Vomiting and nausea is something almost every dog owner has to deal with. Canines sometimes eat things they should not, whether in the home or during a daily walk. While there are basic methods you can carry out at home to reduce vomiting, many times it’s best to just let them get it out of their system, especially if their vomiting is a result of eating something off the street.
There are things you can give to your dog to treat nausea. Before doing so it’s important to be confident in the medicine you choose so as to avoid making the situation worse. Here we will discuss everything from OTC products to natural remedies in an effort to find a suitable treatment for your dog.
Often you won’t know the reason for such vomiting. In any case, it’s best to keep a watchful eye over them. Most often you’ll see a typical recovery rather than having to rush to a vet because your dog has been sick for days. Just don’t wait for something like nausea or vomiting to linger to the point where your dog takes a turn for the worse.
Can I Give My Something for Nausea? Answer: Pepto Bismol
Bismuth subsalicylate or Pepto can be given to your dog for extreme cases of nausea, though it’s always suggested you confirm it with your vet before administering a human formulated medicine to a K9.
Pepto Bismol can be purchased over-the-counter. The size of your dog will determine how much you can give them to curb nausea. Generally one teaspoon per fifteen pounds of body weight (around 7kg) or one tablet per forty pounds of body weight (around 18kg) is sufficient. It’s more difficult to determine a proper dosage for smaller dog breeds so err on the side of caution in such cases.
Seeking the assistance of your local vet is always best.
Natural Ways to Reduce Nausea in Dogs
The first choice is fasting. Remove your dog’s food and water for approximately twenty-four hours. This doesn’t mean no water for your dog. Instead, keep an eye on their hydration level and offer them small amounts of water at regular intervals.
Once they’ve fasted give them some bland food. This is also to be given in small quantities at regular intervals. Make some white rice and boil up some skinless chicken breasts without any herbs, salt or spices.
The first time you offer your dog some food, give them one or two mouthfuls and see how they react. If they start vomiting again, they’re not ready for food. If they’re alright, you can offer them a couple more mouthfuls with the next feeding. This will nurture them back to health.
One of the most common problems with a sick dog is dehydration. Often this is a result of severe vomiting. Dogs quickly lose their hydration when vomiting which is typical with nausea. With careful monitoring and offering small amounts of water regularly, you’ll keep a hold over the dehydration problem.
Pull up the skin between the dog’s shoulder blades to determine if your dog is dehydrated. If the skin bounces back with ease your dog is fine. If it takes a few seconds for the skin to fall into place, this is a sign your dog is dehydrated.
Dehydration in dogs is dangerous. If your canine won’t drink anything, or can’t keep water down, get them to the vet ASAP.
When you have a sick dog and you remove their food and water for an extended period, some dogs suffer from hypoglycemia. Hypoglycemia symptoms include lethargy, shivering, and weakness. It is unfortunately a delicate balancing act which is why monitoring their health is so important during bouts of nausea.
While you are fasting your dog one tip is to take a little bit of honey or maple syrup and rub it into their gums every now and again to reduce the chances of this happening.
Fasting an animal requires constant care to determine if they’re suffering from hypoglycemia or dehydration. If you are concerned at any stage, please seek veterinary advice.
When It’s Time to Call a Vet
Some people panick when their dog is sick or has nausea. If your dog is extremely lethargic, without any energy after being sick, it may be time to call the vet. It’s possible your dog has eaten something poisonous and is having trouble removing it from their system. In such a case, they should be examined by a professional.
If your dog is vomiting and they’ve become severely dehydrated at any stage, call the vet. They may need to be put on a drip to ensure they’re getting the fluids they need.