What is vomiting?
All dogs vomit from time to time and usually the cause is trivial, possibly associated with normal scavenging behaviour with the dog recovering quickly. However in some cases, the cause of the vomiting can be more serious or even life-threatening. Owners should be particularly concerned if their dog's vomiting is severe, ongoing or drawn out.
Symptoms include ejection of material from a dog's mouth and retching.
What causes vomiting?
There are numerous causes of vomiting including the ingestion of foreign objects (rubber toys, stones etc), parasite infestations, motion sickness, dietary problems, metabolic diseases (liver or kidney disease etc), toxins and gastrointestinal infections.
It's advisable to withhold food after a dog vomits for up to 12 hours and gradually reintroduce a bland food in small portions. The dog should also be given small amounts of water regularly to ensure adequate hydration. If vomiting persists, contact your vet who will be able to advise on the appropriate investigation and treatment.