Dog nausea is a very common ailment. It can occur due to many different reasons – More often, pets will sometimes expel something that they should not have eaten. Their body will reject certain foods that were could be either toxic or poisonous. Also, they often vomit because they ate too much, too fast.
Sometimes dog vomiting is due to a more serious medical condition and would need to be more closely examined. Your dog could be nauseated due to gastrointestinal and systemic disorders and would need to be examined by a veterinarian.
In this full guide learn why you should be concerned and what to do about dog vomiting, nausea or digestive issues. Find out what type of conditions are related to nausea or digestive issues and learn how to treat them.
My Dog Is Vomiting Should I Take Him to The Vet?
If your dog is very bright and alert after only vomiting just one time, don’t be alarmed. This is normal and it is not necessary to take them to the vet. If you dog vomits more then once and appear sick, you should take them to the vet right away.
In this case, you should take notes of the occurrences; how long ago they started vomiting, what they ate before they started vomiting, what does the vomit looks like and what color it is. Take your dog to the vet immediately if:
- You see blood in the vomit
- The dog keeps dry heaving
- The dog has a swollen abdomen and seems bloated
- You saw the dog eat something toxic
- The dog’s temperature is higher then normal
- You examine the gums to be pale or yellow
- The dog appears to be experiencing pain
- The dog has chronic diarrhea
Why Is My Dog Vomiting or Throwing Up?
Dog nausea has such a wide variety of causes. Some of them are not as serious as others. They all need to be acknowledged in order to treat correctly. Below are is a list of all of the conditions associated with dog nausea and digestive issues.
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What Are The Symptoms of Nausea I Should Be Looking For?
There are many symptoms your dog might show if experiencing nausea. Please keep in mind that although the symptoms below are all signs of dog nausea, there is a good chance that they might be caused by other factors as well. Vomiting happens at some point in a dog’s life as a natural occurrence. You shouldn’t worry as long as your dog is alert and has a healthy appetite.
Other Signs Your Dog May Be Experiencing Nausea:
- Loss of Appetite
- Over excessive drooling
- dry heaving
- Excessive licking
- Excessive chewing
If your dog experiences any of the symptoms above and vomits more then once in a day then it is recommended to take them to the vet for further diagnosis.
How to treat Dog Nausea and Digestion Issues?
Because there are so many different causes of dog nausea and digestion issues, treatment can vary. There are however some general steps you can follow.
First, it is recommended to withhold all food for 6 to 8 hours. If after this time your dog shows no signs of vomiting then give them small amounts of water. If your dog still is not vomiting the water, gradually give it more.
After 12 hours of your dog not vomiting, offer a small meal of white boneless chicken meat and white rice. If your dog continues to do good and not vomit after a day, increase the meals and then after 2 days start mixing in the chicken and rice with the regular food.
If worms are present, you will need to go to the vet. Only a veterinarian can prescribe a proper wormer. Wormers may be given for several weeks or even months to get rid of an infestation.
If the dog is dehydrated then it is best to give them subcutaneous or intravenous fluids. Due to diarrhea and vomiting, regular fluids pass through the body too fast and don’t allow proper absorption.
If the vomiting is caused by bacteria then antibiotics are prescribed. It is important to have an accurate diagnosis before administering antibiotic drugs. Do not give antibiotic drugs if the pet has ingested toxins or has a bacterial infection.
Prevention of Dog Vomiting, Nausea and Digestive Issues
Many cases of vomiting can’t be prevented but for those ones that can please look at these preventative measures.
- If you are changing your dog’s diet. Use the gradual approach. A sudden change in your dog’s diet can be the cause of an upset stomach.
- Make sure that you give your dog toys that can’t be chewed and swallowed. This can cause intestinal blockage or gastrointestinal irritation.
- Avoid giving your dog bones. These too can cause vomiting and intestinal blockage. If you do give your dog bones make sure it is a large uncooked femur type. These are less likely to break into sharp pieces.
- Avoid giving your dog food from the table (table scraps) as some of these foods are straight-up toxic for your dog. Some foods such as chocolate, raisins, grapes, xylitol, garlic, onions, chives & macadamia nuts are all bad for your dog. Also, keep in mind some dogs with sensitive stomachs will not even be able to hold down most “dinner” foods.
- Don’t let your dog eat from the garbage. This can increase the risk of gastroenteritis and toxin exposure as well.
- Watch them closely to make sure they don’t eat any foreign objects when on a walk or out to play. Carefully observe them as if they were your baby!
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