21 Sep Everything You Need to Know About Dog Nausea
History of Man’s Best Friend
The dog is not only a man’s best friend, but also man’s oldest friend. Dogs are companions, loyal, and known throughout history to aid in hunting and gathering. According to History.com, studies led by Ya-Ping Zhang of the Chinese Academy of Sciences have compared the evolution of the DNA from dogs and wolves. Their findings suggest the transformation of fierce wolf behavior to the now-known loyal companionship of a dog began 32,000 years ago in East Asia. It’s truly amazing how dogs have gone from aggressive and wild, to domesticated and man’s best friend.
Throughout this evolution and thousands of years of moving from different regions of the world, dogs have had to adapt to new environments and new diets. Wolves have a diet primarily made up of meats, while dogs eat a human type of balanced diet. This is because of the companionship between humans and dogs over time. The dog’s diet consisted of the food that was provided by the human companion. Since the dog was found to evolve from a wolf, some dramatic changes in their diet occurred, which could have resulted in digestion problems over time.
It’s fairly evident that over time, man and his best friend developed a digestive relationship throughout history. This is most likely because they share similar biological systems. Just like humans, dogs have evolved which has brought about illness and digestion problems leading to nausea. The changes of the dog’s diet overtime can play a part in their ability to digest certain proteins and other foods. Environmental changes brought about diseases and new illnesses that dogs have had to endure. There are many different causes of dog nausea. Knowing the history of the dog is important to understand how much they’ve adapted over time. They are a resilient and incredible mammal, and there’s no wonder why the dog is a man’s best friend!
Causes of Dog Nausea
Nausea in dogs can be caused by many different reasons. Sometimes determining these reasons are the most challenging for dog owners. Most likely, the first question to ask is, “Is the dog’s diet causing nausea?” This seemingly simple question usually ends up with a call or trip to the vet. After contacting a veterinarian, they may suggest you make changes to your animal’s diet, which unfortunately, doesn’t always fix the issue.
Figuring out how to treat dog nausea and vomiting starts with finding the cause. “Why is my dog throwing up?” is a common question among pet owners. If this is a question you’ve seeked an answer to, you’re not alone. There are many other complaints and symptoms brought up by dog owners that we’ll take a closer look at. If you can relate to any of these, it’s important to try and find a solution to give your dog some relief.
- Infections (Bacterial, Fungal, Viral)
- Dog Chemotherapy
- Drug Side Effects
- Food Intolerance
- Food Allergies
- Kidney Disease
- Gastrointestinal Ulcers
- Exposure to toxins or poison
Dogs have been known to eat almost anything which can lead to nausea and vomiting directly after eating. This can cause concern for dog owners that are trying to find the source of a perceived illness. We all know how excited dogs get when they have access to savory foods. This excitement can lead to vomiting due to eating too quickly or overeating.
Dogs can vomit due to motion sickness in a vehicle or even long walks in the heat. As the dog’s owner, you know their habits best. If you see that your dog has consistent nausea and vomiting, this may be a symptom of a potentially serious disease. No one wants to see their precious pooch suffer, finding out what’s wrong with your dog is very important and time sensitive.
Gastroenteritis, an inflammation of the stomach tract, is one of many serious causes of vomiting and nausea. Liver, kidney, and pancreatic disease are also serious reasons for nausea in your dog. There are important details to note when your dog is experiencing discomfort. Be sure to look for signs in your dog that point to a more serious cause for concern.
Pay Close Attention to These Important Details
- How often your dog vomits: frequent or chronic vomiting can be a sign of a more serious condition, such as colitis, intestinal obstruction or parvovirus. If your dog’s vomiting is not an isolated incident, please bring him to the vet right away for a complete examination and diagnostic testing.
- If your dog vomits bright yellow liquid: The yellow fluid you see your pet vomit is bile. This is processed in the liver, stored in the gallbladder and squirted into the first part of the small intestine. Often, a dog with an empty stomach will vomit bile.
- If your dog vomits bright green liquid: it is most likely green bile, from their stomach’s natural digestive juices. However, it could be antifreeze, if you know your dog ingested antifreeze, get to a vet immediately.
- If your dog vomits before or after eating: This can happen due to various things, such as recently switching dog food types, if the dog has eaten grass, or if the dog ate his food too fast.
- If your dog vomits blood: this is a sign that something could be seriously wrong with your pet. It could be ulcers, it could be stomach cancer. If your dog vomits blood, see your vet immediately.
- If your dog vomits bile: if your dog vomits a yellow, frothy, mucus-like substance, it’s bile and it means their stomach is empty. Try a small treat to put something in their digestive system. If it continues, see your vet.
Things to Watch For When Your Dog is Nauseous or Vomiting
Vomiting and nausea can be a once-in-a-while occurrence, or it can happen more often than normal. If your dog is experiencing an extended level of discomfort and you’re not able to find the exact source, please seek veterinary advice to point you in the right direction. You may find that your dog will vomit and act like their happy playful self right after, but then there are times that they are noticeably distressed for an extended period. If your dog is experiencing the following symptoms, call a veterinarian right away:
- Dehydration- (If your dog has decreased urination)
- Depression or lethargy- (Not their normal, alert, or playful disposition)
- Abdominal Pain- (You notice an enlarged abdomen, or it’s painful to the touch)
- Extended dry heaving or need to induce vomiting frequently
- Presence of bright red or dark red blood in their vomit
- Bright green vomit can be an indicator of ingesting poison
- Vomiting frequently
- Projectile vomiting
- Frequent vomiting in puppies or elderly dogs
There are precautions you can take in order to prevent your dog from vomiting. Although some of the following precautions may not prevent nausea, these tips can help to decrease the common causes of vomiting.
Prevention of Dog Nausea and Vomiting
- Be sure to keep indoor trash cans and outside garbage cans tightly closed to prevent your dog from consuming contaminated foods and toxins.
- Don’t change your dog’s diet suddenly. Changing your dog’s food frequently makes it difficult to determine the exact source of nausea and can create other gastric issues. Try to introduce foods gradually in order to determine if their food is creating intestinal problems.
- You may love to share food with your dog (or more commonly, your children like sharing). Your puppy’s sweet loving gaze while you’re eating may seem innocent enough for you to want to slip a few bites under the table. This can be harmful to your dog because some foods are simply not meant to be shared. Dogs can’t digest certain foods which can lead to an upset stomach. Diet foods, baked foods, and toothpaste have an ingredient, Xylitol, that can cause serious liver failure. Avocado, onions, garlic, grapes, raisins, dairy products, and chocolate are some of the dangerous foods to not feed your dog. Raw meats, seafood, bones, and uncooked eggs can also cause nausea and vomiting.
- Be careful about giving your dog plastic toys to play with. They can chew them into pieces which can create a blockage or intestinal irritation. When looking for chew toys, look for good quality material specifically designed for your size dog.
- Give your dog smaller portions if you notice they tend to overeat or eat too fast. Some dog food brands even offer smaller size kibble made especially for small-breed dogs. Sometimes using an automatic feeder allows your dog to eat continuously without giving themselves time to know they’re full. Smaller portions throughout the day will give them time to digest their food fully.
Common Nausea Treatments for Your Dog
Your dog is your loyal companion, he depends on you to provide the best care possible to keep him happy and healthy. After taking the proper precautions to ensure there’s a reduced chance of nausea and vomiting, there may still be a need for an intervention. There are natural cures that pet owners have used which have been found to have the least amount of side effects.
The use of natural supplements and remedies for dog nausea is increasing in popularity due to the positive outcome for man’s best friend. The following natural remedies for nausea and vomiting should be used as a preventative measure and to help your dog with the discomfort they’re already feeling.
Using CBD Oil for Dog Nausea
Did you know that many of our customers give CBD hemp oil to their pets? Since your dog is a mammal, just like humans, they also have an endocannabinoid system. Turns out, a lot of mammals have an endocannabinoid system. This means they benefit from using CBD the same way we do. The endocannabinoid system regulates the body’s immune response, communication between cells, appetite, and metabolism.
You may be wondering if CBD oil is safe to use for your dog. It is! Our customers give CBD oil to their dogs because it’s non-psychoactive, non-toxic, and highly tolerable in animals. The recommended serving size should be based on your dog’s size and weight.
Start with a smaller dose and gradually work your way up to more if needed. Remember, you know your dog best. You’ll be able to increase the dosage depending on the need of your pet and the level of discomfort they are in. There are different HempMeds® CBD products to choose from depending on the needs of your dog.
RSHO™ Pure CBD Hemp Oil: RSHO™ pure hemp oils can be dispensed onto your finger and given to your dog to lick off, placed on a treat, or mixed into their food to provide their daily serving of CBD. Because our RSHO™ pure hemp oil naturally contains a high concentration of CBD, it is especially important to start off small and increase serving sizes every week or two. Our Green Label RSHO™, due to its minimal processing and balanced levels of CBD and CBDa, may be your best starting point.
RSHO™ Tinctures: Similarly, our RSHO™ unflavored tinctures may be added to your pet’s food or administered directly into their mouth. Our tinctures have a low concentration of CBD, making them helpful in measuring out small hemp oil servings.
RSHO™ Liquids: Our CBD hemp oil liquids combine our pure CBD hemp oil with medium-chain triglyceride (MCT) oil. This convenient liquid can easily be added to your pet’s food. However, for a creative way to add CBD hemp oil to your dog’s diet, try making them custom CBD-infused pet treats.
Homemade CBD Treats for Your Dog
Making homemade treats for your dog is an excellent choice since you know the exact ingredients. Many of the treats found in the store contain ingredients that can’t be pronounced. This may seem harmless but when trying to reduce nausea in your dog, it’s important to be in control of what you give him.
If your dog has allergies or even unknown allergies, homemade treats are the best way to exclude certain ingredients. Most of the ingredients are fairly common, you probably have all the ingredients you need. If you have flour, oatmeal, eggs, and water, you have the main ingredients already! The only thing you may be missing is your choice of HempMeds® products to add to your dog’s treats.
Don’t forget that dogs love treats that taste good. You can add flavor with peanut butter, pureed apples, carrots, or anything else safe your pet would like. The recipe below makes approximately sixty treats with about 0.65 mg of CBD each.
- 1 teaspoon of RSHO™ liquid
- 1 egg
- 1/2 cup of creamy natural peanut butter
- 1 Banana
- 1/4 cup honey
- 1 cup whole wheat flour
- 1 cup all purpose flour
- ½ cup wheat germ
- 1 egg white lightly beaten, for brushing
- Preheat oven to 300 degrees F. Cover cookie sheet with parchment paper.
- In a medium bowl stir together the honey, peanut butter, banana, and egg
- Mix dry ingredients into the wet ingredients
- Turn the dough onto a flour dusted surface
- Roll out dough to about ¼ inch thick
- Using a cookie cutter of choice to shape treats, place on parchment lined cookie sheet.
- Brush tops of treats with egg white
- Bake for about 20-25 minutes depending on size of treats, check treats after 15 mins
- Remove from oven and place on cooling rack
Once you start making homemade treats for your dog, the more comfortable you’ll be to experiment with different recipes. The important thing to remember is to be aware of the signs and symptoms of your dog’s nausea and vomiting. You are the biggest advocate for your pet, and finding a safe alternative to cure your dog’s discomfort is vital to your dog’s health.
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