Seeing the pet vomit upsets most pet owners. Vomiting does not necessary indicate that your pet is seriously ill. While vomiting could be the symptom of an underlying illness, it is usually a natural mechanism to get rid of harmful or unwanted substances that the animal has consumed. However, pet owners should not overlook the vomiting incidence, especially if the animal vomits repeatedly.
Causes of vomiting
The diet of the animal is largely blamed for occasional vomiting. Introducing a new food in the diet, eating too fast or overeating might force the animal to throw up the contents from her stomach. Vomiting could be a sign of food allergy. Parasite infestation could cause vomiting in dogs. Besides vomiting, a dog suffering from worm infestation will display other symptoms of the illness such as diarrhea, poor hair growth, coughing, gagging, fever and lethargy.
If your pet is accustomed to eating out of the garbage containers or nibbling anything they come across in the yard, they could throw up frequently. Vomiting could result from motion sickness while your dog is traveling in vehicles. If the dog accidentally ingests a foreign substance or eats large amounts of harmless foods, it might lead to intestinal blockage. Even partial intestinal blockage could cause vomiting and abdominal pain. If you suspect that intestinal blockage is responsible for your pet’s repeated vomiting bout, you should immediately rush your pet to the vet.
If left untreated, obstruction in the intestine could even lead to death. Liver disease, bloating, stomach disease and side effect of certain medications could be responsible for chronic vomiting.
To treat vomiting in dogs, you should not give your pet food for about 24 hours. During the fasting period, the intestine heals naturally. At the end of the fast, give your dog small amounts of bland foods such as boiled rice two to three times a day, for about three to four days. Give your pet fresh water to drink. Make sure that your pet does not drink large amounts of water at a time.
Occasionally the blood sugar level of the animal might fall while fasting. Depending on the size or breed of your dog, for about four times a day rub 1 to 3 teaspoons of maple syrup or honey on the gum of your pet. If vomiting does not cease despite modification in the diet, take your dog to a veterinarian.