How To Respond When Your Dog Is Vomiting

Posted on: 16 March 2023

When your dog starts to vomit, it can become very nerve-racking. However, many times when your dog vomits there is nothing too serious happening. They may have eaten something that did not sit well with their digestive system. Vomiting is a way to naturally protect their gut health.

There are times, however, when your dog vomits, and it may be problematic. Here's a closer look at why your dog may be vomiting. 

When You Should Be Concerned

You should not automatically be concerned when your dog starts to vomit. As mentioned before your dog may vomit simply because they have eaten something that doesn't agree with its stomach and vomiting is a form of protection. 

However, if your dog vomits more than once throughout the day and there is blood in that vomit, there is reason to be concerned. If this type of vomiting also comes with lethargy or other unusual behaviors from your pet. Call your vet and have your dog examined.

What to Do Immediately After Your Dog Vomits

Once your dog vomits you may be wondering how soon afterward you should give them food and water. It is always best to wait a few hours. You should always have water available for your pet but do not force it on them. They will drink when they feel ready. 

Once your dog doesn't vomit for several hours you can start giving them small portions of food and water. If they vomit this as well, it's a sign that something more serious is happening.

Give Bland Foods After Vomiting Occurs

You may be wondering what kind of food you should give your dog a few hours after they have vomited. As a rule, you should give them bland foods, such as boiled chicken and white rice to start with, in small amounts.

See how well they digest this and then you can make a decision about how much more to give them after that. If everything goes well you can resume their regular diet soon after. When your dog starts vomiting it can be unnerving for most pet owners. However, when your dog vomits it is not necessarily because they are seriously ill. 

If vomiting is not persistent then take the actions that have been discussed here. If your pet's vomiting becomes persistent then it's time to take them to see the vet, or at the very least give the vet a call. 

Reach out to a local veterinary clinic to learn more.