Dogs, much like humans, can experience stomach upset. In some cases, what they ingest may later be vomited. To help at such times, here are some home remedies often used by dog owners.
Note: These home remedies can be supportive, but do not replace the advice or treatment of a veterinarian.
Home remedies when your dog vomits
1. chamomile: a time-honored stomach soother The soothing properties of chamomile are widely known. When combined with fennel seeds, its effects can be enhanced for stomach and intestinal problems.
2. yogurt: support for the intestinal flora A natural yogurt can stabilize the intestinal flora and soothe an upset stomach.
3. ginger: The versatile wonder drug ginger is a proven remedy for nausea and other stomach complaints. Nevertheless, the amount in which it is administered should be monitored.
4. oats: natural protection and moisture b inder oatmeal can put a protective film over the stomach wall and help retain fluids.
5. rice: a mild solution for the stomach rice binds fluids and can help keep important nutrients in the body. A little salt can also add beneficial electrolytes.
Why does my dog vomit? Possible causes
Vomiting in dogs is not uncommon and can be caused by a variety of factors. Occasional vomiting is often not a cause for concern, but should be monitored. Here are some common reasons your dog might vomit:
1. food allergies or intolerances Sometimes a dog's gastrointestinal tract is sensitive to certain ingredients in food. This can trigger vomiting, especially when a new food or snack is introduced.
2. foreign objects in the digestive tract Dogs tend to chew or swallow things that are not intended for consumption - from toy parts to rocks to household items. Such foreign objects can block the stomach or intestines and cause vomiting.
3. infections or parasites Gastrointestinal infections, often caused by bacteria, viruses or parasites, can cause vomiting, diarrhea and other symptoms.
4. toxins and poisons Ingestion of toxic substances, whether from plants, chemicals, or spoiled food, can trigger an immediate response from the body in the form of vomiting.
5. Medications Some medications can cause vomiting as a side effect. It is important to always follow the dosage recommended by your veterinarian and to watch for reactions after administering new medications.
6. diseases and illnesses Various illnesses, such as kidney or liver disease, pancreatitis or certain cancers, may have vomiting as one of the symptoms.
7. Stress and anxiety Just like in humans, dogs can react to emotional or physical stress with stomach discomfort and vomiting. Moving, introducing a new pet, or loud noises can be such stressors.
8. overfeeding or eating too fast A stomach that is too full, especially if the food is gobbled down too quickly, can irritate the stomach and cause vomiting.
9. stomach twisting This is a life-threatening emergency in which a dog's stomach twists and traps gas or food. This often results in rapid vomiting with nothing or very little coming out.
The cost of a visit to the vet
The cost of a visit to the doctor for a blood test for a dog can vary greatly depending on the region, the specific veterinarian and the extent of the test. In general, costs can be broken down as follows:
Consultation Fee: Most veterinary visits have a basic consultation fee. This can range from 20 to 60 Euros depending on the region and practice, although there may of course be more expensive practices.
Blood draw: The cost of the actual blood draw can range from 10 to 30 euros, depending on how complicated the procedure is and how cooperative the dog is.
Blood test: here the cost varies greatly depending on exactly what tests are performed:
- A simple blood count (to check red and white blood cells) can cost between 30 and 60 euros.
- A biochemical profile (to check liver, kidneys, electrolytes, etc.) can cost between 50 and 150 euros, depending on the scope.
- Special tests, such as thyroid function tests or tests for specific pathogens, may incur additional costs.
Additional costs: sometimes it may be necessary for the blood to be sent to an outside laboratory, which may result in additional fees. The veterinarian's interpretation of the results may also incur additional costs.
In general, you should expect to pay between €100 and €250 for a basic blood test including consultation fee, although this is only a guideline. For more specialized tests or in more expensive regions/practices, it may of course cost more.
It is always a good idea to ask the vet directly about the costs before you have a test done. Many vets also give estimates to avoid surprises.
Gastric Torsion in Dogs (Gastric Torsion)
Gastric torsion, also called gastric torsion or GDV (gastric dilatation-volvulus), is considered an acute and life-threatening emergency in dogs. In this case, the animal's stomach is twisted around its own axis, resulting in the strangulation of the entrance and exit of the stomach. The pent-up gas cannot escape and the stomach becomes distended, restricting blood flow to other organs and potentially damaging them.
Symptoms of gastric distention:
- A severely distended abdomen is observed.
- Restlessness is exhibited.
- Gagging without vomiting is noted.
- Excessive salivation is noted.
- Apathy and circling are noticed.
What is done acutely?
- Donot waste time: If gastric distention is suspected, a veterinarian or animal hospital should be seen immediately. Every minute is considered critical.
- No water or food is given: Feeding or watering could make the situation worse.
- The dog is calmed down: an agitated dog could produce more gas, which could make the situation worse. Efforts are made to keep the dog as calm as possible and excessive exercise is avoided.
- No home treatments are given: No attempt should be made to vent the dog's stomach by itself or to treat the condition at home. There is a risk of further complications.
Breeds Affected: Large breeds of dogs with deep chests are particularly affected. These include:
But other breeds and even mixed breeds can also be affected. It is emphasized that although these breeds are at increased risk, basically any dog can suffer gastric torsion.
- Smaller meals are offered several times a day.
- Intense exercise before and after meals is avoided.
- Allowing large amounts of water to be drunk at one time is avoided, especially after eating.
Despite all precautions, gastric distention may occur. Therefore, it is considered important to know the symptoms and act quickly in case of emergency. It should be known to every dog owner to be able to react properly in case of emergency.