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How to Understand the Cause of Your Dog's Vomiting

Usually when a dog vomits, your biggest worry is having to clean up the mess. But vomiting can also be a sign of serious illness, so recognize the signs of a larger problem.


  • Step 1: Recognize the most common causes of vomiting Recognize the most common causes of vomiting. These include trying to eat something indigestible, overeating, eating too fast, undergoing too much physical exertion after eating, motion sickness, stress, and worms.
  • TIP: If a dog throws up occasionally, it probably isn't a serious problem.
  • Step 2: Recognize the possibility of serious illness Understand that vomiting can be a sign of serious illness. Possible illnesses include ulcers, kidney or liver failure, parvovirus,, pancreatitis, diabetes, acute gastritis, intestinal obstruction, food allergies, and poisoning.
  • Step 3: Pay attention to sudden and repeated vomiting Pay attention to vomiting that is sudden and repeated. This constitutes a medical emergency. Possible causes include an abdominal obstruction or bloat.
  • Step 4: Consider chronic vomiting If the vomiting extends over more than 2 weeks, take the dog to a veterinarian. Possible causes include food allergies, pancreatitis, and inflammatory bowel disease. By taking care of your pet, both you and the dog will feel better.
  • FACT: The common ancestor of wolves, coyotes, and domestic dogs was a wolf-like animal known today as tomarctus.

You Will Need

  • Common causes
  • Signs of serious illness
  • Signs of medical emergency
  • Signs of chronic illness

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