This is Part 2 in this series of articles designed to prevent the most common beagle health problems.
In part 1 we covered: ear infections, skin allergies and skin infections such as Pyoderma, also known as hot spots. In Part 2 we are going to cover vomiting.
Dogs vomit more often than human beings. However, sometimes vomiting is a signal that something is seriously wrong.
Common Causes: A fast ingestion of dry food, a sudden change in their diet or the ingestion of something that your beagle’s body cannot digest can cause acute vomiting.
Another possible cause of vomiting is worms and parasites and worms (roundworms, Giardia, Coccidia).
A foreign object can block your beagle’s digestive tract and this can cause sudden and repeated vomiting. The ingestion of poison can also be a cause for sudden and repeated vomiting. Other signals of obstruction are lack of movement and bloating. If this is the case, you should consult with your vet immediately.
What signs to watch for: When vomiting is a serious health issue, it is often accompanied by diarrhea, lethargy, behavioral problems, etc. Plus, when a beagle vomits several times, it can indicate that something is worse.
These are the two forms of vomiting that you should worry about:
- Acute Vomiting – If your beagle vomits several times suddenly, it may indicate an emergency and should get immediate treatment.
- Chronic Vomiting – If your beagle vomits every week without fail, it can be a signal of a chronic problem connected with another illness or allergy.
What to Do: If your beagle vomits more than once or shows signs of additional illness, see a vet immediately.
This is the treatment that Pet – WebMD recommends:
If your dog is healthy and has vomited only once, you should withhold food and water for about 12 hours to give your dog’s stomach time to rest.
After that, give your dog a few ice chips or a small amount of water (a quarter to half a cup, depending on your dog’s size) to see if they can tolerate it. You also can give them a small amount of pediatric electrolyte solution with the water.
If your pet seems fine with the water, offer a couple of tablespoons of bland food, such as boiled chicken breast and rice, every few hours. If he keeps it down, you can slowly reintroduce his regular diet. If he throws up again, see your veterinarian.
Your veterinarian may prescribe antibiotics, a diet change, antiemetics (drugs that help control vomiting) or other medications. Follow your veterinarian’s recommendations on what is best for your pet.
How to Prevent Vomiting
There is no direct way to prevent one of the common beagle health problems as vomiting. However, these are some things that you can do daily to keep your beagle healthy:
- Avoid giving your beagle table scraps.
- Avoid giving your beagle large meals if they eat too fast.
- Avoid letting your beagle play with objects they can ingest.