Understanding Vomiting In Dogs


Vomiting is never a good sign in both animals and humans. It could even prove to be harder to handle in dogs as they can’t explain the details of the situation to you. However, it would not be as difficult with the right knowledge about this condition.

First, you need to know the difference between NORMAL and ABNORMAL vomiting. Basically, you do not need to freak out when your dog vomits, especially when it’s not frequent. It is normal for your dog to vomit when it ingests things that are not good for its health or irritating bacteria. The digestive system of the dog is configured to identify and eject materials that can not be processed and digested. However, once you notice recurrent vomiting in your dog, you should visit the veterinarian as soon as possible. Vomiting in dogs is not normal, so it should not be ignored. Dogs don’t vomit because they eat too fast or eat grass. Sometimes, they eat grass because they have nausea.

You must also be aware that there are many things that could cause your dog to vomit frequently. As opposed to the belief that all issues of vomiting are related to irregularities or problems around the stomach and intestines, liver dysfunction, kidney abnormalities and issues with the pancreas and gall bladder are also prominent causes of vomiting in dogs. Even hormonal imbalances could be responsible for vomiting in dogs. So, if you were thinking of treating stomach upsets in your dog without a veterinarian’s prescription, you must be aware that you may be missing it and compounding the issues of the dog.

When you get to your veterinarian, you must be ready to provide detailed information based on your dog’s health and feeding. This information must include; frequency of vomiting, the time of day when the dog vomits, materials found in the vomit, anything unusual that your dog may have ingested, your dog’s normal diet and every other symptom that you may have observed before, during and after the period of vomiting.

It can not be overemphasized anywhere and at anytime that whenever you notice anything unusual in respect to your pet, even when your pet looks and acts very fine, you should notify your veterinarian. Professional advise is never a bad idea. So, to make things easier for both you and your veterinarian, here are some questions you should ask your veterinarian.

  • What can I do to find out why my dog is vomiting?
  • Can you recommend a specific diet for my dog?
  • Would you recommend that I reduce the frequency of his meals?
  • Does having treats and chewing toys affect the vomiting in my dog?
  • What other things should I expect?

The sooner you attend to the vomiting of your dogs, the better for both you and your pet. This does not just apply to vomiting but to all health conditions. If you do love your pet, then you should be concerned about his health and attend to your pet quickly enough.