Vomiting in Dogs: Causes and Treatment
A dog may vomit simply because he's eaten something disagreeable or gobbled down too much food, too fast. But vomiting can also indicate something far more serious-your dog may have swallowed a toxic substance, or may be suffering from a condition that requires immediate medical attention. Vomiting can also be associated with gastrointestinal and systemic disorders that should be evaluated by a veterinarian.
What Might Cause a Sudden. or Acute, Episode of Vomiting?
Vomiting that occurs sporadically or irregularly over a longer period of time can be due to stomach or intestinal inflammation, severe constipation, cancer, kidney dysfunction, liver disease or systemic illness.
What Should I Do If My Dog Vomits Frequently?
An occasional, isolated bout of vomiting may not be of concern. However, frequent or chronic vomiting can be a sign of a more serious condition, such as colitis, intestinal obstruction or parvovirus. If your dog's vomiting is not an isolated incident, please bring him to the vet right away for a complete examination and diagnostic testing.
What Other Symptoms Should I Watch For?
The causes of vomiting are so varied that sometimes obtaining a diagnosis can be difficult, so it's important to give your veterinarian as much information as possible and indicate if other signs are also occurring. What to watch for:
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