None of us enjoy seeing our precious pooches feeling under the weather but nearly all dogs will vomit at some time in their lives. Indeed, it is one of the most common causes for a trip to the vet for our pooches. Just like us, a dog is being sick to expel the contents of his stomach, often the causes of a dog vomiting are down to your pooch eating something he shouldn’t and are isolated events that resolve within 24 hours. However, it can be due to something more serious that requires further investigation. Read on to find out some of the causes and symptoms of vomiting in dogs.
Signs and symptoms of vomiting in dogs
If your dog is vomiting his stomach or upper intestine is forcibly ejecting its contents and it is often accompanied by retching. You might notice that your pooch shows signs of nausea such as anxiety, licking his lips or drooling. Vomiting is an active process as opposed to regurgitation which is a passive process when a dog throws up undigested food with apparently no effort. Both can be something or nothing, but it’s wise to take note of the symptoms, including the frequency of episodes and the consistency of the vomit if you can, just in case you need to take your pooch to the vet.
Vomiting can also be accompanied by other symptoms, such as a change in appetite, dehydration or lethargy, and if your dog is suffering from gastroenteritis, for example, he will probably have intermittent bouts of sickness and diarrhoea. A dog vomiting blood should obviously be seen by a vet as soon as possible, as should a dog who has had gastroenteritis for more than 24 hours.
What causes vomiting in dogs?
Dogs are well known for not discriminating about what they put in their mouths and so it follows that the most common reason your dog is being sick is probably related to something they’ve ingested. The culprit might have been a bin raiding foray, swallowing a foreign object such as a sock, plastic toy or homework, or eating something that is rotten or toxic to pooches.
Sometimes dogs’ vomit after eating due to gobbling their food down to fast, this might be because they just love their food, but it could also be down to anxiety issues such as worrying about another pet getting to their food. Eating too fast can cause a dog to ingest large amounts of air and cause them to either regurgitate or vomit their dinner back up.
Perhaps your pooch has a parasite infestation, is he taking any medication that could have upset his stomach? Sometimes your dog’s diet is the culprit, perhaps your pooch has a sensitive stomach or is allergic to an ingredient in his food, have you recently changed his diet? Have you noticed any weight loss or weight gain? Or does your pooch seem reluctant to eat? Transitioning your dog from one food to another can often upset his stomach as the digestive system needs time to adapt, that’s why it’s important to make any change slowly.
As you can see there really are so many reasons that can cause a dog to vomit but first think about what your dog has been eating, has he possibly had any access to something that is poisonous to dogs such as chocolate, onions or chemicals? Are your glasses missing or his favourite toy, or is he prone to picking up random things on walks? Foreign objects can become stuck and cause your dog serious complications so if you suspect that this is the reason for the sudden onset of your dog’s vomiting it’s best to take your pet to the vet straight away.
How to treat vomiting in dogs
Hopefully, your dog vomiting will be a one-off event, most of us have probably witnessed a dog throwing up one minute and begging for food or asking for his ball to be thrown the next.
If the onset of your dog’s vomiting was sudden and you are not too worried about him, you can try withholding a couple of meals and then feeding him a bland diet such as lean chicken and boiled potato to see if the problem resolves. Ensure that he is also drinking a little water as you don’t want him to dehydrate. However, dogs that are vomiting repeatedly or are noticeably unwell, exhibiting other symptoms or are still not themselves after 24 hours really need to be seen by the vet. Better safe than sorry!
Chronic vomiting can be a sign that your dog is suffering from a serious underlying condition and you really need a professional opinion to diagnose what the cause is. That said, diet can be a major factor, many highly processed foods contain additives or ingredients like wheat that some dogs are allergic to and find difficult to digest so transitioning your pooch onto a low processed diet full of natural ingredients and free from grains and additives can help to transform your dog’s health.
Pure Pet Food has a range of products that can help to alleviate diet-related vomiting. Turkey Terrific variety is ideal for dogs with sensitive stomachs and feeding it can help with conditions such as pancreatitis as it is low in fat, sometimes dogs do better on diets based on an alternative meat source and Duck Delight might be an ideal solution for them. We humans all know that white fish is a healthy protein source that is gentle on our tummies and the same is true for dogs, Fish Supper is great for dogs with sensitive stomachs as well as pooches that have a meat intolerance. Why not browse through some of the success stories on the site and see how other dog’s health has benefited from changing their diet to Pure. Maybe it can help your pooch too.