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What Vomit Sample Tells Your Vet

 

What Vomit Sample Tells Your Vet? It’s not a bad idea when you bring your dog to the vet for a case of repeated vomiting, to bring along with your dog a sample of the vomited material.

Because there are so many causes for vomiting in dogs, a sample can help put together some puzzle pieces that may help narrow down the potential cause. Don’t be afraid to bring the sample to your vet. Veterinarians and veterinary staff are used to analyzing feces, urine and vomit. Just make sure it’s in a clean container that doesn’t leak. Just to have an idea, here are a few important findings that can help your vet better understand what may really going on.

 

Appearance of Dog’s Vomit and Possible Causes

The presence of isolated red specks of blood in the dog’s vomit may be an indication of an irritation of the dog’s esophagus or stomach from the forceful retching and vigorous vomiting. The presence of vomit that looks like coffee grounds may be an indicator of something more serious such as a blood clotting disorder, presence of bleeding mass or bleeding from the digestive tract as seen in ulcers and erosions. A dog who is vomiting what looks like strands of spaghetti may be actually vomiting roundworms, and sometimes immature worms of Physaloptera spp can be found in the vomit of puppies with a history for eating beetles, cockroaches or crickets.

The texture, color and shape of the vomit may also provide vets with information. Undigested food shaped in a tubular shape may be suggestive of regurgitation. Vomit that appears yellow is bile and sign that a dog has vomited on an empty stomach which is suggestive of bilious vomiting syndrome. Vomit that smells like feces is often a sign of coprophagia, a habit where the dog eats animal feces, but in some uncommon cases can also be a sign of an obstruction or peritonitis.

What’s contained in the vomit may also provide some important clues. Your vet may find particles that suggest ingestion of a foreign body. The presence of food in vomit several hours after eating is also an important clue. According to veterinarian Dr. Fiona normally food leaves the stomach by two hours after ingestion. Bringing up kibble in the vomit after several hours, may be indicative of inflamed intestines that aren’t contracting as they should to move the food through.

As seen ,several clues can be deduced by having your vet take a look at a sample of your dog’s vomit. However, while in most cases, a vet will not solely rely on the appearance of the sample to obtain a diagnosis, it can be a starting point that can point the veterinarian in the right direction so all the puzzle pieces can be successfully put together.

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