Vomiting and nausea is something every dog owner has to deal with at one stage or another. This is no surprise as dogs are likely to 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 is best to just let them get it out of their system, especially if their vomiting is a result of eating something off the street.
You shouldn’t prevent vomiting in certain cases because, for example, if they have eaten something poisonous then throwing it up is better than keeping it in. This is especially true if your dog has eaten something which is blocking their intestinal tract. Often you won’t know the reason for such vomiting.
It’s best to keep a watchful eye over the situation for a typical recovery rather than rushing to the vet because your dog has been sick for days. 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 can be purchased over-the-counter at any drug store. The size of your dog will determine how much you can give them to curb the nausea. Generally one teaspoon per fifteen pounds of body weight (around 7kg) or one tablet per forty pounds of body weight (around 18kg). It is more difficult to determine a proper dosage for smaller dog breeds so always err on the side of caution in such cases.
If you are unsure of the correct dosage measurements and would rather choose a natural approach keep reading. Remember you can always seek the assistance of your local vet.
Natural Ways to Reduce Nausea in Dogs
The first choice is fasting. Remove all food and water for approximately twenty-four hours. This doesn’t mean no water for your dog. Instead, you must keep an eye on your dog’s hydration levels and offer them small amounts of water at regular intervals.
Once they have fasted you can 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 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 is a way to nurture them back to health.
Dehydration in Dogs
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 throwing up and this is typical with nausea. With careful monitoring and offering small amounts of water on a regular basis, you will be able to keep a hold over the dehydration problem.
Pull up the skin between the dog’s shoulder blades to determine if your dog is suffering with dehydration. If the skin bounces back with ease your dog is fine. However, if it takes a few seconds for the skin to fall into place then this is a sign your dog is dehydrated.
Dehydration in dogs is dangerous. If your dog is dehydrated and won’t drink anything, or can’t keep water down, get them to the vet ASAP.
When you have a sick dog on your hands and you remove their food and water for an extended period, some dogs are likely to suffer with hypoglycemia. There are a few symptoms you can watch for with hypoglycemia and they include lethargy, shivering, and weakness. It is unfortunately sometimes 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.
The decision to fast an animal requires constant case to determine if they’re suffering from hypoglycemia or dehydration. If you are concerned at any stage, please seek veterinary advice.
When Is It Time To Call The Vet?
Anyone who owns a dog will feel like panicking 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 will need to be checked by a professional.
If your dog is suffering with such severe vomiting that they have 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.