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Causes of Upset Stomach in Dogs

From indigestion to cancer there are a vast number of reasons why your dog may have an upset stomach. While all dogs will vomit occasionally, if your dog vomits or has diarrhea often or continuously it's time to visit the vet for a checkup. Chronic or frequent vomiting or diarrhea are a signs that there is an issue with your dog's health that needs to be addressed.

Contact your vet if your dog is experiencing ongoing or frequent symptoms of an upset stomach. Your vet will be able to examine your dog and run tests if necessary in order to provide an accurate diagnosis of the problem, and provide appropriate treatment.

Some causes of upset stomach in dogs include:

  • Bloat
  • Parvovirus
  • Intestinal Parasites
  • Viral Infection
  • Reaction to Medications
  • Intestinal foreign bodies
  • Heat Stroke
  • Change of Diet
  • Constipation
  • Pancreatitis
  • Kidney Failure
  • Liver Failure
  • Inflammatory bowel disease
  • Toxins or Poisons
  • Ingestion of toxic substances
  • Uterine Infection
  • Stress
  • Stomach ulcers
  • Food sensitivities & allergies
  • Bacterial Infection
  • Cancer

Most of the conditions listed above are treatable, particularly when treated as soon as possible after symptoms appear.

If you're concerned that your dog may be sick, contact our Southeast Memphis vets to book an appointment today.

Dog/Cat Upset Stomach/Vomiting

You should never ignore your pet’s loss of appetite or disregard a vomiting spell. Upset stomachs, lethargy, and frequent vomiting in cats and dogs may not have a serious cause, but leaving the problem unaddressed can lead to more severe problems and dehydration.

Chateau Dog & Cat Hospital in Evansville, IN, can prevent a minor situation from becoming much worse. Our veterinarian team will evaluate the reasons for your pet’s upset stomach and treat their digestive system to keep your them happy and healthy.

Why Pets Vomit

Often, diet can be to blame if your pet frequently vomits. Whether your pet’s regular food disagrees with them or they ate something while you weren’t looking, your furry friend’s stomach can easily be disturbed by what they ingest. Note the contents and color of the bile so you can describe it to your vet. It’s not pretty, but doing this helps our team quickly identify the problem and provide effective treatment.

In other cases, vomiting can be a sign of a more serious health issue, including gastroenteritis, cancer, inflammatory bowel disease, parasites, exposure to toxins or poison, infections, liver or kidney disease, allergies, or side effects from food, drugs, or a disease.

How to Handle a Pet with an Upset Stomach

If your pet throws up, remain calm and don’t punish or shout at your pet. Even house-trained animals can’t control when and where they vomit, especially if they are ill. Chances are, your dog or cat is already feeling sick, confused, and upset, so there’s nothing to be gained from punishment.

Before vomiting, you may notice both dogs and cats eating grass, drooling or licking their lips excessively, or coughing and heaving. Sometimes, your pet may simply be regurgitating a bad meal, but there may be a more dangerous cause behind the discomfort.

Call Chateau Dog & Cat Hospital right away if your pet:

  • Vomits frequently
  • Loses his or her appetite
  • Suffers from diarrhea
  • Projectile vomits (a sign of an obstructed gastrointestinal tract)
  • Urinates less than usual (a sign of dehydration)
  • Has a large or swollen abdomen

Puppies and kittens are especially vulnerable to severe health problems caused by vomiting and diarrhea. Without prompt treatment, baby animals become dehydrated and weak very quickly. Failing to treat a young animal with an upset stomach can be fatal, so call Chateau Dog & Cat Hospital in Evansville, IN, at the first signs of illness. After all, getting a bit of advice or a coming to our veterinary team for a short exam is much easier than dealing with an emergency or losing your pet forever.

If you contact our team and the vomiting is not severe in an adult animal, we may recommend restricting all food for several hours. After that time, we’ll advise you to slowly reintroduce gentle foods, such as white rice, before switching back to regular dog food. Or, depending on the reasons for your pet’s illness, we may suggest trying a new kind of kibble completely. The time and types of food will vary based on the age and size of your dog or cat, so even if you don’t need to visit our office just yet, you can still contact our team for at-home care and advice.

If You Have An Emergency, Call The Vet

If your dog is very ill and you cannot figure out how to help it, please call the vet.

No website can match a trained veterinarian and an actual in-person physical exam to determine the best plan of treatment and help guide you through this difficult time. And if you don’t already have pet insurance, consider getting it as it can help save you money for future emergency needs (in addition to protecting your dog’s life). Check out our comparison of the top three providers for more.

Watch this video to learn the benefits of getting pet insurance and how it can help your dog (plus your pocketbook) in the future.

As dog owners ourselves, we know how challenging it can be to see your pup suffer. We hope your dog is feeling better soon.

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N ormal functioning of the digestive system is one of the key signs of good health - in humans and animals. This topic is difficult to discuss without getting distasteful, but essentially, when there’s a digestive upset, the consequences are that food is rejected by the body. This can happen directly from the stomach (vomiting) or from the intestines (diarrheoa). These signs are common in dogs, and owners often wonder about the best way to deal with them.

What causes an upset stomach in dogs

There are many possible causes of vomiting and diarrhoea in dogs: entire textbooks have been written on the topic. The most common cause is simple: scavenging. Dogs have evolved to “eat first and ask questions later”. (Cats are far more finicky eaters, and as a result, they are less likely to suffer from this type of upset). When a dog eats something that really ought to have been left alone (the list of possibilities is too long to itemise), the consequence is commonly that their digestive tract becomes inflamed (red and irritated).

Inflammation of the stomach causes muscle contractions which result in vomiting

Inflammation of the intestines causes muscle contractions which cause increased speed of the intestinal contents through the digestive tract: there is not enough time for the fluid component to be absorbed back into the body, which explains why diarrhoea is the result.

T here are many other possible causes of an upset digestive system, including diet, viruses, bacteria, allergic reactions and parasites.

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