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The Vomiting Dog


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.



  • Rachel Friedman 4 years ago

    I have clients who need to be told, gently but firmly, that their dog will not die of dehydration [said when they are being dragged by the dog to the water bowl when working on the idea of loose leash walking]. Getting them to fast in their minds is sometimes tantamount to animal cruelty. Great message, and good advice. You go girl!

  • Greta Hall 4 years ago

    I once owned a dog who threw up every week. I had him tested for everything until the vet finally said "You know, some dogs just throw up a lot".
    So I quite bugging the dog with tests and let him throw up every week. He lived to be 15 years old.

  • Angela Himmeroder 4 years ago

    When I see my dog eating grass, which tells me he is making himself throw up, and he is not feeling well, I bake a potato, let it cool, and then cut it up, skin and all. This seems to do the job. I don't believe in giving my dog white rice, I only give him brown rice

  • Joan 4 years ago

    Thank you for this information! You failed to say who was your impetus for this article - but folks! I gotta tell you - Tracy's the MOST knowledgeable person I can call when something's wrong with my dogs! Thank you mucho - Joan

  • kbesley 4 years ago

    Good advice. Is my dogs stomach upset all the time? He eats grass all the time?

  • Tracy B Ann 4 years ago

    kbesley asks:
    Is my dogs stomach upset all the time? He eats grass all the time?

    Nah, some dogs just like grass, especially new, long grass. It could mean your dog needs more fresh fruit and veggies though.

  • Eve 4 years ago

    I loved the Dave Barry quote. A friend of mine posted on Facebook recently that her dog had eaten her mom's credit card!

  • Sally 4 years ago

    Tracy B Ann's advice sounds DANGEROUS since she is not a vet or a vet tech. If you think there is anything wrong with your pet TAKE THEM TO THE VET. And just because she has been around dogs 16 years does not mean she is qualified to train or give out advice.

  • Responsible Parent 4 years ago

    Sally sounds like someone who takes her child to the doctor every time it throws up. Good for the doctor's business but I'm not so sure it's good for the child.
    I like Tracy's common sense home remedies. None of them were new to me, I've read them all in books on home care by licensed veterinarians (something that should impress Sally).

  • Sally 4 years ago

    @ Resoponsible Parent

    If my 6 week old puppy is throwing up i should just ignore it. I DON'T THINK SO! I am going to take him to the vet to make sure there is nothing else wrong with him.

    No I am not impressed I could give a rats ass on what you read.

  • Greta Hall 4 years ago

    Sally - I read this as the title said - about vomiting dogs, not pups. Hopefully you don't really have a 6 week old pup. That's way too young to be away from it's mother.

  • Sally 4 years ago

    @ Greta Hill no it is to not young to be away from its mother. There are many breeders that let them go that early. All of my pups i get are that young and have had NO PROBLEMS.

    I still think this article need work and is not written well!

  • Greta Hall 4 years ago

    In CA you can't adopt out or sell a puppy or kitten until they are 8 weeks old.

  • Sally 4 years ago

    @ Greta Hill that would be a state law then. Not true in all states.

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