The man’s best friend. A family member. We all love our puppies. They are like our children. Of course, healthily. Do you have a pet? You probably do, considering you are reading this article. Owning a dog is the biggest blessing when it comes to owning pets. Maybe cat lovers don’t agree, but this is our personal opinion. Dogs are something else. You might disagree, and that’s why we have a comment section. But, having a loved one in a form of a pet is not always easy.
They are also living beings, and they can encounter health issues, especially once they get old. Having your dog sick or not feeling well is not a nice feeling. You want to help them, but sometimes it is hard to tell what is causing the issues and how to resolve them. While taking our dog to a veterinarian is always a wise option, you might not have access to one at all times. So, it is better to educate yourself a little bit on the subject of your dog’s health on your own.
This article is going to serve that purpose in a specific field regarding your dog’s health. In this text we are going to talk about why is your dog throwing up and what to do about it. This is a quite often condition most fogs will encounter sooner or later. So, if you’re having these issues right now, or you had in the past but didn’t know what to do, this article will be of great help to you. While we’re going to cover this subject, it will be in a few short lines, without an in-depth opinion. If you want to dig deeper you are free to read more. In the mid-time check out what we have to say on this subject.
Why is Your Dog Vomiting?
As we said, dogs can have health issues just like humans. Many of them start having vomiting issues at some point. There are plenty of reasons why it happens. In the majority of cases, it happens due to the food. Dogs often eat things they shouldn’t and this can cause health issues with ease. But, it is not always the doggy’s fault. In addition to eating the wrong foods, it can happen that a dog simply caught a parasite. This is not uncommon and hookworms and giardia often target our pets.
As we said, dogs are not always to blame, and some of the faults lie in the hands of the owners. Some dogs are allergic to specific types of foods. If this is the case, you’ll need professional help to determine the cause. Sometimes people mistake allergies with simply giving their dogs spoiled food which can cause poisoning and as result, the causes of health issues are very different. In other fields, the cause could also be toxins, side effects of some vitamins or meds the doggy might be using, pancreatitis, bloat, or acid reflux. Whatever the reason might be, you need to find it as quickly as you can and find the right treatment.
What To Do?
Vomiting is never pleasant. It casing dog the issues and it can be molesting for you when you need to clean after the pet. In some cases, it is a minor issue that could be a one-time situation. But, there are cases when it repeats and it needs to be seen as an emergency. For you, as s owner, it is vital to recognize which is which and which you’re facing right now. If it is a continuous action you need to see a doctor. The first alarming signal you need to be able to recognize is the blood in the vomit. This is clear as a sky that something is wrong. While in some cases small traces of blood are not surprising due to irritation caused by vomiting as soon as you see it it’s time to react. In the worst-case scenario, the blood might be a sign of internal bleeding and this requires immediate attention.
Moving past this, you might start paying attention to food allergies. The good part about recognizing allergies is that they’re not followed only by vomiting. A dog will have an adverse reaction to food in the hours and sometimes days after consuming the food that he’s allergic to. But, in addition to vomiting, you’ll be able to notice itching and skin irritation. While we can’t always treat our dogs with the best foods, we must keep it at least fresh for them. When using already prepared and canned food it is vital to pay attention to the ingredients used. This way you might determine which part of the ingredients troubles them.
Vomiting rarely comes on its own. Most dogs, show additional symptoms such as depression, appetite loss, and diarrhea. If they’re vomiting infrequently and in between longer periods, you most likely have no reason to panic. But if it is a frequent occurrence and it’s followed by additional symptoms you need to see a vet. Constant vomiting is no sign of anything good, and if you can’t stop it on your own, the time is to pay the doctor a visit. In most cases, frequent vomiting is not a thing you’ll be able to handle on your own, due to the constant issues both you and the dog will have. Professional assistance is welcomed, as the issues will be resolved faster.
Vomiting is natural. All dogs do it. But how often and why should be examined? A small vomiting episode is not a reason to go into panic mode. But, once you see that something is wrong it is natural to try and find the cause behind it. In most cases, this will be out of your hands, unless you notice immediately what caused it. If your dog is fine after one episode and no additional symptoms are noticed you’re good to go. But, in any case, try giving him light food just to make sure his tummy is good to go. In other cases, seek professional help.