Natural Treatment for Dog Vomiting and Nausea
When a dog starts vomiting or eating grass, he likely has an upset stomach. When a dog vomits, it does not always mean a trip to the vet. But, sometimes when a dog vomits, it could mean a larger issue. I spoke with a few veterinarians on what to look for prior to at home care.
Lisa Aumiller, DVM and owner of HousePaws Mobile Veterinary Clinic, offers these tips. “Unproductive vomiting ( trying to vomit and nothing is coming up) is a hallmark sign of bloat. If this is happening get the pet seen ASAP. Vomiting accompanied by lethargy, diarrhea, discomfort, pacing, not wanting to lie down, a hunch back ….these are all signs to get pet seen asap.”
Sara Ochoa, DVM a veterinary consultant for DogLab says, “Vomiting blood is never a good sign in your dog’s vomit. Pale gums can mean that there is some kind of internal bleeding that needs to see a vet as soon as possible. “
Sometimes it’s best to seek immediate veterinary advice and sometimes you can treat your dog’s vomiting at home. When in doubt, head to your veterinarian or emergency clinic. It’s always better to be safe than sorry.
If your adult dog is otherwise healthy and his health does not pose any of the risks above, you can treat your dog’s vomiting at home. The first step would be to withhold food for 12 hours. By withholding your dog’s food, his gut will start to heal. Do not withhold your dog’s water. As a matter of fact, add organic bone broth to his water. Adding dog bone broth to your dog’s water will encourage drinking, help prevent dehydration, and adds vitamins and minerals.
Two to three times a day add ¼ teaspoon of the dog herbal remedy below to ¼ cup of bone broth or water. After six or so hours after your dog’s last puking episode, offer your dog congee. Congee, also known as rice porridge, jook, zhou, xi fan, or even gruel, is a bland diet that is easy on the digestive system and helps nourish your dog.
Offer your dog a small mixture of his dog congee, warm bone broth, and ¼ tsp of the herbal remedy below three times a day for the next two days. Once your dog seems like his normal self, slowly transition him back to his regular food.
A gentle reminder that I am not a canine herbalist or veterinarian. This is what I do for Dexter when he is nauseated of vomits. Every dog is different in their needs, health, and their current medications. Please contact your veterinarian prior to making your dog’s own dog vomiting treatment blend. If you don’t have a veterinarian who is well-versed in herbals for pets, check out this website.
This natural dog herb blend for nausea and vomiting is only used as needed. It doesn’t come out of Dexter’s herbal box very often. If your dog keeps vomiting, pukes often, or your dog regurgitates is food, please seek the help of a holistic veterinarian to get to the route of the problem. Regular vomiting is not normal.
If at any time, your dog seems to be getting worse or not better, please take your dog to his veterinarian or emergency clinic ASAP.
Cinnamon for Nausea
Cinnamon is a potent anti-bacterial that destroys bad bacteria in the stomach….quickly. Cinnamon improves digestion and soothes the stomach lining. It’s warming in nature, comforting your dog’s belly ache.
Side effects of cinnamon. There are two types of cinnamon, Ceylon and Cassia. Cassia cinnamon is what you would typically find in your grocery store. However, it contains higher amounts of coumarin and eating too much coumarin may harm the liver and increase the risk of cancer. Ceylon cinnamon is the best choice for your dog.
As always, if your dog has any medical conditions or is on medications, please speak with your veterinarian prior to adding herbs to his diet. Cinnamon can interact with antibiotics, diabetes medications and heart medications.
Ginger for Nausea and Vomiting
Ginger has been my go-to for helping with my own nausea and it only made sense to add it to Dexter’s herbal blend. Dr. Kidd explains, “ginger’s antispasmodic activity works to ease coughs, nausea, and pains of the stomach.”
Precautions to consider when administering ginger to your dog. Ginger can act as a blood thinner, so do not use it if you know your dog is going to have surgery or is pregnant. It may also lower blood pressure and blood sugar, so if your dog has heart issues or diabetes, please talk to your dog’s vet. Again, remember my mantra of rotating everything and not providing the same remedy, herb, supplement, food etc. to your dog day in and day out.
Peppermint Leaves for Nausea
Peppermint is another dog safe herb that helps naturally treat nausea and vomiting in dogs. Even the scent of fresh peppermint can help ease the symptoms of nausea. This cooling herb helps calm and relax the stomach muscles. As a bonus, it even helps with dogie breath!
Slippery Elm Bark for Nausea
Slippery elm bark is a must have in Dexter’s natural treatment for vomiting and nausea. Slippery elm coats the throat, stomach and intestines. This herb soothes the irritated tissue and not only will help your dog’s gut, but will also help him feel better.
Slippery elm bark is safe, but the coating effect may slow down absorption medications. Once again, use in moderation and as needed.
Dexter’s Natural Herbal Remedy for Dog Nausea and Vomiting Blend
My goal when I set out to create Dexter’s herbal mix was to find the right herbs that would help coat his stomach and ease occasional nausea and vomiting. This dog herbal blend works quite well for Dexter. When he occasionally has an upset belly, like when he’s eating grass, I sprinkle approximately ¼ tsp. on his fresh food and mix. I will do this up to two times a day.
Again, if your dog is vomiting, please ensure it’s not something you should see your dog’s vet or an emergency vet. When in doubt, head to the emergency clinic. If your dog regularly vomits, please seek the help of your holistic veterinarian. If needed, you may need to get a second opinion on your dog’s care. Remember, your dog only has you as his advocate.
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