Why Is My Dog Being Sick? 6 Potential Causes - NibbleyPets

Why Is My Dog Being Sick? 6 Potential Causes

December 03, 2020

Why Is My Dog Being Sick? 6 Potential Causes

Has your dog recently been sick? Or even been sick quite frequently?

If so, you'll want to take a look at the potential causes, and see which one of them is causing your dog to be sick. From there, you'll be able to take the right precautions to stop your dog from being sick. That's why in this article, we're going to take at the top 6 potential causes of your dog being sick to help you prevent that from happening in the future.

1. Food Poisoning

One of the potential reasons your dog is being sick could be food poisoning. Just like with us humans, dogs can also be vulnerable to food poisoning.

If this is the case, you'll want to remove all food and water for two hours. From there, you can allow your dog to have small amounts of water to help combat the poison. And, of course, don't give them the food they have been eating the past couple of days.

2. Eating new or unusual food

If you have recently given your dog food that is new, or unusual compared to what they have always eaten, this may be a cause too.

Switch back to the food that you usually give to your dog, and see whether that stops your dog from being sick. If they are being sick right now, you should also stop them from eating any food for 2 hours, and then give them small amounts of water.

3. Bad Posture when eating

It may not even be the food that is causing your dog's sickness, but instead their posture when they are eating.

Normal bowls and feeders cause strain and indigestion in most dogs. This is especially the case for Brachycephalic dogs, as it makes them more prone to choking. But, even for most other dogs, it's still very uncomfortable to eat.

This where elevated feeders come in, as they elevate the bowl to make it a much more comfortable experience. This way, your dog doesn't have to stretch their neck into an unusual position to reach the food, and can instead reach it much easier.

If you would like to learn more about this, you can check out our elevated dog bowl stand.

4. Eating too much or too quickly

Another cause could be simply eating too much or too quickly. If it's a too large quantity, then try reducing it of course.

But, if you think it's them eating too quickly, then consider taking some additional measures too. For example, you can split your dog's mealtimes, or even place large objects inside of the bowl. This should usually make them eat slower, and will therefore prevent future sickness if this is the cause.

5. Motion sickness

Motion sickness is also not uncommon in dogs. As you probably know, it's caused by repeated movements when traveling for example going over bumps when inside a car.

Other than sickness, some other signs of this are:

  • Inactivity or uneasiness
  • Whining
  • Excessive drooling
  • Smacking or licking lips

Motion sickness is quite hard to treat properly, but the best way is to make the car journey as comfortable as possible for your pet. You can do this by making sure they face forward and getting a designated dog seatbelt.

6. Kidney, Liver, or Pancreatic disease

If you think your dog has a kidney, liver, or pancreatic disease this is a more serious issue. If this is the case, you should go to the Vet for further assistance.

Besides vomiting, other signs that your dog has a Kidney, Liver, or Pancreatic disease include:

  • Fever
  • Nausea
  • Lethargy
  • Abdominal Pain
  • Diarrhea
  • Decreased Appetite

It's always better to be safe, so if you do see these signs, we suggest going to a vet.

Final Thoughts

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