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From Jim’s Desk~~~2/20/2010~~~ Sudden On-Set of Vomiting in Dogs

From Jim’s Desk~~~2/20/2010~~~
Sudden On-Set of Vomiting in Dogs

It is not uncommon for dogs (and cats) to vomit from time to time. They might have eaten something that upset their stomachs, or just have sensitive digestive systems. However, it becomes acute when the vomiting does not stop and when there is nothing left in the stomach to throw up except bile (a yellow fluid). It is important you take your pet to a veterinarian in these types of cases.  These important health tips for your dogs are courtesy of our friends at PetMD.

While vomiting may have a simple, straightforward cause, it may be an indicator of something far more serious. It is also problematic because it can have a wide range of causes, and determining the correct one may be quite complicated.

Some symptoms to watch for:

  • Vomiting that will not stop
  • Pain and distress
  • Weakness
  • Bright blood in the vomit or stool,  or
  • Evidence of dark blood in the vomit or stool (melena)

Causes can be:

  • Dietary indiscretion
  • Change in diet
  • Gobbling food/eating too fast
  • Intolerance to a particular food (i.e., be careful feeding pets food intended for humans)
  • Allergic reaction to a particular food
  • Obstructing objects
  • Acute inflammation of stomach (gastroenteritis)
  • Parasites (e.g., whipworms, roundworms, giardia)
  • Dislocation of the stomach (prone in deep-chested dogs; very critical)
  • Tumors
  • Metabolic disorders (e.g., kidney disease)

Your vet can diagnose a cause & offer a treatment regimen, such as:

  • Dietary changes
  • Medication to control the vomiting (e.g., cimetidine, anti-emetic)
  • Antibiotics, in the case of bacterial ulcers
  • Corticosteroids to treat inflammatory bowel disease.

Finally, always follow the recommended treatment plan from your veterinarian. Do not experiment with medications or food. Pay close attention to your pet and if it does not improve, return to your veterinarian for a follow-up evaluation.


  1. Nick posted on February 21, 2010:

    Have you come across any of these signs in your day-to-day work?

  2. Quick Scoop posted on February 22, 2010:

    I occasionally do see instances in which some my clients’ dogs do vomit in the yard–it’s mostly if they have gotten hold and eaten some non-food items which don’t agree with them…I then let the customer know in the service day calling-card I leave…
    I see more instances of diarrhea and loose stools, which I alert the customer’s the same way…

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