Dogs suffering from a stomach virus need fluids to avoid dehydration, so give them either water or unflavored pediatric electrolyte solution. Because viruses are not caused by bacteria, antibiotics are not effective as treatment.Continue Reading
According to the petMD website, the main treatment goal is relieving symptoms, such as diarrhea and vomiting, and replacing lost fluids and electrolytes. Veterinarians often advise restricting the dog's food intake or even omitting food consumption for the first 24 hours.
According to the VCA Animal Hospitals website, the general term for stomach viruses in dogs is gastroenteritis. Gastroenteritis can be caused by bacteria, parasites or viruses. Dogs feel abdominal discomfort and suffer from diarrhea and vomiting. Some dogs need subcutaneous, or under the skin, re-hydration or even intravenous treatment.
The rotavirus is a common stomach and intestinal virus for dogs. Puppies are especially susceptible to the rotavirus, and one of the most effective preventions for puppies is for them to drink milk from their immune mother. The rotavirus is transmitted via contact with contaminated fecal matter. Dogs suffering from this virus exhibit diarrhea. In extreme cases, they lose weight and may even die from dehydration.
Dogs generally show improvement within 24 hours of re-hydration. If symptoms do not improve within 48 hours, the diagnosis needs to be re-evaluated.Learn more about Veterinary Health
The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals acknowledges that dogs that have not finished their multiple-injection series of parvo vaccines are susceptible to the virus. Puppies must be vaccinated between six and eight weeks, at 16 to 20 weeks and then again after a year.Full Answer >
Gatorade is known to provide a solution to headaches caused by dehydration, primarily due its high electrolyte levels. The added electrolytes replace minerals that the body has lost through sweat.Full Answer >
Some causes of a dog throwing up include poisoning, parasites such as giardia, intolerance of certain foods, heatstroke, bloating, or dislocation of the dog's stomach, according to PetMD. A dog who ingests a poison, such as any part of a castor bean plant, not only vomits but suffers kidney failure and a collapse of its central nervous system. This can lead to death.Full Answer >
PetMD explains that a dog's stomach can flip along its short axis when it experiences gastric dilatation and volvulus syndrome, or GDV. The cause of this disease, also commonly known as gastric torsion, is unknown. However, genetics, the dog's body type and environmental causes have all been linked to an increased chance of developing GDV.Full Answer >