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Why is My Pug Vomiting and Refusing to Eat, and How Can I Help Them Recover?


Dear VetBabble,

My pug vomited last night, and when I came home, he had thrown up again. Now he isn’t eating his food, which is unusual for him. I think he might have eaten something spoiled that’s causing this. What is causing this and how can I help him feel better?

Understanding Vomiting in Dogs

First, it’s important to know that occasional vomiting is not uncommon in dogs. There are various potential causes for this, some more serious than others. To better understand what might be causing your dog’s vomiting, you can read our article on Vomiting in Dogs: Causes, Treatment & When to Worry. However, to get started on helping your pug, it’s crucial to first monitor his symptoms and give him time to recover.

Initial Care and Dietary Changes

If your pug is vomiting and refusing to eat his regular food, it’s essential to withhold food for about 12 hours to ensure his stomach has time to recover. It’s crucial to keep an eye on your pug throughout this period and ensure he’s drinking water to stay hydrated.

After 12 hours, begin offering him small portions of bland meals like boiled boneless chicken and rice every 6 hours. This simple diet is gentle on his stomach and helps him regain his strength. If he can eat this meal without vomiting, continue feeding him this way for 2 days.

If your pug is improving and his vomiting stops, begin gradually reintroducing his normal food into his diet. For example,start by mixing a small amount of his typical food with the bland chicken and rice, and gradually increase the proportion of his regular food over a few days.

Throughout this process, be sure to monitor your pug’s eating habits. If you’re curious about why dogs refuse food sometimes, you can explore various reasons in our article titled Why Won’t My Dog Eat?.

When to Seek Veterinary Treatment

While the initial care plan outlined above works for many dogs, it’s important to know when to seek veterinary assistance. If your pug continues vomiting or isn’t eating even after you follow the steps above, it’s time to take him to the vet. Additionally, if your pug shows other signs of distress, such as diarrhea, it’s crucial to be vigilant. Read up on Diarrhea in Dogs: When to Worry to learn more about what to look out for.

There is also the possibility that your pug has ingested a foreign object, which can cause gastrointestinal problems like vomiting and loss of appetite. If you suspect this is the case, read our article Foreign Bodies: I Think My Pet Ate Something It Shouldn’t! to learn more about this situation and what actions you should take.

In summary, observing and responding to your pug’s symptoms, adjusting his diet accordingly, and knowing when to seek veterinary help are essential in taking care of your pet. If you’re ever uncertain about his condition or need further guidance, always consult with your veterinarian.

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