Dog Throwing Up Undigested Food

Understanding for reasons for a dog throwing up undigested food and why dogs occasionally vomit back their undigested food is not easy for new dog owners.

There is normally no need panic as most dogs do vomit on the odd occasions, usually they are back to normal within a few hours. But if this continues you have to understand its causes and effects.

There are two main reasons for a dog throwing up undigested food,to be sick like this, first it is simply and usually because they have eaten something that does not agree with them,sometimes you can see your dog eating grass this can pr-empt the dog vomiting.

They can pick up bits of waste while out on a walk, scraps of discarded food in plastic even waste or foreign matter that has been thrown away, (puppies are very prone to this) they eat it and their body rejects it fortunately.

If however any dog throwing up undigested food or just vomiting if this is accompanied by diarrhea or bloody stools or obvious signs of discomfort in the animal then this needs to be investigated and treated promptly by your vet.

A Dog Throwing up undigested food is it
just an instance of being sick?

What to do and the steps you can take.

 A dog throwing up undigested food is not uncommon and is not normally a cause of  serious worry for any dog owner.

There are some easy visual checks to notice.

Some dogs can eat to fast,the term Wolfing down your food is an obvious referral to a wolf pack feeding where its about get what you can and get it down quickly before its all gone.

  Dogs are adapted to metabolize animal flesh and fat, They have a short digestive tracts with little digestive support for breaking down and metabolizing functions of cereal grains and complex carbs.

The dogs digestive problems can arise as a result of the difficult and slow to digest ingredients that can remain undigested causing bloating,gas and discomfort for the dog,these dog food intolerance systems that are better treated as soon as possible.

Many domestic dogs still retain ancient habits of eating too quickly and as they eat they take in large quantities of air,this causing  bloating intolerance where its stomach get extended and the automatic involuntary reaction is regurgitation of the dog throwing up undigested food.

 This type of vomiting is mainly caused only by eating too fast this can be easily fixed with a dog food slow eater,you can make one yourself,or buy one of the many manufactured products.

To make the diy slow eater You place a large round object to big for the dog to get its jaw around on top of its food in the bowl.

To get at the food the dog has to keep moving the object off its food and so cannot eat it to quickly.This is simple and it works as long as there is only just sufficient space between the object and bowl so the dog can just get at the  food. 

A dog throwing up undigested food is it

 Regurgitation or Vomiting?

(Yes there is there a difference) It is important to understand is that vomiting and regurgitation are not the same thing.)


Contraction of heaving stomach muscles and a form of projectile vomiting sometimes containing a very sour smelling yellow bile along with partially digested food which can occur some hours after eating.

This can be caused by a number of factors,an upset stomach caused by the dog eating to fast,or too much some dogs are greedy by nature. Picking up and eating garbage disposing food or harmful grasses or plants rather than something more serious.

An obstruction caused by the dog swallowing part of a discarded pizza box some plastic litter or a plastic bag that have traces of food contained are lethal culprits for causing dogs a serious obstruction problems.

Small stones are not uncommon obstructions, lots of dogs like to play with stones it should be discouraged as many dogs will swallow them,which in turn can lead to expensive operation costs and a painful and stressful time for the dog during a careful recovery.

There are other less common factors that your veterinarian can advise on.


A dog throwing up undigested food.

This has not the heaving symptom associated with vomiting and is a less ejection of the stomach contents which usually occurs shortly after the dog has fed.

After any bout of sickness your dogs behavior is usually the best indicator that all is well or not well.

When Should I Worry?

If your dog lays dog refuses food and water and is generally lethargic for more than a 6 to 12 hours of fasting needed for the dogs stomach to have settled down to normality you can try a little light food.

The biggest danger is dehydration as with humans as well as all animals essential functions start to break down so hydration is paramount if it refuses water for more than a few hours called the vet.

Introduce a little bland food some minced rice and chicken or some shredded cheese in some natural or pro biotic yogurt if there are no after effect you can gradually get it back on its normal diet

Carry out all the checks listed below.

Make sure you clean up methodically,check where it has been,use rubber or plastic discard-able gloves to clean thoroughly all areas and items it has been in contact with.

  • Check the dogs mouth to see if any foreign items are lodged and clear,clean around the dogs mouth.

  • Make sure the dogs water bowl has clean water and is at room temperature too cold or warm and tepid could cause the dog to be sick again.

  • Give the dog a place to rest that is soft,comfortable where it feels secure.

  • Display to your dog lots of comforting affection it will help in its recovery.

  • If the dogs begins to recover and will take food you can offer it bland food like boiled rice, boiled potatoes, and very well-cooked chicken. These foods are easier for your dog to digest than regular dog food. After a day or two on this diet, you can transition your dog back to his or her regular food.

  • Other reasons for a dog throwing up undigested food could require professional help.

  • If there are sign of continued sickness,discomfort and stress within say  2/4 hours call your vet it better safe than sorry.

What are dog food intolerance symptoms

If your pet shows any signs of gastrointestinal intolerance this symptom is often accompanied with gas, foul smelling along with eventual vomiting.

These symptoms are strong indicators of a digestion difficulty although regardless of the cause, pets suffering from this indigestion can experience severe discomfort causing painful contractions of the stomach muscles and retching followed by vomiting in an effort to expel the undigested substances from its body.

Mild or even intermittent cases of vomiting can be treated quite easily modifications of the dogs diet. The vet will normally ask that you to withhold food for several hours and give the pet plenty of fresh water to prevent electrolyte imbalance and dehydration.

When the dog eats something that is difficult to digest or cannot be broken down in the digestive tract and absorbed by the body, the pet will throw it up.

There are occasions especially with puppies when they gulp food down too quickly or eat food they pick up outside food dropped even that found in the garbage. Indigestion is accompanied by two types of vomiting, namely acute vomiting and chronic vomiting. Pet owners should know how to differentiate the two.

We all know whats its like to feel unwell you just want to lay down and do nothing

Regular Vomiting

Any dog throwing up undigested food more than once or twice after food over a period of 2/3days can indicate it to be suffering from an underlying problem or even an internal inflammation or infection.

Some pets can develop a weakening in the digestive system. In many cases often rather than not, chronic vomiting is associated with internal inflammation such as in the intestines.

Effecting a Treatment For a dog throwing up undigested food

dog throwing up undigested food on more than an odd occasion must visit the vet who is most likely to request you to collect a sample of fresh vomit to get it thoroughly checked out signs of any blood present in the vomit that may indicate internal problems or even of intestinal parasites being present.
Other tests like blood tests, abdominal X-rays and feces examination will be conducted if required.

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  • Prevent your dog from roaming outdoors and eating any objects lying around or garbage.

  • Wash your pet's food and water bowls daily to prevent him from coming in contact with external contaminants.

  • Unless your dog is unwell Don't change the dog's diet suddenly.

  • Consider administering herbal or natural remedies to your pet to treat chronic vomiting.

  • Check your dogs visual feces regularly before confining the excrement.

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List of Common Symptoms of Intolerance to some Foods in Dogs

Dog throwing up undigested food checklist.

Every dog is different, and many react not only to some ingredients but also react to the processes used in the manufacture of some dog foods. There are many easy recognizable symptoms and forms of intolerance and allergies to food ingredients that your dog may show, and that will may vary in severity. Visible and easily recognized common food intolerance symptoms in dogs to look out for may include the following:

  • Flaky skin
  • Constant itching or scratching
  • Itchy paws or feet
  • Chewing or biting areas of the skin
  • Dry or rough skin
  • Loss of hair
  • Hives
  • Rashes
  • infections in the ear s
  • Skin irritations, or hot spots
  • vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Several bowel movements a day
  • Nausea
  • Lethargy

Many symptoms can take time to develop and may not be apparent right away then suddenly become apparent.

Dogs can develop these allergies to foods they have been eating for a long period of time building up with no apparent symptoms then almost overnight they become apparent.

Most dog owners then should be aware that the cause can be due to a building up of an allergy or reaction to food they have used over time

 Any dog throwing up undigested food regularly can have symptoms of food intolerance may gradually or instantly get better with a simple change of diet or a change of a processed food normally used.

Older Dog Care

Older dog care is mainly lots of love and affection with a sharp eye looking for potential ailments you can catch quickly overcome so they don't cause discomfort for a friend.

Many dog owners as their pets get older need to be extra vigilant fr signs of health problems with their dogs,arthritic joints an a weakening bladder can require a dog urinary tract infection treatment asap.

The same applies to the dog yeast infection symptoms or dog skin yeast infection with the constant scratching or the dog inner ear infection symptoms of the rapid shaking of its head.

The more easy to spot is the infection between toe but more harder to treat usually because that area is particularly sensitive.

Over time without treatment and a change of diet,this can lead to inflammation of the lining of the digestive system, resulting in bowel disorders, increase sensitivities to some foods, susceptibilities, allergies, leaky gut and obesity.

The good news is there are now many organic dog food brands available along with good grain free dog food recipes, with a choice of dog food flavors available with top rated dry dog food.

We have a full page on the site about hydrolyzed protein dog food

Helps keep dogs fuller longer resulting in eating less frequently (good news because grain-free/high-protein foods can be more expensive)

  • May reduce canine food allergies.

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