Vomiting in dogs is common and can be acute (sudden onset), or chronic (occurs over a period of time). This page looks at the signs, the possible causes, when to see a vet, and the general care of dog vomiting.
Dog vomiting is a symptom that is, to a certain extent, quite normal. It is the immune system's way of expelling harmful foreign substances from the body.
If your dog vomits once in a while but does not show any other signs of health problems, there is probably nothing to worry about.
However, if your dog suddenly develops bouts of vomiting which don't seem to stop, or if the dog is suffering from chronic vomiting, a thoroughly examination is called for.
There are telltale signs which show that a dog is going to vomit.
One sign is that the dog tends to lick her mouth incessantly maybe because she drools before vomiting.
Another sign is you can see obvious contraction of the stomach muscles, very often accompanied by heaving, and sometimes gagging.
Even before any of these signs are showing, when my dog Hana feels like throwing up, she always comes to me with a "sick look" on her face and her tail is way down between her legs. Her body looks stiff - perhaps due to upset stomach. So if we are observant, we most likely can tell that a dog is going to vomit.
There are numerous reasons that may cause a dog to vomit.
Some causes for mild acute vomiting in dogs include:
Some causes for chronic vomiting include:
Besides problems in the digestive system, health problems in other parts of the body may also cause vomiting in dogs, such as:
If your dog suffers from chronic vomiting, or if she shows any of the following symptoms, take her to the veterinarian right away:
*To check for dehydration, pick up some skin on the back of your dog and let it drop. If the skin does not return to its original position immediately, it means dehydration.
Be prepared to answer some of these questions at the vet:
Diagnostic tests may include:
Depending on the cause of vomiting, here are some measures that can be taken to prevent vomiting in your dog:
If your dog has mild, acute vomiting but is otherwise fine, try fasting her for 24 hours.
After 4 to 8 hours of fasting, you can give her some broth.
If she can keep the broth down, offer her a bit more food after another 8 hours. You can add a bit of well-cooked meat, and some well-cooked grains such as oatmeal or rice to the broth.
If your dog starts vomiting again, resume just feeding her broth for another 12 hours or so and try again.
If your dog is suffering from chronic vomiting, it is essential that you take her to the vet for a thoroughly check-up to find out the underlying cause.
Herbal and homeopathic remedies can be used effectively in treating vomiting in dogs. Please visit this page for more information.