Dogs of all ages can get sick for a number of reasons, and the source of the illness is sometimes unclear. While the problem is not always serious, it is important to have a qualified veterinarian take a look and diagnose the problem. Read on to find out when to take your dog to the vet for vomiting.
Vomiting Versus Regurgitation
Sometimes when you see your dog vomiting, he is not actually vomiting at all. Regurgitation occurs when food that your dog has yet to digest comes back out before it is broken down. Vomiting, on the other hand, might remove potentially dangerous material or food that cannot be digested from your dog’s stomach. Vomiting and regurgitation can stem from different issues, but it is important to call your vet if either happens continuously.
Shock or Dehydration
For a dog that does not understand what is happening, vomiting can be a scary experience. It is important to check to see if your dog is in shock after a substantial bout of vomiting. A dog in shock might show paler skin or gums than usual, and your puppy may even collapse. Frequent vomiting can also lead to dehydration, which is another dangerous issue in animals. Call your veterinarian or your local animal hospital if your dog continues to vomit and appears to show signs of shock or dehydration.
Diagnosing the Problem
It can be difficult to understand why your dog is vomiting. Fortunately your veterinarian is trained to find the root of the problem. Even if your dog has stopped vomiting, it is wise to take your furry companion to the vet or animal hospital for a proper diagnosis so you and your vet can devise a successful treatment plan.
It is not always clear when you should take your dog to the vet, but it is always best to err on the side of caution. Horizon Animal Hospital provides an array of veterinary services and would be happy to treat your dog. If you ever have any concerns, feel free to call us at (480) 800-4559 or visit our website.
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