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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: Jan 16, 2018
Category: Vomiting
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Queen Palm seeds

Question:My dog ate a bunch of Queen Palm seeds about two weeks ago. She vomited quite a pile of them up, but then had diahhreah/melena for about 5 days. It's been 2 weeks now. She just vomited up three more seeds. She is peeing, drinking okay, and her stools are normal, but with no seeds in them. Should I worry?

Answer:If she is eating and drinking normally with no vomiting or diarrhea, she should be fine. Things that aren't absorbed well can knock around for a long time in their gastrointestinal tract.

Date: Jan 16, 2018
Category: Vomiting
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Hairball

Question:My 6 yr old male cat throws up an occasional hairball but for the first time it is full of white specks. Looks almost like sesame seeds. He has a dk tiger coat. Specks very easy to see. Freaky. Otherwise he appears to be healthy. Not acting sick. I have 2 other cats in my house. What is this?!? I

Answer:I would really have to see them to say for sure - it is rare to vomit up tapeworms, but possible. I would suggest taking them in a ziploc bag to your veterinarian - if they deem then to be tapeworms, they can give you something to treat him (if they have seen him in the last year).

Date: Jan 14, 2018
Category: Vomiting
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: gastric issues

Question:Hello, Do you know what might cause a dog to have vomiting every week and waxy looking stool? Also, losing weight and sometime anorexic. My dog is on steroids which helps with her appetite but for 2 months, she has gotten steroid shots, and seems fine for a week or 2 then she is back to the same way. Her blood test only showed a lowered protein and her ultrasound showed a kidney infection. Her xray was fine except gas. She also is very burpy. Thanks.

Answer:There are many conditions that can cause chronic vomiting and diarrhea: most of these should've shown up in the workup that your veterinarian did like intestinal parasites (be sure they ran multiple fecal samples), pancreatitis, liver disease, etc. There are many other causes like food hypersensitivities or allergies, inflammatory bowel disease, etc. Continue to work with your veterinarian to try to get to the bottom of it. Trying different hypoallergenic foods and/or a probiotic like this one might help: https://www.1800petmeds.com/Purina+FortiFlora-prod10376.html

Date: Jan 9, 2018
Category: Vomiting
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: vomitting

Question:my boxer was sprayed by a skunk a few days ago and yesterday had many bowel movements and vomitted his food. He vomitted again today. Could the vomitting be related to the skunk spray?

Answer:Probably not since it was "a few days ago" - it usually doesn't make them have any vomiting or diarrhea, even the day they are sprayed. Some people bathe them in a concoction that includes hydrogen peroxide so if you did that and he licked a bunch off, that might do it.

Date: Jan 9, 2018
Category: Vomiting
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Cat vomits

Question:My cat vomits either once or twice a week before it was food so I stopped free feeding and giving him food every 6-7 hours, or when he begs, and this time it was white n liquid. He eats a brand of IAMS and Royal Canin and always has fresh water. What do I do?

Answer:Many things can cause vomiting - some worrisome and so not so much. It is ideal to rule out some of the more worrisome reasons (kidney disease, liver disease, hyperthyroidism, cancer, etc) with your veterinarian - usually with blood work and/or radiographs (x-rays). If you haven't already, try hair ball medication and/or a good probiotic like this one: https://www.1800petmeds.com/Purina+FortiFlora-prod10376.html

Date: Jan 5, 2018
Category: Vomiting
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: unexplained issue

Question:Since Oct, my dog has had vomiting, anorexia, lethargy. She has had ultrasound, xray, multiple blood test. The only thing found was a kidney infection and a sore spine. She used to gobble her food down but since she has been sick, she has to chew every little piece of food before she can swallow and at times it just falls out of her mouth except for when she was on the dex shots. The 3-4 vets can't explain her condition. Dex shots do work but this time, not as good. Presidone pills don't work.

Answer:I would have to see her blood work to really advise you. Addison's disease is something that runs through my mind that you can ask them about. If it's kidney failure, that is tough to manage sometimes - if her phosphorus is high, make sure she's on low protein diet and a phosphorus binder like Epakitin: https://www.1800petmeds.com/Epakitin+Powder-prod11134.html

Date: Jan 5, 2018
Category: Vomiting
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Vomiting and diarrhea

Question:My dog was not eating yesterday which was weird. At about 3pm she ate about half a cup of dog food. Later on at 7:30 she threw up and I could see that she was definitely not chewing her food as I could see whole bits of food. She threw up at least 5 times after that. Two of which were just liquid. One of which was completely transparent, maybe a little white and cloudy. No color visible. At around 5am I took her outside to let her go to the bathroom and it was watery. No blood. Diarrhea I presume. She hasn┐t ate anything in 18 hours. Had some water here and there. Really exhausted. What is wrong with her. She is 13 weeks old. Just got her from a family memeber 4 days go.

Answer:Many possibilities from parasite like hookworms, roundworms, Giardia or Coccidia, as well as virus, dietary indiscretion/foreign body ingestion, etc. Best to have vet check ASAP for stool check for parasites, possibly x ray and/or even parvo virus test, as pets this age very susceptible to parvo virus which can be health threatening

Date: Jan 4, 2018
Category: Vomiting
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Stomach problems

Question:My dog vomits his dinner more often than not. I fee him raw meat, and rotate daily between rotisserie chicken, along with daily grated raw carrots. Many times he just vomits a clear liquid, and others times his full meal. Many times it's at 8am without any food in-between from the previous 5 pm dinner. He has done this for many years but lately at age 6 it's become mostly daily. He does OK with rice and small portions of boiled meat. Would stomach pro-biotics be a treatment, or something similar? Regards, Paul Dumas

Answer:At his age and as much as he is vomiting, I would have your veterinarian run some blood work on him - even just a routine CBC/profile will show things like low grade pancreatitis, kidney issues (from a high protein diet), electrolyte abnormalities, liver issues, etc. If it is all normal, it will give you a good baseline for when he is older. Starting a probiotic is a good idea - here is one that I like: https://www.1800petmeds.com/Purina+FortiFlora-prod10376.html

Date: Jan 3, 2018
Category: Vomiting
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: cat vomiting

Question:We have a 2yr tabby, he has been vaccinated update and every month put on his revolution treatment. He is an indoor cat 95% and we put him in an enclosed area outside. lately he is bringing up his food, on new years eve and then again yesterday. he seems happy and ok still having water and goes to the toliet. What could be wrong with him

Answer:Cats will vomit for MANY different reasons: hairballs, diet change, dietary indiscretion, toxins (like poinsettias, mistletoe, etc.), foreign body (ingesting tinsel from x-mas tree, etc), intestinal parasites, kidney disease, liver disease, cancer (last 3 not very common in 2 year old), etc etc. Here is an article about vomiting with potential treatments: https://www.1800petmeds.com/education/vomiting-causes-dog-cat-36.htm

Date: Jan 1, 2018
Category: Vomiting
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Vomit blood or brownies colour liquid

Question:My dog is having fever in morning and after my dog inject the injection of the amoxycilin then keep on vomiting. And vomit the blood dark brownies colour liquid. She almost vomit 7 times on today. :( what should I do to stop him from vomiting then dark blood brownies colour liquid?

Answer:When a dog is vomiting that severely, there isn't anything you can give them orally to make them stop usually - it sounds like she needs an injection from your veterinarian and probably some fluids for dehydration. Vomiting from an amoxicillin injection would be VERY unusual (oral yes, but not injectable) unless she is really allergic to it (which is also very rare with dogs) so she is probably vomiting for whatever the reason is that you gave her the amoxicillin. Either way, you need to see your veterinarian as soon as you can.

Date: Dec 29, 2017
Category: Vomiting
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Cat vomiting hours after eating

Question:Hello, My cat is a seven year old female we got from a shelter approximately 6 mo ago. Since we got her, she┐s had a number of gastrointestinal issues┐tapeworms, multiple instances of bloody stool, fever┐but not much in terms of vomiting. We have been consistently giving her a probiotic for the last two months or so and that seemed to be helping. However, for the last four-five days, she┐s been vomiting once daily, always at night, and always her food (never bile or foam). Her energy levels were fine, no bloody stool, everything else seemed normal. We suspected she was eating too much too fast, so we decreased the amount on her plate, and switched to the blander diet just in case. When vomiting, she would always get Up from where she was and vomit on the floor. Tonight, she vomited twice, about two hours apart. The first time we were already alarmed more than normal because she sat there and threw up on herself, and then would not allow us to clean her (which she┐s normally good about), hissing at us. She┐d only let us get near her when she was sure we weren┐t going to try to clean her again. The second time, she threw up on herself again, this time green bile. She again wouldn┐t let us clean her up. It┐s now 3 AM, and she┐s asleep on the couch. I initially called the animal hospital because her breathing was slightly labored, and they said to watch for her breathing to get worse in case of aspiration of the vomit (which she thankfully appears to be fine now). I┐m extremely concerned for her nonetheless, and am at my wits end in trying to figure out these GI issues. They┐ve come up with no solid diagnosis, and I┐m not even sure if this is related or not. Based on the article on your site about vomiting, my guess would be some kind of foreign object she injested, but we┐ve been incredibly careful about keeping eatable things out of the way (and she┐s always been very good about not attempting to eat things anyway). If you have any insight whatsoever in to what is causing these repeated GI issues or what we could do about it, I would be forever grateful.

Answer:If she were my patient, I would want to run a few tests on her: multiple (3+) fecal exams (with fresh large samples not from the tiny amount you get on a fecal loop) - this would be looking for intestinal parasites like Giardia, coccidia, etc., blood work (routine CBC/profile, FIP titer, FeLV/FIV) and abdominal radiographs (x-rays) +/- ultrasound. This is where I would start. I would start a course of metronidazole (flagyl) while I wait on her results to come back.

Date: Dec 27, 2017
Category: Vomiting
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Prvo

Question:I give my puppy i shot for provo but today he woke up vomiting

Answer:It may not be parvo - puppies vomit for many different reasons. Puppies can certainly still get parvo even after they have been vaccinated - especially if they aren't through with their shot series or if they didn't get the vaccines at appropriate intervals, if the vaccines weren't handled and administered properly, if they didn't receive the last vaccine at or beyond 16 weeks of age, etc.

Date: Dec 20, 2017
Category: Vomiting
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Licking and vomiting

Question:All night he's been licking everything. He sleeps on my bed so he's been licking the bed sheets, he licked my hands, I put him on the floor and he licked the floor. He also threw up and it looked like most of it was his hair. He had never behaved this way, he has water, I gave him treats, I gave him food and his behavior is normal apart from the licking everything. I'm not sure on what to do..

Answer:Odd - if it has started suddenly, I would have your veterinarian check him out - low grade nausea, anxiety, submissive behavioral problems, generally not feeling well and not knowing what to do about it, etc can all cause this type of sudden onset behavior and they are all treated very differently.

Date: Dec 13, 2017
Category: Vomiting
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: dog is vomiting

Question:my 1 year old pitbull is vomiting yellow bile. she likes to eat alot.of random rhijngs and has no other symptoms what should I do.

Answer:Dogs can vomit for many different reasons - some, like foreign bodies, can be very serious, so it is ideal for your veterinarian to check her out.

Date: Dec 11, 2017
Category: Vomiting
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Inducing vomiting

Question:I suspected that my 8lb. Chihuahua had chewed up and swallowed a plastic retainer. I tried sticking my fingers down her throat but to no avail. She kept regurgitating but never threw up anything. How do you make a dog throw up?

Answer:You can use hydrogen peroxide to make a dog throw up but it doesn't always work and I actually wouldn't advise you to do that with a retainer because if it got caught in her esophagus on the way back up, removing it would be exponentially harder than removing it from her abdomen.


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