Feb 15

My Golden Retriever vomits around once a week, Should I be worried?

ASK DR.CLAIRE

Thanks for asking a question to health check your fur-baby. In short, it’s not normal for a Golden Retriever to vomit weekly, so yep there should be some concern. Vomiting is really just a symptom, and it can be the result of many underlying problems.

We really need to find the cause of the vomiting, so that we can treat your puppy’s problem, not just the symptom, and reach the best treatment or management plan.

Some of the underlying problems that cause vomiting are:

  • infectious disease (bacteria, viruses, parasites)
  • gut problems: inflammatory bowel disease, tumours, obstructions, food intolerance or food allergy
  • non gut abdominal/metabolic problems (kidney, liver, pancreatitis, spleen, electrolyte abnormalities, diabetes)
  • direct irritation of the stomach
  • toxins and some drugs
  • dietary indiscretion (aka what every Golden Retriever owner knows all too well – they will eat anything and everything!)

If your Golden is especially in-discriminate with what they eat then a once weekly vomit after eating something they shouldn’t in an otherwise well pup (bright, happy, great appetite and good weight) may be fine.

But there may be something underlying, that would help your pet live their best life if treated. It can’t be nice to vomit each week! A hands on examination from your local bricks and mortar vet to physically assess your pup, and a blood test may be recommended from there, as a great way to assess their base health.

Abdominal imaging (such as radiography and ultrasound) is often used in cases of vomiting, and may be best to exclude structural disease in the abdomen and to look at their gut wall thickness (which is an indicator of an unhappy gut).

In more severe cases surgical biopsies may be required to get to a diagnosis.

Important to note that your dog’s dietary management is always important, but especially in many vomiting cases, and conditions such as food allergies, which can even develop later in life. Sometimes by eliminating the part of the diet that’s causing an issue and changing to an appropriate and balanced home cooked food or a hypoallergenic commercial one will be all that’s needed to resolve the problem.

We can start with a video call or chat now to find out more about your pet and their health history, their general wellness and nutrition and go from there. START A CHAT

 

Hope that helps!

Chat soon, Dr. Claire

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