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My Dog is Throwing Up!

What Do I Do?

my dog is throwing up, my dog is sick, should i take my dog to the vet if he puked

Oh no! Is your pup feeling under the weather? There are a number of possible causes for dog vomiting. It may be that your dog ate more than its body could handle or they ate too quickly, or it's even possible they ate too much grass the last time they were out. 

However, sometimes the cause can be more serious. For instance, your pet could have eaten/drank something toxic, or it may be a sign of a larger illness. The only way to REALLY know what your four-legged friend is dealing with is to get them to their vet!

Before visiting the vet, however, there are some things to take note of and pass on to your vet at your visit. For instance, is this an isolated case of your dog vomiting or is this a chronic, recurring symptom? Is your dog vomiting or simply regurgitating? To determine this, take note of the conditions surrounding your pet's illness. Regurgitation often happens after eating and usually involves your pet lowering their head and food coming up. This is usually undigested and without any bile. However, vomit will include partially digested food and some bile. Another telling sign is that dogs will often try to eat regurgitated food, whereas vomit will be left where it lies more often.

Why is My Dog Throwing Up?

Knowing the cause of your dog's vomiting is vital to finding the best solution to bring them relief. Below are some possible causes for a sudden episode of vomiting:

  • Acute kidney failure
  • Acute liver failure
  • Bacterial infections (gastrointestinal tract)
  • Bloat
  • Cancer
  • Certain medications
  • Colitis
  • Constipation
  • Diet change
  • Food intolerances
  • Foreign substances in the gastrointestinal system (toys, garbage)
  • Heatstroke
  • Ingestion of toxic substances
  • Intestinal inflammation
  • Intestinal obstruction
  • Intestinal parasites
  • Kidney failure
  • Liver failure
  • Pancreatitis
  • Pancreatitis
  • Parvovirus
  • Uterine infection
  • Viral infections

Is Your Dog Vomiting Frequently?

Frequent vomiting may be a sign of a more serious medical condition. Watch for symptoms like the ones below and contact your vet immediately if your dog is exemplifying any of these traits.

  • Abdominal pain
  • Dehydration
  • Depression
  • Fever
  • Vomit with blood in it
  • Weakness
  • Weight loss

Again, if your dog is throwing up food and has any of these symptoms, it's important to get them to their veterinarian. However, if your dog throws up and continues eating and having normal bowel movements, it is most likely an isolated incident. If your dog is not eating after the incident, you should check with your vet to rule out any serious conditions. 

Cristin Purdy
Cristin Purdy

17:15 08 Feb 20
I did not like the vet at all, he was really rough with my puppy and I felt quite rude. He was also very, very pushy... about what he thinks my puppy's care should be. The receptionist was very nice as was the vet tech, but I have no intention of going back.read more
Susan Davis
Susan Davis

23:11 04 Jan 20
Very nice people at this clinic
Judy Lafrania
Judy Lafrania

19:05 13 May 19
So incredibly patient and understanding with my over-anxious German Shepherd. Also great with my sloth, the rott-mix. ... Dr. Hollis and staff are very thorough and compassionate. Will continue to bring my doggies there !read more
Wallace Maske
Wallace Maske

22:03 25 Apr 19
Their always great with our pet, answer our concerns for our pet. She had a dewclaw that was bothering her. They were... great at checking it out it was a minor fracture they took care of it. She's doing fine now. The vet practice is wonderfull to work with.read more
Kathryn Glass
Kathryn Glass

18:22 01 Feb 18
I have been taking my dog to this clinic for over 8 years. I'm very pleased with all of the staff and doctors. They... take the time to explain everything. They treat JD and I with kindness and understanding. I recommend them to all of my friends and family.read more

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