Dog Vomiting - Why is My Dog Throwing Up?

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Diagnosis for Vomiting in Dogs


Continued, repetitive, or severe vomiting should be investigated fully. A veterinarian will more than likely be able to identify the underlying condition by asking you questions about your dog’s health history and lifestyle, performing a physical examination, and possibly running some combination of X-rays, bloodwork, fecal analysis, urinalysis, ultrasound imaging, biopsies, and other diagnostic tests. If you can bring a sample of the dog’s vomitus and stool with you, it may also help in the diagnostic process.


Prevention of Vomiting in Dogs


Many causes of dog vomiting cannot be prevented, but for those that can, observe the following rules:

  1. Don’t change your dog’s diet suddenly. Always use a gradual approach. Sudden dietary changes are a common cause of intestinal upset in dogs.
  2. Don’t give your dog toys that can be swallowed or chewed into pieces, thereby causing gastrointestinal irritation or blockage.
  3. Don’t give your dog bones. These, too, are routinely implicated in vomiting episodes. If you must give your dog bones, large, uncooked varieties (such as femurs or knuckles) are less likely to break into sharp shards.
  4. Avoid table scraps. Some human foods are downright dangerous for dogs (e.g., grapes, raisins, chocolate, xylitol, onions, garlic, chives, macadamia nuts, and high fat items) but individuals with sensitive stomachs may not even be able to eat “safe” foods without vomiting.
  5. Don’t let your dog scavenge. “Garbage gut” is what veterinarians commonly call the gastroenteritis caused by consuming scavenged items. Scavenging also increases the risk of foreign-body ingestion and toxin exposure.
  6. Watch overly-inquisitive dogs carefully when out and about. A basket muzzle to keep them from eating anything they find may be in order.

Read 5 Foods That Can Be Toxic For Your Dog to learn more.