Though vomiting in dogs could be a sign of a serious health problem, the most common reason why dogs vomit is because they simply ate something that did not settle well. Depending on the nature of the vomiting, you can take the steps to prevent any more incidents.
Identifying Normal Vomiting
Vomiting is normal for dogs to some extent. Many dogs will eat much too quickly, and they then vomit the food back up. Your dog will then eat the regurgitated food again, at a much slower speed this time. If you want to reduce the incidence of this, you may want to get an elevated dog bowl. Dogs are less likely to eat quickly from elevated bowls because they usually claim food by placing it in front of them and in-between their front paws.
Keeping Your Dog Hydrated
After your dog vomits, you should make sure it has something to drink because vomiting can lead to a dog becoming dehydrated. Also, if your dog already has water, empty out the bowl and get a fresh bowl of water in case something in the original bowl caused the vomiting.
Keeping Food From your Dog
Your dog might have consumed rancid food, a poisonous plant or a piece of trash. Do not give your dog any food and move it to a place where it cannot find something to eat. The digestive system will need time to rest. Educate yourself about the foods that dogs are not allowed to eat, such as grapes and chocolate. Your dog might be getting into something in your house that keeps making it sick. Also, if your dog is exposed to stress in the environment, such as when there are fireworks, this may trigger your dog to vomit.
Home Vomiting Treatments
There are some treatments for vomiting, though you will want to consult with a vet to find the best treatment. For example, a professional vet, like those at Negola’s Ark, might recommend that you give your dog Pepto Bismal with an oral syringe.
When to Go to the Vet
While occasional vomiting is not something serious, persistent vomiting is often a sign that your dog has a serious medical problem. Because there are so many potential underlying causes of vomiting, you will need assistance from a vet. Your dog might suffer from:
- Dietary imbalances
- Gastrointestinal disorders
- Adverse drug reactions
- Liver or kidney disease
If your dog frequently vomits partially digested food for more than a 12-hour period, this can indicate that your dog is not properly emptying out the digestive tract. Seek medical care.