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Ask the Vet About Vomiting in Dogs and Cats

Vomiting in Dogs and Cats
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Ask the Vet About What Causes Dogs and Cats to Vomit?
MichaelDym, V.M.D.
Michael Dym, V.M.D.
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As a practicing veterinarian, Dr. Dym has over 19 years of experience and dedication to enhancing the overall health and well-being of pets. His commitment and passion for pet health continuously drives him to learn more about the art and science of homeopathy through ongoing training and education.

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Date: May 14, 2017
Category: Vomiting
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Gastrotomy

Question:Is a omentum tear during Gastrotomy going to affect the healing process? This dog is a dachshund mix. Thank you

Answer:Just a tear in their omentum by itself is usually not a very big deal, but the person to ask is the surgeon who saw/knows there is a tear in the omentum because they will know the severity.

Date: Apr 25, 2017
Category: Vomiting
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Medication and advice

Question:My toy dog, half shih tzuh 3 months old has her shot a day ago. She was perfectly fine and playful before her shot but as of now, she looks like she was in pain. She's not eating anything except her water that's why she vomits water. Her vomit is yellowish. She also had a fever for like a day now. She does not have any appetite, she loses her weight already. She always sleep every single time and wakes up just to vomit. She was also itchy and sometimes she is coughing. She also had a lot of rheum in the eyes. What should i do? I felt like my first puppy will die. She looks like she can never made it. She looks like she was in so much pain. Plesse please help!

Answer:She shouldn't be that mopey or painful so definitely take her back to whoever gave her the vaccine. If they aren't open, use whatever emergency clinic is on their answering machine - they or the vaccine company will often pay for treatment needed from an adverse reaction to a vaccine.

Date: Mar 25, 2017
Category: Vomiting
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Reaction to thyroid medication

Question:My cat is currently taking 7.5 mg of thyroid medication (Methimazole) daily. She throws up every thing she eats, and her stool is extremely soft. Could it be a reaction to that specific medication, or is the dosage to high/low?

Answer:Cats may occasionally experience vomiting side effect to this medication, but also vomiting may due to other causes such as hyperthyroid state not controlled, as well as other causes of vomiting in older cat such as inflammatory bowel disease, pancreatitis, etc. A vet exam and full evaluation including thyroid blood tests and other lab work should be done to help sort out

Date: Mar 12, 2017
Category: Vomiting
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Vomiting

Question:My 11 month old lab has vomited off and on today for about 6-7 hrs about 2 hrs in between with some dry heeves i am taking him to the vet tomorrow how concerened should i be tonight

Answer:Vomiting that often makes me worry about more serious issues that need to be addressed as soon as you can like a foreign body (blockage), a toxin, etc.

Date: Mar 12, 2017
Category: Vomiting
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Vomits

Question:Our birder collie/shepherd mix who is now 13 years old has started eating grass and vomiting every 1-3 days a week or so for the past 6 months. She is still active and hasn't lost any weight. Our vet told me to give her Pepsid, but even after giving her that for a few days the grass and vomiting begins again. After she does that she doesn't want to eat for a few hours, but then barks for some food. I usually give her bowels a rest for a day, but then feed her rice, chicken, pumpkin and plain yogurt for a day or so before going back to her regular diet. The food I give her is Science diet and I have been feeding her that for 7+ years. Any thoughts on what else is going on or what I should do/

Answer:It may be time to run some blood work and check her liver, kidneys, etc if they haven't already done so. You could try a bland diet - there are many on the market. If you have already run blood work, I would definitely try a probiotic like Fortiflora. Here is a link so you can read about it: http://www.1800petmeds.com/Purina+FortiFlora-prod10376.html?Ntt=Purina+FortiFlora

Date: Mar 3, 2017
Category: Vomiting
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Vomits daily

Question:It was vomiting daily which is 6months old labrador...what should do

Answer:So many things can cause vomiting (intestinal parasites, food hypersensitivities/allergies, metabolic disorders, organ issues, toxin exposures, etc etc), a good work up at your veterinarian is warranted. If he feels fine and doesn't have diarrhea, you may want to start by gradually changing his food to a different diet. Chubby, smaller breed dogs, I might start to slowly change to adult food but you can't do this with medium to larger breed dogs because they still have a lot of growing to do at 6 months.

Date: Mar 1, 2017
Category: Vomiting
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Vomitting Yellow

Question:My shih Tzu has been vomiting yellow foam since yesterday morning. I gave her chicken for dinner and she ate it without regurgitating and have been playful. However, this morning she normally has a dentist stick and did not eat it yet. is there anything I can give her that can help her with the vomiting . Please advise

Answer:Resting her stomach probably helps more than anything with multiple small amounts of water. You can give her a teaspoon of regular strength pepto bismol, but see your veterinarian if she continues to vomit.

Date: Feb 24, 2017
Category: Vomiting
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: VOMITING WATER

Question:MY DOG AFTER DRINKING A LOT OF WATER WILL THROW UP CLEAR AND FROTHY LIQUID DOES SHE JUST OVER DRINK OR TOO FAST?

Answer:Possibly - I would have to see her do it. If she does it almost every time she drinks, you will want to tell your veterinarian. If you video it for them it may help them determine if she is vomiting or regurgitating - which will help them determine what, if anything, might be wrong.

Date: Feb 21, 2017
Category: Vomiting
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: irish wolfhound Vomiting mostly at night

Question:Our 7 year old irish wolfhound has been vomiting over the past 7 months, mostly at night, 2-10 times in a 24 hour period, we have tired cerenia which worked for a few months but that no longer works. he will gag and then vomit but not 100% of the time. Sometimes his undigested meal with come up,sometimes, foam and a gelatinous like substance. We recently purcahsed Cetalopramide/Reglan which we gave one dose but that seemed to make it worse, should we re try it and give it a longer period of time? Currently giving him Zannex 3 x a day.

Answer:Wow, that's a lot of vomiting (2-10 times in a 24 hour period). I would really recommend getting to the bottom of WHY he is vomiting rather than trying to find a medication. They vomit for MANY different reasons, not just gastrointestinal reasons, like liver disease, kidney disease, Addisons Disease, etc etc. There are many bland, low residue diets out on the market that may help - feeding multiple small meals throughout the day and being sure to feed him just before bedtime may help.

Date: Feb 14, 2017
Category: Vomiting
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Cat throwing up blood?

Question:Cat, 6mo-1yr, bathed and given flea medicine 3 days prior, lethargic, won't eat, throwing up frequently pink/orange water with occasional foam, hiding away and avoiding contact, very unlike cats personality.

Answer:I worry that the pink/orange foam that he/she is throwing up may be blood and, as you can imagine, this needs some medical attention. Bring the flea medication that you used on him/her with you to the veterinarian - it might be the cause.

Date: Feb 2, 2017
Category: Vomiting
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Unusual color of vomit.

Question:This morning my dog woke up vomiting a pink foamy liquid. It was the first time she has done this. But was on a empty stomach yet ( has not eaten yet this morning) Looking online it was saying reasons like heart or long disease. So Google got me worried. Should I take her to the vet even tho it's the first occurrence. Or wait till it happens again?

Answer:Dogs can vomit for a LOT of different reasons (something they ate, gastrointestinal viruses, kidney disease, liver disease, toxins, and the list goes on and on) so it's really hard for me to advise you remotely. I don't like the pink color of the vomitus - that can be blood, which is never good. It also might just be food coloring from her food, but either way I would consider having your veterinarian take a look at her.

Date: Jan 29, 2017
Category: Vomiting
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Cat licking lips and gagging

Question:My cat is licking his lips and keeps gagging. He occasionally spits up food from gagging but does not throw up. I took him to the vet and He said he doesn't see any thing stuck in his throat and his X-rays look normal and no blockage anywhere. His blood work came back normal as well. Yet he continues to gag and looks misserable from gagging so much. What could be the cause of this? I am so worried, but the out vet says to start him on antibiotics and wait and see. Any information would be great!

Answer:An antibiotic trial may be helpful in case some sort of infection, but I would also ask your vet about trial with prescription drug called cerenia, which not only can help with nausea and/or vomiting(as lick lipping in cat often an indication of nausea), but also nonspecifically with pain. I would also put him on some hair ball remedy like laxatone, in case hair balls involved. Ask your vet about possibility of airway inflammation such as feline asthma which has a whole different way of treating.

Date: Jan 27, 2017
Category: Vomiting
Pet Type: Others
Topic: ask what to do

Question:I have rose ringed parakeet she was I'll and have vomiting I have no vet near my house what I do please tell me soon its emergency

Answer:I only practice on dog and cats so I can't give you very good advice about birds - they are a unique species, for sure. Try calling the closest veterinary school to you and try to speak with someone in the exotics department.

Date: Jan 24, 2017
Category: Vomiting
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Yellow vomit with diarrhea

Question:My Cat vomited undigested food with yellow fluid few days before (3) after that we have observed abnormal behavior diarrhea has been also observed . He is not eating at all ~!

Answer:I recommend having this issue looked at by a veterinarian. You can book a vet house call at www.vetpronto.com

Date: Jan 17, 2017
Category: Vomiting
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Pink vomit

Question:I adopted my cat 2 1/2 months ago from a cats protection society. She was sick this morning and it was a very watery pinkish colour. She had just been outside and had eaten some grass as that was also in the mix. This is the first time she has done this since being in my home. Any ideas?

Answer:Many possibilities from simple virus to intestinal parasites to metabolic disease of liver or pancreas, etc. You can try oral pepcid AC at dose of one half mg per pound twice daily. If no help, see vet for full workup to sort these out


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