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Why is my dog vomting?

Your dog could vomit for a variety of reasons. The key is to work out whether it was simply a once-off regurgitation or vomit, or a serious health issue that requires a medical check-up.
 
A vomit is a forced contraction from the stomach resulting in the production of fluid and or food.
 
While you may have just witnessed your dog bringing its food back up, that doesn't necessarily mean it vomited.
 
Dr Adam Sternberg from Greencross Vets Brookvale says regurgitation, which does not involve stomach contractions, is often mistaken for vomiting. 
 
Regurgitation is a little more spontaneous, requires less effort and usually happens once to bring up undigested food.
 
Vomiting on the other hand is often a symptom of a much more serious health problem. It is preceded by drooling, lip licking and swallowing. Here are some reasons why your dog may have vomited:
Prolonged vomiting can be very dangerous and lead to other health issues. 
 
Dr Sternberg says to head to your local Greencross Vets  if your dog vomits blood, bile or water after drinking. Also see your vet if you suspect your dog ate a bone or toy, is lethargic or off its food.
 
Dr Sternberg adds that if your dog has vomited more than twice, then it's time to see the vet.
 
“In an otherwise healthy, bright and alert dog that is eating, drinking, interested in its surrounds and has no diarrhoea, one or two vomits may be ok, providing it is no more than this,” says Dr Sternberg says.
 
“But make sure the dog looks, acts and appears happy and the vomiting is not getting worse.”
 

Information for the vet

If your pet shows any of the above warning signs, visit your local Greencross Vets as soon as possible with the following information:
  • How often your pet has vomited
  • When and what it last ate
  • A description of the vomit or a sample
  • Whether your dog also has diarrhoea and when it started
 

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