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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: Jul 24, 2017
Category: Vomiting
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Vomits after eating

Question:I have a pug. I have recently changed his food from drools to pedigree. After eating food for first 2 days he was fine with it but now he vomits out after eating pedigree or any food like (indian chapati called roti), all the solid fold when he intakes it he vomits out after 2-3 hours of eating. I want to ask is it dangerous for my dog? Please recommend any medicine available at nearby chemist or vet shop? And what to do should i switch back to previous dog fold? Your help will be appreciated. Thank you

Answer:If it started right after the diet change, it sounds like switching back might be a good idea. Dogs vomit for so many different reasons, it may be something else entirely - or may be indirectly related to the diet change (started pancreatitis). If he is lethargic (mopey) at all and/or having diarrhea, going to your veterinarian for prescription medication is best. If switching back to his old food makes him go back to normal quickly, you may not have to. Using a probiotic like Fortiflora or Fast Balance GI may help. Here is a link if you want to read about one of them: https://www.1800petmeds.com/Fast+Balance+G.I.-prod10905.html

Date: Jul 21, 2017
Category: Vomiting
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: My dog

Question:I have an English mastiff that is 4yrs old. 12 days ago he stopped eating and started vomiting. He vomits yellow foam. He drinks, not as much as normal. I took him to a vet 5days ago and he was diagnosed with worms, hook and whip. He was given a 3 day dose of medication. I had to use syringe to force feed his medication. He was still vomiting so he was given two more days of worm medicine. I keep calling vet and all she says is to hospitalize him. I can't afford that. If there is a test, I'd take him in. What are the illnesses that could be a possibility? Is blockage a risk? Thank you. Debbiee

Answer:So many things can cause vomiting - you really do need to run some more tests at this point : CBC/profile (blood work) and radiographs (X-rays) at a minimum. Yes, blockage is a risk, but so are many other things.

Date: Jul 20, 2017
Category: Vomiting
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: 14-year-old Bichon Frise

Question:My Bichon has always been prone to vomiting. This week; however, he's not been feeling well. Sunday, it was clear he didn't feel well and wasn't eating. He perked up later in the afternoon and ate some dinner. Monday, he was acting fine with a normal appetite. Tuesday, he ate breakfast but didn't want dinner and clearly didn't feel well all night. Wednesday, he was acting fine with a normal appetite. Thursday (today), he ate breakfast fine, but threw it up in the early afternoon along with some yellow stomach acid. He clearly doesn't feel well again. Should we try Pepcid or a bland diet....or should we just take him to the vet right away?

Answer:At his age, I would go ahead and take him to see your veterinarian. They can vomit for many different reasons - some of them are minor but some are pretty major at his age like kidney disease, liver disease, etc. and catching it early is better than waiting.

Date: Jul 17, 2017
Category: Vomiting
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Puppy vomiting after Vet Appointment

Question:Went to the vet today for boosters on my three month old pup. They gave her deformed as well. She has dewormer on July 9th when she first entered the shelter before we got her. It had been two hours since the vet when she started vomiting. She first threw up her lunch and then bile for six times after that. She is now asleep on the couch with much less energy, but still happy. What can/should I do?

Answer:If she threw up 7 times, ideally take her to be rechecked or to an emergency clinic. She is probably having an adverse reaction to the vaccine. Definitely tell the veterinarian that administered it so they can note it in her record.

Date: Jul 10, 2017
Category: Vomiting
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Advice

Question:My dog has been throwing up recently and her vomit at first was green but now its white and watery she doesnt want to eat or drink anything. Shes always been playful and hyper and loving but now all she does is lay down and doesnt get up. I need some help.

Answer:Hi Daniella. Given how severe the symptoms are that you describe, it is best that you take your canine companion to local vet for exam and likely blood work and/or x rays to sort out the many possible causes, depending on age, etc. I would try pepcid AC at dose of one half mg per pound twice daily over the counter until you can get to vet for workup and diagnosis, but try and get there ASAP.

Date: Jul 5, 2017
Category: Vomiting
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Excessive drooling and vomiting

Question:I have a 10 year old male, unaltered Rottweiler, a week or so ago, after eating, he began to salivate excessively. So much so, that he was having trouble swallowing it all, then be began to foam/bubble from the drooling, then within a few moments he vomited. There have been no changes to his diet, he eats from a raised bowl, he doe not devour his food, no pattern changes at all. We took him into the vet/Banfield, and we even showed a video of what happens. The only made the suggestions that we are already doing. (raised food bowl, smaller amounts of food) We feed him twice a day, and over the past 10 days, this has occurred about 5-7 times. We have even begun to spoon feed him to make sure that he eats smaller amounts and smaller bites. He is not gulping his food, and we are only feeding him small amounts at a time. Before I begin reading all of the horrific possibilities on the internet, any suggestions would be appreciated.

Answer:Dogs will drool like that when they are nauseous - many things can cause nausea and vomiting (kidney disease, liver disease, dietary indiscretion, food intolerance, intestinal parasites, toxins, etc etc etc) so it is really hard for me to say. Have your veterinarian run more tests on him if he doesn't improve (blood work, x-rays, etc.).

Date: Jul 2, 2017
Category: Vomiting
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Vomiting

Question:My Labrador is 6 months old and is vomiting for the past 3 days. Earlier it was only fluid ....slightly thick and green. But the third day he vomit after 3 hours of having food and he vomited the whole good he ate. Please help I am worried

Answer:Dogs can vomit for a LOT of different reasons: dietary indiscretion, GI viruses, toxins, kidney disease, liver disease, foreign body, intestinal parasites, etc. etc. so you really need to visit your veterinarian and have some tests run - they can also prescribe some medication that will help him feel better.

Date: Jun 27, 2017
Category: Vomiting
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: poisoning?

Question:my friends dog won't eat, has a bloody stool, & is vomiting.. what can she do?

Answer:Many things can cause these symptoms (parvovirus, intestinal parasites, poisoning, etc) but they are all serious and are all treated differently, so she needs to take her dog to a veterinarian for a diagnosis and treatment.

Date: Jun 22, 2017
Category: Vomiting
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Dog threw up

Question:Hi, my dog threw up about 5 hours after eating. The substance looked like partially digested food and I did not notice anything else. The other day he had gotten into a few Hershey kisses and ate the wrappers but as far as I can tell it was all passed. He is 11.8 lbs jack Russell. I gave him part of a cerenia tab shortly after he got sick. A few months ago he had gotten foreign object removal of hard plastic that had been in his stomach months before I adopted him. He still tries to get in to stuff but he still has an appieite. The only thing I can think is that I usually incorporate wet and dry food but have only fed dry for two days. He also eats very fast and tends not to actually eat the kibble.

Answer:If it was just once, it may not be a big deal - especially because he still has an appetite. It shouldn't be from the chocolate - that will usually cause them to vomit the same day. Cerenia is a very good anti-emetic and should keep him from vomiting for about 12-24 hours - when they vomit while they are on Cerenia I start to worry about them. Dogs that swallow foreign objects tend to be chronic offenders so keep an eye on him.

Date: Jun 17, 2017
Category: Vomiting
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Poisoning or cold

Question:My husband and two babies all contracted a virus (fever, diarrhea, sore throat, vomiting). Just as we got over it, our pomeranian started getting sick. He has been sitting around for a couple days, not really eating just drinking and vomiting. I noticed his skin seems darker. I'm concerned that maybe it might not just be our cold. Maybe he ate something poisonous? What should I be looking for?

Answer:It is really rare for one of our viruses to cross species and infect our dogs, so it's probably not that. Dogs vomit for many different reasons (viruses, dietary indiscretion, parasites, poison, kidney disease, liver disease, blockage, etc) so have your veterinarian check him out as soon as you can.

Date: Jun 13, 2017
Category: Vomiting
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Throwing up and eatinggrass

Question:Small dog was fine today. Tonight anxious throwing up eating grass throwing up again. Trying to poop. Should i take hhert to emergency

Answer:Yes, it is ideal for someone to check her out sooner rather than later because they can vomit for many different reasons - some are not that big of a deal (dietary indiscretion, etc) but others can be life threatening (parvovirus, toxins, etc).

Date: May 31, 2017
Category: Vomiting
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Vomiting ever few days

Question:Hi My pet has been vomiting over the last 2 weeks, roughly 5/6 times in total spread over the two weeks. She seems happy and healthy. What could be causing these random spurts of sickness? When she has been sick she has brought bile up on its own but most of the time she brings up her food. I've also noticed she isn't always pooping much. She used to go 3-4 times s day now it's twice a day. She is 11 months old Bichon Thanks

Answer:Dogs will vomit for many different reasons: food hypersensitivities, intestinal parasites, conformational problems (like hiatal hernias), toxins, kidney disease, liver disease, etc etc. Work with your veterinarian to find the underlying cause. If she is still eating puppy food, now might be a good time to slowly transition her to adult food.

Date: May 31, 2017
Category: Vomiting
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Dog is sick

Question:I have about a 5-6 month old German shepherd/lab mix. Over the past two days, she has completely lost her energy, appetite, and has been vomiting. She has been getting into our cat food, but today she doesn't want to eat her own food (or even the cat food) and has been sleeping almost all day. She had an accident in the house yesterday and her stool was solid at first, but then runny. She's been eating grass, and all she wants to do is cuddle and sleep. Could this be parvo? What could be wrong with her? I'm really worried.

Answer:There are many things it could be including parvovirus. Have her tested as soon as you can - the sooner treatment is started, the better success she will have.

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.


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