When you have a dog that vomits often, you understandably feel frustrated with the situation. After all, cleaning up after your dog vomits is not any fun.
You are likely also worried and concerned about your dog's well-being and wondering what is causing their stomach issues. There are many different possible culprits to your dog's frequent vomiting.
Some of these issues are easy to deal with, while others may be more significant health concerns. Learn more about some of the potential causes of your dog's vomiting. Then you can get them the care they need as soon as possible.
Eating Too Fast
One of the most common causes of vomiting in dogs is simply that they consume their food too quickly. Oftentimes, dogs that are fed around other dogs have this issue. This is because they feel as if they have food competition, meaning if they do not eat their food right away, another dog will. Some dogs even react this way if cats are around while they eat.
Other dogs just tend to eat quickly because they enjoy the taste of the food or have simply gotten into the habit of eating fast. Luckily, solutions are available to help with this issue. One option is to feed your dog in an isolated area away from other pets, eliminating the perceived competition for their food.
Another option is to feed your dog several small meals throughout the day instead of one or two large meals. And a third option is to get a special food dish that forces your dog to eat more slowly. These dishes usually look like a maze, and the food is separated out into different sections of the bowl.
Eating a Foreign Object
One of the more serious issues that can cause vomiting in your dog is the eating of a foreign object. For example, if your dog tends to eat their toys, your clothing, or even cat litter, they may have a foreign object blockage in their digestive tract.
Foreign objects are items that are not digestible. Dogs can sometimes eat a foreign object and be fine, passing the object through their stool. However, larger objects or pieces of fabric that can get tangled up in the digestive tract are another story.
These objects can cause either partial or full blockages of the intestinal tract. This means that waste that passes through the stomach cannot be processed properly through the intestines and eliminated in stool. As a result, your dog's digestive system will run out of room for new food coming into the body and your dog will vomit.
Intestinal blockages, even partial ones are serious business. Your dog will need veterinary care to remove the foreign object from their intestines as well as clean out the waste that is backed up in the digestive tract.
If waste is allowed to sit in the intestines or stomach for too long, it can cause necrosis (the death of tissue) or perforations (tears in the intestines or stomach). Both of these issues can be fatal if your dog does not get treatment immediately.
Kidney or Liver Problems
Some dogs experience vomiting that has nothing to do with what or how they eat. For example, vomiting can be a sign of severe kidney or liver problems in dogs.
Liver disease in dogs can occur for many reasons but often is associated with the aging process. Both liver and kidney disease can occur if your dog ingests certain toxins or develops bacterial infections that are not treated in time.
Dogs vomit from these issues because both the kidneys and liver are responsible for ridding the body of toxins and waste. When they are not functioning properly, these substances build up, causing nausea and vomiting.
Both kidney and liver disease and even failure are treatable. Dietary changes, medications, and even dialysis can help your dog recover from liver and kidney issues, but treatment is only effective if the problems are caught early.
Knowing these possible causes for your dog's vomiting, make an appointment with your veterinarian as soon as possible.