Vomiting is a common symptom of lots of, numerous pet maladies that lead to vet sees. Nobody likes to clean the stuff up and their animals look quite pitiful when they do it. I see it so much that I have this cool shorthand for the word vomit that is a “V” with a circle around it. (Diarrhea is a “D” with a circle around it, but we’re not talking about that today.)
Puppy Throwing Up Food
First a little background on the subject of vomiting in basic. There are three basic things that make you vomit:
- Things in the GI tract that directly irritate/obstruct or otherwise harm it.
- Anything going on in the body that promotes the area in your brain known as the chemoreceptor trigger zone (yay me for keeping in mind that bad boy), AKA the “vomit center.” This can be initiated by toxins, drugs (chemotherapy drugs are big triggers), toxins in the body, and so on.
- Things that affect your vestibular system (sea/car illness, vertigo, and so on).
There are probably other vomiting triggers, I just cannot think about them at this minute.
Many puppies vomit due to the fact that of reason 1. All of us know that pups love to explore the world with their mouths. They consume any and all things that enter into their courses. Sometimes these items are annoying, like mulch and sticks, for example (or cell phones, or whatever). These items scritch and scratch their way down the pup’s GI tract, causing inflammation and subsequent vomiting and diarrhea. In some cases these things cause an obstruction, then you wind up with a really ill puppy who might require surgery to save his life.
In some cases they eat something “bad,” like a dead bird in the back yard, the wrong pile of random poop while out on their walk, a piece of rotten food some building and construction people possibly tossed in your lawn or out on the street (My dog Mia as soon as swallowed up a compressed sandwich off the middle of the street prior to I even recognized what she was doing). This stuff could in fact cause a bacterial overgrowth or simply a buildup of toxins that can cause the puppies GI upset (normally due to a mix of vomit sets off 1 and 2).
Parasites and viral infections, Parvo being the big one, can also manifest with varying degrees of vomiting.
Extremely hardly ever, but it does happen, the young puppy has some kind of genetic organ dysfunction or transmittable disease that affects organ function, like Infectious Hepatitis, AKA Adenovirus. One of the saddest cases I ever saw was a young puppy born with a bad set of kidneys. A pup that keeps vomiting regardless of adequate symptomatic care will need some blood work simply to check things.
So, as a GENERAL RULE OF THUMB (for God’s sake, call your veterinarian if you ever have a concern, don’t take my word for it) … if your puppy vomits as soon as but is eating, drinking, delighted and acting absolutely normal, it’s PROBABLY OK to enjoy it for a day. Maybe don’t feed them for a couple hours. Possibly keep the next meal bland; simply some white rice. It’s constantly much better to err on the side of care though and run it by your vet.
If that’s completion of it, then that’s OK; bullet dodged.
If the pup continues to vomit, has vomiting and diarrhea (specifically if it’s bloody, which is extremely constant with Parvo), feels bad (sluggish, off food, and so on) then definitely contact your veterinarian and get your pup had a look at. Pups dehydrate rapidly, particularly when the output (via vomiting/diarrhea) is more than the intake (via water consumption). They require medical intervention – fluids, blood work, x-rays – to keep them stable and comfortable while your veterinarian figures out what’s happening.
Also read: Why Does Dogs Eat Dirt?