Signs and symptoms of vomiting in dogs


None of us enjoys seeing our precious pooches feeling under the weather but nearly all dogs will vomit at some time in their lives. Indeed, it is one of the most common causes for a trip to the vet for our pooches. Just like us, a dog is being sick to expel the contents of his stomach, often the causes of a dog vomiting are down to your pooch eating something he shouldn’t and are isolated events that resolve within 24 hours. However, it can be due to something more serious that requires further investigation.

If your dog is vomiting his stomach or upper intestine is forcibly ejecting its contents and it is often accompanied by retching. You might notice that your pooch shows signs of nausea such as anxiety, licking his lips or drooling. Vomiting is an active process as opposed to regurgitation which is a passive process when a dog throws up undigested food with apparently no effort. Both can be something or nothing, but it’s wise to take note of the symptoms, including the frequency of episodes and the consistency of the vomit if you can, just in case you need to take your pooch to the vet.

Vomiting can also be accompanied by other symptoms, such as a change in appetite, dehydration or lethargy, and if your dog is suffering from gastroenteritis, for example, he will probably have intermittent bouts of sickness and diarrhoea. A dog vomiting blood should obviously be seen by a vet as soon as possible, as should a dog who has had gastroenteritis for more than 24 hours.

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