Have you ever asked yourself with the question “Why does my dog vomit after eating?”. If yes, this article is for you. There are many reasons why dogs may vomit after eating. For example, dogs are expelling something they should not have eaten. Sometimes, these reasons are just benign. However, there are also cases when vomiting becomes a serious health problem. To know when you should be concerned and what you can do with your dogs vomiting, continue to read on.
What do you need to watch for?
The very first thing to do is to identify the difference between vomiting and regurgitation completely. When we say regurgitation, it just happens passively when there is undigested food coming up out of your dog’s esophagus. Regurgitation is usually not something serious. It is only a sign of an esophageal disorder. However, if regurgitation becomes severe, medical attention should be sought. As a dog owner, you should distinguish regurgitation and vomiting because the two have different causes. Thus, these two conditions should be treated differently as well.
As a dog owner, you should distinguish regurgitation and vomiting because the two have different causes
Vomiting, on the other hand, is an active process. It usually involves contractions of the abdominal walls and is preceded most of the time by nausea, licking lips and swallowing excessively. Vomiting can be one the body’s ways of correcting a mistake.
Why do dogs vomit after eating?
- Transitioning from your dog to a new food
Gastrointestinal issues may arise when there are sudden changes to your dog’s food. You are responsible for introducing your dog to a new food slowly. The transition can range from seven to ten days. It is also a good practice that you have your new food checked by your veterinarian. Also if you see that your dog continues to vomit over time, bring him to your veterinarian as soon as you can. He may have developed an allergy to this new food, or there might be a more serious problem.
Gastrointestinal issues may arise when there are sudden changes to your dog’s food
- Quick eating brought by anxiety
Do you know that anxiety or fear can also cause your dog to eat faster? It will result in overloading of his stomach. This also leads to your dog feeling queasy and increasing acid in his stomach. Then, he throws up. When your dog eats too fast, he does not have the time to chew his food properly especially the larger pieces. Not only this, but your dog is ingesting a significant amount of air to his stomach. If possible, you should feed your dog in an area which is secluded, without any other animals or people around. You can start with small meals, and gradually, you can build back up to a normal-sized dinner once you seel that he is beginning to calm down.
Anxiety or fear leads to your dog feeling queasy and increasing acid in his stomach
- Recent ingestion of grass
Dogs may eat grass for a variety of reasons. They usually eat grass when they are not feeling well. Eating grass can protect the esophagus because the grass can cover sharp objects when the dog vomits.
- Sometimes, one of the reasons why a dog vomits after eating is it could already be a symptom of many potentially serious health problems such as:
- Inflammation bowel disease
- Liver disease
- Kidney disease
- Bacterial, viral or fungal infections
- Pancreatic disease
- Food allergies
- Drug side effects
- Head trauma
What to do when your dog vomits after eating?
- Since there are many causes of vomiting of dogs, the treatments will vary. As a dog owner, the best thing to do is to consult your veterinarian and have your dog checked so his case will be addressed. However, in many cases of vomiting in dogs, it is recommended that you must withhold food for at least 24 hours. You must also provide small amounts of water frequently. Give your dog a bland diet. Your dog may eat rice which is offered in small quantities. If the vomiting does not recur, your dog is already slowly switching back to his normal diet over the course of several days.
In many cases of vomiting in dogs, it is recommended that you must withhold food for at least 24 hours
- In other cases of vomiting, it is necessary for you to modify your dog’s diet permanently. Ask for medical attention so you will be given the right directions if you are unsure of what to give your dog.
- If your dog suffers from dehydration, it is necessary that he will be given subcutaneous or intravenous fluids. Water can sometimes be inadequate if your dog is suffering from diarrhea or vomiting.
- Your dog must take antibiotics if the cause of the vomiting is bacterial. It is also given if the stomach or the intestine has been damaged. An indication of the damage is blood in the stool or vomit. If the intestine or stomach is damaged, it will allow bacteria from the digestive tract to penetrate the bloodstream.
Your dog must take antibiotics if the cause of the vomiting is bacterial
In summary, this article will help you be informed of the causes and treatment of our dog's vomiting after eating. Treating a recurrent vomiting in your dog will require identification and removal of the initiating cause, and then providing the appropriate fluids and medications to soothe the stomach. As a dog owner, you should not panic over an occasional episode of vomiting, but you must take your dog immediately to your veterinarian if the dog is repeatedly vomiting, especially when your dog vomits after eating.