Why your puppy vomits without having any diarrhoea

Curious little puppies have a knack for tasting most things, and that's not always appropriate for your dog. Sometimes objects can cause blockages in the gastrointestinal tract which can sometimes mean you need to visit the vet.

Causes of vomiting without diarrhoea in puppies

A common reason for your puppy vomiting without diarrhoea is precisely because it has ingested an object in its stomach that its body wants to get out. This is the body's way of saying that the object should not go further down the intestinal tract and many times we have the answer to the vomiting.

Depending somewhat on the contents of the vomit, as mentioned above, you may get an answer as to why your puppy is vomiting if there is a large piece of chew in it or other object. But sometimes puppies vomit and the contents are only bile. A yellow puddle with no food balls or anything else in it. Then your puppy needs food and is vomiting because it is simply empty in the stomach, which puppies should ideally not be. But there is another reason why your puppy is vomiting without diarrhoea. Your puppy may have suffered from a bad case of gastritis and will need supportive treatment by a vet.

Some examples of items that can clog up the digestive tract

  • Socks, gloves or other clothing

  • Dog toys that they bite off parts of

  • Corn on the cob

  • Chestnuts

  • Leashes

  • Plastic 

  • Foam rubber

  • Earplugs

  • Tampons or bandages

To prevent your puppy from eating inappropriate items, do the following

  1. Make sure someone is always keeping an eye on what your puppy is eating, both indoors and outdoors.

  2. Make sure your home is always puppy-proofed. You can do this simply by removing anything that could be dangerous for your puppy to ingest. Read more about how to puppy-proof your home here.

  3. If you're not able to keep an eye on your puppy at all times. Put it inside some compost bins and only put in items that your puppy can chew on and that are not dangerous to your puppy.

Then you should contact the vet

It is important that you take vomiting in your puppy seriously. This is because puppies that are not allowed to retain food or water are at risk of becoming dehydrated quickly. Therefore, if your puppy is vomiting frequently or you suspect that it has ingested something that could cause a blockage in the intestine, contact a vet for immediate help.

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