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The sound of your dog retching, vomiting, or about to vomit is something that all pet parents hate to hear.
What causes dogs to vomit? Read on to find out why your dog is throwing up and what to do about it.
Vomiting is the stomach and upper intestines forcefully expelling contents through the mouth. Your dog vomiting is a reflex and can be triggered by anything, be it a mild cause such as overeating or by a severe medical problem. This is not voluntary.
Regurgitation, on the other hand, is a passive process as the regurgitated food is usually undigested, does not contain bile, and is regurgitated soon after eating. Your dog will thus, usually try to eat the food it has regurgitated. Regurgitation is largely a voluntary act.
There are several reasons why your dog may be throwing up. Although most reasons are nothing to worry about, knowing the root cause is key to realizing whether your dog needs further medical care or not.
Possible causes of your dog vomiting include:
Watch out for the following symptoms, especially if your dog is throwing up frequently -
If your dog displays the above signs in addition to throwing up, rush it to the veterinarian immediately.
Depending on the severity of your dog’s vomiting, treatment may differ. Generally, your dog’s overall health also determines the type of treatment it receives.
If your dog vomits more than once within 24 hours, you should see a vet. The vet will examine your dog then do certain tests such as blood tests, faecal tests, ultrasound, endoscopy or biopsy. Your vet may likely prescribe antibiotics if it is an infection. However, in serious cases, surgery can also be recommended.
Once underlying concerns are eliminated, a simple treatment such as a diet change is recommended if your dog is vomiting. You may feed your dog some raw protein, boiled potatoes, and rice because a dog with an upset stomach needs bland but nutritionally adequate food.
If your dog has vomited but seems happy and is still active, you can apply some home treatments so that the vomiting does not occur again:
When your dog throws up, it sometimes cannot be prevented. However, some causes of dog vomiting can be prevented by following the following guidelines:
Your dog vomiting or having an upset stomach can be a very stressful experience. Figure out why your dog is throwing up and being prepared for it is essential so that your dog is not in any immediate danger.
Dr Francis is one of the top wildlife nutritionists in Asia. Originating from Montreal, Canada, he left at 21 to pursue his Masters and subsequently a PhD in wildlife nutrition at Oxford Brookes University. Instead of taking the path of common animal science to learn about farm animals, or through the veterinarian space and taking a certificate in nutrition, he took the road less travelled to dive deep into the world of animal ecology, metabolism and nutrition.
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