My Dog Vomits Every Few Weeks! Is That Normal?

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Question:

My dog vomits every few weeks! Is this normal?

Answer:

Actually, yes, it can be. Just like people, some dogs have a sensitive stomach or will even vomit on an empty stomach. As long as the dog is eating, drinking, acting normally, exhibiting no other signs of illness, and showing no increase in frequency of the vomiting, there is typically no reason to worry.

To be sure, however, schedule a checkup with your vet. A complete physical exam is recommended.

What Can You Do About It?

There are many possible causes for your dog’s vomiting, which is why it is best to consult with your veterinarian. Your vet may prescribe changing your dog’s diet to food that is more easily digestible and less likely to cause acid buildup in the stomach.

If your dog vomits on an empty stomach, you may wish to feed them a small amount of food about an hour before bed. This will help keep their belly full enough throughout the night without causing them to wake up needing to go potty before morning.

Pay attention to what your dog eats. Are they chewing on grass or plants when they are outside? Are they getting into garbage or picking up discarded food on walks? All of these things can contribute to an upset stomach and vomiting. Be sure to record what your dog eats so your vet can better diagnose the problem. Your dog may have a food allergy or sensitivity, and your observations will help narrow down the issue.

Does your dog vomit frequently? How do you treat it? Let us know in the comments below!

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