When Do Dogs Have Morning Sickness?

A dog may show signs of morning sickness when it’s pregnant, but the symptoms of this condition are not always apparent. Dogs often show gagging, vomiting, lack of appetite, and social behavior changes.

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In order to identify this condition, owners should know the symptoms to look for. Below, you will find information about the causes, symptoms, and treatment options.

To help prevent morning sickness in your dog, learn how to recognize the signs.

Symptoms

Unlike human morning sickness, symptoms of morning sickness in dogs do not adversely affect the pet’s health.

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Vomiting for more than a week, for example, can result in an increased heart rate and electrolyte loss, which can affect the nervous system. Mild signs include twitching and fatigue.

More severe symptoms can involve increased heart rate, arrhythmias, and seizures.

Home treatments can help relieve nausea and vomiting in dogs, but treatment for more serious conditions should be sought from a veterinarian.

Causes

Even if you’ve never had a dog, you probably have heard of morning sickness, and if you haven’t, you may be wondering how to treat it.

Luckily, you don’t have to change your dog’s diet or routine if your dog is suffering from morning sickness.

The main cause of morning sickness in dogs is hormonal changes, and treating your dog’s nausea with a small meal several times throughout the day will alleviate the symptoms.

Treatment

Dogs can experience morning sickness as early as the third or fourth week of their pregnancy.

The cause is unknown, but it may be related to hormone changes. This can result in a dog being more tired than usual, eating less than usual, and even vomiting.

To avoid this, you should offer small, frequent meals throughout the day. If your dog is experiencing nausea, you should give it a small, frequent snack during the day, as well.

Signs

Your dog can experience morning sickness, too! If your dog seems drowsy and eats very little, it could be morning sickness.

You can help your dog by feeding small, frequent meals throughout the day.

If your dog vomits often, make sure to call your veterinarian. He or she may be able to prescribe you a medication to help your dog overcome morning sickness. Here are some symptoms to watch out for.

Symptoms in older dogs

If you’ve noticed that your dog is uncharacteristically lethargic or drowsy during the day, it may be a symptom of cognitive dysfunction. Older dogs are prone to this condition.

While decreased energy and stamina are expected with age, your dog’s sluggishness should prompt you to consult a veterinarian.

Here are some of the most common signs of cognitive dysfunction in older dogs.