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Why does my dog vomit in the morning?

Why does my dog vomit in the morning?

It’s always alarming to find yellow puddles of vomit lying in front of your did, right? But, before you panic, here are some of the things you can do when your dog throws up on the morning.

The yellowish liquid that you see is known as bile - a digestive fluid produced by the liver and released into the small intestine. When your dog’s stomach is empty, bile that is secreted causes an irritation. As a result of which, most dogs experience stomach pain, vomiting, diarrhoea, lethargy, and a lack of appetite.

What causes dogs to vomit?

Long gap between meals: When mealtimes are longer than 6-12 hours, gas starts to accumulate in the dog’s stomach, and this can cause pain and irritation.

Indigestion: When a certain type of food doesn’t take well to a dog’s digestive system, it can cause indigestion resulting in nausea, vomiting, and diarrhoea.

Pregnancy: Pregnant dogs can experience vomiting due to hormonal changes. This is often accompanied with lethargy, decreased energy, and bloating.

Pancreatitis: Pancreatitis often occurs with fever, diarrhoea, abdominal pain, and lethargy. Conditions like obesity, hypothyroidism, and diabetes can cause pancreatitis in dogs.

Inflammatory Bowel Disease: IBD is an irritation of the intestinal tract that is caused by parasites, a weak immune system, bacteria, food allergies, and genetics.

Colitis: Colitis is an inflammation of the large intestine and/or colon. Colitis is caused by bacterial, viral, and parasitic infection.

What should I do if my dog vomits?

  • If your dog vomits just once, don't panic. Observe your dog's behavior and watch for other signs like lethargy, diarrhea, loss of appetite, weakness, abdominal pain - all of which warrant a vet visit.
  • Monitor your dog's diet and feeding times.
  • Try a slow feeder bowl if your dog is eating too fast to help improve digestion.
  • Minimise physical and psychological stress as much as possible
  • Visit your vet for regular check ups to make sure you pup is always in good health.

Remember, every time you are unsure of a particular symptom, it is best to check with the vet before attempting to treat it on your own.

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