Don’t Let Throw-Up Get You Down
It’s a little yucky to talk about, but it’s pretty much the biggest guarantee in all of dogdom: If you’ve got a pup, sooner or later it’s going to have an upset tummy, and you’re going to be reaching for the carpet cleaner.
Most of the time, our dogs’ vomiting and nausea is no big deal. It can even be a good thing. Our puppers’ bodies have wisely evolved to reject things that aren’t good for them to eat (no matter what they think!), and throwing up is how they do it.
Signs of Nausea
Knowing your best friend has an upset stomach is not as easy to identify as it is in humans (they can't tell us after all), so look for these signs to tell if they aren't feeling so good:
- Loss of appetite
- Lethargy and weakness
- Dry heaving
- Excessive licking or chewing
What Causes Nausea in Dogs?
Most times, nausea in dogs is caused by things like eating something too quickly or eating something disagreeable (who knows what they ate off the ground on their morning walk). It can also be caused by car or motion sickness.
There’s also something called anticipatory nausea. This happens when our dog finds itself in a situation that made them throw up in the past and gets automatically woozy in anticipation of it happening again. It’s kind of like Pavlov’s dog, just ickier. For example, if you have a dog who gets carsick, they might throw up all over the backseat before you’ve even started the engine just because they know what’s coming.
When nausea becomes chronic, that could indicate more serious conditions like:
- Kidney failure
- Liver failure
- Intestinal parasites
- Viral infection
- Medication reaction
- Bacterial infection
- Heat stroke
If vomiting is chronic or repeated, or you see continual signs of nausea—excessive swallowing, drooling, lip licking, and/or grass eating—a call to your vet is a good idea. Overall, though, a random incident now and then is a natural part of being a dog and usually nothing to worry about.
Can CBD Help With Nausea?
On a happier note, there’s good evidence that CBD may be a great way save our upholstery when our furballs get a case of the queasies. At least when it's just a one-off case (otherwise a call to the vet is best).
CBD acts on the endocannabinoid system in dogs (just like in humans). The endocannabinoid system is responsible for appetite and inflammation, two things that are often involved with an upset stomach.
When experts put all the evidence together in 2016, they found that low doses of CBD reduced vomiting. A joint Canadian/Israeli project reported similar results, and these findings have been echoed by lots of others, including research that says CBD is a “highly effective” anti-nausea treatment and appears to help with anticipatory nausea, too.
Sounds about right to us.
How Do I Use CBD for Nausea?
Serving size: 1-2mg CBD per 10 pounds of weight to start. So if your pup is 50 pounds, 5-10mg of CBD per serving is a great starting point.
When: Try giving your dog CBD in the morning and evening. CBD also works best when taken on an empty stomach so avoid giving them their treat and hour before and after they get their meals. CBD lasts between 4-8 hours, longer for older pups with slower digestion. You can also give CBD to your pup when you see the symptoms arise. Just know that it takes 30-60 min for it to kick in.
Consistency: If you're using CBD to treat an ongoing condition, make sure to give it to your dog every day, at the same time, to see the best results. If, after a few days, the amount you gave is not enough, feel free to double the amount you give until you see them feeling happier.
If you’d like to try CBD to calm your own dog’s stomach down, a Bailey’s No More Wiggles Biscuit or a dose of our CBD pet oils may do the trick. If you can see the storm coming (for example, before a trip with a carsick-prone pup), give it to them at least a half-hour ahead of time. Or use it after an incident to help prevent more. You just may be able to save them—and you!—from a close encounter of the barf kind.