Can I Give My Dog Something For Nausea?

Can I Give My Dog Something For Nausea?Many pet parents deal with nausea at one time or another. Motion sickness is most common when a dog travels or is under some kind of stress. This goes hand-in-hand with vomiting, like when your canine eats something they shouldn’t have.

There can actually be many reasons for nausea. In general, it’s usually okay to let the family dog vomit to rid themselves of what’s ailing them. Most of the time their nausea symptoms will begin to subside.

There are, however, things you can proactively give your dog to prevent expected nausea. But it’s important to use the right medicine to avoid making the situation worse. Treatment options range from OTC meds to natural remedies and we’ll cover them here.

Can I Give My Something for Nausea? Answer: Yes, Pepto Bismol & others

Bismuth subsalicylate or Pepto can be given for assistance with nausea.

Many have reported satisfactory results from its use but a vet should advise you before any human medicine is given, including those available over-the-counter. We’ve since switched to a more natural remedy and use a canine-formulated organic oil designed for motion sickness. It prevents nausea every time and we consider it very safe.

Dosing Pepto for Pets

Generally, the size of your dog will determine how much Pepto Bismol to provide for curbing nausea or upset stomach. For reference, one teaspoon per 15 pounds of body weight or one tablet per 40 pounds is usually sufficient. It’s more difficult to determine proper dosage for smaller breeds so be cautious and conservative. Also, consider Rescue Remedy but always consult with a veterinary professional.

Fasting Before Travel

Restricting the diet is effective for reducing nausea. Withhold dog’s food for between 12 to 24 hours prior to travel but keep an eye on their hydration levels. After they’ve fasted, you may need to provide some bland food such as white rice and skinless chicken breast without any herbs, salt or spices. Fasting your dog requires constant care and close observation but it’s known to work well for nausea.

The Dehydration Factor

A sick dog, that’s nauseated and vomiting, is susceptible to dehydration. Severe vomiting can bring it on very quickly. Be sure to offer small amounts of water regularly, keeping your pet well-hydrated to avoid additional problems. You can test for dehydration by pulling up the skin between the dog’s shoulder blades. If the skin bounces back with ease, your dog is fine. If it takes a few seconds to fall into place, it’s a telltale sign that your canine is dehydrated.

In any case, don’t wait for something like nausea or vomiting to linger to the point where your dog takes a turn for the worse. This is especially true if your buddy won’t drink anything, or can’t keep water down. In such a situation, get them to the vet as soon as possible.

Other Travel Ideas

Probably the most simple and effective way to prevent nausea is to crate your dog. For whatever reason, pets tend to feel more secure when they’re enclosed in a cage during travel. This is widely known to help with motion sickness. Another good idea is to make frequent stops because this serves as a stress reducer for dogs and therefore reduces the chances of nausea.

Regarding Hypoglycemia

If you find that your dog is frequently nauseated, they may be suffering from a condition called hypoglycemia which is basically low blood sugar. Hypoglycemia symptoms include lethargy, shivering and weakness in addition to nausea. This is yet another reason why monitoring your dog’s health, especially with these symptoms, is so important.

Conclusion on Nausea

There are several things you can do to prevent nausea which we’ve outlined above. Try using natural methods such as crating your dog or withholding food prior to travel. Other reasons for recurring nausea may require a diagnosis and veterinary assistance. A huge concern is dehydration which is why some situations involving nausea and vomiting are so serious. Whether using Pepto Bismol or some other product, closely monitor your dog when they are feeling nauseous.

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Talisha October, 2015

My Jack Russell Terrier caught and ate a dove this morning. Since then she’s been throwing up lots of slime and doesn’t want to eat. She drinks lots of water and luckily that stays down. But she’s moaning and we don’t know what to do to help her. It breaks our heart to see her so down and sick. Any advise?


McKenzee October, 2015

I would suggest making boiled hamburger and white rice. Try to coax her to eat it. If she wont, try a chicken or turkey baby food. If she won’t eat either of those, I would give her an anti-acid stomach pill. My vet told me to give my 10 pound Shih-Poo half of one when he was very nauseous. If it continues for more than days you need to take your pooch to the vet!


Michelle March, 2015

My miniature Poodle has been throwing up since last night and it continues today. She threw up her food that she just ate. Should I be concerned?


Denise February, 2015

My dog, a 10 year old Lab, has been in and out of the hospital over the last 2 weeks. She’s had all the tests including blood, liver, stool, Barium test and Ultrasounds. I also had her stomach pumped. She’s now on bland food and 4 different meds, down from 6. But today, and $4,000 later, she’s still acting ill and walks around with her nose in the snow. She didn’t eat anything bad and all tests look normal. What can this be? Nobody knows!


Connie September, 2015

Denise, can you tell me what has happened with your Lab? Our Rottweiler/Lab mix has been sick for two weeks with nausea and vomiting. I’m very curious to find out if you know what was wrong with your dog.


Melissa February, 2015

I have a 4 month old sick Chihuahua. He’s been throwing up periodically. I can’t figure out what he could have gotten a hold of or what could be making him sick. Does anyone have any advice regarding what I should do? He will throw up, seem sick, and then sleep a few hours waking up fine. I just can’t figure out what could cause it or what I should do for him when he gets sick. Any advice or help would be very much appreciated.


Nav June, 2015

Try feeding him a bland diet of boiled chicken and rice for a few days. Also, make sure that he gets plenty of water.


Jill August, 2015

My Chihuahuas were diagnosed with high liver enzymes when they had bouts of throwing up. I give them chicken baby food and rice as they can tolerate it.


Tammy November, 2015

Has your doctor done x-rays? I don’t want to scare you. My dog was acting the same and I took her to vet. Exam and blood work was normal so they took x-rays and she had a large mass in her stomach. She had to have her spleen removed and a mass on her liver as well. She has cancer and we are waiting to learn the type, so we know how or if treatment is an option.


Dorothy January, 2015

My Shih Tzu is five years old. She has a cough and tried to vomit but didn’t. This happened after she ate. Should I be worried?


Kali January, 2015

I have two Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dogs. One is three years old, the other is almost two years old. They have both been throwing up a lot lately. It seems to only happen after eating or drinking a lot and afterwards running around. I’m getting worried. What should I do?


Ali January, 2015

I would feed them in their kennel. Once they have had a chance to digest for a while, let them out. Maybe start with 30 minutes and work up longer until they either digest before they run around or understand they need to relax before they play after a meal.


Sandra December, 2014

My puppy is 7 months old and is throwing up yellow water. Should I be concerned? He has thrown up three times this morning.


Ali January, 2015

Yellow water means an empty stomach. The bile that the body produces to aid digestion is bright yellow. Your puppy may have eaten something that he should not have, or something that his body just cannot digest. Make sure he has plenty of fresh water and that you keep the floors and any reachable areas free of anything of concern. My puppy would even eat the cans that our cat food came in. I would step on quarter-sized shrapnel and had to figure out what it was.

Anyone small, puppies and children included, can become dehydrated quickly with vomiting or diarrhea. Therefore, they should be given medical attention if this continues beyond 24 hours.


Harriet November, 2014

My dog is throwing up and shivering. Is there anything I can give her over-the-counter? She weighs 16 pounds.


Nicole December, 2014

Try homeopathic Nux Vomica 6C, 1 pellet, 4 times per day.


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