Why is my dog ​​vomiting?

Probably, all of us who are or have owned a dog has seen it vomit at some time. Almost always we associate it with something he has eaten, sometimes it only happens occasionally and in some cases, we have had to go to the vet for this reason. We find it strange when it happens because we are used to that nothing or almost nothing feels bad for our best friend. In addition, the isolated times that it has happened, over the days it has stopped doing it and we have not answered the question: why is my dog ​​vomiting? In today’s post, we tell you some of the possible causes why your dog is vomiting. And above all, whether or not it is worrying.

We have ever talked about how difficult it is to decide when to take your dog to the vet. Normally the price of the consultations is not very cheap and experience tells us that most of the time we have come for something that did not seem serious, indeed, it was something that happened with the days. When we ourselves vomit sporadically we know what to do: bland diet and wait. Probably something has made us wrong or we have a mild virus. In this, with dogs, we can act with almost the same logic, although there is something that differentiates us. There is something that dogs do and we don’t. Therefore, before you worry if your dog vomits, you have to talk about the difference between vomiting and regurgitation.

Vomiting or regurgitation?

Regurgitation occurs when food comes back practically intact. It is a process in which the food, immediately or very shortly after having been ingested, rises again. Dogs are very good at spitting up and mothers of puppies often do so after they have eaten. They regurgitate part of their food so that their young can feed on what they have already ingested. The most interesting part of this is that dogs have a muscle in their esophagus that they can voluntarily control, so they decide when to spit up. But it has nothing to do with vomiting.

In the case of vomiting is a forced contraction of the stomach. This causes partially digested food to be expelled. It is much more violent because it is not usually voluntary and usually occurs long after the ingestion of food, not instantly.

For what reasons does my dog ​​vomit?

There are several reasons why a dog vomits, and it is also one of the most common reasons why an owner takes their dog to the vet. One of the causes is that the survival instinct, which still persists in dogs, sometimes makes them quickly eat everything they find, and once ingested, the body decides whether or not that food is good for it. If it’s bad they get rid of it by vomiting it. In fact, dogs are quick to vomit when compared to other species. And for that reason, if a dog vomits, we should not worry as much as if other animals did.

However, it is important to distinguish between acute and chronic vomiting. That is, if your dog vomits once or twice in a timely manner or if he vomits constantly. In the first case, where your dog has vomited sporadically, you should not worry excessively, especially if your dog remains stable and in the same mood as always. If they are vomiting in the short term surely your dog is naturally rejecting what his stomach does not accept. So in that case, if your behavior is also the usual one, it should be solved with the days and/or with the help of a soft diet for one or two days.

What if my dog ​​has chronic vomiting?

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In this case, even if your dog is apparently fine, it’s time to take him to the vet and solve the question: why is my dog ​​vomiting? You will know that it is chronic vomiting if your dog has been vomiting for more than two days in a row. Most likely, the veterinary clinic will do some tests such as blood tests that indicate its level of hydration. Tests to ensure that its organs are working properly, as some diseases of the liver, kidney or pancreas, can be the reason why a dog vomits.

It is also common for the veterinarian to ask for an X-ray to rule out that there is no foreign body in his intestines. Some dogs eat everything in their path, even stones. If after the analysis and x-rays nothing has been detected that could be causing the vomiting, the most common is that treatment is prescribed to calm the heartburn and stop the vomiting reflex. Although If this continues, they will likely propose to do an endoscopy to find out if it is a more serious problem.

So if your dog vomits in a timely manner and his behavior is the same as usual, you probably shouldn’t worry. Otherwise, visit your trusted veterinarian and we have no doubt that he will help you know why your dog is vomiting.

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