Are you searching for home remedies for dog vomiting and upset stomach? You have come to the right place. Dog vomiting is common in dogs, but if your dog vomits often it is natural to be worried. If this has ever happened to your dog, keep reading to find out about home remedies for dog vomiting and upset stomach.
Home Remedies – How to Treat Your Dog’s Upset Stomach at Home
When you have a stomach ache, you might reach for some saltine crackers, ginger ale or Pepto-Bismol to settle your stomach. But what should you do if your dog has an upset stomach?
Symptoms Your Dog Has an Upset Stomach
Typically, dogs with an upset stomach will exhibit some or most of these symptoms.
- Tries to eat grass or lick the floor
- Loss of appetite
- Gurgling noises from the stomach
Determine If Your Dog Can Be Treated At Home or Needs to Go to the Vet
Home remedies may be appropriate for some dogs who do not have a serious underlying cause for their upset stomach.
Please take your dog to your veterinarian right away if your dog is:
- running a fever
- vomiting continuously
- having continual diarrhea
- seems to be dehydrated
- pacing nervously
- drooling uncontrollably
- retching without anything coming up
- has blood in his or her stool
- or your dog’s stomach appears to be distended.
These could be serious conditions that need to be treated by a professional.
Home Remedies to Help Your Dog’s Upset Stomach
If you determine your dog has a garden-variety upset stomach, here are 12 ways to treat your dog’s upset stomach at home.
- Keep your dog hydrated
It’s really important that your dog stay hydrated at all times, but especially if they are experiencing vomiting and diarrhea. With diarrhea, they may very quickly become dehydrated, sometimes within a couple of hours.
Try giving your dog ice chips every 2 – 3 hours. See if your dog can keep that down before more ice cubes and teaspoons of water.
Don’t assume you can just offer water to your dog to help them stay hydrated. Dogs need electrolytes and vitamins to retain fluids. One solution is to give your dog Pedialyte. You give the same kind you give kids or you can go to an animal feed store to obtain a powder that can be mixed with water and given to your dog.
*NOTE: if your dog does not improve within 24 hours after being given Pedialyte, IMMEDIATELY take your dog to your veterinarian or animal emergency hospital. Dehydration in dogs can happen very quickly, causing possible organ failure or even death.
- Check your dog’s temperature
Check your dog’s temperature using a rectal thermometer. There are ear thermometers for dogs but they are not as accurate. A dog’s normal temperature is 101.5◦F. A temperature of 102◦F or higher is considered a fever. If your dog’s temperature is 102◦F or higher or 99◦ or lower, you should take your dog to the veterinarian immediately to find out what’s wrong.
- Determine what caused the upset stomach
Most of the time an upset stomach in a dog is caused by something the dog ingested. Dogs are notorious for eating things they shouldn’t, and there’s a long list of items that can cause problems for your dog. Try to figure out what might have caused your dog’s upset stomach to help your vet make a diagnosis.
- Remove food for 12-24 hours
It is entirely normal for canines to go without food for periods of time in the wild. In the case that your dog’s stomach is upset, fasting will allow your dog’s gastrointestinal tract to rest and recover if inflamed.
If your dog is still a puppy, you should not remove food for longer than 12 hours or overnight. You can rub your puppy’s gums with maple syrup to keep his or her glucose level up. But make sure the syrup does not contain xylitol, a potentially lethal artificial sweetener if ingested by canines.
- Bone broth
Bone broth is very healing for dogs. Simmer meat (on the bone) with apple cider vinegar and water in a crockpot. It will take about a day to make bone broth, so it’s best to make ahead and freeze. Be sure to skim off any fat before freezing.
DiarRice is a rice-based probiotic that will help soothe your pup’s stomach. DiarRice is easy to digest and tastes like chicken. DiarRice should work quickly, so if it doesn’t help right away, seek medical attention.
- Bland diet
After your dog has fasted for 12-24 hours, and he or she is not vomiting, and can keep down liquids, it might be time to try the bland diet. The bland diet contains:
- Boiled rice (75%)
- Cooked white chicken meat (no skin or bones) or extra-lean hamburger (25%)
- Do not add any oils, fats or spices to the bland diet.
Gradually increase the amount of food you give your dog, starting with a tablespoon and waiting two hours. If your dog can keep that down, continue to increase the amount of food to 1/2 – 1 cup of bland diet every three or four hours.
Once your dog seems to be doing better, you can gradually add in his or her regular food until he is eating 100% of his regular diet again.
Once your dog is able to eat and appears to be feeling better, you can consider giving him or her unsweetened, plain yogurt that contains probiotics or a dog probiotic, such as FortiFlora, Prostora or Proviable. Probiotics contain living gut-friendly bacteria found naturally in the digestive tract. The goal of ingesting probiotics is to prevent gastrointestinal problems and boost your dog’s immune system.
- Foods that can help
Foods that can help soothe an upset stomach and firm up your dog’s stool if he or she is having diarrhea include:
- Plain, canned pumpkin
- Plain, unsweetened yogurt
- Sweet potatoes
- Slippery elm bark
Some veterinarians recommend slippery elm bark for dogs. Slippery elm bark is an herb that is used to treat digestive problems in dogs. Slippery elm bark contains mucilage which will coat, lubricate and sooth the inflamed mucous membranes of your dog’s stomach.
- Discourage your dog from eating grass
It appears that some dogs have an innate drive to eat grass when their stomach is upset. Some people think the dog is trying to induce vomiting by ingesting grass, but not all vets agree on this. What veterinarians DO agree on, however, is that many lawns are treated with fertilizers and other chemicals, making it unsafe for canine consumption.
- Over-the-counter medication
Some over-the-counter medications may help your dog if he or she is having diarrhea, but they should only be given under the guidance of your veterinarian. People have used Imodium, Pepto-Bismol and Pepcid to treat diarrhea in dogs. However, they may cause side effects, so it is best to check with your vet first.
While these home remedies can help your dog feel better, they in no way should be a substitute for veterinarian care. There are many reasons your dog could be sick, and only your vet can pinpoint the probable cause and recommend a proper course of treatment.
Dog Vomiting: Treatment At Home
Dog vomiting isn’t pleasant for anyone. But you can manage treatment at home with natural home remedies.
Vomiting vs Regurgitation In Dogs
To treat dog vomiting, you need to know the difference between vomiting and regurgitation.
Regurgitation is when undigested food comes back up into the mouth from the esophagus. This happens when food is too large for deposit into the stomach.
If your dog regurgitates, you’ll notice undigested food mostly covered in mucus. Regurgitation doesn’t involve the stiff-legged heaving that vomiting does. It’s quick and unfortunately usually involves your dog eating the food a second time.
Sure, this is gross, but it’s also completely normal. Regurgitation provides another opportunity to crush food into smaller pieces.
Regurgitated food rarely smells unless your dog is eating kibble. Kibble fed dogs tend to regurgitate and vomit much more than raw fed dogs. This is because many brands of kibble contain rancid ingredients covered up with masking chemicals.
So, the main difference is that the purpose of regurgitation is an adjustment and the purpose of vomiting is to get rid of toxic material.
Vomiting comes from the stomach and the upper intestines. It usually has a unique texture, color and smell.
What Can I Give My Dog For Nausea?
When nausea is just nausea or when accompanied by mild vomiting, you can use herbs in various forms known as antiemetics. Two herbs that work quickly for nausea are ginger and fennel.
- Ginger is warming and moves energy in the body upwards and outwards. I like to use ginger for dogs who are energetically cool, thin in stature with a love for warm places. When using ginger, use 1 tbsp of fresh ginger root. Slice and chop it and infuse it in 1 cup of boiling water for 10-15 minutes. Let it cool and give by the teaspoon full. Give your dog 1 tsp for every 15 lbs of body weight.
- Fennel is good for more rotund dogs who seek out cool places and may have a difficult time regulating body temperature. Make an infusion of 1 tsp of ground fennel seeds and 1 cup water at the first sign of nausea. Let it steep for 20 minutes covered in almost boiling water and give 1 tsp for every 15 lbs of body weight.
Two more herbs for nausea are chamomile and peppermint. Chamomile is slightly warming and moist. Peppermint is cooling and dry. Both are anti-spasmodic so they’ll soothe the digestive tract and help relieve nausea. You can use infusions of both using 1 tbsp of either in 1 cup of almost boiling water. Let cool and give 1 tsp for every 15 lbs of body weight.
What Can I Give My Dog To Stop Vomiting?
Dog vomiting can either be acute or chronic. There are a few reasons for most cases of vomit:
- Ingesting something
- A food allergy or sensitivity
- Reaction to a drug
- An organ malfunction
Sometimes one bout of vomiting is all it takes and your dog will be back to normal. Other times it’s continuous.
With continuous vomiting, fluids are important. You need to be careful of rapid dehydration and depletion of body salts.
Puppies and older dogs are especially susceptible to dehydration due to continuous vomiting. Lethargy, glazed over eyes, and dry gums are all signs that fluids need to be replaced. If the vomiting goes on too long, your dog may need emergency IV fluids to help until the stomach settles.
You can use chamomile, fennel, ginger or peppermint to help with the nausea. You can also try a mixture of chamomile, marshmallow root and dandelion.
- Combine equal parts chamomile, marshmallow root and dandelion tinctures.
- Dissolve them together in a small amount of warm water.
- Give 3 drops in the mouth for every 5 lbs of body weight. Do this 2-3 times per day.
When chronic vomiting occurs it’s important to rule out serious conditions like kidney and liver disease as well as tumors. Most dogs with chronic vomiting have a depletion of hydrochloric acid. They probably aren’t absorbing nutrients very well either. Food sensitivities, decreased beneficial bacteria, household and environmental allergens may all cause chronic vomiting.
Other Reasons Your Dog May Be Vomiting
There are several other reasons your dog may be vomiting.
#1 Vomiting water occurs when dogs drink too fast or when there’s too much moisture in the system.
#2 Bile based vomiting is usually associated with an empty stomach. It’s often accompanied by lip smacking, eating dirt or an abdomen that’s sensitive to the touch. Usually when this happens, the spleen and pancreas can get over stimulated and cause indigestion, burping and burning in the stomach. You’ll usually see this vomiting first thing in the morning or the middle of the night. I’ve found that feeding a small amount of food before bed helps stop this type of vomiting. Reach for chamomile and crab apple flower essence if this happens to your dog. Mix 1 tbsp in 1 cup of hot water, let it cool, then add in 10 drops of crab apple. Give 1 tsp for every 15 lbs of body weight.
#3 Some dogs vomit due to a nervous or what I call “emotional” stomach. This can indicate a depleted microbiome, so use probiotic treatments to help treat inflammation in the gut. Probiotic strains like Lactobacillus planetarum can help decrease food sensitivity and intestinal inflammation. You can also calm your nervous pup with catnip. This will treat and balance the nervous system and the stomach. To do this, use a tincture of catnip using 15 drops in 1 ounce of filtered water. You can also infuse 1 tbsp with 1 cup of almost boiling water. Give 1 tsp for every 15 lbs of body weight, 2-3 times a day.
#4 Vomiting undigested food. For dogs vomiting undigested food, make sure they’re getting digestive enzymes. Give dandelion tincture or add ground dandelion to food to stimulate digestion. If giving tincture of dandelion, give 3 drops in the mouth before eating. You can also try dissolving it in a bit of water. This will help the gallbladder secrete bile for digesting fats.
#5 Motion sickness. For dogs who get nauseous or vomit while riding in the car, powered ginger can calm the gut. Give it 30 to 40 minutes before your trip.
- For small dogs give approx. 300 mg.
- For medium dogs give about 400 mg.
- For large and giant breeds give about 500mg.
Make sure you use vegetable capsules instead of gelatin capsules or the pill may not dissolve quick enough.
Animal Herbalist Cat Lane recommends powdered ginger in half ratio with powdered chamomile in raw honey for those dogs that have a hard time ingesting liquids or capsules. Give 1/8 tsp dissolved in a bit of honey for each 15 lbs of bodyweight.
Home Remedies for Nausea And Vomiting
Homeopathy is also helpful for dealing with dog vomiting.
- For severe nausea with excessive drooling, swallowing or nervous movements, and a disinterest in food or water, try Ipecac root. Use the 6x or 30c potency.
- Nux Vomica in the 6x or 30c potency can be used for dogs that are heaving and vomiting or nauseous from inhaling their food.
- Pulsatilla 6 or 30c is useful for dogs vomiting undigested food particles. Dose 1 time or speak to your homeopathic vet before dosing again.
To give your dog one of these remedies place 1-3 pellets in a glass bottle. Fill the bottle almost full with water and strike it against your palm 20 to 30 times.
A dose is a single drop in your dog’s mouth. An easy way to do this is to pull your dog’s lower lip out near the corner of his mouth, then squeeze the remedy onto his gums.
A few drops given at one time is still a single dose, so don’t worry if you accidentally empty a full dropper into your dog’s mouth. As long as some ends up in your dog’s mouth, you’ve given the remedy.
Let Your Dog’s Stomach Rest
When your dog vomits, you might worry that she’s hungry. Because of this, it may be tempting to feed small meals and wait to see if she’ll vomit again.
This is a mistake.
Resting the digestive tract is important when your dog is vomiting. I usually recommend withholding food for at least six to eight hours (don’t fast puppies though). Depending on the situation you can also try herbs, a homeopathic medicine like Nux vomica or small amounts of bone broth. Usually I’ll wait until the next morning to reassess the situation.
When feeding broth, give small amounts:
- 1-2 tbsp for toy to small breeds
- 1-2 ounces for medium dogs
- 4-6 ounces for large dogs
- 8 ounces for giant breeds
I do this every hour or so if they are able to keep it down.
If your dog can’t keep broth down, wait 4-5 hours and try again.
After 12-24 hours of being able to keep liquids down, you can reintroduce solid food. Do this by giving her small amounts of lightly steamed protein and more broth. If all goes well, I give a smaller amount of my dog’s normal diet and take it from there. I also recommend giving food warm due to the weakened condition of the spleen.
Herbs can assist you and help pinpoint what is going on with your dog by the way they respond to home treatment. When you combine your dog’s behavior with herbs and vomiting, determining an emergency is much easier.
When To See A Vet
There are certain situations when dog vomiting should mean a trip to the emergency clinic.
Poisoning is the number one reason dog owners seek veterinary attention when dogs vomit.
Symptoms of poisoning can include:
- Foaming at the mouth
- Loss of muscle control
Some examples of common poisons are:
- Household cleaners
- Toxic household plants like mother’s tongue and Easter lily.
If you suspect poisoning, contact the nearest emergency vet straight away. Don’t induce vomiting unless you’re sure what your dog ingested. In some cases making your dog vomit can make matters worse.
Another reason for dog vomiting can be kidney failure. If you have a kidney compromised dog or a dog with renal failure, always see a vet when vomiting occurs.
Vomiting accompanied by constipation can be a sign of an obstruction. Look for signs of:
- Unproductive vomiting
- Blood in the stool
- Excessive panting
When a foreign object stays in the stomach too long and can’t pass through the digestive system, it will cause moderate to severe indigestion until your dog vomits.
Forceful vomiting (projectile vomiting) can mean that something more serious is going on inside your dog’s intestines. This may be something like a blockage caused by objects like tumors, pieces of undigested food, raw hide bones, toys, socks, other non-food objects and severe scar tissue.
Vomiting blood is uncommon and should always warrant a trip to the vet. Obstructions, ulcers, pharmaceuticals, bleeding ulcers, parasites, severe bacterial infections, malignant and benign tumors and damage to the stomach or intestines can cause bloody vomit.
Some dogs vomit feces, and this is usually caused by eating other dogs’ poop. If your dog isn’t a poop eater though, then it usually indicates a complete blockage of the large intestine.
Lastly, vomiting is one of the symptoms of the often deadly condition called bloat or torsion. Bloat closes the esophagus and gas and fluid get trapped in the stomach.
Bloat can affect any dog but it’s more common in deep chested breeds like Great Danes, Doberman Pinchers and Boxers. Dogs who eat too much at one time or overeat, drink too much water or exercise immediately after eating can be at risk.
There are many theories of why bloat happens but it’s unclear what exactly causes it. Along with unproductive vomit, usually white and foamy, dogs can have a distended abdomen, restlessness, shaking, drooling and sometimes crying out.
Time is crucial when it comes to bloat so if you suspect anything go to the vet emergency clinic immediately.
Common sense is also needed when dealing with at-home care and vomiting. If your dog is lethargic, can’t keep liquids down, isn’t eating or drinking and you’ve tried multiple remedies, don’t delay. Go to the vet.
Sometimes dog vomiting is normal and is just your dog’s way of clearing the way. Other times it can be more serious and warrant a little extra attention. To be sure, just observe your dog carefully and do what your instinct tells you is best.
How to Treat a Dog’s Upset Stomach: Home Remedies and Tips
There are many reasons why a dog might have an upset stomach. It could be from eating something they shouldn’t have or drinking unclean water. Sometimes it’s simply a result of anxiety or stress. Whatever the reason, there are some home remedies that you can use to help your dog’s stomach feel better. Let’s discuss some of the most effective methods for treating an upset stomach in dogs.
What are the symptoms of an upset stomach in dogs?
Your dog can have a stomach ache for any number of reasons, but you might not know what’s causing it. It could be that they are sensitive to something in their diet or just dealing with stress and anxiety. Unfortunately, some dog owners might not realize their pup is suffering from tummy troubles unless a dog has an accident on the living room rug.
Dogs may not show signs of pain as openly due to their instinctive tendency to hide weakness. However, some subtle symptoms could indicate an issue. Keep your eye out for the following behaviors and get in touch if you notice anything unusual. Here are the most common symptoms of an upset stomach to watch for:
Lip-smacking or drooling
The dog’s natural instinct is to vomit when it feels sick. The acid in the dog’s stomach can damage teeth, throat, and mouth if not warranted by an overproduction of saliva that helps neutralize its effects. If you notice your dog drooling more than usual or smacking her lips to contain the extra saliva, then there’s a good chance that she has an upset tummy.
Diarrhea and vomiting
One of the most obvious signs that your dog might have a stomach problem is vomiting and diarrhea. If you see your dog doing either one, note the color and consistency of the vomit to share if you take her to a veterinarian. While it may not be appealing, always check your dog’s stools for color and consistency. There may also be an indicator of the cause of your pup’s tummy issues.
Burping and flatulence
Burping and flatulence are entirely natural occurrences in dogs. So how do you know if it’s something normal or a symptom of stomach issues? Watch for increased gas, gurgling noises inside the abdomen, and excess burping, as those abnormalities indicate an upset stomach.
Loss of appetite
You know how much your dog loves to eat, right? Well, if your pup suddenly stops eating dog food, that’s definitely a sign that something isn’t right. When you notice that your dog is refusing to eat, that may be a sign of stomach pain. If this state continues more than one day, contact your veterinarian for advice on the best care for your dog.
Stretching the neck and looking up.
When you notice your dog extending their neck and looking upwards, there is a good chance she is experiencing pain in the abdominal region. Dogs do this to ease the pain and pressure of gastrointestinal problems.
There’s much debate about whether dogs eat grass to induce vomiting, or they do so for fun, and then it happens to cause an upset stomach. Unless your dog loves eating grass for pleasure, she may have an upset stomach, especially if she eats grass in combination with some of these other symptoms.
If your dog displays some severe signs of illness, a quick trip to the vet is necessary. If you notice that she has repeated, frequent vomiting and diarrhea, a fever, or bloody stool, medical intervention is a must.
What causes a dog’s upset stomach?
There are various potential causes for an upset stomach, but here are the most common sources of nausea below:
- changes in dog food (especially when done suddenly)
- viral infection
- overeating or eating too little
- food allergies and sensitive stomachs
- stress and anxiety
- exposure to toxins or poisons
- reaction to medications
- ingestion of foreign bodies
- stomach ulcer
- bacterial infections
Most of these conditions are successfully treatable if treatment happens shortly after the first symptoms are found.
Natural home remedies for an upset stomach in dogs
Are there ways you can alleviate your dog’s tummy troubles from home? In general cases of nausea, yes, there are practical and natural ways to settle a sour stomach. Here are some remedies that can manage your dog’s sickness.
1 Try a reset fast
Fasting can be a great way to help your dog recover from illness. Still, a dog mustn’t go longer than 12 hours without food, especially for a puppy. When your dog goes without regular dog food for a few hours, her stomach has time to settle down and let those indigestion symptoms pass.
2 Use some pumpkin
There are many health benefits of canned pumpkin, including relieving indigestion. Pumpkin has a low glycemic index, which means it’s absorbed slowly and soothing for an irritated gastrointestinal tract. Use 100% pure pumpkin only, not pumpkin pie or spiced pumpkin filling containing sugar or potentially lethal artificial sweetener. Speak with your veterinarian about how much pure pumpkin is suitable for your dog, as amounts are based on the dog’s weight.
3 Offer some bone broth
If you’re looking for a way to keep your dog hydrated, plain chicken bone broth is an excellent choice. It may take some time and effort to prepare, but it’s worth doing since they love the taste, and it prevents the dehydration associated with vomiting and diarrhea.
4 Feed a bland diet
To help your dog feel better when feeling sick, give her a bland diet of soft foods like a boiled chicken with plain white cooked rice. Extra lean hamburger, ground beef, and sweet potatoes This will soothe the digestive tract until it’s back on track to a normal appetite and bowel movement. To make the transition easier, you can feed your dog regular food after 2 or 3 days of eating a bland diet.
5 Cube it up
The best way to avoid dehydration in your dog is by providing small amounts of water in their bowl or a couple ice cubes every few minutes. You can even offer your dog ice chips if that’s easier for her to lick. It’s important not to worsen the situation, so don’t overdo it with the fluids.
6 Try slippery elm bark
Slippery elm bark is the inner bark of the Red Elm or slippery bark tree. The inner bark of slippery elm contains tannins that help reduce inflammation. They also include a substance known as mucilage. When mixed with water, this slimy, gooey material coats your dog’s inflamed stomach or intestines giving relief from several gastrointestinal disorders. Remember to check with your veterinarian before giving your dog natural remedies, just as you would over-the-counter medications.
When should your dog see the vet?
Occasional vomiting or diarrhea in dogs is not uncommon. Most cases will improve within a day, but if these symptoms are present for more than 48 hours, then you should consult your vet immediately. When digestive upsets occur frequently or with intensity, the dog’s condition could worsen quickly due to dehydration. Do not hesitate to take your pup to the vet if stomach issues come on suddenly or violently.
If your dog exhibits these serious symptoms, take her straight to a veterinary hospital or emergency facility for medical attention:
- continuous diarrhea and/or vomiting
- uncontrollable drooling
- weight loss
- dry heaving and retching
- bloody stool
- distended abdomen
- foreign objects in vomit or stool
- nervous pacing and whining
You know your pup best, but it’s always better to be safe than sorry when it comes to our furkids. See a vet right away if your dog is in distress!