The health of our lovable doggos and fur babies is of the utmost importance and there are so many signs of health issues to keep a lookout for. One such sign is vomiting. That isn’t to say that all vomiting is a red flag for health issues. In most cases, your dog may have overindulged in food at lightning speed therefore causing discomfort that could lead them to vomiting. When it comes to the red flags for health concerns though, we’ve got the doggie scoop on what you need to know when it comes to dogs and vomiting.
Symptoms You Should Keep an Eye Out For
Before we get into the causes of why your dog could be vomiting, let’s start with the symptoms that are commonly paired with vomiting that could indicate a larger issue at hand. These symptoms include in variations of:
- Diarrhea - Loose stools
- Blood in your dog’s vomit
- Unexplainable weight loss
- Noticeable increase (or decrease) in urination
- Noticeable increase (or decrease) in water intake
Why is my dog vomiting?
Before you go “WebMD mode”, which is a common phrase for jumping the gun on paranoia, we want to assure you that the best way to diagnose your dog is to see medical assistance from your trusted local veterinarian. The information that follows may be alarming to you, but no assumptions should be made unless your dog exhibits the preceding symptoms for more than 24 hours. That’s when you seek medical assistance from your veterinarian.
Causes of dogs vomiting include the following:
- Your dog may have a bacterial infection that’s affecting their gastrointestinal tract, or gut.
- Something could have been swallowed that shouldn’t have been like small toys or bones.
- Issues stemming from diet related reasons such as allergies or food intolerance
- Acute kidney failure
- Gallbladder inflammation
- Nausea resulting from post-medical procedures
- Medications that your dog’s body disagrees with
- Motion sickness (not quite the Joyride)
- Viral infections
- Infected uterus
What if my dog’s vomiting is inconsistent in frequency?
If your dog is vomiting irregularly over a lengthy duration, the following may be causing it:
- Liver disease
- Kidney dysfunction
- Stomach inflammation
What should I do if my dog is experiencing these symptoms?
It’s highly recommended that you seek out help from your local veterinarian. In the interim, try homemade foods that are less likely to cause irritation to your dog’s stomach such as well-cooked (unseasoned) chicken. Your veterinarian will be able to diagnose the cause of the symptoms and provide treatment options for you. These treatment options may include antibiotics, diet recommendations, etc. and the diagnosis will be determined through various tests such as bloodwork, fecal examinations, endoscopies, biopsies, radiographs, surgery, or ultrasounds depending on the severity of the symptoms shown.
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