Dear VetBabble: Understanding and Addressing Vomiting in Small Breed Dogs
Greetings to all pawrents out there, our particular focus today comes from a concerned Yorkie owner. Their question is essentially: “My Yorkie has been throwing up since last night but he is drinking water. What steps should I take to ensure his health and comfort?” We understand the distress that comes with seeing your fur baby ill. So, let’s break down how to identify why this might be happening, steps you can take at home, and when it’s time to contact the vet.
Understanding the Causes of Vomiting
Let’s start from the top. Vomiting in dogs – it’s never pleasant, but it is quite common. Dogs experience upset stomachs on occasions, and sometimes this may cause them to vomit. However, prolonged vomiting can be a sign of something more serious. To learn about various causes of vomiting in dogs, read our detailed article here. It’s key to gather all the context you can around your dog’s vomiting to help your vet make the best diagnostic decisions.
Home Care Remedies
In regards to your Yorkie’s current situation, an initial approach can be to have your dog fast for about 12 hours. This brief period of starvation can help give their stomach some rest and reduce the irritation that’s causing the vomiting. Post this period, reintroduce a bland diet very gradually and watch for vomiting or other signs of illness. However, it’s crucial for a sick dog to stay hydrated, especially if they are vomiting. Your Yorkie is drinking water, which is great news, but if he continues vomiting excessively, water alone won’t be enough to keep him hydrated or replace lost electrolytes. If you notice your dog drinking more water than usual, it can be a symptom of various conditions. Our article here provides excellent insights into this issue. One additional note to consider is that sometimes a dog might not want to eat after being sick. This is typically their own way of allowing their body to recover. However, if your dog is consistently refusing food, it could signify a more serious underlying issue. You can have a look at our full guide on causes and steps to take when dogs refuse food here for further insights.
When to Consult the Vet
If your Yorkie continues to vomit, you should definitely contact your vet to schedule an appointment. Vomiting combined with other symptoms such as lethargy, diarrhea, or loss of appetite can indicate a more serious condition requiring medical attention. Are you worried about diarrhea in your furry friend too? Not to worry, our guide here has you covered on the causes, treatment, and when it’s time to worry. Remember, while our advice aims to be informative and helpful, nothing replaces the hands-on expertise of your vet. They can diagnose your fur baby and set them on the path back to health. Always remember to look out for any changes in behavior and, if in doubt, seek professional advice. Your dog’s health and well-being are always worth it!