Why Do Dogs Eat Their Vomit?

Why Do Dogs Eat Their Vomit?

Have you ever seen your dog eat their vomit? It might not be a pretty sight, but it happens, and it can be for a few different reasons.


Dogs will occasionally eat their vomit when they feel upset or sick, this is called pica behavior. A dog may also eat his vomit because he’s trying to hide the smell of something else like a dead animal or trash.


Lastly, there could be a medical condition causing the dog to eat its vomit such as pancreatitis or gastric dilatation-volvulus (GDV). But don’t worry! Read on to find out how you can help your pup stop this behavior and get back to being healthy.


Section 1: Why do dogs eat their vomit? Section 2: What are the possible reasons why a dog may be eating its own vomit? Section 3: Can it be harmful for a dog to eat its vomit? Section 4: How can you stop the behavior of a dog from eating their vomit? Section 5: Conclusion

Why do dogs eat their vomit?


Sometimes pica behavior can be very subtle. While this is common in dogs, we don’t typically know a dog is eating his vomit until it’s a problem. A dog who does eat his vomit can have pica behavior, a medical condition, or a combination of the two.


Pica can be a behavioral problem Like our post on why do dogs eat their poop? A veterinary intern shares some of the symptoms and signs of this behavior. Pica behavior is fairly common in dogs.


If your dog has pica behavior, chances are that he is feeling a little off. He might also have stomach or intestinal discomfort and may even look like he’s crying when he eats his vomit. If your dog does eat his vomit, he should be given some food and water.


What are the possible reasons why a dog may be eating its own vomit?


Your dog may eat their vomit when they feel upset or sick. Your dog may eat their vomit to hide the smell of something else. Your dog may eat their vomit to hide the smell of a dead animal or trash.


Your dog may eat their vomit if the food is salty. Your dog may eat their vomit if the food is sour. The taste of sweet and sour is something that some dogs are more sensitive to than others.


However, there are some foods that your dog does not seem to like very much, such as bitter foods. Your dog may avoid these kinds of foods because they just do not like the taste of them.


Can it be harmful for a dog to eat its vomit?


While it is possible that dogs can cause digestive distress with a few different foods or by eating their vomit, there isn’t a large amount of science that backs up a true correlation between pica and harmful effects.


In addition, because pica behavior is more common in dogs than other mammals, some veterinarians suggest it’s just part of being a dog.


How can you stop the behavior of a dog from eating their vomit?


If your dog is suffering from pica, you’ll want to help him keep it down. One option is to give him a bland meal, such as a baked potato with butter, to make sure that he doesn’t choke on anything.


When he’s vomiting, you can hold his mouth shut with one hand, and with the other hand give him treats to discourage him from pouncing.


You’ll also want to take your dog to the veterinarian for any vomiting or lethargy. You can also use a Kong.


This is a soft and easy chew toy that will make the dog think that he’s getting treats, so he’ll try to eat less vomit. And when you’re ready to clean up, throw the Kong in the freezer for a bit and it will suck the vomit right out of your dog’s mouth!


The Kong is an easy and inexpensive solution to help your dog avoid vomiting!


Conclusion


Despite the vomit-eating situations that we see, we don’t encourage vomiting in our pets and we always follow up with our veterinarian to ensure that everything is okay.


Just remember that vomiting is a normal and healthy process, and as long as your dog is not in any pain or distress, he should feel good after vomiting.