Vomiting and Regurgitating

Just as humans vomit, dogs can also experience the same. Vomiting happens when food is brought up towards the mouth opening from the stomach as opposed to common regurgitation where food has not yet reached the stomach.

Regurgitation may be attributed to an inherent obstruction just before the opening of the stomach from the oesophagus like tumours. Obstruction can also happen prematurely when foreign objects and unbroken food items get stuck along the upper digestive tract. Similarly, the absence of peristalsis (normal digestive tract movement) can also move the food back up into the mouth. If these situations are present, you will notice non-foul food items that appear exactly as when they were first broken down in the dog’s mouth.

Vomiting, on the other hand, is usually a symptom of a disease that may require a greater degree of concern. Nevertheless, vomiting can be caused by a variety of factors.

One of the most usual reasons is stomach irritation. Any irritant, may it be in the form of food and other foreign bodies can lead to such. Food can irritate the dog’s stomach lining most especially when the canine is relatively new to that food product as in the case of an abrupt change in the usual diet plan. Other foreign objects such as pebbles or rocks, hair, grass and small toys can do the same thing. The worst cases however, happen when the dog has ingested some unforeseen poisons and bacteria-rich inedible items. Although these are not that common, for sure dogs will have the most serious vomiting episodes whenever it is caused by poisons and infected non-food stuffs.

Another cause of vomiting is peritonitis. It is a condition wherein the peritoneum has become inflamed. The latter is actually the thin and soft membrane like layer covering the gut and other organs residing within the abdominal cavity. Such a condition can be a result of a leak or perforation of the gut.

Next, colitis can also lead to vomiting. This happens when the large intestine is inflamed. If left unresolved, this condition can lead to straining difficulties whenever stool passes through the intestines. The pressure built up is the ones that induce vomiting. It is also a condition likened to man’s irritable bowel syndrome wherein the stool can be added with some mucus and blood.

With regard to poisons, these substances may cause the greatest trouble. Both internal and external matters can serve as poisons. The former can be in the form of the body’s ureum whose levels will skyrocket in the occasion where there’s a kidney problem in your pet. Other organ diseases like those involving the liver can also raise some chemical values in the body, which are detrimental to the dog’s health.

Lastly, vomiting can be a result of head trauma. Any serious disturbance involving the brain may it be due to infection or growth of tumours can induce vomiting. This is a very common incident in dogs who got involved in vehicular accidents.

Take note, whenever your dog vomits have him checked by your preferred vet. Usually, these cases would warrant immediate blood tests and radiographic assessments that can help professionals diagnose the real score behind the said vomiting episodes.


This pet health article is for reference only.

If your pet is showing any symptoms or distress, and you suspect your pet is ill CONTACT YOUR VET IMMEDIATELY.