Post # 1
Lately, my dog seems to be eating a lot of grass and vomiting…however, she acts COMPLETELY normal otherwise. She continues to be VERY interested in her food and is eating like a champ. She is using the bathroom normally, aside from a few minor loose stools here and there. I want to take her to the vet if she is sick, but since she is acting fine otherwise, I hate to put her through the stress of a bunch of tests, etc. if she doesn’t need it.
Is this common? What could it be? Any sugguestions?
Post # 3
Dogs sometimes eat grass to make themselves vomit if their stomachs are upset.
Our dog was occasionally vomiting a yellowish color but acting normal otherwise and we eventually took her to the vet when the vomiting became more frequent. The vet suggested a small dose of an antacid (Pepcid) and to switch to a sensitive stomach dog food and we’ve had no issues since.
I wouldn’t be nervous about taking her/him to the vet – if your dog is acting fine other than the vomiting, it could be something simple like a food intolerance.
Post # 4
@tnbellebee: Dogs eat grass if their stomachs are upset for any reason. Your dog might just be a little sensitive to whatever they might have eaten, so I wouldn’t worry about it. If you were to take your dog to the vet, the first thing they would ask is if they are eating/drinking/acting normally otherwise….so I wouldn’t waste the money. If it continues and/or worsens, I would take your doggie in just in case. This usually clears up pretty quickly, especially once they have eaten the grass.
Post # 5
the rule of thumb I’ve always heard from vets is that if there is both diarrhea and vomitting, take the pup in, but either one alone isn’t a big deal.
Post # 6
You can try adding some canned pumpkin (not pumpkin pie filling!) to her food – a few tablespoons per meal can help settle dog tummies. As long as she’s still drinking water and not lethargic she’s probably ok, but I think technically you’re supposed to withhold solid food for 6-8 hours after an incident of major vomiting to allow her stomach to settle.
Post # 7
@tnbellebee: When my pup was small she would do the same thing. As long as their ismt diarrhea and vomitting there isnt much to worry about as going to the very. If you are just a concerned fur parent I would do half and half non flavored pedia-light and rice with boiled meat. It always seemed to calm her tummy down and with it warming up in most areas it is very important to keep them hydrated.
Post # 8
Vomiting and diarrhea can be nothing to worry about and resolve on its own, but it can also be something very serious. Unfortunatley, it can take a lot of tests to differentiate. Even if your dog feels ok, something could be going on that requires medical attention. I would take her in, better to be safe than sorry. Depending on how much she is vomiting and how bad the diarrhea is, they can also become dehydrated pretty quickly so regardless of what the underlying cause is she may need some supportive care.
Post # 9
@finnaroo: Vomiting alone or diarrhea alone can be a very big deal. I frequently have dogs come in who have been vomiting for days (no diarrhea) and very bad things can be going on, also seen dogs or cats who vomited once but the owner brought them in anyway and they were very sick. Like I said before, it could be nothing but better safe than sorry.
Post # 10
Thanks everyone. I looked at my records and she is due for shots soon anyway, so I guess I will just go ahead and take her in!
Tonight, I noticed that she is digging for worms or grubs or something in the ground and eating them….blechh! I stopped her doing it but I would not be surprised if that were the cause. She has a pretty sensitive tummy and doesn’t usually get things out of the ordinary to eat!