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Your assessment results for:

Vomiting

Urgency level: High priority

Contact your regular veterinary hospital

What to do next

Contact your regular veterinary hospital ASAP and manage their diet in the meantime

  • If your regular veterinary hospital is open, contact them now. If they are closed, it is probably safe to wait until morning. During your call, be sure to tell them what else is going on in addition to the vomiting.
  • In this case, it is the other symptoms you have selected in combination that makes this a high priority situation.
  • Monitor your dog closely for any new symptoms or changes in behavior. Contact an emergency hospital if your dog:
    • Vomits more than 3 times within 24 hours or persists for more than a day
    • Projectile vomits
    • Becomes very lethargic
    • Doesn’t pass stool for more than a day
    • Can’t keep water down (or drinking causes them to vomit)
      has very pale or white gums
    • Develops a bloated or swollen abdomen
  • If you are going to the vet soon (i.e. within 12 hours), do not feed your dog, as your vet may perform diagnostics that will yield better results if your dog has an empty stomach.
  • If you won’t be going to the vet until the next day, you can encourage them to eat with a bland diet of rice and boiled chicken.

 

Why it’s high priority

Your dog’s symptoms indicate an underlying condition

  • Vomiting in dogs has a variety of causes of wide ranging severity. It can be difficult to find out what the cause is, but based on the other signs you’ve selected, your dog could have a condition that requires veterinary attention as soon as possible.
  • Some of the conditions we are worried about include dehydration, foreign body, and gastroenteritis.

 

Home care tips

Practice good hygiene and restrict your dog’s exercise

  • Wash your hands with soap after handling your dog, as some causes of vomiting can also affect humans.
  • Restrict exercise to short leashed walks only, as your dog is likely not feeling well.
  • If you suspect that your dog has ingested toxins or poisons, call the ASPCA Poison Control (available 24/7)
  • Learn more about vomiting in dogs

 

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