Typically vomiting isn't a serious cause for concern. There are several reasons why a dog may be throwing up and many things you can do to help fix the problem. These home remedies for dog vomiting can be used if your dog isn't experiencing any other symptoms.
If your dog vomits a few times in a single day, but still acts normally the rest of the time, don't panic. Continue observing him for another day and see if the pattern repeats itself. Reasons that your dog may be vomiting include:
- running or excessive exercise after eating
- a change in diet
- eating something he shouldn't have
- motion sickness
- eating too fast
None of the reasons listed above are cause for concern. There are some things that you can do to help ease your pup's stomach and stop the nausea. If you notice any other symptoms, it's imperative that you call your veterinarian right away to seek their advice.
Home Remedies for Dog Vomiting
Can You Treat Dog Vomiting At Home?
First, you need to decide if this is something that you should be treating yourself. If there are no other symptoms, your dog has only vomited a few times, your dog is still active and alert and his gums are pink, you can try to treat his vomiting with a home remedy.
If other symptoms are present, you need to seek the advice of your veterinarian immediately. Other symptoms may include:
- excessive vomiting
- blood in the vomit
- suffering from another health condition (such as cancer or an infection)
Dog Vomiting Home Remedies
If you feel that you can treat the symptoms at home, there are a few different things that you can try. First, your dog should be put on a 24-hour fast. This will help to soothe the digestive tract and allow it to rest and recover.
Be sure to keep Fido hydrated. Provide small amounts of water throughout the day, but don't leave it out for him to have access to at all times. Drinking too much water too quickly could upset his stomach and lead to more vomiting.
If necessary, provide small amounts of water via a syringe. You can also give your dog Gatorade or Pedialyte to provide electrolytes and prevent dehydration. Ice cubes also work well to provide small amounts of water.
Ginger dog treats or sprinkling ginger powder on a tempting treat can also to settle your dog's stomach. Ginger is a natural anti-inflammatory, and is recommended by many holistic veterinarians for dogs suffering with an upset stomach.
Probiotics are another easy home remedy to help a dog suffering from an upset stomach. Feeding probiotics all the time is actually very beneficial for your dog's overall health and well-being. They help to balance the “good” bacteria in your dog's gut to soothe the stomach and get the digestive tract working properly once more.
For more information on probiotics for dogs, check out these resources:
- Probiotics and Prebiotics for Dogs – A Science-Based Guide
- 10 Reasons to Give Your Dog Probiotics (Based on Science)
- What Are the Best Probiotcs for Dogs and Do Our Pets Need Them?
Finally, you'll want to slowly integrate a bland diet once the 24-hour fast is over. The diet should consist of a 50/50 mix of cooked white rice and plain shredded chicken. You'll want to feed small meals (about 1/4 the size of your dog's regular meals) about 4 times in a 24-hour period.
If your dog begins vomiting again, call your veterinarian to ask for their advice. If the bland diet goes well, slowly begin adding in some of your pup's regular food and transition him back to his regular diet gradually.
Chances are, you have nothing to worry about. Your dog's vomiting is probably due to a change in diet or the simple fact that he ate something he should have. Use these home remedies to help your pooch feel better, but if your dog continues to throw up you will need to consult your veterinarian as this is a sign of a more serious health problem.
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