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Why is my dog vomiting?

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Do you know what causes your four-legged friend to vomit? If not, I wanted to answer that question for you today. As it turns out, there can be many causes of vomiting in your dog. Contrary to appearances, they are not only associated with indigestion.

The dog’s gag reflex warns his body that something terrible is happening to the dog. Many different factors can cause vomiting in a dog. The dog behaves this way after deliberately eating grass, but also in the case of stomach problems or sunstroke.

What you will learn from this article:

  • There are many reasons why dogs vomit
  • Your dog may intentionally induce vomiting by eating grass
  • Dog vomiting can be caused by sunstroke

The dog vomits

My dog’s health is essential to me. As soon as I notice that something disturbing is happening to my dog, I try to monitor his well-being on an ongoing basis. The faster my reaction will be in such a situation, the faster the chances for the dog to recover from the disease.

One of the signs of ill health in your four-legged friend can be vomiting. What’s more, I think it’s worth mentioning that the dog’s body reacts this way, not only to stomach problems. Your dog may also vomit due to other ailments.

That’s why I want to tell you what could be causing your dog’s ill health. Assuming that the dog is vomiting because he ate something inappropriate may cause you to misdiagnose his ailment. Consequently, the steps you take to help your dog will be ineffective.

Why is my dog ​​vomiting

Your dog’s health is in your hands. It is up to you whether the dog will receive help just when he needs it. Therefore, when you take care of a dog, you must be aware of how much responsibility you have from now on.

Below I will provide a list of situations that most often cause vomiting in your four-legged friend.

Dog eating grass

Often your dog tries to induce a gag reflex on his own. The most effective way to do this is for the dog to eat grass. Its strong structure irritates the dog’s throat, causing him to vomit.

Why does the dog behave this way? Typically, dogs eat grass when they experience digestive problems. By inducing a gag reflex, they want to eliminate the unpleasant ailment. You can read more about it in my other post. You will find it HERE.

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Dog digestive problems

Digestive problems are the most common cause of dog vomiting, as is the case with humans. Food poisoning is a fairly common ailment that can also affect your four-legged friend. What it comes from?

I think you know very well that your dog can’t pass by something that he thinks is a delicious treat, e.g. scattered food scraps next to a garbage can in the park. Even if you watch your pet closely during joint outings, you still look away from the canine for a moment.

Dogs can take advantage of this situation almost immediately. If the dog eats something not entirely dangerous, he will undoubtedly regurgitate it sooner or later. However, if you notice that he has eaten something problematic, such as spoiled meat or a decomposing animal, you must visit the vet as soon as possible.

Dog fatigue

Vomiting is one of the reactions of the dog’s body to extreme fatigue. If the dog makes an effort beyond its strength, it may result in vomiting reflexes.

Therefore, if your four-legged friend starts vomiting after some joint activity, maybe this sport is not for him. That can happen, for example, after running together with the dog or climbing. At first glance, you may think that your dog is doing great. However, it can be affected by adrenaline. Later, the dog’s body signals that it was too much effort for him.

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Dog motion sickness

Yes, dogs and humans can get motion sickness. Therefore, one of the causes of your dog’s vomiting may be a car trip.

Perhaps your dog feels the discomfort of travelling only when he spends a lot of time in the car. Therefore, you do not always have to feel bad after driving a car. If you usually take your four-legged friend on short trips and you don’t feel bad about it, it doesn’t mean that there are no problems with driving a car.

Motion sickness, which causes your dog to vomit, may be problematic for him only after a long trip. Observe your dog’s behaviour to ensure that his discomfort is not due to motion sickness.

If you want to learn more about travelling by car with your four-legged friend, I refer you to my other entry devoted to this topic. You will find it HERE.

Dog food allergy

Food allergies may be the cause of your dog’s vomiting. Perhaps your four-legged friend is allergic to some food ingredient. When the food he eats contains a dangerous allergen, his body develops an allergic reaction. Its symptom may be tiring the dog’s vomiting reflexes.

If you suspect your dog has a food allergy, consult your veterinarian. Ignoring this situation can negatively affect the dog’s health. The solution to your dog’s problems will most likely be to exclude the allergy-causing ingredient from your dog’s daily diet.

Sunstroke

In the summer, we spend a lot of our free time outdoors. My four-legged friend loves to play outside. Without a doubt, spring and summer are his favourite seasons.

I remember covering my head with a cap or hat on very sunny days. Unfortunately, this solution is impossible for my four-legged friend. Therefore, in such situations, my task is to ensure that the dog does not spend too much time in full sun on hot days.

While the dog’s instinct often tells him what his body needs, so he can hide in the shade on his own if he feels the need. However, this is not always the case. What’s more, very often, sunstroke occurs during a much shorter time in the sun than we think.

Vomiting is one of the symptoms of dog sunstroke. Very often, this is how the dog’s body reacts to this situation. Therefore, if your dog suddenly vomits after being outside on a very sunny and hot day, unfortunately, there is a high probability that the cause of this is sunstroke.

Take care of your pet’s health

If your dog has gag reflexes, then your vigilance should be increased. Usually, health problems cause this reaction in the dog’s body. Consider what may be causing your pet’s vomiting. If you are unsure about this, ask your vet for help.

Does your dog vomit often? What do you think is the most common reason for this? Let me know in the comment below.

If you have any questions or want me to discuss a topic in the next post, share it in the comments section.

Author: Klaudia, great dog lover

The dog by my side teaches me to enjoy every moment and to perceive each subsequent day as a chance for a new, wonderful adventure. While looking for my soul mate, I found it in a dog's wise eyes.

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