How to clear up vomiting in dogs In most simple cases, simple fasting followed by bland food is sufficient to cure a vomiting dog. If an animal continues to vomit despite this approach, a visit to the vet is needed: a physical examination and/or tests may reveal a more serious underlying cause (such as an obstruction, liver or kidney problems, or a long list of other possibilities). In some cases, even when simple scavenging is the cause of the vomiting, extra medication may be needed (such as anti-emetics to quell the vomiting reflex, and anti-acid drugs to lessen acid production in the stomach).

What do you feed a sick dog? The first and simplest response to any dog with an upset stomach is to instigate a brief fast: in many cases, the dog will refuse food temporarily in any case. While it used to be recommended that affected dogs were fasted for a full 24 hours, a shorter fast (e.g. twelve hours) is often enough. Water (or sugar/salt rehydrating fluid from the vet) should be offered in small quantities. Food - of any kind - should only be offered when the digestive tract has recovered, and there is no longer any sign of vomiting, or when the frequency of diarrhoea has diminished. After the brief fast, a special bland diet should be fed for 24 to 48 hours. The ideal diet would be low fat, highly digestible and palatable. Many pet owners prefer to buy proprietary pet food designed for this purpose (so-called “gastro-intestinal” type diets, sold via vets and pet shops), while others use home-prepared versions (e.g. cooked chicken mixed with boiled white rice). The chosen food should be given in small quantities, two or three times daily, for two to three days. Once the signs of an upset stomach have fully settled down, the original diet can be introduced gradually, by mixing half-on-half with the bland diet for the first day.

Why do dogs get upset stomachs – common causes and treatments Normal functioning of the digestive system is one of the key signs of good health - in humans and animals. This topic is difficult to discuss without getting distasteful, but essentially, when there’s a digestive upset, the consequences are that food is rejected by the body. This can happen directly from the stomach (vomiting) or from the intestines (diarrheoa). These signs are common in dogs, and owners often wonder about the best way to deal with them. What causes an upset stomach in dogs There are many possible causes of vomiting and diarrhoea in dogs: entire textbooks have been written on the topic. The most common cause is simple: scavenging. Dogs have evolved to “eat first and ask questions later”. (Cats are far more finicky eaters, and as a result, they are less likely to suffer from this type of upset). When a dog eats something that really ought to have been left alone (the list of possibilities is too long to itemise), the consequence is commonly that their digestive tract becomes inflamed (red and irritated). Inflammation of the stomach causes muscle contractions which result in vomiting Inflammation of the intestines causes muscle contractions which cause increased speed of the intestinal contents through the digestive tract: there is not enough time for the fluid component to be absorbed back into the body, which explains why diarrhoea is the result. There are many other possible causes of an upset digestive system, including diet, viruses, bacteria, allergic reactions and parasites.