If the dog vomits, dog owners are quick to worry. However, this is a completely natural protective function of the body. Your four-legged friend tries to get rid of foreign bodies, toxins, or parasites. So it usually looks worse than it actually is. With a few home remedies, the worst is over in most cases. However, if the symptoms persist, you should see a veterinarian.
Vomiting in Dogs
- Vomiting is due either to acute causes or to protracted illness.
- Home remedies only help with acute, spontaneous vomiting, not with serious clinical pictures.
- Often the dog has eaten something wrong or too much grass.
- Fasting and light foods – also in combination – help the dog.
Possible causes of vomiting in the dog
Of course, if the dog vomits it is cause for concern. Bello didn’t take something well at all. However: The possible causes of chronic and acute vomiting are manifold. A distinction is made between acute spontaneous vomiting (e.g. from undigested food) and regular, chronic vomiting that can be traced back to serious illnesses. If vomiting occurs over a longer period of time, a veterinarian should be consulted urgently.
Keep an extra close eye on your dog and try to find out the reasons for the vomiting.
Acute causes are triggers that lead to sudden vomiting or an attempt to vomit, for example in the case of spoiled food. Usually, the dog vomits several times in a row. The symptoms are not due to chronic diseases or bacterial/viral infections. The most common reasons include:
- Too fast, hasty eating
- Intolerance or poisoning, for example from chocolate, raw pork, licorice, spoiled food
- Eating grass
- travel sickness
- Twisting of the stomach – especially in large breeds
Does Bello often have a tendency to vomit and diarrhea? Does the dog vomit brown or yellow bile? Then there are usually deeper causes, such as chronic illnesses or serious infections. Treatment by a veterinarian is then absolutely necessary. The following chronic causes can be present:
- Stomach ulcers
- Inflammation of the lining of the stomach or pancreas
- Infection by worms
- Infections such as leishmaniasis, distemper, or parvovirus
Which home remedies help with spontaneous vomiting?
If the dog has upset her stomach, at least for the time being, light food is the order of the day, and caution is advised when feeding. Fasting is also one of the most common methods of stabilizing digestion.
Does the dog vomit its food?
Does the dog vomit its food? Or yellow slime or white foam? Often the causes of a bad stomach are not necessarily immediately apparent. Research into the cause is not always the most important thing. Most of the time the animal has eaten too much grass or stolen something incompatible in an unsupervised moment. One day of fasting is usually enough to stabilize the gastrointestinal tract again. Because there are no digestive processes, the body concentrates on regeneration. Everything incompatible is transported out as quickly as possible. The stomach walls and mucous membranes recover and the intestinal flora is balanced.
Bland foods are also a very effective way to calm the digestive tract. It can also be used after a 24-hour fast. The dog only eats foods that are particularly easy to digest for the animal intestines: little fat, little fiber, and simple carbohydrates should be on the diet. Some vegetables are also allowed. You can offer the following products to your ailing fur nose – naturally unsalted, unseasoned, and gently cooked:
- Chicken meat, chicken hearts, chicken kidneys
- Turkey breast
- Carrots and potatoes – like mashed
- Some cottage cheese and natural yogurt
Charcoal tablets aren’t just a good choice for humans. Activated charcoal also helps the dog’s body to rid the gastrointestinal tract of bacteria and toxins. The tablets, made from natural ingredients, are available from pharmacies.
Our recommendation for large dogs: Don’t romp after eating!
Unfortunately, one reason for vomiting in dogs that is far too common is twisting of the stomach, in which case the dog has to go to the vet immediately. Large dogs in particular are prone to this because their stomach has a comparatively large amount of space in the abdomen. The stomach rotates once around its longitudinal axis so that the entrance and exit of the stomach are closed. Blood vessels are clamped off and the food cannot travel further into the intestinal tract. However, vomiting is not possible either. So gases are created, the stomach puffs up and becomes hard.
Especially after eating, with a full, heavy stomach, there is a risk of stomach twisting.
The dog then chokes and tries to vomit, but nothing comes out. Finally, the stomach entrance is closed. Up and down, a hard, bloated stomach and obvious pain are other warning signs. If you have a stomach twist, you must see a veterinarian within 30 minutes! Otherwise serious complications with fatal consequences are possible. Resting at least two hours after eating is the best precaution. There is raging before meals!