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Vomiting in Dogs

Vomiting in Dogs

There are various reasons why a dog may vomit or have diarrhea, most commonly due to stomach upset. But what else should you know about this ailment? Here, our White Hall vets share the causes of vomiting in dogs and what you should do if this happens to your pup.

Sudden Vomiting (and Diarrhea) in Dogs

Vomiting (and diarrhea) in dogs is a common sign of an irritated stomach and inflamed intestines or gastrointestinal upset. It can happen anytime that your dog is feeling generally unwell.

Everyone knows that this is not a great situation to experience and that it can be distressing. Unfortunately, it is your pet’s way of emptying their stomach of indigestible material to prevent it from remaining in their system, or from reaching other areas of their body.

Why is my dog vomiting?

There are a number of reasons why your dog may be vomiting and it can occur in all dogs, regardless of health.

It’s possible your pooch could have eaten too quickly, dined on too much grass or eaten something their stomach simply doesn't agree with. This type of vomiting may be a one-time occurrence and not be accompanied by any other symptoms. So, vomiting in dogs isn't always a reason for concern. There are also cases of induced vomiting in dogs if they've eaten something they shouldn't have.

Some of the causes of sudden vomiting in dogs might include:

  • Heatstroke
  • Ingestion of poisons, toxins or food
  • Bloat
  • Reaction to medication
  • Bacterial or viral infection
  • Kidney failure
  • Liver failure
  • Pancreatitis
  • Change in diet

When should I seek veterinary care for vomiting in dogs?

Vomiting may be cause for some concern and constitute a serious veterinary emergency if you see any of these signs:

  • Vomiting in conjunction with other symptoms such as lethargy, weight loss, fever, anemia, etc.
  • Suspected ingestion of a foreign body (such as food, objects, children’s toys, etc.)
  • Vomiting a lot at one time
  • Vomiting with nothing coming up
  • Vomiting blood
  • Chronic vomiting
  • Continuous vomiting
  • Bloody diarrhea
  • Seizures

Ongoing or Chronic Vomiting in Dogs

If your dog has been vomiting frequently or it has become a long-term or chronic issue, this is cause for concern, especially if you’ve noticed symptoms including abdominal pain, depression, dehydration, blood, poor appetite, fever, weakness, weight loss or other unusual behaviors.

Long-term, recurrent vomiting can be caused by:

  • Cancer
  • Liver or kidney failure
  • Uterine infection
  • Constipation
  • Intestinal obstruction
  • Colitis

As a cautious pet owner, it’s always best to prioritize safety and caution when it comes to your pup’s health. The best way to learn whether your dog’s vomiting is normal or not is to contact your vet. 

Steps to Take if Your Dog Won't Stop Vomiting

If your dog won't stop vomiting you should reach out to your vet to schedule an examination. Your vet will then take everything from your dog's health history and recent behaviors into consideration. For example, if your dog has been curiously exploring the kids’ rooms or you’ve caught him sniffing the refrigerator, it’s possible he could have gotten into something he shouldn’t have.

What To Do if Your Dog Ingested a Toxic Substance

Immediately contacting your veterinarian or Poison Control is the best thing you can do after your pet ingests a toxin. This way, our White Hall vets can immediately provide advice about whether you should bring your pet in, or if they think you can or should induce vomiting at home.

Note: The advice provided in this post is intended for informational purposes and does not constitute medical advice regarding pets. For an accurate diagnosis of your pet's condition, please make an appointment with your vet.

Is your dog frequently vomiting or have they ingested a toxic substance? Please contact our vets in White Hall or your nearest after-hours emergency clinic right away.

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