Travel First-Aid Tip for Dogs: Vomiting

Travel First-Aid Tip for Dogs: Vomiting


We are placing a series of travel first aid tips for dogs on our website.  These tips were written for the “Canine Companion – Instructions & First-Aid Tips” that came with the Emergency First-Aid & Travel Kit for Dogs by Dr. Brooks Bloomfield of The Doctor’s Office for Pets located in Truckee, California, a well-known, highly-respected veterinarian with over 30 years of superbly practicing veterinary medicine on wildlife and domesticated animals.

There are so many times that we as pet owners long to have a great veterinarian’s advice on-hand 24/7 so that we’re not left with so many questions during stressful situations when something has happened to our beloved pup especially when traveling (doesn’t it always happen that these situations arise on weekends, too, when your veterinarian’s office is closed).

This travel first-aid tip deals with:  Vomiting

“Vomiting is a common dog “emergency”.  In many cases, vomiting is protective in helping clear the stomach. 

Dogs can get mild viruses and other infections that result in vomiting.  Persistent or violent vomiting is a cause for concern and should be evaluated by a veterinarian. 

Treatment for an upset stomach is similar to people.  Food and water should be withheld for up to 24 hours to let the stomach quiet down.  Small sips of water are good, and ice cubes in a bowl (to lick not eat) work well to provide water without distending the stomach.  Dio-Tame can be administered to help settle the stomach.  After resting the stomach, feeding bland food such as hamburger meat or cooked chicken with all the juice and fat drained off mixed equally with boiled white rice in multiple, small meals, gives the stomach a chance to recover.  After a few days, you can reintroduce the regular diet.”

Note:  References to items or supplies noted in the above instructions were made in reference to the supplies that came in the Emergency First-Aid & Travel Kit for Dogs in conjunction with these instructions.

*Image courtesy of County Vets

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