You may have asked yourself on more than one occasion “why is my dog throwing up his food?” and this is a very important question to ask. A dogs vomiting can be caused by many different factors, such as different foods, disease, side effects of certain drugs/medications, sickness and more.

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Why Is My Dog Throwing Up

One general thought is applicable though, that the possible cause is upset stomach; but truth is, there could be a lot of factors that could contribute to the vomiting episode of your dog.

One of the potential contributory factors to the throwing up of your dog is worms. When young puppies have distended stomachs, this could mean presence of worms. Puppies and adult dogs alike with a profound presence of worms are at risk for throwing up because the majority of the space of the stomach is used up.

Vomiting can also be caused the presence of an object caught in the dog's throat. When an object is stuck in the dog's throat, it is a normal body response for the dog to choke and gag, and these mechanisms can stimulate vomiting.

Dogs are also very likely to throw up when they consume too much food and when they ingest poorly prepared food. Too much load in the stomach leaves a reduced space in the stomach, thus the contents are propelled upwards. And the latter can cause stomach upset, thus leading to complications, and vomiting is just one clinical manifestation. Also, swallowing foreign materials or non-food items such as toys, plastics, or paper can also induce attack of severe, continuous vomiting in dogs often related to behaviors like ingesting a lot of water or attempts to consume grass. These behaviors are normal responses that dogs manifest to nausea.

Increased Acid and Bile in the Gastric part is another possible cause of vomiting in dogs, which can be marked by a yellow or brown fluid vomitus thrown up curtly prior to mealtime or in the morning. In cases when the stomach has been unfilled for a long duration, the gastric acids and bile will irritate the stomach and result to vomiting. In this case, you are advised to feed your pet small, frequent meals.

Lastly, poor function of the esophageal muscle can taper the esophageal lining thus foods can regurgitate.

In the episode of vomiting, always consider it a grave condition especially if it pursues more and longer than once. Throwing up can lead to dehydration, regardless of the cause. When you have puppies, they are of a larger concern because they can dehydrate at a concerning rate. If the cause of the vomiting of the puppy is worms, this could be alarming because this condition can lead to internal organs injury. A consultation to the veterinarian is also advisable. Don't just stand there wasting your time and ask yourself "Why is my dog throwing up?" Do not delay. Make a move and have a trip to the vet's office at once.

By the time you have identified the causative factors to your dog's vomiting and have mulled over treatment course or management, your next action is to make sure your pet is comfortable because the episode of vomiting is a stressful feat. Compensate the liquid losses. It is very important that you also know the independent management and these causative factors so that on the next vomiting, you need not to panic and ask "Why is my dog throwing up?" because you know by then how to determine the cause and what course of action to perform.

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