Your dog just threw up, and you’re concerned that something is really wrong. In some cases, vomiting is a common reaction in dogs to an upset, or even empty, stomach. But there are other, more serious reasons why your dog may be vomiting.  Let’s look at some of the reasons why dogs vomit as well as when you should consider seeking veterinary help.

When to Bring Your Dog to East Valley Animal Hospital

Oftentimes, an isolated incident of throwing up isn’t too concerning. However, you need to watch carefully for these warning signs:

  • Diarrhea with vomiting
  • Dehydration
  • Vomiting more than once within 24 hours or continuous vomiting
  • Projectile vomiting
  • Dry heaves
  • Blood in your dog’s vomit
  • Excessive or lack of water drinking
  • Frequent or minimal urination

Causes of Vomiting in Dogs

There are many different reasons why a dog could vomit. The simplest explanation is upset stomach, but there are reasons for concern as well.  Here is a partial list of what might cause your dog to vomit.

  • Bacterial infection
  • Bloat
  • Car sickness
  • Food intolerance or allergy
  • Heatstroke
  • Intestinal blockage or perforation
  • Kidney failure
  • Medications
  • Pancreatitis
  • Virus
  • Poisoning
  • Liver failure

Upset or Empty Stomach

If your dog occasionally has a stomach upset, he may vomit. In this case, you can withhold your dog’s food for 24 hours and then start him on a very bland diet. This may include cooked skinless chicken and white rice. You can also ask any one of our veterinarians at East Valley Animal Hospital to recommend a prescription food if this is something we have seen your dog for on multiple occasions.

While it is always troubling when your dog is not feeling well, it is often difficult to determine when you need to bring him in. When in doubt, it is usually advisable to seek medical attention if you feel that something is truly wrong. You know your dog better than anyone, but if you have any questions, we recommend calling us at East Valley Animal Hospital and making an appointment to come see us.