Dog Vomiting

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Canine Vomiting that occurs occasionally in an otherwise healthy dog is generally not a cause for concern. By far the most common cause of vomiting in dogs is eating indiscriminately. Persistent dog vomiting with or without signs of illness such as appetite loss, depression, lethargy, diarrhea, or constipation can indicate a more severe problem and should be addressed. The dehydration, for example, which results from vomiting, can lead to more serious problems if left untreated. Vomiting brings up a mixture of food, acids, and enzymes from the stomach which in certain cases can be lifesaving. When a dog vomits, you can see the abdominal muscles contracting, which helps differentiate vomiting from regurgitation, which occurs effortlessly, without muscle contractions.


  • Excess salivation
  • Discomfort
  • Pacing and whining
  • Gurgling or loud stomach noises


  • Eating bad food: garbage, excess fatty foods, and table scraps
  • Ingestion of foreign objects: bones, rubber balls, stones, sticks
  • Intestinal parasites: roundworms, especially in puppies
  • Viral infections: distemper, parvovirus, corona virus
  • Diseases: diabetes, cancer and stomach ulcers
  • Poisons: household drugs (e.g. Aspirin and Tylenol), rat poison, antifreeze, pesticides
  • Motion sickness (occurs while traveling in the car)
  • Stress/emotions: excess excitement or anxiety


Vomiting in dogs must be differentiated from regurgitation, which is the spontaneous reflux of food before it reaches the stomach. Canine regurgitation occurs because of a problem in the esophagus like a constriction or an obstruction. Regurgitated food comes up immediately and looks exactly like it did when it was eaten. This is common in certain puppies and occurs when they initially begin eating solid food. German Shepard’s are prone. Regurgitation occurs effortlessly and often surprises the dog as much as the owner.

With vomiting the general recommendation is to withhold food and water for 8-12 hours. Giving your dog food or water usually makes the vomiting worse. After that, offer a couple of ice cubes, then try small amounts of bland chicken baby food one teaspoon at a time. The next day make a bland diet using pureed chicken or turkey breast. Offer small amounts every few hours.

On day three add cooked brown rice and raw chopped greens to provide bulk. Then, gradually begin to add your dog’s normal diet back into the bland diet in one-quarter increments over the next few days.

Finally, decrease the number of feedings and increase the time interval between them until your dog is back on his normal diet and routine.


Remedy #1: Mix half a cup of fresh minced parsley with one cup of water. Boil five minutes, strain, cool and add one teaspoon of honey. Give one tablespoon of the final solution every 10 minutes.

Remedy #2: Pour two cups of boiling water over half a cup of fresh thyme or rosemary, infuse for 10 minutes, strain and cool. Give one teaspoon every 10 minutes.

Remedy #3: Mix one tablespoon of honey into four cups of warm water and give one tablespoon at 15 to 30 minute intervals.

Remedy #4: Make tea out of chamomile or peppermint and offer small amounts.

Remedy #5: Ginger is effective for vomiting due to motion sickness. If vomiting persists, see your vet. Your dog will need to be examined. An accurate history of the vomiting and a sample of the vomitus help determine the cause. Blood work and x-rays may help pinpoint the problem.


Persistent dog vomiting and/or vomitus with blood in it should be promptly addressed by your veterinarian.

Foreign objects can irritate and/or cause an obstruction which can result in vomiting.

Liver and kidney disease as well as diabetes and cancer can also be underlying problems.



For moderate vomiting Nux vomica 6c (poison nut) can help: one pellet every four hours until symptoms are gone. If there is no effect in 24 hours, try Pulsatilla 6c (windflower): one pellet every four hours until symptoms are gone. In each case, withhold food 10 minutes before and after treatment.

About Dr. Carol

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She welcomes new canine and feline patients.

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Muggs, the Diabetic Dog Thrives at Age 20!

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Dear Dr. Carol,

We had the pleasure of coming into contact with you about 2 years ago when our dog Muggs, a yorkie was about to turn 17 years old.

He was suffering greatly from Diabetes and we had him on a “Standard” Veterinarian Protocol of “Vetsulin”, a product you were kind enough to inform us about and warn us that this Product had actually been recalled.

We informed our Vet who knew nothing about the recall and insisted the product was safe and effective.  Why then, we wondered, was Muggs trending worse and worse while using the Vetsulin, suffering lethargy, disorientation, uncontrollable urination and excessive demand for water no matter how much he drank?

We were sadly considering putting Muggs down as his quality of life was lessening each day. You advised us to switch him over to a human insulin product readily available (and incredibly less expensive) at Wal Mart, and how to check his urine using readily available Test Strips.

You also provided us with a foolproof method of tracking his progress.  We are happy to let you know that Muggs will be celebrating his 20th Birthday on March 12 of 2012.  He has no clue how old he is and we have no intention of letting him know!

He’s happy, active, healthy, and has more teeth than I do!  I’m anxiously looking forward to trying out your Eye Essentials as a supplement to maintaining his current level of good eyesight (he easily recognizes Friends at the other end of the Block during our walks).

Dr. Carol, it was fate that brought us to you, and now it our mission to let others know that you are here for all of us with truth and knowledge and your Pet Products geared toward improving the life of our canine companions.

Much love from your Friends in Los Angeles…Walter, Lud, and Muggs..

About Dr. Carol

Holistic veterinarian and pet health researcher,  Dr. Carol Osborne, DVM., is available for pet health questions and pet health consultations for dogs and/ or cats.

Contact Dr. Carol’s veterinary office toll free at 1-866-372-2765 to make an appointment for your dog and/or cat today.



Dog Pancreatitis Cured Naturally & Avoids Diabetes

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Dr. Carol – what can I say…you’re truly a blessing!!!

My 8 year old Lab,  Harley got very sick.  My dog wasn’t eating and I had to take a water bowl to her to get her to drink.  She had zero energy and her breathing was weird and she had urinated all over the kitchen floor one night.

I thought her breathing seemed a bit labored, in the end I would find out it was because my dog was in pain.

Anyway, I spent $1,200 at the emergency vet.  They weren’t finding anything. They called in a ‘specialist’ to look at her and he duplicated some of the lab tests as he wanted to have them sent to a different lab.

All the tests came back pointing to problems with my dog’s pancreas.  The next step would have been to do an expensive ultra sound to ‘try’ to figure out what to do next.

I contacted Dr. Carol as I knew her PAAWS products had helped my mom’s dog a few years back.  I sent her a copy of Harley’s lab results.  She looked them over and offered her advice free of charge.  She saved me the expense of the ultra sound.

She instructed me to feed Harley a home-made pet diet made of brown rice, boiled chicken, peas and sent me some of her pet products (Probiotics and Digest-Zymes) to sprinkle on her food.

I wasn’t sure if Harley would eat it because she tends to be a bit picky.  She not only ate Dr. Carol’s home-made diet, she was wanting MORE. I took a sigh of relief (that she was eating)!!  Harley has also started on the PAAWS product and she LOVES them!!!

Just before Harley got sick, I had recently opened a new bag of Iams Healthy Naturals (lamb meal and rice).

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Pet Pancreas Problems:Pancreatitis in Dogs and Cats

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Pancreatitis is severe inflammation of the pancreas that often occurs due to eating too much rich, fatty food or getting into the garbage. Minature Schnauzers and obese dogs have the highest incidence of this disease. Dogs allowed to sample the feast at holiday celebrations often end up with indigestion and pancreatitis. With repeated episodes of inflammation, the pancreas loses its ability to function properly which can lead to diabetes.

SIGNS of Pancreatitis
* Vomiting.
* Diarrhea.
* Abdominal pain.
* Depression and lethargy.

* Diagnosis is based on history, signs, and blood work if necessary. Treatment is geared to allow the intestinal tract to rest by withholding all food and water for up to 24 hours. Fluids may be given under the skin (subcutaneously), or in cases with vomiting fluids are replaced intravenously. Most dogs and cats respond to treatment and in a few days are gradually put back onto food, starting with a bland diet given in small portions several times daily.
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