Dog Vomiting is a very common problem that all of us as dog owners see periodically.
There are potentially many different causes of dog vomiting. The most common cause is “garbage gut”, this is when your dog eats something he shouldn’t have, and he begins to vomit. Other causes include food allergies, parasites, certain medications, infectious causes (i.e. parvovirus), cancer, liver or kidney disease, pancreatitis, metabolic disorders (thyroid disease or diabetes), physical obstructions such as a ball or a bone, and primary motility disorders (the digestive tract doesn’t contract normally).
The first thing you need to do is assess your dog for dehydration. Continuous vomiting and an inability to keep his water down should be checked within twenty four hours. This could be a serious difficulty for your dog and may require rapid treatment. There could be an obstruction of some sort requiring surgery or IV fluids. If Fido is vomiting only sporadically and still managing to hold in some water, you can than try a couple of home remedies which may help him.
Try fasting. For a twenty four hour period have your dog fast so any inflammation in the stomach can settle and heal up. Only allow a little water and control his intake. There should be no food during this period. When twenty four hours are up, you can begin feeding him boring food such as cooked white rice. Give him the same quantity of rice as you would dog food. In a couple of days begin adding some regular food to the rice. They can begin regular dog food after three days.
If your dog has a food allergy that is making him vomit, you need to change his food variety. Switch to a hypoallergenic food type or start a homemade allergy diet. If nothing else you should give your dog a high quality premium dog food. Most dogs will respond better to an mainly natural diet. Due to the recent pet food debacle you need to observe your dogs food very closely and be attentive to the brands you buy.
Nux Vomica – is an effective homeopathic remedy for dog vomiting. Give 1 tablet of the 30C strength per 40lbs once daily for 3-5 days. Health food stores may supply this herb.
Ginger work for nausea in humans and can help your dog. A tasty addition to curry is also effective for vomiting. The dried herb dose is 25mg per lb or 1 drop per lb twice daily of the tincture.
Acupressure – The ST36 point, found on the outside of the hind leg below the knee can be effective; apply pressure to it for 1 minute twice daily for 3-5 days and see if this works.
Bach Rescue Remedy – can make your pet feel a little better about their illness. Give your pet 3-4 drops by mouth every 6 hours.
Chamomile – This is commonly used in people with mild stomach upset and it may help your pet. Give 30 mg per lb of the dried herb, or 2 drops per lb of the tincture three times daily.
Remember that if your dog is not responding to any of the remedies above, you must get him into a veterinarian as soon as you can for an evaluation. There may be something seriously wrong with your pooch.