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Hi everyone, I wanted to write a quick blog post about this topic because of something that recently happened to me. As some of you know, it was my birthday last week! But I didn’t write a post about it this year because I wasn’t feeling well. I threw up several times, so I didn’t get to enjoy any birthday treats. So, I thought some dog parents might have similar questions to the ones Molly had.
Is Vomiting a Serious Health Concern?
Yes and no. The answer to this question depends on why your dog is vomiting. Like humans, dogs vomit for a variety of reasons. Some are just because of an upset stomach while others are a symptom of a more serious illness. If your dog vomits once, but is fine otherwise, it’s probably not anything severe. However, if you notice repeated vomiting or vomiting paired with other symptoms, it could be linked to a health problem.
When Should You Take a Vomiting Dog to the Vet?
Ultimately, this is up to you, but most sources say that if a dog vomits several times throughout the day, you should contact your vet. Of course, if you notice other weird symptoms and behaviors in addition to the vomiting, a vet checkup is definitely needed. Even if your dog only vomits once, you can still take them to the vet if you’d like, but it’s recommended only if it’s a consistent problem or one with additional symptoms.
The reason I bring this up is because I had to go to the vet recently for my upset tummy. On my birthday, I threw up several times, but then I was fine overnight, so Molly thought that was the end of it. Unfortunately, I threw up again later the next day, so she rushed me to the vet. Even though the vet decided that I was just reacting to something weird that I ate, the visit helped me a lot. They gave me medicine and fluids while I was there, and gave me a bland diet to eat for a few days to calm my stomach. Molly thinks the food smells disgusting, but I think it’s yummy! I’m definitely feeling a lot better now.
It’s Better to Be Safe Than Sorry!
The moral of the story is that it’s better to be safe than sorry. If you’re worried about your dog’s health, even if it seems like a minor issue, contact your vet. Even if it turns out to be nothing, you’ll at least feel better knowing that you made sure your dog was safe. That’s much better than ignoring their symptoms when something serious could be going on.
Vet visits can be expensive, but they’re an essential part of caring for a dog. I’m glad that Molly worries about me and protects me. As much as I hate going to the vet, I know that it helped me feel better. Now, I’m ready for a birthday re-do!
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