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.
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.