Dear VetBabble: My Chihuahua Won’t Eat or Drink and Recently Vomited, What Should I Do?
It’s concerning to hear that your Chihuahua is refusing to eat or drink, and has recently vomited. It’s essential to address this issue as quickly as possible, as it may represent a more severe underlying problem, particularly for small dogs. In this article, we will discuss possible reasons your dog may not be eating or drinking, potential causes of vomiting, and when to seek professional help.
Reasons Your Dog Won’t Eat or Drink
First, let’s explore why your dog may have stopped eating or drinking. Some common reasons include illness, pain, stress, anxiety, or a gastrointestinal obstruction. In some instances, a dog may stop eating or drinking simply because something in their environment has changed, such as a new food or water dish, or even a different location of their usual feeding spot. To find out more about why dogs refuse to eat, refer to our article on Why Won’t My Dog Eat?
Vomiting in Dogs: Causes, Treatment, and When to Worry
Your Chihuahua’s vomiting could be linked to their refusal to eat or drink. Vomiting in dogs can be the result of many factors, including dietary indiscretion (eating something they shouldn’t have), gastrointestinal obstruction, an infection, parasites, or even a more severe condition such as pancreatitis or kidney disease. It’s essential to monitor your dog’s vomiting closely and take note of any accompanying symptoms, such as lethargy, diarrhea, or weight loss. For more information on vomiting in dogs and when to worry, read our article on Vomiting in Dogs: Causes, Treatment & When to Worry.
When to Visit the Veterinarian
As a general rule, it’s time to visit your veterinarian if your dog’s vomiting persists for more than a day, is accompanied by other concerning symptoms, or if you suspect your dog may have ingested a foreign object or toxic substance. In the case of your Chihuahua, since she has not been eating or drinking for several days, it’s crucial to seek professional help immediately as small dogs are at risk of dehydration and hypoglycemia when they go extended periods without consuming food or water. For some guidance on dealing with a dog ingesting something they shouldn’t have, check out our article on My dog ate something it shouldn’t have! What should I do?
Besides vomiting, diarrhea is another symptom that might indicate a concerning issue for your dog. To learn more about when to worry about diarrhea in dogs, refer to our article on Diarrhea in Dogs: When to Worry.
Remember that your veterinarian is your best resource in ensuring your dog’s health and well-being. They can examine your dog, ask about their history, and possibly conduct diagnostic tests to identify the underlying issue and recommend an appropriate course of action. It’s always better to err on the side of caution and consult with a professional when dealing with your precious pet’s health.