At some time in his/her lifetime, your dog may feel ill and vomit, though the cause can be varied. Many times it is just a natural way for the body to get rid of a foreign object that shouldn’t be there. As we know, our dogs eat some of the strangest things, even though we try so hard to keep our homes puppy safe.
Besides eating some forbidden “objects”, other reasons your dog may vomit may be due to parasites, food allergies, an infectious disease like Parvovirus, cancer, kidney or liver disease and pancreatitis, just to name a few. It is imperative to be sure your dog does not get dehydrated.
Vomiting results from an irritation in the stomach lining. The stomach contracts and forcefully expels the unwanted stomach contents. If your dog has a sudden onset of vomiting, it can just be an isolated incident due to eating too fast or the wrong thing whereas if your dog vomits repeatedly, it can be a sign of a life-threatening situation. Call your veterinarian immediately if the vomiting appears this serious. Also, if your dog vomits persistently without being able to retain even water, this situation needs medical attention as well.
There are some tips you can follow if the vomiting is not a serious situation. Once your dog has vomited, it is best not to give your dog any food for up to 12 hours to be sure the inflammation within the stomach lining has settled down. If after 24 hours the stomach has not calmed down and your dog is still vomiting, call your veterinarian.
If your dog is in danger of dehydration and cannot keep water down, try offering bits of ice chips. This is a way to get the dog to consume a liquid very slowly so as to not upset the stomach.
Once your dog is withheld food successfully for at least 12 hours with no vomiting, followed by ice chips to insure fluids, a bland diet should be introduced to your dog to slowly fulfill your dogs’ dietary needs, in hopes of keeping the food down. A diet of boiled lean ground meat or skinless chicken and rice, as well as cottage cheese can be offered to your dog. Once your dog can eat this bland diet for at least a few days, with small feedings every four hours, then you can slowly mix in regular food. Do so continually until weaned off the bland diet without any further vomiting.
Be sure to recurrently monitor your dog for dehydration. If you note that your dog is not drinking as often as he/she should, you can try adding some Pedialyte to the drinking water. If this does not encourage your dog to drink, try using beef or chicken broth instead of water. Make some ice cubes from the broth and use alone in the water dish or added to water/broth. Most dogs will not turn down the broth and encourages hydration.
Because vomiting is unpredictable with many causes, it is up to you as the pet parent to be well informed and aware of the dangers and treatments for your dog. By careful observation, you can help your dog before the problem becomes a severe emergency.