Can CBD Oil Help with Dog Digestive Issues?

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Dr. Sara Ochoa - Author of Can CBD Oil Help with Dog Digestive Issues?

Is your dog vomiting or having GI issues? There are many reasons that they may be having these digestive issues. Some of these issues can easily be fixed with medication, and sometimes these issues need extensive veterinary care.  

CBD can often help your dog’s stomach feel much better and decrease their nausea.


Why is my dog showing signs of nausea?

There are many different issues that your dog may have that may be seen as vomiting or nauseous. These are some of the most common reasons that your dog may be nauseated.

  • Bloat: Large, deep-chested dogs can bloat. This is also called gastro dilation and volvulus (GDV). This is when their stomach flips over and becomes bloated. This is due to your dog eating food fast than being very active. Dogs will bloat, causing them to vomit and have trouble breathing. If you notice this in your dog, this is an emergency that will require emergency surgery to correct.
  • Kidney failure: When your dog gets older, their kidney stops working as they should. Common signs of kidney failure are increased urination, increased thirst, vomiting, lethargic, and not eating. If you notice any of these signs in your dog, take them to your veterinarian, and they can run bloodwork to see the reason for these signs. There is also medication and supplements your pet cat take to help the kidney’s function more properly
  • Liver failure: Just like with kidney failure, a dog’s liver can also cause problems when they age. Liver failure will cause your dog to vomit. Dogs can also have liver failure if they eat something toxic. There are many plants and human medications that are toxic to a dog’s liver. Dogs with liver failure will have a yellow color to their skin, inside of their ears and gums. If you notice any of these problems in your dog, take them to your veterinarian.
  • Heat Stroke: If your dog has spent a lot of time outside during the hot summer, they can suffer from heatstroke. IF your dog has heatstroke, they may vomit. If you notice your dog outside in the heat of summer and they are vomiting, take them to your veterinarian or closest emergency clinic for treatment. Heatstroke can leave irreversible damage if not treated early enough.
  • Change in diet: Your dog’s intestines get used to the same kind of food. When you switch food on your dog, they may start to vomit. This is nothing to worry about and should fix itself in a few days.
  • Parasites: Parasites can be another common reason that your dog is vomiting. If your dog is vomiting from parasites, many of the times, there are worms in their vomit. If you see worms in your dog’s vomit, contact your veterinarian, and they can prescribe your dog some medication to get rid of these worms.
  • Motion Sickness: If your dog starts to drool and only vomits when they are riding in the car, they may have car sickness. There are medications that you can give your dog to help with car sickness. Your veterinarian can prescribe these medications for you to give your dog about 30 minutes before a car ride.
  • Pancreatitis: If your dog got in the trash or snuck a few extra bites from the table, they may develop pancreatitis. Pancreatitis is an inflammation of the pancreas. This small yet mighty organ lives near the stomach and small intestines. If your dog has pancreatitis, they will be vomiting. They are also very painful in the upper abdomen. There is bloodwork that your veterinarian can run to check your dog for pancreatitis. If your dog is diagnosed with pancreatitis, usually a few days of bland food and some medication will have your dog back to their happy lifestyle.
  • Eating a foreign object: Dogs are notorious for eating things that they should not be eating. They commonly find a pair of socks or underwear and eat them. This usually ends up getting stuck in the GI tract. If you think that your dog has eaten something they should not have, take them to your veterinarian to have them check for a possible foreign object. Your veterinarian can take radiographs to see if there is anything stuck. If there is your dog will most likely need to have surgery to have the object removed.
  • Toxic ingestion: If your dog eats a toxic, plants, bugs, and human medication, they may vomit or become nauseated. This can also cause problems with the liver and kidneys. If you think that your dog ate a toxic substance, call your veterinarian. The quicker you treat the problem, the better the outcome for your dog.

Symptoms of Digestive Issues

There are many symptoms that would indicate that your dog has digestive issues.  These are some of the most common reasons that you may need to see a vet. 

  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Loss of appetite
  • Lethargy and weakness
  • Dehydration, displayed by discolored urine and excessive water intake
  • Drooling and dry heaving

If you notice any of these signs in your dog, it would be best to see your vet. They can start your dog on medication to help decrease their vomiting and nauseous and help with any digestive issue that they may have.


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What is CBD Oil?

CBD is cannabidiol and is found in the hemp plants. Unlike what some people may think CBD does not contain any THC. THC is the chemical that is found in marijuana that is responsible for the euphoric state. CBDinteracts with the endocannabinoid system in the brain to produce a variety of effects on the body. It is used to treat a variety of issues, both mental and physical.

When looking for CBD products for your dog, you will want to find one that has CO2 extraction, as this produces the best results and the highest quality oils. Once CBD interacts with the endocannabinoid system in the body, it produces a variety of effects, including:

  • Decrease joint inflammation
  • Decrease anxiety and depression
  • Increases appetite
  • Decrease itching from allergic reactions
  • May even help treat cancer

Can CBD Oil Help with Dog Digestive issues?

CBD oils can help your dog with their digestion issues too. It has been shown to decrease pain and inflammation in the intestines. It will help keep your dog calm and decrease their anxiety that may be causing them to have stress diarrhea. CBD serves as a muscle relaxant and will help with digestion. It also has been shown to increase appetite so that even if your dog is painful, they will want to eat.

If your dog has digestive issues, trying CBD products to help calm their stomach will help them feel much better. These are great products that can not only help your dog’s digestion but also help with many other issues that they are facing.


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Meet The Author 

Dr. Sara Ochoa DVM author of Why Is My Dog Itching So Much

Dr. Sara Ochoa DVM

Since she was a little girl, Dr. Ochoa knew that her dream was to become a veterinarian. With a tremendous passion and love for animals, she is now a great source of knowledge for others. Dr. Ochoa lives happily with her husband Greg and her babies: Ruby the Schnoodle and Bam-Bam the bunny.