Dog is Nauseous but Not Throwing Up – Top 3 Reasons Why
Vomiting is a common sign of nausea but what does it mean if your dog is looking nauseous but is not throwing up? Here are a few common reasons that may explain this situation.
1. Anxiety and stress
Elevated anxiety may lead to dogs having nausea but the discomfort might not always be enough to cause dogs to throw up. We know stress and anxiety can lead to an upset stomach. This, in turn, can cause diarrhea and vomiting. In some cases, the vomiting may happen immediately. In other cases, the vomiting may not happen at all or it may happen many hours after.
Context is important. Remind yourself of the past few times the dog was having nausea but not throwing up. Was there a certain trigger that may have elevated the dog’s level of stress and anxiety. This could be many things, including sudden loud noises or the presence of other animals and strangers. It may also be things like separation anxiety. For example, your dog might only be nauseous when he has to spend time alone at night.
2. Partial intestinal blockage
The dog may have consumed something that is causing partial blockage along the digestive tract. Any food and fluids that are backed up may make the dog feel nauseous. The gap, however, may mean enough matter is getting passed and this reduces the need for the dog to throw up. A vet diagnosis could be appropriate if you suspect your dog recently ate something that he shouldn’t have, such as small piece of fabric.
3. Dog is hungry
Nausea can also develop if your dog is really hungry and has been on an empty stomach for an extended period of time. In some cases, dogs on an empty stomach may throw up yellow bile. In other cases, they may not throw up at all since their stomachs are empty. This might be the reason if your dog is having nausea more often in the morning than in other times of the day.