Stop Dog Vomiting

Here are a few ways to stop dog vomiting. We can use over-the-counter, homeopathic or an herbal remedy for dog throw up and understand more about the cause.

If your dog has been feeling fine overall and all of a sudden he's puking, keep reading.

We tend to fear vomiting means our dog is sick, but that may not be the case. First and foremost, don’t panic. Second, stop feeding your dog for 12 to 24 hours.

If there is an upset stomach, the best thing to do is give that tummy a rest. Obviously the body got rid of it for a reason so give it some time to settle down and heal itself. Usually the biggest threat is dehydration if it continues for more than 24 hours, so make sure there is plenty of fresh water available.

If water won’t stay down, I’ll address that below.

When Vomit is Good

Yes, there IS a good time to vomit that is completely normal. If your dog throws up during or right after a meal that’s  the body making a correction to fix itself. How?

It's an automatic reaction by the body that there is either too much to fit down the throat, or too much to enter the stomach at one time. By bringing it right back up, the dog has the opportunity to eat it again and get it down right this time.

Gross as it is to us humans, if your canine throws up his food and immediately begins to eat it again... it's OKAY. It won't hurt him a bit and he'll eat it slower the second time around. If it grosses you out, just don’t look. . . or you can clean it all up and start again.

When Dog Vomiting is Neither Good Nor Bad

If your dog vomits up a clear stuff it doesn’t really qualify as vomit. If it’s yellowish fluid, he may be anticipating a meal. That yellow color is a bit of extra bile the body has produced to help break down food. It’s not an illness.

Best Treatment for Dog Vomiting

Likely you won't need to consider the treatment stage for several hours. Usually the body will take care of itself without any interference.

If you come to the point you want to treat it, the best choice is homeopathic ipecac. Even if the dog continues to vomit, the ipecac only needs a few minutes to be absorbed through the tissues of the mouth.  

Homeopathic Remedy Ipecac is not a drug and has no side effects. You can buy it at your local health food store or any grocery store that has a natural section like Whole Foods. If you’re not familiar with using homeopathic remedies, here’s how it works.

  • Do NOT touch the pellets because it will reduce their effectiveness. You can try whole pellets or for better absorption, carefully crush the pills in a folded piece of paper (or the corner of an envelope). Pull the lower lip open to pour the powder in for absorption. Even if the dog throws up again, enough remedy will be absorbed to start helping.
  • Dosage? - Every 4 hours give:
    1 pellet for dogs up to 10 lbs;
    2 pellets for 11 - 35 lbs;
    3 pellets for over 35 lbs.

Please withhold food and water during vomiting period. Licking an ice cube occasionally will get enough in without causing more vomiting.

Other Treatments for Dog Vomiting

You can give a bit of Pepto Bismal with an oral syringe. I personally wouldn't use it because I prefer things that help the body heal rather than just stop the symptoms.

Slippery Elm Bark syrup and/or Aloe Vera from the health food store both soothe the irritated lining of the stomach and upper intestines.

What Caused it in the First Place?

While it's true dogs can get into all sorts of things, do think about everything that's happened the past few days, especially the 24 hours before the vomiting began.  Vomiting can be a side effect of  dozens of prescribed drugs, vaccines,  and of course preventative 'medicines' like heartworm or flea meds.  Heaven knows I'd want to throw up if I was eating pesticides.

Some Things to Think About

If your dog isn't hungry for a day or two, don't push it.  Did you know that fasting is actually a way to heal?  Yeh, it took me a long time to accept that but I've seen it work over and over. If you want to know why, head over to  my Fasting for Health page.

If you're concerned about loss of fluids and want to know how to check to see how hydrated your dog is, please read, Dog Dehydration for a super simple test you can do.

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