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What to Do if Your Dog is Throwing Up or Vomiting
Vomiting is very common in dogs. Throwing up can be due to a variety of causes, most of which are not a major concern. A vomiting dog has strong abdominal contractions, heaving forcibly to expel the contents of the stomach and the small intestines. Vomiting is not considered a disease but rather a symptom of an underlying ailment. Finding its cause is a challenge not only to dog owners but to veterinarians as well.
Dietary Causes of Vomiting
Vomiting in dogs is usually diet-related. A dog will vomit to expel toxic or irritant substances in the stomach. Aside from being voracious eaters, dogs are scavengers as well; they eat not only spoiled and rotten foods but non-edible objects too. An owner that provides a pet with premium quality food will be disconcerted to know that the dog has also ingested aluminum foil, plastic wrappers, stones, tree bark, and many other non-edible substances. Dogs sometimes induce vomiting themselves by eating grass to expel substances they have ingested that do not agree with their stomach.
A dog can be an after-meal vomiter. Dogs in a pack need to wolf down their food because they race with their fellow dogs to eat their share. Gulping down food can result to vomiting.
Other Causes of Vomiting
Recurring bouts of vomiting could be caused by gastrointestinal problems or an underlying disease. The many possible causes include:
- stomach ulcers
- intestinal parasites
- kidney failure
- deficiency or excess of hormones
- infection of the abdominal cavity
Managing a Vomiting Pet
A dog that repeatedly vomits can get dehydrated or experience electrolyte imbalance. Vomiting can also result in aspiration pneumonia. It is imperative to stop the bouts of vomiting and determine the cause. A dog that vomits once or twice but acts its normal energetic self may not need medical treatment, but a severe case of vomiting needs a veterinarian’s attention. Take the pet to the vet if the dog is in obvious pain or the vomitus has blood in it. Immediate medical attention in this case can save the life of the pet.