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Help! My Dog Keeps Throwing Up

Posted December 19, 2014 in Dog Diseases & Conditions A-Z

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As an emergency critical care specialist, vomiting is the #1 reason why I see dogs presenting to the animal ER. So, if you notice that your dog keeps throwing up, how many times is too many before you decide to bring him in for a veterinary visit?

In a previous blog, Dr. Nancy Kay discussed what you need to understand about your dog’s vomiting. She talked about some important observations to note including:

  • Frequency
  • Time of day
  • Material found in the vomit
  • Anything unusual that might have been ingested
  • Normal diet
  • All other symptoms observed

When is a vomiting dog an emergency?
I’ll add in a few other rules for vomiting that make it a “must” to bring your dog into the ER (even in the middle of the night!). While this list isn’t all-inclusive, if you notice any of these signs, get to a veterinarian stat!

  • Multiple attempts to retch without bringing anything up. This is one of the most common signs for the life-threatening condition, gastric dilatation volvulus (or “bloat”).
  • Vomiting with A distended abdomen
  • Vomiting  and not wanting to get up
  • Vomiting and collapse
  • Vomiting and pale gums
  • Vomiting and a racing heart rate
  • Not able to hold water or ice down for more than 12-24 hours, sooner if it’s a puppy or neonate
  • Vomiting more than 6X in a day
  • History of getting into something that can cause a foreign body (like eating a sock or corn-on-the-cob 2 days before!)

Also get to the veterinarian if:

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Justine has more than 18 years of experience in the veterinary industry and is a board-certified emergency critical care veterinary specialist and toxicologist as well as the CEO and founder of Vetgirl. She is also a founding member of IDEXX’s Pet Health Network team.