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Why is My Dog Throwing Up?
There are many reasons a dog could vomit. He may have eaten something spoiled, eating too fast for his own good, or it could be because of an undiscovered illness. A dog’s stomach can only hold so much food and water at a time, so changing up his meal schedule might just be the simple fix to your dog’s vomiting. However, a dog or puppy vomiting might be from a more serious condition, and it needs to be treated right away.
It is important to find out what is causing your dog’s vomiting, even if it is as simple as too many table scraps. It could potentially be a life-threatening problem and could eventually lead to extreme dehydration, organ failure and intestinal problems. Take your dog to the veterinarian if your dog has been vomiting more than twice an hour.
Reasons Why Your Dog Keeps Vomiting
Intestinal parasites. These may cause both vomiting and diarrhea in puppies and adult dogs. Dogs have also been known to contract illnesses such as the flu, which in turn can cause vomiting.
Excess Stomach acids and bile. If your dog’s vomit is yellow or white and foamy in color, and vomits shortly after his meals, this could meant that your dog has an overproduction of bile and acids. This can be fixed by feeding your dog more often, in smaller amounts.
Non food items. Dogs are natural scavengers and have tendencies to eat garbage, dead animals, plastic, plants, things around the yard and other foreign objects.
Usually after vomiting they will be fine, but sometimes they eat toxic substances and it is important to get them to the veterinarian as soon as possible.
Grass. Dogs tend to eat a lot of grass, especially in the spring and summer. There is no known reason why dogs will eat grass, but it is perfectly normal. Vomiting after eating grass is not always guaranteed.
Food intolerance. A simple change in their food can also cause diarrhea if they are intolerant to certain ingredients. Beef, chicken, pork, fish, eggs, wheat, corn or spices and salts may cause food intolerance.
Human food. Every once in awhile dogs consume table scraps, but it is important to make sure the types of human food you give to your dog are not too rich for his system.
Dogs should never be given turkey or chicken bones, as this can puncture the intestines and stomach, which can cause bloody vomit and internal bleeding.
Eating or drinking too much. This is common with puppies. A dog’s stomach can only hold so much liquid and food at a time, especially if they are a small breed. Vomiting usually happens right after eating. This can be avoided by feeding them smaller amounts at a time.
Illness and disease. Illnesses such as pancreatitis, cancers, and parvo may cause vomiting. Tumors, ear infections and bacterial infections may also cause vomiting. Always keep an eye out for symptoms and change of behavior when dealing with a possible serious disease. When in doubt, talk to your veterinarian.
In young dogs, vomiting can be caused by viruses and parasites. Puppies at the age of 2-3 weeks have a high risk of contracting worms. When worms become active, they can cause vomiting and diarrhea.
Canine Parvovirus is a very contagious, very serious illness that many puppies contract when they are not vaccinated at the right time. Parvovirus can cause extreme vomiting, which can lead to dehydration, stomach and intestinal problems, secondary infections and death, if not treated right away.
Ignoring vomiting in your puppy may lower his immune system and cause extreme illness and even death in some cases. It is important to get your puppy proper vaccinations, and keep him away from other animals who have not been vaccinated for worms or Parvo.