Why Is My Dog Vomiting But Otherwise Happy?

Why does a dog vomit when they are otherwise completely well, eating fine and have no other health problems apparent? Well there are lots of potential reasons and some are more serious than others!

Let's get into question number five and that is, why is my dog vomiting at night when he is otherwise completely normal? He seems completely well.

So we've got a middle aged Pug who is vomiting in the middle of the night for the last five nights in a row. Otherwise he's acting normally, he’s not sick at all, he’s got no diarrhea, he's got a good appetite, he’s not losing any weight. What's the problem? What could be causing this and what can you do?

Well, vomiting can be due to a large number of different causes and based on the information given I can't make a diagnosis. The most common reason when a dog is otherwise bright, they’re eating and drinking normally, they’re not on any other medication and they've got no diarrhea, is a simple gastritis or inflammation of the stomach.

Now these cases will typically settle down after a few days being fed a bland, intestinal diet but there are many other causes such as ulceration of the stomach, bacterial overgrowth, inflammatory bowel disease, liver or kidney disease, parasitic disease to name but a few.

Any dog who is vomiting multiple times a day, any dog that is also unwell and vomiting, or when the vomiting doesn't stop after maybe 3 to 5 days of just symptomatic dietary management, they should definitely be examined by their vet as further treatment is likely to be needed.

So, even in a dog who is otherwise well, who has not got diarrhea, who is not losing weight, it's definitely worth getting them checked out. It might be that a different diet is suggested and nothing major is carried out, but it's always good to get a baseline check so then if weight does start to drop, then we've got a weight at the start of the problem.

We can look for trends, we can try a few minor management changes before needing to jump into something more serious when a dog or a cat becomes more seriously unwell if their vomiting still doesn't stop. Equally we might be able to pick up a serious condition before it becomes a severe problem. This could even save their life in the case of having eaten something with the potential to cause an obstruction, or a serious hormonal abnormality for example.

So as with all things, check with your vet, get your dog checked out and hopefully you get to the bottom of the problem.


The above is a transcript taken from “The Dr Alex Answers Show”.

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