Your dog is nauseated:
Dog nausea is a common ailment and can be caused by a number of different things. It might make your dog uncomfortable, but there are things you can do to relieve it. If you have a sick dog, it’s always a good idea to take him to the vet to make sure the nausea isn’t an indication of a more serious underlying problem.
What causes dog nausea:
Dog nausea has a wide variety of sources. Some of them are not serious, while others might require medical treatment. The following are all possible issues behind dog nausea:
– Pregnancy in female dogs
– Motion sickness
– Change in diet
– Eating too much or too quickly
– Stomach upset
– Problems with the stomach or intestines (for example, a blockage)
– Medications it is taking for something else
– Separation anxiety
How can you tell if your dog is feeling nauseous:
There are several symptoms your dog might exhibit if he is feeling nauseous. It’s important to remember that although the symptoms below are signs of nausea, they might also be caused by other factors. Signs your dog is feeling nauseous might include:
– Excessive drooling
– Dry heaving
– Excessive licking
– Excessive chewing
– Cannot get comfortable
– Not hungry or interested in food at all
– Quieter than normal
– Eating grass
It might be difficult to work out whether your dog is feeling nauseous at first, especially if you are not familiar with the signs. Isolated incidents of vomiting usually occur at some point in a dog’s life. As long as your dog still has a good appetite and seems alert, then it shouldn’t be a cause for concern. However, if you think you have a sick dog, there are things you can do to improve his symptoms.
IMPORTANT: Make sure you work with your veterinarian if you want or need to try anything to stop your dogs nausea. Figuring out the cause is key, but treatment may require a visit to your DVM to do full evaluation.
How can you help your dog’s nausea:
If your dog has only been nauseous for a couple of hours then the sickness might pass by itself. During this time, it’s important to make sure your dog has a good supply of water, especially if he’s been vomiting. Vomiting can easily dehydrate your dog, which will only make him more ill. Eating too much dry food at once can be a cause of vomiting. If you think this is the case, then feeding the dog smaller amounts more often or mixing his food with water can help relieve his nausea. Feeding your dog bland food, like white rice, a jacket potato or cooked chicken, can help calm his stomach. If your dog has been nauseous for a few days or more, or he has been vomiting once or twice a week for more than a week, there may be a more serious cause behind his illness. If he is exhibiting other symptoms, for instance a dull coat and a round belly, then he may be suffering from worms. In any case, if you are concerned about your dog’s nausea or vomiting, take him to a vet. Your vet will be able to run blood tests and do scans which may show an underlying condition.
With ME dogs:
This can be a common issue with our dogs pending the severity of their condition. It is particularly common when our dogs have aspiration pneumonia and must be on so many meds at one time. Here are a few things suggested by owners and veterinarians BUT they can only be used with full discussion with your veterinarian for your dog.
Some side effects some of our ME dogs have exhibited:
– Clavamox makes a lot of dogs “urpy”, nauseated, and in one of mine, caused vomiting. It is a good drug for pneumonia, but if side effects prevent appetite, ask for a different antibiotic.
– Pyridostigmine will cause nausea for sure, and even causes more salivation and eye tearing. It is a side effect that just has to be dealt with until hopefully, the MG goes into remission.
– Mestinon MAY cause side effects, but certainly doesn’t in all dogs. And the excess salivation and excess tearing is most frequently an indication that the dose needs to be adjusted, not just accepted and dealt with as if it’s an inconvenience that we can’t avoid. We need to be in tune to these side effects because they are usually giving us information that we need to react to.