Nausea is triggered by a variety of potential factors, both in humans and in pets. Sometimes it comes on for seemingly no reason at all, but most of the time there is a notable cause. Stress, anxiety, and pain can all trigger nausea in your pet, and there are ways in which you can help treat that.
Dogs can tend to get their noses into things that are less than good for them. Ingesting foreign bodies or garbage can also cause an upset stomach and vomiting.
It’s important to note that if vomiting is persistent, or if there are other severe symptoms, you should take your pup straight to the vet. They may have food poisoning, or there could be a more severe problem.
Why is your dog nauseous?
There are many reasons why your dog might be nauseous. It’s essential to identify the cause before attempting any treatments.
Here are some common causes of nausea in pets:
- Pain (such as arthritis, pulled muscles, wounds or sores)
- Gastrointestinal parasites
- Bacterial infections
- Stress and anxiety
- Motion sickness
- Swallowed a foreign body
- Food poisoning
How to treat nausea in your dog
The first step you should take if your dog is nauseous and vomiting is to implement a fasting period. Not only will it give your dog’s gastrointestinal tract a break, but it will also reduce the amount in their stomach and hopefully reduce the vomiting. Ideally, fast them for 24 hours and take note if any symptoms worsen.
People often drink ginger tea to help reduce nausea, and it has the same effect on dogs. You can make dog-friendly ginger snacks or make tea and allow them to drink it. It’s completely natural and can help to soothe your dog’s irritated stomach.
It’s an anti-inflammatory that can reduce inflammation in the stomach and intestines, which causes nausea. Beyond that, it’s effective for reducing stress, anxiety, and pain, which are three of the leading causes of nausea in your dog.
Hydrate with electrolytes
If your dog overheats or has diarrhea, their body can lose a lot of water. Simply rehydrating with water is often not enough to combat extreme dehydration. If your dog is nauseous, try rehydrating with electrolytes. There are a few different ways to do this. Firstly, you can use Pedialyte, which is an electrolyte for babies and, therefore, safe to use for dogs. A diluted chicken broth can also be effective to help combat dehydration. Once you’ve made chicken broth, freeze it in an ice cube tray and then pop a few cubes in your dog’s water bowl.
It’s important to note that if none of these remedies are working, you should take your dog straight to the vet. If you notice any blood in their stool, bloating, or your dog appears lethargic, then it could indicate a serious problem. If your dog is acting out of the ordinary, then see a vet as soon as you can.