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Why Is My Dog Throwing Up?

There are a few things that strike terror into the hearts of pet parents everywhere, and unexplained vomiting is definitely high on the list. If you're asking the question why is my dog throwing up, you've come to the right place. We've got all the basic information you need to know to make informed decisions about how to deal with a dog that is a little under the weather.

Don't Panic Right Away

The first thing you need to know is that vomiting isn't always serious. While there are serious causes of vomiting, there are also some simple explanations, like eating too much or too fast, or eating a food that doesn't agree with him. If it's the first time your dog has thrown up, or the first time in a long time, you don't necessarily need to run to the veterinarian immediately - but you should look for other symptoms, and watch your dog's general behaviour. Extreme lethargy, vomiting accompanied by diarrhea, or blood in the vomit or stool are all signs that all is not well, and if you see symptoms like these along with vomiting, a trip to the vet, sooner rather than later, is definitely recommended.

If your dog vomits frequently, that's another sign that something is not right, and you should also have your dog checked out at the veterinarians office.

What Could Cause Vomiting?

The first time your dog throws up is not a cause for immediate panic. But ongoing vomiting, vomiting with any of the other symptoms we mentioned before, or anything else that's out of character might be a sign of something more serious, including:

  1. Parasites, such as worms.
  2. Kidney or liver diseases.
  3. Pancreatitis.
  4. Bloat.
  5. Poisoning.
  6. Parvo virus and other viral infections.
  7. Heatstroke.
  8. Bacterial infections, including post operative infections.

With such a wide range of potential causes, it's easy to see why it's so hard to pinpoint the cause of your dog's vomiting.

When to See the Vet and What You Need to Tell Them

If your dog vomits more than once in a day, if they have any other symptoms, or if you notice that they are not eating or lethargic, or you just feel that your dog is not themselves, a trip to the vet is a good idea.

Your veterinarian will ask you questions about where your dog has been, what they have been eating, possible poisoning, recent surgery and other things that might be causing their vomiting.

Treating Vomiting in Dogs

Because there are so many possible causes of vomiting in dogs, the treatment in your dog's case will vary. If it's just a case of eating something that didn't agree with them, waiting and watching may be all it takes. If it's a viral or bacterial infection, medication, IV fluids and antibiotics may be required. If it's a kidney, liver or pancreas condition, medication, surgery or lifestyle changes might be required.

Your veterinarian is the best person to help you figure out why your dog is vomiting, and what to do next, but if it's only been one time, just watching your dog for a while to see if it was an isolated incident might be all it takes.

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