What is Acute Vomiting in Dogs?

Let's talk about what is acute vomiting in dogs.

Any dog or cat owner knows that vomiting happens. Usually you just clean it up and go about your day. However, in some cases your pet's vomiting can be more serious. This article will focus on acute vomiting in dogs.

So, when is vomiting a serious problem? If your dog drank water too fast, ate grass or certain foods it may vomit, this is quite common. However, if your dog keeps vomiting and can't seem to stop or your dog throws up until it can only throw up a yellow type of liquid, it is acute vomiting. Acute vomiting doesn't seem to stop and the dog vomits everything in its stomach including bile which is a fluid that helps digestion.

Other signs that your dog's vomiting is more serious is if your pet appears to be in a lot of pain or distress and there is blood in its vomit or stool. The blood may be either bright or dark colored depending on what the cause is.

If you notice any signs of acute vomiting in your dog you should immediately contact your veterinarian. You may be able to diagnose acute vomiting, but you won't be able to know the underlying cause. Veterinarians often have to run various tests to determine the underlying cause since there is a fairly long list of things that can cause acute vomiting in dogs. Some of the causes tend to be allergic reactions to something eaten, changes in diet, stomach inflammation, heat stroke, parasites such as roundworms, tumors, kidney disease, and liver disease.

Luckily, there are treatments available for acute vomiting. As long as you take your dog to the veterinarian your dog can receive medication that will help them control their vomiting and also medication for the underlying cause of acute vomiting. Antibiotics, corticosteroids, diet changes, and surgery may be used to treat your dog's condition.

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