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Find out more about your dogs
As a dog owner, there's something you are just going to have to get used to. Dogs do vomit from time to time. More often than not, it's a reaction to a minor stomach upset. However, you need to know the signs in case it's due to something more serious.
It's easy to get vomiting and regurgitation confused. The difference being:
vomiting is a forceful ejection of stomach and upper intestine contents. It smells sour and contains partially digested foods and yellow bile
regurgitation is a relatively effortless ejection of undigested food from the esophagus
Some of the more common signs your dog will show include:
It is not uncommon for dogs to suffer from motion sickness, which can make car journeys very unpleasant for all involved. Your veterinarian can prescribe medication to your dog to prevent motion sickness. Stomach problems If your dog suddenly vomits it's usually a sign of stomach problems. The most common causes are:
Infectious diseases can also cause acute vomiting such as canine parvovirus.
Chronic diseases that often cause dogs to vomit include:
sudden, repeated retching and vomiting a frothy and clear fluid
if it continues it may be more serious health problem – see your veterinarian
on and off over days or weeks may mean chronic diseases
have a thorough check-up to find out the underlying cause
may appear as fresh red blood or old coffee grounds
take to your veterinarian for treatment immediately
If your dog is a puppy, older, or has pre-existing medical problems, see your veterinarian immediately. If your dog is alert and active and has had no previous health problems, you may want to try the following treatment at home before consulting your veterinarian:
First Aid and Emergency Care: Diarrhea and Vomiting
Dr. Roger W. Gfellar, DVM, DipACVECC, Dr. Micheal W. Thomas, DVM and Issac Mayo