Dogs seem to often eat things that may or may not be food, and if it doesn’t set well… well, they just throw it up.


However, sometimes vomiting is a sign of a serious medical condition in your pet. How do you know when it’s normal and when you need to take your friend to a Little Rock vet?


Here are some signs that your dog’s illness is not just an upset stomach, but could be something more serious.


Frequent Vomiting

A dog that gets sick once in a while is probably just eating something disagreeable. But if your pet is getting sick frequently, especially multiple times in a day, there could be something else going on.


Frequent vomiting may be a sign of colitis, an intestinal obstruction, or a parvovirus. If your furry friend is getting sick often, it’s time to take them to a Little Rock vet for testing and evaluation.


If it turns out to be nothing serious, great! However, if your dog is commonly getting into something disagreeable, you want to take the opportunity to evaluate what you have around and see if you can stop them from eating it.


You Notice Unusual Substances in the Mess

As you clean up your dog’s sickness, take a look to see if you notice anything unusual. Sometimes you’ll discover a serious problem this way.


Look for signs they ate something poisonous, including medication, rodent bait, or dye from pest poison. If you discover this, you’ll need to get your pet to a Little Rock vet immediately.


If you notice signs that they ate something upsetting but not harmful, such as socks, wrappers, candy, or other items, you may be able to avoid a vet visit. Keep an eye on your dog to see if they continue to get sick, in which case it’s time to go to the doctor.


The Vomiting Come With Other Symptoms

A dog who throws up once and the returns to life, as usual, is probably fine. But if you notice other symptoms of illness, call a Little Rock vet right away.


Signs to look for include:

  • Lethargy
  • Low appetite or a change in thirst
  • Diarrhea or change in urination
  • Blood in vomit or stool
  • Abdominal pain
  • Pale or white gums
  • Collapse


If these additional symptoms are present, chances are good that there is a serious health issue at fault. Our veterinarians would be happy to evaluate your furry friend to determine and treat the cause.


Many health problems can be treated if they are caught early. Keep an eye on your dogs vomiting patterns and do your best to keep your dog away from items they may eat and throw up. They stay healthier and everyone will be happier!


Keep Your Little Rock Vet’s Number at Hand

We never want anyone’s pet to have a medical emergency, but if one happens, acting quickly is essential. Be sure that you have the full contact information of your Little Rock vet close at hand so that you can reach out right away.


At Bowman Road Animal Clinic, we offer a comprehensive range of services, including exams, vaccinations, surgery, labs, and much more. Contact us today to make an appointment for your precious pet!