Dog Vomiting: Why they do it, how to avoid it, how to tell when it’s a serious problem.
All dogs vomit. It is a natural way for them to remove anything unwanted that they have ingested. So, for the most part, you can ignore dog vomiting, as long as you remain aware that it may be a symptom of something more serious.
Dog Vomiting: Warning Signs
Vomiting in and of itself is not normally a problem. However, you need to pay attention if it is accompanied by other symptoms, like diarrhea, lethargy, and loss of apetite.
Additionally, if your dog suffers acute vomiting, for example if he vomits several times in a short space of time, it can be a sign of something more serious.
You should also be aware of your dog vomiting on a regular basis, say on one ore two occasions per week. This may indicate a chronic issue related to allergy or illness.
Dog Vomiting: Which dogs are affected?
Vomiting is not breed, age or gender specific, but rather relates to particular health problems. An obvious one is diet. Changes to food, or feeding routines are often the problem. Another issue is overfeeding or feeding unhealthy foods, like table scraps.
Parasites and worms can also cause vomiting. Roundworms are a particularly common cause of vomiting, along with Giardia, and Coccidia.
If your dog suddenly starts vomiting and does so repeatedly, it could mean he’s eaten something that is blocking the digestive tract. Or it could mean he has ingested poison. Either way, you need to get the dog to a vet immediately.
Dog Vomiting: Prevention
There is no direct way to avoid vomiting, neither should you try to, as it is a natural way for a dog to purge his system.
You can however, reduce unnecessary vomiting with a few commonsense measures. Don’t feed table scraps, rich foods, or overly large meals. Don’t give your dog bones, or toys that he can swallow, and don’t play with him or exercise him, straight after a meal.
As always, it’s advisable to consult a vet if you have any concerns about your dog vomiting.