Vet Blog

Vomiting in Dogs: When Should You Be Concerned?

November 18, 2019

We all know dogs can eat things that are pretty gross to us, like trash, or items that should not be eaten, like toys.

While one or two episodes of vomiting are not concerning, further vomiting can be a sign of life-threatening issues or could lead to complications, such as dehydration. At Animal Care Center of Castle Pines, serving the community of Douglas County, CO, and surrounding areas, we want you to be informed when it comes to vomiting in dogs.


Vomiting can actually be a method of self-protection for your pet. If they ingest dangerous substances, getting them out of the body through vomiting can be helpful for your dog's health. Motion sickness can also cause vomiting. Other, more immediate concerns that would need emergency veterinarian attention include:

Most often, vomiting is due to stomach irritation, but once they vomit this might trigger further vomiting due to inflammation in the stomach. In this case, your dog would likely still need quick medical attention to avoid dehydration or further complications.

When to Go to the Veterinarian

While vomiting may simply be from an upset stomach or something your dog ate, if it progresses, it is important to get to your veterinarian quickly. If they continue to vomit multiple times in one day or for more than 24 hours, seek medical attention. Often our dogs can tell us when something is not right if we are aware of it. Some signs to look for in your dog include:

  • Pale or white gums
  • Blood in vomit or stool
  • Diarrhea
  • Decrease in appetite
  • Less energy and lethargic
  • Change in thirst level
  • Changes in urination

When it comes to vomiting in dogs, we understand that it can sometimes be difficult to know when to bring them in. If you have any questions or concerns about your dog's vomiting, give us a call and we will be able to tell your fur baby needs to be seen. At Animal Care Center of Castle Pines, your dog's health is our number one priority!