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Why Is My Dog Vomiting? What Causes It And What To Do

Why Is My Dog Vomiting? What Causes It And What To Do

Vomiting in dogs is not uncommon. Dogs can vomit for many different reasons, but some of the most common are eating things they shouldn't have, intestinal parasites, and food allergies. But before you can properly diagnose your dog's vomiting, you need to take them to see your vet.

Your vet will be able to conduct a physical examination and asked questions about their symptoms that may help pinpoint what is going on. It's important that you don't try any home remedies or give them any medication unless your vet has approved it.

The following article will teach you how to help with the vomiting process and what causes vomiting in dogs so you know what to expect.

Section 1: Why dogs vomit Section 2: Symptoms of vomiting in dogs Section 3: Physical examination Section 4: Examining the vomit Section 5: Examining the stool Section 6: Diagnosing what's wrong with your dog Section 7: Conclusion

Why dogs vomit

When your dog vomits it can be the result of a number of things. Dog owners are advised to watch their dog and if they notice him or her showing signs of vomiting then they should contact their vet straight away.

The vet will likely give your dog some food or treats and watch him/her for signs of improvement. This is one of the first signs of when to worry about the condition your dog is in.

The symptoms you may notice are: Severe gagging Weak gag reflex Discharge from the mouth Gagging on the tongue Frequent retching The vet will ask you questions about how often your dog vomits, how long it's been going on and if they have been ill or if they had gastroenteritis.

They will also ask about your dog's physical and mental health to make a more accurate diagnosis.

Symptoms of vomiting in dogs

In most cases, vomiting will just occur once or twice. But you should be extra vigilant if you're dealing with a case of vomiting for multiple days.

Some things your vet will want to do are X-rays to check your dog's stomach for signs of internal blockage, blood work to check for heart or kidney disease, and possibly check your dog's organs to make sure that there aren't any blockages.

If your dog is vomiting more than a few times per week, your vet may want to refer you to an internist.

Physical examination

The first thing your vet will do at any emergency room visit is an examination of the dog to determine what is wrong.

The vet will likely look at the stomach and intestines to check for any signs of injury or obstruction.

If the dog is vomiting a lot of mucus or having difficulty breathing, your vet will likely notice these symptoms, too.

Any mass present in the dog's stomach is very likely to be a tumor, so your vet will check for any noticeable lumps or growths in the stomach and intestines.

Other signs your vet may look for are excessive salivation, vomiting within a small amount of time, rectal drainage, cough, and any sign of choking.

If your dog is coughing or is gasping for air, it's time to head to your vet. Is your dog suffering? Not necessarily.

Examining the vomit

Your vet may use a whiteboard or an x-ray to determine what the problem may be.

They may ask about your dog's activity levels, appetite, and physical appearance.

If your vet suspects food poisoning, they may also ask if you've fed them anything that they might have suffered harm from.

Your vet may also refer to your dog's medical history and ask questions about what your dog has eaten recently.

Do they eat a lot of meat? Do they eat a lot of fresh vegetables? This helps the vet to determine the best course of action to provide your dog with the best care and treatment. Your vet may ask if your dog is panting heavily.

While panting is not a sure-fire sign of something serious like pneumonia, it can also indicate that your dog has an upset stomach.

Examining the stool

The first thing your vet will do is take a sample of the vomit, and look at it under a microscope. If it is blood, this indicates that the dog is in severe pain.

They will look at what is in the vomit, and may also take some tissue samples from the stomach and small intestine.

Next, your vet will take blood and send it off for testing to make sure there are no illnesses that need to be treated.

If the vomiting is simply because your dog ate something that they shouldn't have, they may simply take some stomach and intestinal tissue to test for parasites.

This is likely to be an inexpensive procedure, but your vet may want to check out your dog for any other conditions that may be related to parasites or have come into contact with the vomit.

Diagnosing what's wrong with your dog

The first step when your dog vomits is to have a thorough examination by a vet.

A vet will look for vomiting due to the brain, a foreign object, or a stomach virus. He or she will look for blood in the vomit and ask for a stool sample.

Your vet will also ask questions about your dog's recent activities, their behavior, and how they eat.

When your dog vomits, the most common things you may see are the "Raging Bull" symptom.

The dog may vomit up blood when the blood vessels of the eyes get inflamed.

Other common symptoms that your vet may see include a greenish color, the shaking, and the vomiting of watery, mucus, or blood.

The dog may also vomit the same color and consistency but turn red in the stomach area. Some dogs vomit up large amounts of food.


Vomiting in dogs can be both upsetting and distressing.

However, with a little patience and time, the vomiting should subside.

If it doesn't and you want more information, your vet will be happy to discuss your dog's case.


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