfast.\

In some cases, you may counteract this by spreading out your dog’s meals throughout the day and giving them small amounts before bed so that your dog’s stomach does not remain empty for too long.

Also, consider whether your pup has eaten a large meal or some unusual non-food things.

What To Do About Your Dog’s Stomach Making Noises While Sleeping? 

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If your dog has frequent stomach gurgling with other signs, you should see a veterinarian for the best diagnosis and proper treatment.

The vet will understand your dog’s medical history and check the symptoms to identify the issues.

Also, the vet will physically inspect your dog, including heart rate, weight, temperature measurement, and abdominal palpation.

Besides, your dog might take an abdominal x-ray, serum chemistry panel, urinalysis, fecal exam, complete blood count, or abdominal ultrasound.

In addition, thoroughly clean and disinfect your dog’s bedding and toys after treating internal parasites using deworming medication.

Deworming the dog to remove and prevent intestinal parasites from your dog’s stomach is also a good idea.

You can divide the frequent meals into smaller meals and give your dog frequent eating to avoid hunger and the syndrome of bilious vomiting.

Don’t feed your pup greasy leftovers that can cause pancreatitis.

If your puppy eats too quickly, separate it from other pets. This helps your dog become more comfortable and easy to enjoy its meals.


Should I Be Concerned If My Dog’s Stomach Is Making Noises?

No, you shouldn’t worry if your dog’s stomach is gurgling. Yet, you should take your dog to the veterinary for suitable treatment and care once its stomach is rumbling with other physical symptoms.

What To Give A Dog With A Gurgling Stomach?

You can use a few alternatives to treat your dog if its stomach is gurgling and if the problem is not too serious.

First, you can try various diets, such as highly-digestible or diets with hydrolyzed protein sources.

Aside from varying the diet, you can add fiber to your dog’s meals. It’s necessary to add probiotic or prebiotic supplements to the dog’s food.

If your pup has inflammation of the gastrointestinal tract, use the medications for it.


There are multiple culprits behind your dog’s stomach making noises while sleeping, such as bad gas, hunger, bloating symptoms, improper eating, or pancreatitis.

The first critical thing you should do to solve this problem is identify the root cause. Then, you may seek the proper treatment for your dog’s stomach to help it get rid of the gurgling.

When you find your dogs manifest other abnormal signs, like vomiting or losing appetite, contact your vet for advice or bring your pet to the nearest animal clinic for help.


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Hi I am Mitchell. Dog Growth is a blog about dog caring and training where I share my experiences to my community. Hope you enjoy it!

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