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Vomiting in dogs can be caused by an upset stomach or digestive system problems. If your dog vomits occasionally, it isn’t always something to be very concerned about. However, if you notice that your dog is vomiting or vomiting bile frequently, they could have a more serious medical problem.
If your dog has symptoms other than vomiting, such as:
If you are seeing signs that your dog may be vomiting frequently, then You need to consult your veterinarian for correct diagnosis and treatment. Here’s what you should know about the symptoms, causes, and treatments of vomiting in dogs.
Symptoms of Vomiting in Dogs
Vomiting in dogs occurs when the animal vomits the contents of its stomach or esophagus. Aside from the vomit itself, some of the other common symptoms may include:
- Feeling weak
- Seems to be in pain
- Presence of foreign objects in the vomit
- Loss of appetite
- Blood in the vomit
If you experience any of these additional symptoms, you need to see your veterinarian.
Causes of Vomiting in Dogs
The most common cause of vomiting in dogs is an upset stomach. This is especially the case if your dog has managed to eat greasy food or foreign objects (including toys), or if he has peeled off his food too quickly.
Some of the other common causes are:
- Feeling anxious or stressed
- Eating a poisonous substance
- Parasites (including different types of worms)
- Infecting a viral infection
- Switching from one type or brand of dog food to another
Treatments for vomiting in dogs
If you notice that your dog seems to be vomiting a lot, it is time to contact your veterinarian. In addition to giving your dog a physical exam, the vet may also ask you to bring a sample of the vomit.
Analyzing the vomit itself can help determine the cause of the vomiting. The presence of blood in the vomit can indicate ulcers, bile can indicate inflammatory problems, and blood like ground coffee can indicate bowel problems.
The cause of the vomiting will determine the treatment recommended by your veterinarian. In many cases, changing the dog’s diet, including what type of food it eats or the size and frequency of servings, can help with vomiting.
Your veterinarian may also consider specific medications to control vomiting in dogs. As always, when your vet prescribes medication for your dog, it is important that you strictly follow the dosage and frequency instructions and complete the entire medication course.
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