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Vomiting in Dogs – When to Worry

Vomiting in dogs is a symptom rather than a disease itself. It can occur due to some minor dietary indiscretions or as a result of something much scary. Vomiting is an accompanying sign of many diseases and there is no way to determine what is causing it without laboratory tests, even for veterinarians. However, there is a way to determine whether it’s time to worry or not.

Let’s get one thing straight, the notorious eating nature of dogs compared to human standards is way too often the prime reason for vomiting. Vomiting series can be caused by dietary indiscretion due to poor judgment by the dog – he ate something that he shouldn’t have. Other times vomiting is because there is a threatening condition that requires emergency medical attention.

While our blog’s mascot is a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, this applies to any breed.

If your dog vomits multiple times in a day

You should take the dog to a veterinarian when the pup vomits multiple times during the day (more than 5-6 times) and the symptom continues the following day.  Furthermore, when there are other signs present this means an immediate trip to the vet. Accompanying symptoms can be anorexia, different frequency of urination, change in thirst, diarrhea, and blood in the stool, blood in vomit, sudden lethargy, pale gums, weight loss, severe abdominal pain and collapse.

A dog that vomits once or twice and carries on with normal eating habits and regular bowel movements will recover without any troubles. However, frequent episodes of chronic vomiting (ex. once or twice per week), especially when accompanied by additional symptoms require professional medical attention.

Chronic or acute vomiting in dogs

Chronic vomiting in dogs can be a result of infectious diseases (ex. tick-borne diseases), food allergies, IBD (inflammatory bowel disease), kidney failure, liver failure, diabetes, pancreatitis, Addison’s disease, cancer, etc.

On the other hand, sudden and acute vomiting can happen because of intestinal parasites, viral and bacterial digestive infections, foreign objects in the intestines, intestinal obstruction, kidney failure, liver failure, bloat, intoxication, hormonal diseases, etc.

What causes dogs to vomit continuously?

Acute gastritis causes dogs to vomit once or off and on for one or two days. The cause is usually some kind of dietary indiscretion, which includes the ingestion of spoiled food, garbage, cat litter, bones, plants, grass, molds, fungi, toys, socks, underwear, and other questionable items.

Treatment and first aid

Simple diagnostic tests like blood work, x-rays and fecal analysis performed by vets can help get to an accurate diagnosis. These are mostly useful for sudden onsets of vomiting, and for chronic cases, additional tests may be performed. Depending on the diagnostic outcome, vets may recommend medicament therapy, dietary alternations or even surgery in more serious cases.

The first thing to do when you see your dog vomiting is not to panic. Observe the dog’s behavior and look for any other accompanying symptoms listed above. Knowing and understanding your dog’s behavior can help you make the right judgment in times of need. Does he frequently consume foods he shouldn’t? Does he like swallowing toys and other indigestible objects? Does he have a thing for licking common household cleaning solutions and detergents? Has he been vomiting in the past year or so? If you are not sure why the vomiting started, never try to give any pills to your dog before consulting a professional. Making a simple call to an emergency veterinary care establishment can save your dog’s life, even in cases when you thought that this isn’t something to worry about.

What can I give my dog to stop throwing up?

You can baby your dog as you would a sick child and give him homemade food such as boiled potatoes, rice and well-cooked, skinless chicken. In certain situations, your dog may require fluid therapy, antibiotics, a change in diet, antiemetics (drugs to help control vomiting) or other medication.

Originally posted 2020-03-01 23:59:27. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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