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Why is my dog throwing up? - Believe it or not, vomiting (throwing up) is quite common in dogs. It can be caused by a variety of factors, most are however, not a major health concern. The dog usually just ate some bad food and it is his/her way of getting rid of the problem.

Although vomiting is a common occurrence in dogs, it can be a challenge to find the root cause. That's because vomiting is not considered to be a disease but rather a symptom of an underlying ailment. If the dog continues to throw up for more than 8 hours it may be time to consult a veterinarian.

Pet owners can also see vomiting in their dog immediately after a meal. This commonly occurs when the stomach is already irritated due to bile and gastric fluids before the dog eats. The already-upset stomach has trouble handling the the added food. In some cases, canine stomach ulcers can form due to the chronic stomach irritation, resulting in even more discomfort and frequent emesis.

Medications like Pepcid AC, Zantac and Tagemet (active ingredient famotidine, cimetidine) are often prescribed in these cases. Consult a vet if your dog is prone to throwing up.

What to do if my dog is throwing up? - Do not feed the dog food for 24 hours to give the digestive system a chance to rest. Give the dog small amounts of water and see how he reacts. You can give the pet small amounts of water every 15 minutes if it has stopped vomiting for six hours. Keep a close eye on the pet to see if symptoms worsen.

Once the pet has vomited again, food and water must be completely withheld for another six hours. If the stomach has settled and the dog is no longer throwing up, try feeding small amounts of plain food. Boiled chicken, potatoes and rice would be a good choice as these foods can be easily digested.