If you’re a dog owner you’ve probably seen your pet throw up at least once or twice. Chances are you don’t know why your dog is throwing up though and probably find yourself asking “why does my dog throwing up?”
There could be a number of reasons: perhaps the dog ate something disagreeable, they’re coming down with something or maybe they have gastroesophageal (acid) reflux.
In order to prevent your dog from throwing up in the future:
- Never change their diet unexpectedly
- When changing a dog’s diet it needs to be a gradual process to prevent them from getting an upset stomach.
- Don’t give them toys they could swallow
- Don’t give them dog bones
- Believe it or not, often times dog bones are the cause of them throwing up.
- Make sure your dog isn’t digging through the trash
- Always pay attention to what your dog may be eating.
- Sometimes when out and about, a muzzle is suggested to ensure you dog doesn’t get into anything that could make them sick.
If your dog does throw up:
- Remove any food that may be available to them
- Check to see if they’re in shock or dehydrated
- Do they have pale skin or gums?
- Are they acting funny?
- Have they collapsed or gone unconscious?
Dehydration can be spotted by lightly pulling the dog’s skin if it does not readily return to its original place your dog may be dehydrated. Xerostomia is another sign of dehydration, this is when the dog’s gums become dry and sticky, while the saliva becomes thick.
If the answer is yes to any of these seek vet attention immediately.