Vomiting and Shaking in Dogs
Dogs commonly eat things that they are not supposed to. This is bound to result in vomiting. Eating unfamiliar foods or even inedible substances could cause a stomach upset and result in vomiting. Vomiting can also be caused by gastritis which is characterized by an inflammation of the lining of the stomach. When vomiting occurs, the stomach requires rest and as such excess of food and fluids must not be given to the dog. For mild stomach upsets, food must not be given to the dog for at least twelve hours. If dog vomiting does not stop, the stomach may require another twelve hours to recover completely.
If the vomiting is accompanied by diarrhea it could be indicative of food poisoning or poisoning from other toxins. Illnesses such as salmonella can also have this effect. The vomiting could also lead to dehydration and hypoglycemia which can result in seizures. Presence of blood in the vomit or stools requires immediate medical attention and the dog must be taken to a veterinary clinic for an examination. Shaking or shivering is also indicative of some kind of stress or discomfort in the dog. It could occur due to injury or illness. Fluids from the body are lost during vomiting and as such dehydration is most likely to follow a bout of vomiting. The dog’s blood sugar levels are also affected, and hypoglycemia is likely to result. Symptoms of hypoglycemia include shivering and weakness. Hypoglycemia in dogs can be prevented by rubbing honey or maple syrup into the gums after every six to seven hours.
To prevent dehydration, the dog must be give small amounts of liquids constantly. During a vomiting bout, giving the dog ice cubes will help to avoid dehydration. It will also keep him from consuming too much water which will only cause more vomiting. In cases of food poisoning or gastritis, the veterinarian is likely to recommend giving the dog bland food that will not exert the stomach too much. Offer such food in very small amounts initially. Offer a bit more of the food once four hours without vomiting has passed. Keep repeating this until the dog is able to eat one third the size of his usual meal thrice a day. Once this continues successfully for three days, you can gradually get the dog to eat his usual food. It is important to remember that if vomiting and shivering occur along with symptoms such as bloody vomit, abdominal tenderness and swelling, pale gums and lack of improvement even after a day, then getting medical attention is very important.