Dogs have been mankind’s most loyal companion since the last 10,000 years. If you are a dog lover, you want to take the best possible care of your furry friend. Dogs are omnivores like us and can survive on any kind of food or leftovers, but they also suffer from many of the same ailments as humans. Dogs have sensitive stomachs. Nausea in dogs is very common.
Proper diagnosis and treatment of nausea in dogs is difficult. There can be any combination of physical, emotional and psychological symptoms. Plus dogs cannot exactly speak up about how they are feeling until they are already throwing up lunch. Sudden abnormal behavior can clue you in that something is wrong with your puppy.
Nausea in dogs is mostly diet related. It can result when a dog eats to fast or eats something that they shouldn’t have eaten. It can also be caused when they are used to eating one type of dog food and then are switched to another. Long car rides can lead to motion sickness as well as chasing their tails too much. Also, pregnancy, anxiety, viral infections, worms, parasites, inflammatory bowel disease, and more can also cause dogs to experience feelings of nausea. Older dogs can be more susceptible than younger pups. Nausea is not breed-specific.
Symptoms may include excessive drooling, consistent licking, consistent chewing, vomiting, dry heaving and diarrhea. If your dog maintains their usual appetite and activity level, you don’t need to worry too much. Vomiting more than twice a week or consistent diarrhea are causes for concern. There are some common remedies you can try.
Avoid feeding your dog immediately before a car ride. Walk or play with your dog before getting into the car. This will help them digest prior meals. Position your dog in the front or middle row of the car. Allow your puppy to move frequently. For instance, you should let them out of the car so they can stretch, exercise, alleviate themselves, have a light snack, or drink refreshing water.
Avoid feeding your pup sweets, seafood, processed meats, fatty foods, or spoiled food. Stick to cooked chicken and white rice..
A teaspoon of baking soda dissolved in half a cup of water can reduce nausea, upset stomach and bloating in your dog. Give them a few sips every couple of hours.
Kefir is a fermented milk beverage that can improve your dog’s gut bacteria and improve digestion and general health.
Exposure to lavender oil scent or addition of a few drops of catnip into the dog’s food or water can soothe your canine companion.
Hemp supplements, ginger tea or peppermint are known to help calm nausea.
Other useful treatments include probiotic treatment with Lactobacillus acidophilus, slippery elm powder as a food supplement.
Let your dog drink plenty of clean water post nausea to prevent dehydration. If your dog has been vomiting more than twice a week, consult your vet immediately.