Why Is Your Dog Throwing Up?
20 December, 2016

Our dogs are known to eat fast and voraciously and sometimes the outcome is the food just comes right back up!   Dogs throw up because it usually empties the stomach of unwanted or indigestible material. When this happens or maybe your dog just ate something that didn’t agree with him, than there is not much to worry about.  However there are different reasons why your dog might vomit and it’s important to know the difference.

If your dog vomits yellow foam, it is usually an indication of a digestive issue

If your dog may vomits yellow foam, it usually is because his stomach is empty and the bile can be irritating. If your dog is otherwise healthy and eating normally, it may help to reduce the time in between meals. But this doesn’t mean that your dog should be fed more. Instead, one meal can be divided into two or three smaller but more frequent feedings.

If your dog vomits more than once, take your dog to the vet

If your dog vomits more than once, it can be a sign of a more serious condition, such as colitis, intestinal obstruction, intestinal inflammation, constipation, kidney dysfunction or parvovirus. If your dog’s vomiting is not an isolated incident, please bring him to the vet right away for a complete examination and diagnostic testing.

Below are some things you should watch out for when taking your dog to the vet

The causes of vomiting are so varied that sometimes your vet might have difficulty making a diagnosis, so it’s important to give your veterinarian as much information as possible and indicate if other signs are also occurring. What to watch for:

Frequency of vomiting. If your dog vomits once and proceeds to eat regularly and have a normal bowel movement, the vomiting was most likely an isolated incident.

How to treat your dog that vomits

If your dog has vomited and you want to try to treat him or her yourself, you can treat your dog as you would a baby or sick child.  Give your dog some soft bland foods such as boiled potatoes, rice and well-cooked, skinless chicken. It’s very important that your dog stays hydrated and drinks lots of water.  You can try this first if you think your dog just ate something that didn’t agree with him.

If your dog is vomiting severely, you should do the following:

Remove all food in your pantry that is available to your dog.

Check for shock.

If your dog is in shock from vomiting, pale skin/gums, an abnormal attitude and/or collapse/coma may result, which requires immediate veterinary attention.

Check for dehydration.

If the dog is dehydrated, immediate veterinary assistance is also needed.

What to expect at the vet

Depending on your pet’s age, medical history, physical examination findings and your dog’s particular symptoms, your veterinarian may choose to perform various diagnostic tests (bloodwork, radiographs, ultrasound, fecal examination, endoscopy, biopsy or even exploratory surgery) in order to make a diagnosis.

It is important to distinguish between vomiting and regurgitation — the latter happens spontaneously, raising undigested food with no abdominal effort. Usually, this is a sign of esophageal issues or other problems occurring early on in the digestive process. Regurgitation is different and you can explain to your vet that this is the case.ng stops, your pet can return to a normal diet the next day.

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