Regurgitation is a natural process that does not harm the pet’s health. But if the dog often empties the stomach after eating, you should carefully look at its condition. Perhaps this is a signal of pathological disorders of the digestive system.
Causes of regurgitation
Regurgitation often occurs due to:
- Haste. If there are several Pets at home, the dog may eat its portion too quickly not to share it with others. Because of this, the stomach fills up too quickly, the food comes in large chunks. This causes regurgitation.
- Gluttony. If a dog can’t control its food needs, it can consume more than its stomach can digest.
- Most often this is the problem of puppies, who immediately after eating begin to run actively, and the weak stomach can not hold food.
- Puppies. A pup bitch can regurgitate food to feed offspring that no longer drink milk, and cannot eat solid food.
- External factors. Irregular regurgitation may occur due to heat, diet changes, or emotional stress.
Also, periodically, the pet may regurgitate grass. The dog plucks it to clear its digestive tract.
The grass mass may leave the body with fecal matter or regurgitate.
Which breeds are more susceptible
Regurgitation is a natural process that can occur equally in any dog. The frequency of symptoms is more influenced by the pet’s habits and age.
The main symptoms
Regurgitation is not accompanied by other negative manifestations. The dog remains active and energetic. The temperature does not rise. To worry about the health of your pet is necessary only in the case when there is frequent vomiting. The reason for contacting the veterinary clinic may be:
- temperature rise;
- refusal of water and food;
- excessive salivation;
- disorder of the bowel;
- increased gas formation, rumbling in the stomach, frequent belching;
- anxiety, aggression, or apathy.
These are signs of vomiting, which is a symptom of pathological processes in the digestive system.
Diagnostics in the veterinary clinic
Initially, the veterinarian can determine the degree of danger of regurgitation for a pet by the state of vomit:
- Half — digested food is not a cause for concern.
- The presence of blood signals possible diabetes, cancer, or bleeding.
- Admixture of bile and feces is the first sign of intestinal obstruction.
- A strong smell of ammonia appears when the kidneys are disturbed, uremia.
For a more accurate diagnosis, a blood test and an x-ray examination of the abdominal cavity are performed in the veterinary clinic.
Treatment method and prognosis
Regurgitation should not be treated. The veterinarian will offer to slightly modify the diet and monitor the pet’s diet. Also, if necessary, medications that prevent regurgitation will be prescribed. If the diagnosis revealed pathologies of internal organs, the treatment will correspond to the cause of vomiting. In this case, the recommendations will be strictly individual.
What to do at home
With frequent regurgitation of food, the first thing to do is call a veterinarian. Then it is necessary to check that the dog does not eat anything before the arrival of a specialist. You can only drink, especially with frequent vomiting or diarrhea.
If the pet refuses water, you will have to pour it with a syringe.
Before the results of the diagnosis, it is better not to take steps to combat vomiting. It is recommended that you just calm your pet down. At this time, you should pay attention to:
- the amount of vomit;
- color and consistency;
- the frequency of regurgitation;
- presence of other symptoms.
This will greatly facilitate the work of the veterinarian.
Regurgitation itself does not pose a risk to the pet’s health. But with frequent heavy vomiting, the body loses water and does not get nutrients from food. Therefore, the main consequences for the dog can be anemia and dehydration. If there are foreign bodies in the digestive tract, bleeding may occur.
Other specific complications can only develop as a result of chronic problems with internal organs.
Prevention measures (diet)
Most often, pups regurgitate food. Therefore, owners are advised to follow a few simple rules that reduce the frequency of symptoms:
- Don’t overeat. It is necessary to control that the dog does not steal food from the table. Also, it can not be fed, strictly monitoring the amount of food eaten in accordance with the recommendations of the veterinarian.
- Don’t let them eat garbage. It can clog the intestines.
- Any food is better to give the dog convenient for chewing chunks to facilitate digestion.
- Do not drink after meals. Water additionally fills the volume of the stomach and can provoke vomiting.
- Do not play after eating. When the puppy has eaten, it is better to take it on your lap, stroke, scratch and calm it down for the next quarter of an hour.
Veterinarians recommend following a strict diet, denying the pet smoked and fried food. It is also better not to share sausages and meat products with the dog. Instead, we recommend greens, Turkey or chicken breast, and brown rice. Serving food should be exclusively in the form of heat.
Hi, my name is Mike Fletcher. I am 36 years old and I’m a veterinarian at a veterinary clinic in Granby Colorado. And this is my blog about Pets. I hope I can answer your questions here.