Your dog keeps throwing up. Find out why and how you can help them.
By Guest Blogger, Katherine Guzman
There are many reasons why your dog vomit. For instance, to push out something he should not have swallowed in his stomach. However, there could be cases where vomiting is an indication of a serious medical issue. Keep on reading to find out why your dog keeps throwing up and how you can help them.
Vomiting vs. Regurgitation
First and foremost, it is vital to differentiate between regurgitation and vomiting. Regurgitation occurs inertly, with foods that are not digested properly, and they come up out of his esophagus without abdominal effort. Normally, it is an indication of an esophageal issue. Regurgitation should be distinguished from throwing up as the cause and cure for the two cases are different.
Throwing up or vomiting normally preceded by symptoms of nausea such as licking lips, swallowing extremely, as well as drooling. Some canines might eat grass as a form of protection to the esophagus as the grass can cover sharp objects such as bone shards. Throwing up is an active process that takes account of abdominal walling contraction.
Reasons Why My Dog is Throwing Up?
Throwing up happens if your beloved canine friend ate something he should not have. This can be rotten food, or perhaps a rock or part of a chewed toy, which aggravates the stomach and intestine as it passes through. Sometimes these things can get stuck in the intestine, which is when it can be an alarming issue.
If this happens, his stomach will be sore. Anything he eats or drinks will come out again. This can be life-threatening, and your dog requires surgery to get rid of the obstruction.
Dogs may throw up if he has a heavy burden of roundworms in the small intestine, as they can interfere with food passage. Often the first indication of a viral infection like parvovirus is vomiting and loss of appetite. If your dog is not vaccinated and begins to vomit and shows symptoms of depression, call your veterinarian quickly.
There are several different causes, especially if your dog is throwing up white foam. Knowing and recognizing the symptoms is important to deal with the problem.
Throwing up is not always an indication of serious illness. If your dog vomits once or twice and is subsequently well, it might not be serious. However, to play safe, you should observe for approximately the next 12 hours. Avoid feeding too much to your dog for 24 hours. Begin with small frequent meals of bland food such as chicken or boiled white rice.
On the other hand, if your pup has a sudden onset of repeated throwing up that does not resolve, or if your dog is depressed and there’s blood in the throw-up, you need to contact a veterinarian.
Throwing up more than once or twice a week for a long period can result in nutrient deficiencies as well as a shortage of energy. This kind of vomiting tends to be related to conditions like food allergies or inflammatory bowel disease. Chronic vomiting can be a sign of kidney or liver failure and is often accompanied by other signs such as diarrhea and bad breath.
Even if it is unpleasant, it is important to take some time to assess your dog’s puke before cleaning it up.
Foamy vomit can be a sign that your dog is suffering from gastritis or pancreatitis etc.
Blood present in the vomit could be that your canine is bleeding in its gastrointestinal tract.
Green throw-up can indicate that your pet swallowed some form of poison used to kill rats or cockroaches that is very risky and perilous.
What Do You Need to Do?
Serious and frequent vomiting needs instant treatment. When your pet exhibits any of the signs mentioned below, you need to call a vet.
- Frequent Throwing Up: Pets who throw up often can be debilitated. This is true for old dogs or those who have medical issues.
- Projectile Throwing Up: Potentially an indication of a thwarted gastrointestinal tract.
- Depression and Lethargy: Signs that the entire system of your dog is adversely affected.
- Reduced Urination: Reduced production of urine is seen with dehydration
- Chronic Diarrhea: A combination of serious vomiting as well as diarrhea can lead to dehydration
- Abdominal enlargement or pain- these indications are usually seen with serious causes of throwing up in canines.
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Throwing Up in Puppies
It may be hard for puppies to tolerate the effects of throwing up too frequently. Puppies may instantly become feeble or die from the benign cause of throwing up if they don’t get an instant cure or treatment. When your puppy is vomiting, immediately go to the vet to assess his or her conditions.
What to Give to Your Dog after Throwing Up?
If your dog has just vomited once and is doing fine, vets will recommend various home treatments such as:
- Remove all sources of water and food for 6 to 8 hours.
- When your canine friend doesn’t throw up during that period, give him half a glass of water. When he is accustomed to that, slowly reintroduce lots of water.
- After 12 hours, and your pet has not shown symptoms of throwing up, give him a small amount of food such as boiled chicken meat with rice. Make sure the chicken doesn’t have any skin or bone. Once he eats this without throwing up, augment the meal’s size and begin mixing in his regular meal.
This process will take about three days. If he starts to vomit again, visit the veterinary immediately.