Dog owners would see the pet vomiting one time or another as throwing up is common in dogs. Bouts of vomiting can be triggered by a wide range of situations and medical conditions. Vomiting is nature’s way of removing the objects or the substances ingested by the dog but does not sit well on the stomach. Considered as members of the family, dogs are one of the most loved pets. Thus it would not be surprising if dog owners would worry if the pet is seen throwing up. A dog owner would always want to administer treatment but before it can be done the reasons why the dog is vomiting has to be ascertained. Life threatening dehydration and electrolyte imbalance are the concerns of vomiting dog owners.
Vomiting can be classified into two categories. Vomiting is categorized as acute if it is sudden and usually a one-time occurrence. If the pet’s vomiting bouts are recurring and lasts for a period of time it is classified as chronic. Acute vomiting is commonly not a sign of a serious medical issue.
The dog’s upset stomach can result from the introduction of a new food. Dogs are not only fast eaters, they also have the habit of ingesting spoiled food and non food items. Dogs are really fast eaters but the inclination to gobble food is more often seen in dogs that eat together. Because the dogs would instinctively eat fast, more kibble will be ingested. A dog that has ingested large amounts of dry kibble would only have to throw up the excess contents of the stomach. Dogs have the propensity to eat non-food items. Vomiting that is caused by eating toxic substances and inedible objects that can cause intestinal blockage would need immediate medical attention.
An underlying medical concern can be the reason for the dog’s chronic vomiting. Food allergies can cause long term vomiting. Other diseases like pancreatitis, hepatitis, parvovirus, distemper and intestinal parasite infestation can make the dog vomit from time to time.
Vomiting is not a disease but a sign of a health issue. Depending on the circumstances, the dog may or may not need treatment. A dog would need immediate medical attention if it has ingested poisonous substances but if vomiting is caused by the dog’s voracious eating habits, treatment will not be necessary more so if the dog is its usual active self. Dogs with less serious cause of vomiting would benefit from 24 hour fasting as this will give the digestive system a chance to recover. Bland food like boiled rice and chicken can be given to the dog. Dogs with chronic vomiting must have a full clinical examination to diagnose the underlying condition.