Dog Vomiting: When to Take Your Dog to the Vet

As a pet owner, you understand the importance of keeping your beloved pup healthy and happy. Unfortunately, sometimes our furry friends become ill, and it can be challenging to determine when they need professional medical attention. Dog vomiting is one of the most common symptoms of canine illness, and it’s important to know when it’s time to take your pup to the vet.

What Causes Dog Vomiting? 

Various conditions can cause vomiting, and it is important to understand what might be causing it to determine whether a vet trip is necessary. Depending on the cause, vomiting may occur once or multiple times with other symptoms such as diarrhea or lethargy. The most commonly observed vomiting triggers in dogs include: 

  • Gastrointestinal upset due to dietary indiscretions or food allergies 
  • Intestinal parasites 
  • Bacterial or viral infections 
  • Organ dysfunction (such as kidney disease) 
  • Foreign bodies in the GI tract 
  • Toxin ingestion (such as antifreeze) 
  • Motion sickness 

 When Should You Take My Dog To The Vet? 

In vomiting in dogs, some cases require a professional diagnosis and treatment plan. If your pup is displaying any of the following signs, you should schedule an appointment with your veterinarian:

  • Vomiting that lasts longer than 24 hours 
  • Vomiting, along with other symptoms such as lethargy, diarrhea, loss of appetite, fever, or abdominal pain/discomfort 
  • Blood in the vomit or any discoloration (brown/yellow/green) that indicates bile or other stomach acids are present  
  • Persistent dry heaving accompanied by drooling that does not produce any vomit  
  • Your pup may show signs of dehydration, including sunken eyes, dry gums and tongue, and a reduction in skin elasticity
  • Weight loss or inability to maintain weight despite normal food intake   
  • Increased thirst or urination   
  • Any signs of pain during vomiting episodes   

 How Can I Help My Dog At Home?  

If you suspect your pup may have an underlying health issue requiring veterinary care but aren’t sure if a trip to the vet is necessary, there are some things you can do at home that may help alleviate their symptoms. It is important to note that these home remedies should only be used when a veterinarian recommends them and never instead of professional care if needed. Some potential treatments include:  

  •  Fasting: If your pup isn’t showing any signs of dehydration or distress after 12-24 hours without food, this may be an appropriate course of action. It is important to wait to feed your pup again until they have gone at least 12 hours without vomiting. If they still seem lethargic after 24 hours, it’s time for a trip to the vet!  
  • Hydration: Proper hydration is essential for maintaining canine health and can help prevent dehydration, leading to more severe issues if left untreated. Use canned food if possible, so your pup gets extra hydration from their meals and provides plenty of fresh water throughout the day. You can also ask your vet about administering fluids intravenously if needed.  
  • Bland diet: If your pup is ready for solid food after fasting, then start introducing small amounts of boiled white rice mixed with lean-boiled meat (chicken/turkey). This will give them energy without putting too much strain on their digestive system while providing much-needed nutrition during recovery. Avoid feeding them anything else until they have been symptom-free for at least 24 hours!  


A wide range of causes, from dietary missteps to organ malfunction, can produce vomiting in dogs. Pet owners must know when to take their pups to the vet for professional treatment versus when home remedies may suffice. If you observe signs of distress like those mentioned above, don’t wait – take your pup to the vet immediately!

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