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Top 5 Remedies to Stop Vomiting in Dogs

Submitted by Susan Combs

Vomiting is the forceful expulsion of stomach contents through the mouth. It could be a matter of concern if your dog is vomiting. Sometimes, a dog may vomit simply because he’s eaten something disagreeable or gobbled down too much food, too fast. As dogs are dependent on their owners and can’t say anything, handling such situations become quite difficult. Vomiting can be serious - if your dog have swallowed a toxic substance like Parvo, or may be suffering from a condition than it requires immediate medical attention. Vomiting that occurs sporadically or irregularly over a longer period of time.

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Some things that can cause vomiting in your dogs are:
   1. Dietary Indiscretion.
   2. Sudden change in diet plan.
   3. Habit of gobbling food, too fast.
   4. Intolerance to a particular food (like toys, bones, food not digestible).
   5. Food allergy or poisoning.
   6. Acute inflammation of the stomach.
   7. Parasites.
   8. Infected uterus.
   9. Heatstroke.
   10. Viral Infection.

If your dog is strong and attentive, and only vomits a few times, you can easily treat the problem at home and there is no need to call your veterinarian.

However, if your pet appears really sick and the vomiting does not stop after 24 hours, you need to call your vet immediately.

Stop dog vomiting by the top 5 ways given below:

1. Away from food: Take away your dog's food so that his stomach can rest. When your dog vomits, it is important not to serve any food for at least 12 hours for a puppy and 24 hours for a full-grown dog. This allows the inflammation of the stomach lining to settle down to cure your dog’s vomiting. Plus, withholding food gives the gastrointestinal area some rest and time to recover. Please note that there is also little chance of throwing up if your dog is not eating anything. Massage may also be recommended as a home remedy. Gently massage the dog’s stomach, which can have a soothing effect. However, don’t press to hard and if you notice that the massage triggers vomiting, discontinue this treatment. You should keep your dog indoors in a quiet and cool room during the recovery period, which can help the dog calm down.

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2. Frequently provide Ice Cubes, try Ginger Tea: Due to vomiting, there is a high chance that your dog may become dehydrated. Most dogs have trouble keeping water down when they start throwing up frequently. Instead of water, vets recommend serving ice chips, which most dogs love to eat. Ice cubes help in dehydrating and are better than gulping down water. Plus, the coldness of the ice cubes will make your pet feel much better. When your dog starts having bouts of vomiting, try a ginger remedy for relief. The carminative property of ginger will quickly calm down the stomach and stop your dog from throwing up.

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3. Bland Food: bland diet is always best following dog vomiting. After a day, it is important to serve some nutritious food to your dog to ensure faster recovery. Nutritious food like chicken broth will even help deal with early signs of mild dehydration. Also, serve white rice with boiled hamburger or chicken breast is a good diet to use when it is time to resume feeding. Make sure that you introduce small amounts of food (3-4 times a day in small portions) instead of dog food until the dog seems to be better. Please make sure that you always use boneless chicken when preparing food for a sick dog. After the initial fasting phase, you can even offer baby food to your pet. Such food is easy on the stomach and will not induce further vomiting.

In short, you can baby your dog as you would a sick child and give him homemade food such as boiled potatoes, rice and well-cooked, skinless chicken. In certain situations, your dog may require fluid therapy, antibiotics, a change in diet, antiemetic (drugs to help control vomiting) or other medication. It is best to follow your veterinarian’s recommendations regarding appropriate treatment.

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4. Check his gums: You need to check out if his gums turn pale, whitish, graying or purple. Normal gums should be a healthy bubble gum pink. Try by pressing your finger on his gums. The gum should become whitish and return promptly pink. If it takes a few seconds the dog needs to be again seen as soon as possible.

You can perk him up as well. Rubbing some pancake syrup or karo syrup on the dog’s gum may give him an energy to boost if he is starting to weaken. You can also consult your vet if you can try to give over the counter Pepto Bismol.

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5. Monitor your dog’s behavior: It is very important to keep a close eye on your dog’s behavior and the overall condition of his body. If left untreated, dehydration in dogs can lead to organ failure and death. If your dog has a mild case of vomiting, try these home remedies that are tried and true and recommended by other dog owners and veterinarians. There may come a time in your pet’s life where you have to choose between medical care and euthanasia. Consult your vet and being a loving pet parent make sure you get your pet insured so that you don’t have to worry for the treatment cost.

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About the Author:

I am a Pet Health and Safety expert. My specialties include keeping up with important issues regarding pet health and pet care, working closely with pet parents to find answers concerning training, grooming and caring for specific breeds of dogs.