Help! Why is My Dog Vomiting?
Just like us, dogs can feel sick and..er.. throw up. Unlike us however, dogs can't explain how they feel or what they ate so, us owners are left guessing.
Did my dog eat something they weren't supposed to?
Did they go counter surfing for the latest dessert I just pulled out of the oven?
Or did they dig through the trash to find moldy leftovers?
(My parents dog did that once. Let's just say he had a REALLY rough rest of the week. :p)
How can we as, loving owners, figure out WHY our dogs are vomiting? It's time to stop the guessing game! Here are 6 of the most common reason a dog throws up:
#1. Grass Eating
It's considered a normal dog behavior, but vets aren't yet entirely sure why they do it. One commonly cited theory is that dogs eat grass precisely BECAUSE it will help them throw up when something is upsetting their stomach. However, others dismiss this theory saying it's not proven that dogs are smart enough for this sort of thought process and that dogs don't typically seem sick until after they eat grass. Another theory posed in a published study is that dogs eat grass when they need a more fiberous diet. One real-life example they cited was of a miniature poodle that ate grass and threw up every day for 7 years, until their owner switched them to a high-fiber diet. In this case at least, it solved the problem!
#2. Eating or Drinking Too Fast
If your dog is the sort that likes to gobble up his food the moment it hits the bowl or just scarfed food down because meal time came later than usual and he was especially hungry, there's a good chance that's the reason for the vomiting! You can prevent this with specially designed dog bowls or toys that dispense food.
#3. Switching Dog Food
Dogs become accustomed the brand and type of dog food they eat. Switching brands can be a good choice on the owners part if they are trying to provide healthier options for their pet. But, sometimes the dog has a hard time adjusting, which can cause vomiting to occur. An easy way to transition your pup from one kind to the next is to slowly mix the new food in the the old. Your dog will get a little taste of what he'll be eating soon, and his stomach will be able to make the switch gradually.
#4. Fast-growing Canine
Have a large breed puppy? Their body may be developing so fast that the normal recommended amount of puppy food simply isn't enough. If this is the case, your dog may vomit in the morning because they are extremely hungry.
#5. Eating Toxic Foods
Even though WE know what foods are bad for dogs to eat, they don't always understand. They see something drop on the floor and immediately run to get a bite. Sneakier dogs will try and open cupboards or find the opportune moment to sneak things they shouldn't. Here are just a few of the most common toxic foods dogs get into:
- Baby food
#6. Food Allergies
Some dogs have extreme food allergies. These can cause stomach aches and at its worse throwing up. Check with your veterinarian to rule out any allergic reactions to certain kinds of food or materials in dog toys.
Ways to Solve The Problem
First, consider the intensity and consistency of your dog's vomit. I know, that's not the most pleasant thing or something you EVER want to do, but it does help! Make sure to write down what it looks like. Also, check for any foreign objects in the vomit.
People have listed ways to treat your dog with home remedies. Before you even think of doing that, call your veterinarian and explain what you wrote down about your dogs vomit. They will be able to better assess the situation and tell you where to go from there. :)