There’s only one thing harder than seeing your dog nauseous.
That’s watching your beloved pet feel queasy…while knowing he can’t say what made him feel sick.
That’s why we’re about to share:
- Signals your dog’s stomach is upset
- What might be making your dog nauseous
- Natural ways to treat your dog’s nausea
- When to bring your dog to the vet ASAP
Signs Your Dog Has an Upset Stomach
Vomiting in dogs can be the last (and most obvious) sign your pet’s stomach is upset. Other telling signs can include:
- Eating grass
- Passing more gas than their normal, classy self
- A stomach emitting loud gurgles
- A change or decrease in appetite (For example, are they no longer leaping for the cracker that fell off the dinner table?)
These are some of the main signs that could mean your pup is indeed experiencing nausea.
Some of these items, like occasional stomach gurgling or slight appetite shifts, are likely fine. But when it’s more frequent or more severe than normal, it’s really important to take notice and consult with your vet.
Possible Reasons Your Dog is Nauseous
Like humans, there are a number of reasons your dog may get sick. It could be from:
- Eating something that made your dog sick
- Stress, such as separation anxiety
- A more serious health condition that’s inducing nausea
How to Treat a Dog’s Upset Stomach
We always recommend you consult with your veterinarian first.
Speak with them before trying any of these remedies that may help to reduce nausea or provide your dog relief. This list provides a few examples of things to give a dog for nausea. If they give the okay, we’d try one or more of the following:
Restore Hydration with Ice Cubes
If your dog is experiencing diarrhea or vomiting, they are likely becoming dehydrated. Giving them too much in liquid form, however, can be bad as well. The problem is that an overload of water can also offset their tummy.
Backus, DVM, suggests using ice cubes. Her recommendation is to give your dog chips of ice every 2 – 3 hours. Then, “if they’re able to keep that down without vomiting, give them more ice cubes and a couple teaspoons of water.”
Your Dog Can Eat Ginger (Probably)
You know how a lot of teas and supplements have ginger for humans?
The same goes for most dogs. The right dosage of Ginger can be a great way to provide relief.
Consult with your vet to see if/what type of ginger form is best for your dog; this may be:
- A small amount of raw ginger
- Ginger via essential oil
- Dog treats with ginger in them
Can Dogs Have Pepto Bismol?
Turns out, dogs and humans are more similar than we might think.
Most dogs can ingest the vibrant pink drink that is Pepto Bismol, too.
Make sure to check with your vet about how much Pepto Bismol for dogs is ideal.
*The recommended dosage is typically one teaspoon for every 10 pounds your dog is.
It’s usually recommended to be given every 6 – 8 hours, however, if symptoms persist after 24 – 48 hours, it is important to consult with your vet again.
What Foods are Good for Dogs with Nausea?
Incorporate “gentle” foods that will be easier on your dog’s stomach. These foods to help dogs with nausea may be:
- Sweet potato
Again, it’s highly similar to when our own human stomachs are upset.
When to Take Your Dog to the Vet
It’s always good to consult with your vet first. In certain circumstances, it’s especially important to take your dog in-person to the vet as soon as possible. This is typically recommended action if:
- Symptoms don’t ease up within 24 – 48 hours
- Symptoms worsen in that time frame
That’s because nausea could represent a more serious issue, such as an abnormal parasite or stomach bloating. You should take your dog to the vet if they experience vomiting or worsening symptoms.
It’s also recommended to take your dog in ASAP if they ate something they definitely should not have, such as:
- A chemical
- Plant, particularly a poisonous one
- Food that’s really bad for them, like an excessive overload of chocolate. (This is known as chocolate toxicity.)