This holiday season, while visions of gumdrops and sugarplums dance above your head, those same treats can pose a threat to your dog. Whether your pup eats something off of the list of forbidden foods, or they have an upset tummy from eating tinsel or other decorations, these holistic remedies can help get your pup back to good health in no time.
Remember: treats like chocolate are toxic to dogs. If your dog has consumed large amounts of chocolate, please see your holistic veterinarian.
When your dog has gotten into holiday goodies
Certain holiday goodies are toxic to dogs. These include:
- Grapes and raisins
- Bones or fatty trimmings from holiday hams or turkeys
- Excessive amounts of garlic
If your dog eats any of the above, they may experience vomiting, diarrhea, or more serious reactions. Additionally, if your dog overindulges on safe foods, like pumpkin or sweet potatoes, they still may get a tummy ache (just like people!).
If your dog has eaten anything toxic or overindulged in their favorite treats, it is important to act within the first hour. If your dog is exhibiting a serious reaction or losing consciousness, you will need to see a vet ASAP.
Step 1: Fast
Not only should you act fast, but you should have your dog start to fast. Take away all food and give your pet a few minutes without anything to eat to let their stomach settle. If this still doesn’t help, try a holistic remedy.
Step 2: Try a natural remedy
Holistic remedies can be safer solutions than over the counter stomach medications. For example, Nux Vomica can be used for pets who have overindulged. Arsenicum album can help with food poisoning, which includes poisoning caused by chocolate or other forbidden foods. These supplements can be found at most health food stores and holistic pet shops and are easily dissolved in water.
Additionally, CBD can relieve inflammation caused by a reaction to toxic foods. CBD can be absorbed through the gums and can help restore equilibrium to your pet.
You may also need to soothe your dog’s tummy with a bland broth recipe. Place a few pieces of chicken in about 5 cups of water and bring it to a boil. Simmer the broth for about two hours. Strain the broth into a bowl and feed your dog a few tablespoons once it has cooled. This can help soothe an upset tummy without medications.
Step 3: After using a natural remedy, re-introduce mild, bland food
You pup’s tummy will likely be a bit sensitive for the next few days. After all, if you had food poisoning your first meal afterward wouldn’t be a large spicy burrito! I recommend V-Dog for sensitive tummies and lots of water and rest.
When your dog dines on the décor
Holiday decorations can cause tummy troubles. A few items to be aware of around the house include:
- Poinsettia plants
- Metallic wrapping paper and bows (anything shiny)
- Christmas tree sap
Dogs and cats love to chew on things they shouldn’t. But, if you are not sure that your dog has dined on the décor, watch their behavior. Are they avoiding food and water? Chances are, they have been eating something they shouldn’t.
Remember: if your pet begins vomiting, acting lethargic, and you suspect they have ingested harmful decorations, take them to the vet immediately. Sometimes they will have to pass the object, but it may be stuck in their throat or bowel which will require intervention.
Step 1: Feel your pet’s abdomen
Does your pets abdomen or tummy area feel hard or blocked? Do they seem to be having trouble urinating or defecating? If it feels hard or they seem to have trouble with their bowels, you may need to seek help. If their abdomen feels bloated but they are acting otherwise okay, try a holistic remedy. Again, acting in the first hour can make a huge different.
Step 2: Use natural remedies
Phosphorus and calendula can both help the body expel the object and repair tears and rips in the esophagus. CBDcan also help work as a lubricant and anti-inflammatory to help the object move through the digestive tract. Remember: if you feel the object is large or is causing a major blockage, call your vet immediately. If the item is small, your dog may have pain while passing it, but should be okay.
How to prevent upset stomach during the holidays
The best way to treat upset tummy is prevention. Make sure to keep forbidden items out of reach of pets. Prebiotics, probiotics, bland food, and slippery elm can all be used to prevent diarrhea if you find that your pet has a sensitive tummy. Slippery elmcan be made into a syrup making it easier to administer.
With the right preparation, you and your pets can enjoy a safe, happy holiday season.
Remember: if your pet is exhibiting a serious reaction, seek veterinary assistance immediately.
About Angela Ardolino:
With over 25 years of experience caring for animals, Angela Ardolino is the founder and CEO of CBD Dog Healthand House of Alchemy, LLC, a company dedicated to cultivating and processing the purest medical cannabis products, with the lowest environmental impact, for humans and pets. Ardolino is active in Women Grow and United for Care, and she holds a professional certification in Medical Cannabis for therapeutic use from the University of Vermont College of Medicine. Ardolino is the co-owner of Beautify the Beast, a grooming salon in the Tampa Bay Area. Ardolino is also the mother of three dogs, Nina, Odie, and Jolene, as well as 23 ducks, 19 chickens, 9 geese, 1 bunny and a pig at her rescue farm, Fire Flake Farm. For more information, visit www.angelaardolino.com/.