How to Prevent Your Dog From Throwing Up

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Vomiting is not uncommon for a dog. If it only happens once, it may not necessarily lead to panic, but if it happens again throughout the day, then you should call your veterinarian,  because with vomiting there are severe cases that can lead to a dog's death. When a dog vomits, it could be because they have overeaten, swallowed something they shouldn't have, or it can also be associated with systemic and gastrointestinal disorders.

It's important to keep an eye on your dog after vomiting, throughout the day and maybe even more. It is also a good idea to check the area where your dog has been. Do you see anything he could've possibly eaten? Of course, it's better to prevent the situation from happening altogether, so let's start with that.

The reasons why a dog may throw up are broad.


1. Gastroenteritis

This is an inflammation of the gastrointestinal tract, usually your dog's stomach, and intestines. It can be originated by parasites, bacteria or viruses that enter the dog's body.

Preventative Solutions

Dietary Changes

Avoid feeding your dog acidic foods and ask your vet about changing their diet, at least for a period of time, so your dog can adjust to different types of foods.

Probiotics

Ask your veterinarian about probiotic products. They will help keep gastroenteritis away. You might also consider giving your dog a dose of one to two teaspoons a day of active yogurt with no artificial colors or sweeteners.


2. Intestinal Parasites

These are parasites that can live inside your dog's gastrointestinal tract. They can be protozoa, tapeworms, hookworms, whipworms, and roundworms.

Preventive Solutions

Deworming

It should be done early and repeatedly for it to prevent an infection by parasites adequately. Which one and how often should be something you'll discuss with your vet since it depends on the area you live in and the dog's lifestyle.

Environment

You should always keep your dog away from places that can be contaminated. Use your best judgment. If it's something you wouldn't want to touch, don't let your dog eat it.


3. Heat Stroke

Heat stroke is caused by hot weather or the environment, like leaving your dog inside a car or not providing him shade from the sun.

Preventive Solutions

Awareness

Being aware of the conditions that may cause heat stroke is important. Dogs which have a history of seizure or heart disease, obese or old are more prone to heat stroke. Shih Tzus, Pugs, St Bernards, Boxers, and Bulldogs do not tolerate heat well so never allow them to stay in hot places.

Grooming

Trimming should be considered in dogs who have thick and long fur. However, don't do the trimming yourself since doing it wrong can increase the risk of a heat stroke, because hair protects the skin from direct sunlight.

Water and Shade

Provide your dog with easy access to shade and water, especially if they are staying outside. If the area is hot, you can put some ice on the ground to make it cooler as it melts.


4. Bloat

It is an expansion of the dog's stomach when it is filled with fluid, food or gas. It can be caused by eating quickly, exercising after eating, overeating, or due to hereditary issues.

Preventive Solutions

Avoid exercise after eating

Don't let your dog run after eating.

Food

If possible, avoid feeding your dog a grain-based pet food since this type of processed food can lead to a higher risk of bloating.

Fruit

Don't mix fruit with their protein meal since dogs digest them differently and that combination could lead to bloating.


5. Pancreatitis

It is the inflammation of the pancreas, which is treatable. However, if left untreated for a long time, it can cause severe damage to your dog's pancreas and can even result in brain damage. Pancreatitis is caused by obesity, hypercalcemia, lipemia, toxins, or trauma to the pancreas.

Preventive Solutions

Food

Choose a low-fat diet and avoid fatty foods. Your vet can prescribe which types of dog food can your pet eat and which ones you should avoid.

Diet

A high-quality protein diet is recommended for dogs with pancreatitis. On the other hand, a grain-based diet should be avoided.


Good Care for Prevention

Preventing the causes that lead to vomiting can provide beneficial effects to both you and your pet.

A healthy dog means there will be no waste of time, energy, and money since you will not need the help and service of a veterinarian, aside from regular visits, of course.

A healthy dog will feel more comfortable with other dogs, which may open new friendships for you as well, by meeting other dog owners.

Pay attention to what your dog eats while you're out and about, but also at home.