Dog vomiting, should I be concerned ?
Concerning a dog that vomits, there is no need to worry. He often ingests a lot of detritus, which his strong stomach manages to digest most of the time, but sometimes vomiting occurs in order to reject the foreign body. However, if you notice that your dog vomits several times, that he becomes weak, that he takes certain strange postures, or any other unusual behavior, it is strongly advised to monitor him closely. What causes a dog to vomit? What does he vomit? How to react to a dog that vomits? The guide to understand why a dog vomits and especially, the reaction to have in case of vomiting in the dog.
1- What is vomiting in dogs ?
Dogs tend to swallow everything they find in their path, whether at home or on walks. Moreover, he tends to eat his meals quickly. Vomiting in dogs is therefore quite common and can have several causes.
Vomiting is provoked by the stomach in order to eject through the mouth its contents that it cannot digest. In dogs, the content of the vomit should be monitored to get an initial idea of the severity of the dog’s symptom. Here are the most frequent cases of dog vomit, knowing that if he vomits often, it is better to consult a veterinarian without delay:
Bile (yellow or brown vomit, and white or yellow foam).
Kibble (whole or not).
Vomit and diarrhea.
Vomiting and not feeding.
2- Why does a dog vomit?
There are many reasons for a dog to vomit and some of them are not serious. As a master, it is essential to make the difference between vomiting and regurgitation. Indeed, vomiting can be harmless, for example when the dog has eaten his meal too quickly. Others are very worrying however and require a veterinary emergency.
2-1 Vomiting due to illness
The dog vomits in case of gastritis, intestinal obstruction, stomach or intestinal cancer, presence of intestinal worms. Vomiting can also occur in dogs with certain diseases, such as diabetes, hepatitis, sepsis, etc. See the section on diseases in dogs.
2-2 Vomiting in dogs due to their diet
A dog with a sweet tooth may vomit because of too much food in its stomach, or because of poisoning from a spoiled product it found in the street. Of course, if he is nosy and gobbles up toxic products, severe vomiting is guaranteed. Sometimes a radical change in diet can also cause this reaction.
2-3 Vomiting after a sudden move
If your dog has just eaten a nice bowl of meat and rice, for example, and starts to run after it, there is a good chance that vomiting will occur. Similarly, some dogs get nauseous in the car, for example, which again causes vomiting.
3- What to do to stop your dog from vomiting?
The first thing to do when your dog vomits is to put him on a diet for a whole day. However, make sure that his water bowl is always full so as not to cause dehydration. If you have the feeling a few hours later that your dog is much better and behaves as usual, give him some well-cooked rice to make him wait, but the ideal is still to impose a fast for at least twelve hours, in order to detoxify him.
Avoid making your dog run just before, but especially after eating. Even if vomiting in this case is not serious, it will save you the trouble of making another bowl and cleaning the floor if it happened at home. For possible travel sickness, you can get an anti-nausea and anti-vomiting medication for dogs from your vet for long trips.
Always monitor the contents of the vomit, and if in doubt, call your veterinarian immediately. Also, monitor your dog’s behavior, as this may be an emergency that, along with surgery, may save him.
If you decide to change your dog’s diet for any reason, and thus replace one brand of food with another for example, do so gradually over several days. This allows your dog’s body to get used to the new food over time.
4- Disturbing cases of vomiting in dogs
Vomiting in dogs can be a symptom of a gastrointestinal problem that requires an urgent visit to the veterinarian. The presence of abnormal signs in addition to regurgitation should alert you. Here is the list of worrying cases of vomiting in dogs.
* High temperature
It should not exceed 39°C.
* Presence of diarrhea
Associated with vomiting, it is not a good sign.
* Neurological problems
The dog has loss of balance, convulsions, consciousness disorders.
* Presence of blood
Blood in the vomit is considered an emergency. It is not normal for your dog to vomit blood. The presence of blood in your dog’s vomit should prompt you to seek prompt veterinary attention.
* Swelling of the abdomen
If your dog shows this symptom and his belly is hard, call your veterinarian immediately. Indeed, the swelling of the abdomen in addition to vomiting is very often a symptom of a pathology of the digestive system.
A dog that vomits from time to time is not a cause for concern. However, we can’t stress enough the fact that you should monitor your dog for the next few hours in order to detect any change in behavior. And of course, remember to look at his vomit to see if it seems normal or not. In any case, the slightest doubt about your dog’s health should be taken seriously and you should take him to the vet.
One last important tip :
If your dog is muzzled and you see that he is about to vomit, remove it immediately to avoid any risk of choking. Indeed, the muzzle will not be able to evacuate all the digestive contents expelled and your dog will not be able to breathe.