My Dog Vomited … Why Examine Your Dog’s Vomit?

I get that nobody likes playing with puke. But if your dog does throw up, examining what came out can be quite useful.

My Dog Vomited ... Why Examine Your Dog's Vomit?
But they were so nice and chewy …

And for a fresh real-life example?

Cookie’s leg had been sore off and on (more on that later) and our vet recommended giving Tylenol for the time being. I was not all that thrilled with the idea, but yesterday there was a good reason to give some.

I gave her one yesterday afternoon and one in the morning.

Cookie threw up a few hours later.

First thing I’d suspect was the Tylenol. But I decided to examine the vomit anyway. At first glance, it just looked like thick chyme kind of thing.

Close scrutiny, though, revealed small pieces of wood!

That paints a different picture, doesn’t it?

Cookie does have a tendency to chew on whatever happens to be nearby, which happens to include sticks and wood chips. We were watching her and trying to prevent her from actually eating any of that.

Clearly, somehow she sneaked some by us anyway.

In her defense, Bruin and JD used to do the same thing and quite regularly would throw up a pile of wood pieces after a day at the farm. (one of the main reasons we got insurance for JD) One can watch them only so much.

JD stopped doing that, hopefully, Cookie will too before it bites her in the rear end.

She’s looking good and eating and pooping normally, so I’m hoping she threw up all that didn’t belong into the system.

It’s always a good idea to examine the puke.

Cookie, honey, please stop eating sticks.

Saran wrap pieces extracted from vomit.

When JD threw up the other day, I went to examine the vomit as usually, looking for pieces of wood. It all seemed quite normal, except for some strips which seemed like strips of chicken but were so strong that couldn’t be pulled apart. When washed and “unwrapped” it turned out to be saran wrap.

Little rocks found in vomit.

The vomit containing these rocks looked quite inconspicuous too. (the coin was added for scale)

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Jana Rade

I am a graphic designer, dog health advocate, writer, and author. Jasmine, the Rottweiler of my life, was the largest female from her litter. We thought we were getting a healthy dog. Getting a puppy from a backyard breeder was our first mistake. Countless veterinary visits without a diagnosis or useful treatment later, I realized that I had to take Jasmine's health care in my own hands. I learned the hard way that merely seeing a vet is not always enough. There is more to finding a good vet than finding the closest clinic down the street. And, sadly, there is more to advocating for your dog's health than visiting a veterinarian. It should be enough, but it often is not. With Jasmine, it took five years to get a diagnosis. Unfortunately, other problems had snowballed for that in the meantime. Jasmine's health challenges became a crash course in understanding dog health issues and how to go about getting a proper diagnosis and treatment. I had to learn, and I had to learn fast. Helping others through my challenges and experience has become my mission and Jasmine's legacy. I now try to help people how to recognize and understand signs of illness in their dogs, how to work with their veterinarian, and when to seek a second opinion. My goal is to save others the steep curve of having to learn things the hard way as I did. That is the mission behind my blog and behind my writing. That is why I wrote Symptoms to Watch for in Your Dog, which has turned out being an award-winning guide to dog owners. What I'm trying to share encompasses 20 years of experience.

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