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Urgency level: Possible emergency

Contact an emergency veterinary hospital

What to do next

Contact an emergency hospital ASAP and don’t feed your dog

  • Contact the vet before travelling to ensure they are able to see your pet. They may also need to give you specific instructions. Your regular vet may also be able to treat your pet.
    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 an emergency.
  • Do not feed your dog unless the vet advises otherwise. It may cause them to vomit further, and some diagnostics the vet may run are more accurate if your dog has an empty stomach.


Why it’s an emergency

Your dog’s symptoms in addition to vomiting indicate a time-sensitive issue

  • 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 life-threatening condition that requires immediate veterinary attention.
  • Some of the conditions we are worried about include foreign body, toxin ingestion and bloat. These situations are time sensitive and require ER veterinarians with specialized equipment (though some regular clinics may be able to treat your pet).


First aid 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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