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Vomiting in Dogs

Posted by petsavenuevet on March 31, 2015 in common emergencies | No Comments

A dog throws up its food due to a range of reasons, some more serious than others. Read our article to find out the underlying causes of vomiting, what measures to take when your dog vomits and how to prevent vomiting in your dog.

An occasional, isolated bout of vomiting is common in dogs. While this is relatively non-threatening, frequent or prolonged vomiting is a cause of concern and can be a sign of a serious condition.

It is important to first differentiate between vomiting and regurgitation. Vomiting occurs when food and fluids from the stomach or upper part of the small intestine are forced out through the mouth. There are signs to look out for before vomiting takes place. Regurgitation, however, occurs when undigested food from the gullet spontaneously goes back into the mouth.

What to look out for

Causes of vomiting

Diagonosis

If your dog has frequent or prolonged vomiting, bring it to the vet. The vet   will be able to diagnose the underlying cause by asking you some questions like the oppeorance of the vomit, the frequency of vomiting, the medical history of your dog etc. coupled with a thorough physical examination. If needed, basic laboratory tests (e.g. blood tests and fecal analysis) and imaging (e.g. X-ray and ultrasound) may be carried out.

You can also bring along a vomit sample or take a video recording of your dog vomiting to have your vet take a look.

Things to do when your dog has vomited

When vomiting is occasional and infrequent, it may simply be because your dog has eaten something disagreeable or is eating too fast. It is not necessary to bring your dog to the vet if it is still bright and alert*.

The following measures can be taken:

 

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