Vomiting is a common symptom among animals, particularly with dogs. A one-time incident may not be a major cause for alarm, but you should monitor this occurrence to see if it happens frequently. Dogs do not habitually vomit, but they tend to do so when they are uncomfortable with whatever that they have eaten, which is often the case as they tend to pick up things along their walks even when kept on a leash. Although most dog owners will try to stop them from eating the “treasures” they find on the ground, keeping them from doing so can be quite a task.
Therefore, the most common reason your dog might vomit will most likely be food related, which is typically a cause for indigestion and is fixed once vomited out of the system.As such indigestion could be a one time incident and your dog may not vomit again, rushing to the vet may not be necessary. However, if the issue persists and your dog continues to vomit, then it would be a highly recommended to see a vet for a proper diagnosis. If the vomiting persists, however, it could be due to toxins exposure, a formation of a cancer at a very serious stage. It can also be a case of head trauma or some obstruction in the abdomen which could turn into a serious issue if not treated immediately. These are some of the reasons why persistent vomiting is a reason to take the cautious road and hurry to see the veterinarian.
When your dog vomits, it would be prudent to ensure that it is not regurgitation, which is when the content of the stomach goes up to the oral cavity.
Most animals, including dogs, clear our food and other matters which they cannot digest.
Regurgitation and vomiting are two different issues and needs to be treated differently. For this reason it is important to observe what is the cause for your dog’s discomfort before seeing a professional. It is contractions of the abdominal wall that would generally cause vomiting in dogs. Observing them closely is the best you can do, and if persistent vomiting occurs, then medical attention is mandatory. Once you are sure your dog is experiencing a vomit issue, observing closely is advised in order to determine whether it is a one time incident, or whether it is persistent over a specific period of time, such as a day or two.
Before dogs vomit, they may show some common signs such saliva or drool coming out of their mouth, nausea, excessive licking or swallowing saliva incessantly.
Some dogs may eat grass to ensure that when they vomit the esophagus is not damaged by sharp little objects that would be thrown out in reverse from the abdomen.
Vomiting in dogs does happen quite regularly as they are very sensitive to some foods. Moreover, to some breeds it could happen more often compared to others, who are generally used to eating scraps of food from anywhere and have developed a more resilient system. There are many possible causes behind a dog vomiting, but it is a vital process in their metabolic system which allows them to dispose of food or foreign objects that inadvertently entered their body.
This is crucial as they tend to eat anything and everything that they come across, and if their body rejects it, they have the ability to easily vomit it out and avoid any harm.
This does not mean that when your dog vomits it shouldn’t be taken seriously, it certainly should. If your dog vomits and also suffers from lethargy and depression, severe diarrhea, decreased urination, abdominal pain, trying to vomit but failing, or the presence of blood or yellow pigment in the vomit, do not think twice before rushing to the vet.
Always keep in mind that our four-legged friends need to be well cared for and given attention attention, especially when they do not feel well.