You’ve probably seen your pup eat a myriad of crazy foods. You may have even seen them eat something they thought was food… even though it wasn’t. And while it might seem like your dog’s stomach is made of steel, dog nausea is real.
So you may wonder…
Why is my dog nauseous? Is it their food? Is it a gastrointestinal tract infection, food allergies, or some other sickness? Learn about gentle, natural remedies to treat dog nausea.
Your dog’s gut is more similar to your own stomach than you may think. Read on to dig a little deeper and discover the facts about dog nausea and vomiting in dogs. You’ll learn about what causes these symptoms in your dog’s body and some natural remedies for relief.
Why is my Dog Suffering from Nausea and Vomiting?
Nausea in dogs is fairly common. But diagnosing nausea in dogs can be tough. If only your dog could tell you why it was experiencing nausea and vomiting! But dogs are not humans. Dogs have a language all their own, and as humans, we don’t always understand it.
It turns out, humans must rely on the signs of their dogs’ bodies to learn what’s going on with their pooch’s stomach. Pay close attention to your pup. Their behavior may lead you to the exact thing that’s bothering them.
What Causes Nausea in Dogs?
There’s an array of things that might cause nausea and vomiting in your dog. Most of the time, dog nausea has to do with what your dog ate. Did your dog feast on foreign bodies? It’s not uncommon for dogs to eat candy, paper, and other things they shouldn’t.
If your dog ate too fast or too much, it could just be an upset tummy. If your dog had a procedure, it could be experiencing post-operative nausea.
Believe it or not, your dog is also susceptible to car sickness. Even chasing its tail can make your dog’s stomach spin! A few other usual suspects when it comes to causes of dog nausea are:
- Chronic irritation of the intestinal tract
- Loss of appetite
- General anxiety
- Weight loss
- Separation anxiety
- Old age1
But how can you even tell if your dog is nauseous, to begin with?
Symptoms of Nausea in Dogs
Though dog nausea and dog vomiting are symptoms, they can occur on their own. Or they could be signaling a larger issue with your dog’s health (especially in older dogs). But if you see your dog doing any of the following, your dog might be nauseous.
- Incessant licking
- Constant chewing
- Constant drooling
- Dry heaving2
Usually, vomiting will accompany dog nausea. Pet parents should be aware… diarrhea may present if your pet is nauseous. If dog vomiting continues, and your pup’s stomach is empty, it may be acute vomiting. You’ll know it’s acute vomiting, or bilious vomiting because there will be nothing but bile.
Now, it’s not always a concern if your dog vomits. Like kids, dogs use their mouths to discover their environment. That means they eat all sorts of things to figure out what they are.
And dietary indiscretion happens when dogs eat things they shouldn’t. So, they vomit.
If your dog still has its appetite, they’re usually good. But if the vomiting continues for more than 24 hours, call your vet right away.
You’ll know you have a sick dog on your hands if chronic vomiting or abdominal pain occurs. But there are lots of ways to nurse your dog back to good dog health — natural remedies are everywhere.
Which Natural Remedies Works Best for Upset Tummy in Dogs?
Humans don’t have to give their pups drugs to remedy nausea. There are a few easy, natural ways to help keep your dog from feeling nauseous or sick.
- Walk or play with your dog regularly to jumpstart their gastrointestinal tract.
- Stick with healthy dog food.
- If your dog is a fast eater, split their meal in half.
- Don’t change your dog’s diet suddenly. (If you decide to switch to different dog food, gradually mix it in with their old food for a week or two. This gives your pooch’s digestive system time to adjust.)
- Never feed your dog fatty foods.
- Never feed your dog sweets.
- Let your dog stretch its legs.
- Allow for frequent potty trips.
- Keep the water bowl full to avoid dehydration.
- Help your pup relieve anxiety.
- Never feed your dog spoiled food.
- Don’t feed your pooch right before any kind of travel.
- Never feed your dog fish or shellfish.
How does Low-Fat Cottage Cheese Help with Stomach Upset Symptoms in Dogs?
If your dog seems to have an upset stomach, you want to feed them a bland diet. Feeding your dog small amounts of low-fat cottage cheese works well in this scenario if your dog can tolerate lactose.
If you don’t know if your dog is lactose-intolerant or not, give it a small bit of cottage cheese and monitor them closely. Boiled rice or boiled tofu can be a good substitute, too.
The University of Purdue College of Veterinary Medicine suggests feeding your dog one part boiled rice or boiled tofu to four parts low-fat cottage cheese.3 Simply use this diet until a day after your dog stops vomiting.
Other Natural Remedies for Dog Nausea
An easy, effective remedy for nausea is giving your dog a teaspoon of baking soda mixed with water. It calms the gut and helps reduce bloating. You can also give your dog kefir or plain yogurt. Both have probiotic properties to help your dog’s digestion. Probiotic supplements could help, too.4
Ginger can calm your upset stomach, so why wouldn’t it be able to help your dog? Ginger dog treats may help reduce nausea and car sickness. But talk to your veterinarian about how much ginger to give your dog. Too much ginger can lead to heartburn.5
Helping Your Dog Get Over an Upset Stomach
Nausea in dogs should not last more than a few hours. Vomiting does cause dehydration, so make sure your beloved canine drinks plenty of water. You may even want to wet your dog’s dry food. If they feel up to eating, the extra water could help.
Feeding your dog bland foods should help your dog’s upset tummy. Especially feeding them low-fat cottage cheese, boiled rice, or boiled tofu.
Again, dogs do vomit on occasion. But if you notice your dog vomiting more than twice a week, get your furry friend to the veterinarian, particularly if this lasts for longer than a week and if your pup also has abdominal pain.
Your vet will help to ensure there’s nothing more than dog nausea going on.
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