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.

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Diabetic Dog Thrives on Healthy People Food Diet

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As a pet owner, do you wonder what you’re really feeding your dog? Was your canine a victim of the 2004 or 2007 Menu Pet Food Recall? Does your dog suffer from allergies? Did your dog get diagnosed with Cancer? Why did your vet recommend a “special” diet your dog doesn’t really like? Are you spending a fortune on your pet’s food?

Pet Food has become a true dilemma for many dog and cat owners! Ever think about home cooking for your pets but worried about making a mistake?

As a practicing holistic veterinarian for many years, many of my pet patients want to give their pets the very best, especially when it comes to pet food. The problem is how to figure out whats best for your pet.

This will be the first of my pet food series on Homemade Pet Diets:

Pawsitively Healthy Homemade Canine Cuisine…made with People Food

Poochys Pork Butts with Black Rice-n-Broccoli Florets

Step 1: Pour 1/4 cup of olive oil in a Dutch oven pot

Step 2: Sear two, three pound Organic Pork Butts, preferably the BONELESS CUT Ends, in a Dutch Oven and sear them on both sides until brown.
This also releases the porks natural flavors and juices.

Step 3: Add 4 Cups of distilled or filtered water to the seared pork.

Step 4: Place your Covered Dutch Oven containing the seared pork butts and water in your oven and cook (covered) at 350 degrees for 4 hours.

Step 5: After four hours the Pork will easily shred. Shred the pork and then add the 16 ounces of black rice. There will be flavored water and natural tasty juices left over in the Dutch oven that haven’t evaporated because the tight fitting lid retains the juices and flavor.

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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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Dog with IBD respond to Paaws

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Dr Carol, DVM

Hi Dr. Carol,

I forgot to tell you when I took Meeka in for her (Lepto) shot, our vet could not get over how healthy Meeka looked and was surprised at how well she is doing. She did glow. I had to write down all the medications and foods I give her to keep her well and glowing. Who knows maybe you will have another veterinarian recommending Paaws.

I’m sure after our last visit, Dr. Cox has seen the difference in Meeka.
She has actually gained a couple pounds. She has no more loose stool and now she is energetic and not moping around the house. We started doing some agility with her and she seems to enjoy it with no more stomach upsets. I’d say her new home-made diet, along with your Paaws vitamins and probiotics have finally solved her stomach and digestion issues.

Thank you for your wonderful advice and all the time you spent helping me with her.

Jan and Meeka
Chicago, Illinois

Dog Pancreatitis Associated with Canidae Food

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Hi Dr. Carol,

It’s Kim, I spoke with you over the phone on Thursday past. I put in a request for a copy of Magnum’s bloodwork panels that same day and was told I would indeed get a copy. I should have had them Friday or Saturday. I think my vet wants to ambush me with twenty questions. I will call again on Monday and see what the problem is. I just read your biography and was not aware of all of the accolades you have received. And I did not know you are a horse person. I own a friesian and ride dressage. My trainer is 4th level and going for her silver medal.

I have emailed the people at Canidae to find out exactly what they have added to their new dog food formula that could possibly be making my little scotty dog sick with pancreatitis. Naturally I did not receive an answer. There has got to be one component in that food that disagrees with Magnum. So far, he has been fairing quite well on the Purina EN, even though I’m not a fan of the ingredients. I have heard of other dogs that do well to recover from this stuff. I don’t get it. We will eventually ever so slowly transition over to a quality food that you have recommended along with your digestive enzymes and probiotics. My goal is the preservation of good health and long life for my dogs, and I truly believe your VitaLife vitamins have helped my dogs stay healthy which is why I will always keep them on your products. I do not do well when I lose a dog.

Again, thank you so much for your wisdom and guidance in which path I should take to help my scotty recover from this problem. Oh, if only you were a resident of the Lehigh Valley in Pennsylvania. I’m lucky enough to have you in a neighboring state.

With regards,

Kim S.
Alburtis, PA

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