My Dog is Vomiting
My dog is vomiting. What is the cause of this? What do I do? Vomiting in dogs is a very common incident and can arise from a wide variety of causes, from simple gastritis to compound diseases of other body systems. Most persons tend to confuse vomiting with regurgitation not knowing that they are totally different. Vomiting describes the expelling of particles such as food, fluids, debris from the stomach or small intestine due to corresponding movements of the gastrointestinal and nervous systems. Regurgitation is a sign of disease in the esophagus, such as obstructions (foreign bodies such as a stick, bone or toy, or a stricture), esophagitis (inflammation of the esophagus) or megaesophagus (dilatation of the esophagus due to weakening of the smooth muscle). The main difference between regurgitation and vomiting is that it takes little or no effort for your dog to regurgitate, while vomiting is accompanied by strong abdominal contractions and takes much effort. So before you say “help my dog is vomiting”! Take time to observe the canine and differentiate the ailment. The most common causes of vomiting are often times dietary related, either through dietary recklessness (e.g. overeating, eating overly rich or spoiled food) which causes sudden vomiting, or adverse food reactions (food allergies) which can cause long term and alternating vomiting.
Vomiting itself is indeed a symptom and not a disease. It is good to take note of the color of your dog’s vomit. If the vomit is yellow, this simple means that the poor creature is hungry. In most cases dog owners have absolutely nothing to be worried about as a canine could be vomiting due to over eating. Here are many natural remedies to treat vomiting so if you see your pup throwing up; here are some treatment options:
· Unflavored pedialyte or Gatorade can be used to settle the stomach and prevent dehydration.
· Beef and chicken broth can also supply a few proteins for strength
My Dog Has Diarrhea
My dog has diarrhea is the next in line common ailment of canines. This can also surface due to poor diet. Additionally, anything that inflames or irritates the lining of your pet’s intestine will cause diarrhea. When your pet’s body senses that something is in its intestine that shouldn’t be there, it try’s to get it out as rapidly as possible. Severe diarrhea is most grave in very young, very old and very small pets. They can become harshly dehydrated very quickly. Dehydration in small pets and frail elderly animals can be fatal. When it is a minor case of diarrhea giving the animal fluid such as pedialyte would be sufficient. However, if your dog starts to experience symptoms such as weight lost or dehydration, pets need to be hospitalized for proper treatment.
Diarrhea in Puppies
Diarrhea in puppies can be caused by viruses and parasites. Some puppies at times get diarrhea from the excitement/stress of being away and then coming home. This is not to be ignored as it could be the result of a parasite or even worms. Ignoring diarrhea in a puppy lowers the immune system, and can dehydrate even an adult dog. Diarrhea can be treated at home in the early stages, and if caught early your pup can make a complete recovery without the risk of complication. The key with diarrhea is to stop it fast before it turns into secondary diarrhea with dehydration. Once the immune system is down, it is an invitation for other problems. Diarrhea in puppies is not uncommon, more so if a new brand of dog food is introduced to the pup’s diet or if they get into the garbage. Some mild cases diarrhea may respond to some of these natural remedies:
· Wait for 24 hours before feeding your puppy, however give lots of water to prevent dehydration
· When food is reintroduced, start with small amounts of easily digestible food. Cooked white rice, boiled chicken breasts or boiled hamburger will soothe your puppy’s stomach, or choose cooked pasta, canned pumpkin puree or mashed potatoes.
· Dietary fiber absorbs water in the stomach and may help to firm your puppy’s loose stools.
Vomiting and diarrhea are often symptoms of an underlying dog disease. There are many diseases to which these two ailments can attribute to. Some of these are:
· Inflammatory Bowel Disease
· Intestinal Tumors
· Bacterial or fungal infection
If after a period of administering the suggested home remedies, there is no change in your canine, a visit to the vet would be my best advice.
Written by: Trifena Henry