Dogs commonly get nausea and it’s often a result of motion sickness. Travel can be stressful for furry friends too. Luckily, there are some excellent ways to help!
First off, there are actually many reasons for nausea. Your dog may need to vomit to rid themselves of whatever’s ailing them. This will typically subside on its own.
Anticipating a bout of nausea, based on your dog’s history, is a situation that’s manageable. With the right remedy you can prevent vomiting and uneasiness.
Can I Give My Something for Nausea? Answer: Yes, there are many options
Bismuth subsalicylate can be used for stubborn cases.
But the best approach for a dog’s nausea is to calm them. Sure, easier said than done! In any case, your pet’s stress and anxiety are likely contributing to feelings of nausea or motion sickness. Try giving your dog a quality soft chew treat calming aid prior to travel or an unfamiliar situation.
Nausea and vomiting are treatable once the source of the dog’s uneasiness is pinpointed and addressed.
OTC Drugs & Dog Dosing
Body size will largely determine how much to provide your dog in order to curb nausea or upset stomach. One teaspoon of Pepto per 15 pounds or one tablet per 40 pounds is usually sufficient.
It’s more difficult to determine appropriate dosage for smaller breeds. Puppies commonly have nausea so be cautious and conservative.
Fast Fido Before a Trip
Avoid the need for an antiemetic by restricting your dog’s food. This is a time-tested method for safely reducing a pet’s nausea or motion sickness.
You don’t want your dog to go on a trip with a full stomach. Withhold solids for between 12 to 24 hours prior to travel and keep an eye on your buddy’s hydration.
Bland food like white rice and skinless chicken breast without herbs, salt or spices is best. Fasting your dog may work well for alleviating their nausea.
A nauseated dog, or puppy, is susceptible to dehydration. Severe vomiting may bring it on quickly. Ensure water is being regularly consumed to avoid a worsening of the situation.
Test for dehydration by pulling up the skin between their shoulder blades. Your dog is fine if it bounces back with ease. It’s concerning if the skin takes a few seconds to fall back into place.
Your dog could take a turn for the worse if nausea or vomiting continues. This is especially true if they won’t drink or can’t keep water down. Get them to the vet ASAP.
Crating & Frequent Stops
A practical way to prevent pet nausea is to crate them. Dogs tend to feel more secure when they’re enclosed during travel.
Frequent stops will serve as a stress reducer, reducing the chances of more nausea. For more common sense tips check out this video.
Dogs with Low Glucose
Is your pet dog frequently nauseated? They may have hypoglycemia which is basically low blood sugar.
Hypoglycemia symptoms include lethargy, shivering and weakness in addition to nausea. This is something to consider and discuss with a veterinarian.
Conclusion on Nausea
Try to help your dog with nausea using stress reduction methods. Calming chews and crating are worth trying. Withholding food prior to travel also helps. Let a vet handle serious cases. Dogs with motion sickness, prolonged nausea and vomiting are in danger of dehydration.