Can I Give My Dog Something For Nausea?

Can I Give My Dog Something For Nausea?Vomiting and nausea is something almost every dog owner deals with. Canines sometimes eat things they shouldn’t, 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. But it’s important to be confident in the medicine you choose so as to avoid making the situation worse. Here we’ll 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, keep a watchful eye over them. Often you’ll see a typical recovery rather than having to rush to a vet. 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 giving a human 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 levels 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 yet. If they’re alright, offer them a couple more mouthfuls with the next feeding. This will nurture them back to health.

Dog Dehydration

One of the most common problems with a sick dog is dehydration. Often this is a result of severe vomiting. Dogs 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, it’s 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’re concerned at any stage, please seek veterinary advice.

When It’s Time to Call a Vet

Some people panic 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.

Once again, if your dog is vomiting and they’ve become severely dehydrated call the vet. They may need to be put on a drip to ensure they’re getting the fluids they need.

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Michelle March 25, 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?

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Denise February 18, 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!

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Melissa February 11, 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.

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Nav June 23, 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.

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Dorothy January 5, 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?

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Kali January 1, 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?

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Ali January 4, 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.

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