This pups stomach does not feel so good!
This is a very difficult one for most owners and I’ve never been able to figure out why. We seem to have the ability to stop eating when our own stomachs are upset. When our children throw up we withhold food and sometimes even water (remember sucking on ice cubes as a child?).
Yet when our dog is throwing up we continue to provide him with food and wonder why he is still throwing up.
So, the first and most important thing to do when your dog is throwing up is to STOP FEEDING him!
Dogs throw up for a lot of reasons. They could be stressed they could be sick or they could have just eaten something bad. As the comedian Dave Barry jokes:
“Dogs will eat anything because they figure if it’s not food they can always throw it up later.”
Most times it’s not serious and you just want to let it run its course. You don’t actually want to stop the dog from throwing up; you want whatever is upsetting the dog’s stomach to get out, to run through his system.
So first (and I can’t say this enough) stop feeding your dog for 24 hours. Provide water only and let your dog’s digestive system rest. Give your dog a chance to detoxify.
After 24 hours give your dog some chicken broth. If you dog keeps that down, add some cooked rice to the broth. If your dog is able to keep that down, add chicken to the rice and broth and then slowly add in dog food.
So a feeding time table would look like this:
Monday night – dog throws up.
Tuesday – fast your dog for 24 hours.
Wednesday – chicken broth for lunch and dinner.
Thursday – add rice to the chicken broth for lunch and dinner.
Friday – add chicken to the rice and broth mixture.
Saturday – add dog food to the chicken, rice and broth mixture.
Sunday – feed as usual.
Notice that it can take a bit of time for a dog’s digestive system to settle. You can’t really go too slowly. You can go too fast. It also depends on how much your dog threw up in the first place (and how much you kept feeding your dog after he threw up.)
Don’t worry too much about red in the vomit. Could be something your dog has eaten or it could be the lining of the stomach has become irritated from repeated vomiting.
You can stop vomiting by using Nux Vomica and it works well but it’s usually best to let it run its course. Your dog will feel better when whatever yucky stuff is in his stomach is out.
Call the vet if: Even after you’ve stopped feeding, your dog continues to throw up 5 times an hour or all day.