Light food for dogs when vomiting

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Light food for dogs when vomiting

Almost every dog ​​owner has seen his dog vomit. With some dogs this happens only occasionally or once, so many owners see no cause for concern. However, if vomiting occurs regularly or suddenly, a veterinarian should be consulted to find out the cause.

Causes of vomiting in the dog

The causes of vomiting can be very diverse and may not be directly determined. The following causes are possible:

  • Infections
  • Side effects of certain drugs
  • stress
  • acute diseases (e.g. liver or pancreatic diseases) or general diseases

Vomiting can also have various diet-related causes. Some causes can be found out quite easily by the dog owner himself by tracing the last feedings. For example:

  • abrupt change of feed
  • Ingestion of food that is too cold
  • Consumption of certain food components, eg bones or foreign bodies
  • Feed allergy
  • Stomach overload due to ingestion of too large amounts or strongly swelling feed
  • spoiled food (toxins, bacteria, yeast, mites or beetles formed by mold)

Vomiting can be diet-related. © velimir-stock.adobe.com

Feed the dog properly after vomiting

If a dog has vomited, it is often necessary to adjust its diet slightly in the following time so that the sensitive stomach can relax. It works in three phases:

1st phase: One-day food leave

A first measure that can be taken in the case of acute and massive vomiting is a one-day absence of food (food abstinence) so that the stomach has the opportunity to come to rest again. Without veterinary care, this phase should by no means last longer than a day, as otherwise there will be a shortage of important nutrients and fluids! In the case of severe vomiting, appropriate treatment should be given in parallel with the fast.

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2nd phase: feeding highly digestible components

After the acute phase has been overcome or even in the case of chronic vomiting, you can slowly start again with the feeding of highly digestible components such as chicken breast, quark, cottage cheese, soft-boiled rice or gruel. The light food should initially be offered in pulpy (pureed) to liquid form and in small portions several times a day.

3rd phase: return to solid food

Afterwards, you can switch back to slightly more solid food. It is advisable to continue to supplement the feed with a little liquid. Appropriate feeding can be carried out in adult dogs for a few weeks. In the long run, however, important minerals and vitamins that need to be supplemented are missing.

Prevent vomiting in the dog

So that the dog does not vomit because of the food in the first place, this can be easily prevented if the cause is also the food:

  • Change the feed gradually over several days (slowly reduce the amount of old feed)
  • Always offer food that you have prepared yourself and moist food at room temperature, not in the fridge or even frozen
  • Check the feed used for deviations in smell, color and consistency before feeding

If a feed allergy is suspected, an exclusion diet is recommended. Be sure to discuss this with your vet!