Vomiting in Dogs: What Would You Do If It Was Your Dog? Flossy’s Mysterious Vomiting

What would you do if your dog kept vomiting and couldn’t hold down water?

Vomiting in Dogs: What Would You Do If It Was Your Dog? Flossy's Mysterious Vomiting

Flossy was an intact, young, energetic Border Collie with no health issues to speak of. She would always get the odd people food treat and was handling them fine.

That morning, however, when she got a small piece of her dad’s toast, it immediately came back out–as if it literally got catapulted back. Because Flossy was acting otherwise normally, nobody was too concerned. It was just puzzling.

That night, though, Flossy started vomiting. She was sick all over the place. The vomit seemed to be mostly water.

It happened around the same time after Flossy’s heat as before. And because Flossy felt poorly then too, events seemed to be following a familiar pattern.

Flossy kept being sick for a few days.

She would vomit during the night and in the morning–mostly water. As it went on, Flossy’s mom became concerned that Flossy might be suffering from pyometra. That’s what landed Flossy an emergency appointment at her veterinary clinic.

The veterinarian didn’t find anything wrong.

Flossy’s blood work looked good and abdominal ultrasound didn’t show anything suspicious or alarming. Perhaps it was just Flossy’s hormones? She did exhibit other symptoms of a phantom pregnancy–nesting, collecting toys, and whining.

Flossy kept throwing up and started losing weight.

She kept down her food but when she drank, the water didn’t seem to find a place to go other than back out. Why would the food stay down but the water wouldn’t? Why would this go on for this long–two and a half weeks now?

Something needed to be done to get to the bottom of it.

What do you make of Flossy’s symptoms? What would you do if it was your dog?

Find out what was wrong with Flossy.

Related articles:
Symptoms to Watch for in Your Dog: Vomiting

Further reading:
Vomiting in Dogs

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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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