First of all we must distinguish regurgitation (expulsion of a foreign body) from vomiting (expulsion of the gastrointestinal contents).
In the first case, undigested food is usually expelled that arrives from the esophagus (not the stomach) without abdominal effort and which, if it occurs sporadically, should not worry.
Regurgitation occurs even if the animal has ingested a toxic or poisonous substance, in which case the body will quickly try to expel it. Even if expelled, the harmful substance may have contaminated the animal, so it is always advisable to consult your veterinarian.
Vomiting in dogs can depend on various causes, a simple cold, a too hasty meal, a prolonged fast, a temporary discomfort which normally do not represent a serious risk to his health.
In the event that the episode were to be repeated several times, it should be taken as an alarm bell that warns us of the presence of a more serious symptom, such as a viral or parasitic infectious disease, an inflammatory disorder or a metabolic disease. .
Always remember that puppies, elderly or already sick dogs are at risk of dehydration and therefore require more attention.
It is good practice before accompanying our four-legged friend to the vet, to note down and above all to report to the doctor the frequency and type of vomiting produced by our dog.
This will help the doctor who, following a complete blood test, urinalysis, x-rays, endoscopy or other laboratory tests, can determine the cause of the dog’s stomach problem.
Liquid or semi-solid
Foamy, viscous, or clear vomit is different from vomiting which includes partially digested food.
If the vomit is semi-solid it is often due to something that has been ingested and that the body is trying to eliminate. If, on the other hand, the vomit is liquid it can be an indicator of a possible serious disease.
The main types of vomiting and their causes:
The main causes can be gastritis, reflux, indigestion.
The blood may appear as fresh blood, formed clots, or digested blood that resembles coffee grounds.
This is definitely bile, and it can especially happen in the morning when your dog’s stomach is empty.
If the dog’s vomit is liquid, check if it is water or something else, because in this case the reasons can be serious.
If vomiting occurs in a non-occasional manner, a visit is essential.
If you smell feces / urine in your vomit (likely consequence of intestinal obstruction / kidney failure) a visit is essential.
If you find any blood or bile, a visit is essential.
If the vomit is watery, but it is not regurgitation of water, a visit is essential.
Attention, everything reported in this article simply wants to be of help to our readers to allow them to recognize some pathologies related to gastrointestinal problems. As always, when there are any dysfunctions or problems related to your pet’s health, we suggest that you promptly consult your trusted veterinarian.
The staff of Nuova Fattoria Srl.