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.

Vomiting may be a symptom of an underlying illness.

Most often though, it is associated with an upset stomach from something eaten recently. That is what I'm going to talk about here.

Usually the biggest threat is dehydration, so stop feeding and make sure there are plenty of liquids available.

If water won't stay down, there are more ideas for that below.

Please note this important fact about good dog vomiting. Yes, there IS a good time to vomit that is completely normal. If your dog throws up during or right after a meal, that can be completely normal, especially if he loves to wolf down his food.

In that case, it's simply a 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 throwing 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 this is a normal occurrence in your house, consider elevated dog bowls. (I explain more on that page.)

Treatment for Dog Vomiting

The problem with treatment is that nothing stays down. Obviously you've thought about this if its something you're struggling with right now.

The best choice is using Homeopathic Remedy Ipecac (If you don't have homeopathic remedies around the house and don't even know what they are, skip down to Other Treatment.)

  • How? - Do NOT touch the pellets 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 Pepto Bismal with an oral syringe. It's not my favorite since it isn't natural but it will work in a pinch.

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

Withhold food and water for at least 2 hours after last time your dog throws up. Reintroduce food and water a tablespoon at a time. Wait to see if dog vomits again.  Again, reintroduce food and water slowly. I know I sound like a broken record, but that tummy has been really irritated! Your dog will not starve.

If Water Stays Down but Food Doesn't

Fasting won't hurt a dog and its a natural way to heal. If your dog won't eat or can't keep it down, read Fasting for Health. It gives you ideas for nutritious non solid foods.

If you want to try some solid food that won't be harsh on the tummy, you can serve a little boiled chicken with the cooking water. Again give very tiny meals to start. If the first bit stays down, give more after a few hours and then a few hours after that. After a day or two you can try normal food again.

The real problem with dog vomiting is loss of fluids. Canine dehydration can kill, so please read how to test for it and what at home treatment you can do to help at, Dog Dehydration.

I don't want to scare you, but I do want you to be informed. Other possibilities could be response to poisoning, drug side effects, pain or swelling in another area, failed kidneys, or even severe constipation.

If there is diarrhea as well, there are other possible causes such as Irritable Bowel or even Pancreatitis. For both of those there will be repeated bouts of diarrhea and dog vomiting. If you're concerned it might be something serious, use the "Search this Site" page. I help dogs with many issues but only with non toxic dog medicines and herbs.

I hope you know to watch your dog's habits and especially his potty habits so you have fair warning when something might be wrong. If you haven't read it yet, check out Basic Dog Care.

Dog Vomiting to Symptoms

› Vomiting

Contribute to help Three Little Pitties help you and others

* * *

Subscribe to Three Little Pitties & learn something new every week in

The Dog Health Advocate