Seeing your dog vomit can be nerve-wrecking, especially if you see that your pet is really ill. But as a dog owner, it´s important that you know how to deal with it so you can avoid causing more harm to your dog.
Dog vomiting is a symptom of a disordered stomach which may be either a disturbance of digestion or an inflammation of the mucous membranes.
If your dog is suffering from vomiting and diarrhea at the same time, read how to treat diarrhea in dogs and puppies.
Causes of Dog Vomiting
The stomach is usually being abused by gorging with bulky, sloppy foods which are hard to digest.
Coping with this day after day negatively affects the endurance of the organ and sooner or later it becomes exhausted. It is very fortunate for the dog that he can vomit so easily, for as soon as the stomach reaches its limit, it promptly rebels.
When this occurs all food and liquids should be withheld for at least twenty-four hours, and longer if necessary.
And yet too often, being indulgent owners that we are, this warning is ignored. We persist in giving one food after another in hopes of finding something that the dog can retain.
This only wears out an exhausted organ and increases the disturbance already existing.
The character of the vomit depends upon the nature of the trouble. When the stomach is merely overworked, the vomit will consist of the offending food. A white foam (white froth) indicates an inflammation.
If the liver is involved a greenish or yellow vomit occurs.
Vomiting may occur only after eating, extending over a protracted period, or it may take place at very frequent intervals throughout the day.
If your dog vomits blood, consult your vet immediately. It may be a signal for some serious internal problems. My parents´ lovely dog vomitted blood after days of not eating which was caused by internal bleeding. It was a painful, very sad death for a loyal boy.
When the vomiting is persistent the dog soon collapses and death rapidly follows.
Easy Treatment for Dog Vomiting
All food and water must be withheld for a period of twenty-four hours. If the bowels are constipated, the dog should be given an enema of soap solution.
After this, subnitrate of bismuth may be given in five grain doses with a teaspoonful of milk of magnesia every two hours.
If this is retained it may be continued for from four to six doses, depending on the character of the bowels, and then the bismuth may be given without the magnesia.
If the vomiting is checked the dog may be given a small portion of scrapped beef, at the end of the twenty-four hour fast, followed a little later with a tablespoonful of water.
If these are retained, they may be repeated at frequent intervals, gradually increasing the portions until the dog is back on his normal diet. If vomiting persists the doctor should be consulted.