Forceful ejection of content from stomach and intestine through mouth is known as vomiting. Vomiting is very common and frequently observed in cats and dogs. It could be a sign of illness or change in the health of your pet.
Vomit occurs by contraction of diaphragm and abdominal muscles. Usually dogs vomit after eating grass. But if you notice that your dog is vomiting more than once, contact your vet immediately. Vomit indicates that your dog may have swallowed some toxic substances or may be suffering from any serious condition which need immediate medical attention. Vomit also helps in diagnosing a disease. Although its colour, appearance, smell, severity of vomit vary in different diseases.
Here are the causes of vomiting:
- Sudden change in diet
- Ingestion of Garbage
- Ingestion of foreign bodies like bones,toys or balls
- Ingestion of toxic substances
- Food poisoning
- Accumulation of gases
- Bacterial infection
- Viral infection
- Internal intestinal parasites
- Infection of the intestines
- Emotions such as fear, anger, pain or stress may induce bouts of vomiting.
- Irregular vomiting over a long period of time could be a sign of cancer, kidney dysfunction or liver disease.
Here is what you need to make note of and must report to the vet:
- If there is Blood in the vomit
- Colour of vomit
- Smell of vomit
- Its appearance – if it is just liquid or contains food
- Severe dehydration could be seen due to heavy loss of water through vomit.
If your furry buddy continues to vomit take him to the vet immediately for effective treatment.