Why is My Dog Vomiting After Eating?
When we prepare our dog's meals with love and care, it's concerning to see our dogs vomiting it up immediately after eating.
If your dog vomits up his food after eating, it's important to determine if your dog is vomiting or actually regurgitating. These two are different like day and night.
Telling the two apart is also important so that when you see your vet, you can help him come to a diagnosis as each can be indicative of a different problem.
Here is a guide on differentiating the two.
Is my Dog Vomiting or Regurgitating?
After your dog vomits, most likely you will take a look at the material, either voluntarily or involuntarily as you have to clean up the mess. Take advantage of this opportunity so you can describe what you see to your vet. The more precise your description, the better chances your vet will know what tests he should conduct and what treatment he should initiate.
Suspect Your Dog Regurgitated After Eating if:
- Your dog just finished eating and immediately within a few seconds or minutes he brings up some food.
- The action was quite passive, indeed, you barely noticed he was about to bring up his food as it came up with little effort. It was not preceded by nausea, drooling, pacing or stomach contractions.
- The food brought up looks intact as if just chewed up and spit out and it feels warm as you clean it up
- The food brought up is slimy and tubular in shape, reminiscent of the shape of his esophagus.
- Your dog or other dogs are attracted to it because it still smells and tastes like food and it's not acidic as vomit.
Suspect Your Dog Vomited After Eating if:
- Your dog vomited anywhere from 20 minutes to a couple of hours after eating.
- The action was quite active; indeed, your dog gave several vomiting pre-warning signs such as pacing, nausea and drooling accompanied by stomach contractions and retching.
- The food brought up appears digested or partially digested and contains yellow stomach acids.
- Your dog or other dogs aren't attracted by the mess as it's quite acidic.
Why is Your Dog Regurgitating After Eating?
One of the most common causes of regurgitating after eating is fast eating which is often seen when dogs are fed near other dogs and they compete. Some dogs with a history of starvation of neglect or competing with other dogs, may also wolf down their food like there's no tomorrow. What happens here is that with the large pieces of food, dogs also swallow lots of air, which is overwhelming for the stomach so it's brought back up. An easy way to solve this is to invest in special bowls that slow dogs down. In some cases, some dogs (especially puppies) may regurgitate if they're highly excited or exercise right after eating or if they eat too much that the stomach over fills and can't keep up.
However, in some cases, dogs may regurgitate because of more serious issues such as a stricture (narrowing of the esophagus) or something stuck in the dog's esophagus which prevents the passage of food. This can happen if your dog swallowed something like a ball, piece of rawhide or piece of toy. Another very serious condition affecting the esophagus, is megaesophagus, where the dog's esophagus loses tone and ends up dilating, causing the dog to regurgitate food shortly after eating. These serious swallowing disorders need to be evaluated by the vet.
Why is Your Dog Vomiting After Eating?
[adinserter block="5"]Often, this can be a sign of a blockage as the dog vomits because it cannot get past a certain point. When vomiting shortly after eating, it's often indicative of a blockage somewhere in the upper digestive tract such as the stomach or small intestine. The blockage doesn't have to necessarily be caused by a foreign item, at times, it can be caused by a mass or an overgrowth of the stomach lining. Other causes may include a dietary indiscretion or a food intolerance or anything that could irritate a dog's stomach. Because there are many more potential issues that could cause vomiting or regurgitation after eating, it's important to see the vet to pinpoint the cause.
Only through proper diagnosis, your dog can be treated accordingly based on your vet's findings. You can learn more about how to prepare for your appointment at the vet's office and what to expect as far as diagnostics by reading this article on things your vet should know, what to expect at the vet and dog upset stomach diagnostic tests.
Did you know?
In the wild, mother dogs used to regurgitate for their puppies when the puppies were being weaned off milk. Because mother dog couldn't move large animals to the den and the pups were too small to safely venture outdoors, the puppies would lick her lips to elicit her to regurgitate some chewed up food. This behavior is sometimes still seen in domesticated mother dogs.