Is Your Dog Vomiting? Know When You Need to Worry!

If you’ve ever owned a dog, you know that stomach upset and even vomiting is not uncommon. It doesn’t necessarily mean that something is wrong with your pet, but if it lasts more than a couple of days, you should pay attention and perhaps seek veterinary help.

Let’s talk about it.

What causes vomiting?

The reasons for vomiting in dogs can range from less serious to very dire.

Things like:

  • Car sickness
  • Overeating
  • Change of food

are extremely common causes for upset stomach and vomiting and should not cause you to be alarmed.  However, if there is ever any doubt, contact your veterinary care provider.

Nonetheless, there are more serious causes of dog vomiting which you need to be mindful, including:

  • Infections, such as parvovirus, leptospirosis (a bacterial infection), and parasitic infections of the digestive system. Parvovirus occurs in puppies and unvaccinated dogs and can lead to vomiting and even death.
  • Ingestion of chemicals or drugs, such as pesticides and antifreeze.
  • Inflammation
  • Metabolic disorders
  • Tumors, although they tend to be accompanied by other symptoms
  • Worms, which can be prevented by providing a regular treatment as recommended by your vet (this should be hyperlinked to the article addresses parasites and worms)
  • Eating objects, like large bones, clothing, or rocks that can irritate or block the intestinal track


When should you be concerned?

Along with the vomiting, if any of the following symptoms are present, you should seek immediate attention for your pet:

  • Sudden and severe vomiting
  • Weakness
  • Fever
  • Suspected ingestion of a foreign body
  • Bloody diarrhea
  • Pain (abdominal or otherwise)
  • Seizures
  • Blood in the vomit

Quick action could prevent dehydration and possible hospitalization for your furry friend.

To help diagnose the cause of the vomiting, be prepared to discuss the amount, consistency, color, and frequency of the vomit, as well as your pet’s appetite and general health.

Your turn

Dog vomiting can be uncomfortable for both you and your pet. Hopefully you now have a greater understanding of the possible causes of vomiting and when you need to be concerned.

If you have any questions about what was discussed, feel free to leave your thoughts in the comment section below and I will be sure to respond promptly.

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