Why Is My Dog Throwing Up?

Common causes and remedies

Vomiting and dogs go hand in hand. Are you wondering why is your dog throwing up white foam or food? It could be because your dog ate something not agreeable to their stomach, or maybe they ate too much. However, in some cases it can indicate something far more serious. Whether it’s a toxic substance they swallowed, or a medical condition that requires immediate attention. How do you know when it’s time to visit a veterinarian? 

What are the common reasons why dogs vomit? 

Dogs can vomit for many reasons and it can be difficult to point a finger at the right one. Besides the random reasons which are not too serious, dogs could throw up for any of the following:

  • Bacteria infection
  • Changes in diet or diet related
  • Ingestion of foreign bodies (eg toys or bones) 
  • Parasites in the intestines
  • Kidney failure 
  • Liver failure or gallbladder inflammation 
  • Pancreatitis 
  • Ingestion of toxic items 
  • Viral infections specific to dogs
  • Medications or anesthetic agents 
  • Heatstroke 
  • Car sickness 
  • Uterus infection

What are the other symptoms associated with vomiting?

Vomiting alone is not the most accurate indicator of an underlying problem. There are other symptoms that you should always be on the lookout for alongside the vomiting to see if it’s time to take a deeper look. 

Some of these include:

  • Frequent throwing up – Depending on how often your dog is vomiting, it could be an isolated incidence or a larger problem
  • Diarrhea
  • Dehydration
  • Lethargy
  • Bloody vomit
  • Weight loss
  • Change in appetite
  • Increase or decrease in thirst
  • Changes in urination patterns

How do I take preventative measures? 

A dog’s vomiting can be worrisome. But there are many preventative measures you can take to stop it from happening. 

  • Keep tabs on what they eat
  • Make sure their food is specifically catered to dogs 
  • Regular checkups at the Vet
  • Making sure you don’t place toxic or solid items while leaving them home alone

How do I cure dog’s vomiting?

Usually, if a dog vomits regularly, it is an issue that should be taken up with a professional vet. If your dog’s problem continues more than 1 day in duration, it’s time to visit your vet.

Purpose of this article is to provide information. To ensure the health and well-being of your pet, always consult any question or concerns with your veterinarian. 

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