Why Does My Dog’s Vomit Smell Like Poop?
- January 3, 2017
- Posted by: marlenedubois
- Category: Home Health Aide Training
Most dog owners think once their puppy reaches a certain age; they don’t have to be as concerned about everything of which goes into their mouth. Not true! Even though puppies as well as younger dogs are the most common victims of intestinal obstruction, older dogs can also be at risk.
Be aware, if your dog’s vomit smells like stools, your dog is usually in a serious, life-threatening situation. What you smell is usually feces, of which has backed up, as well as cannot pass normally, due to a blockage!
Most Common Causes of Intestinal Blockage
The major cause if of which symptom is usually an obstruction or severe trauma to the lower gastrointestinal tract. The larger or sharper the obstruction, the more risk your dog faces of perforation, rupture as well as peritonitis.
Veterinarians have removed an extraordinary array of objects coming from our canine companions gut! They include, nevertheless are not limited to, coins, hearing aids, retainers, marbles, socks, T-shirts, batteries, rawhide, unchewed biscuits, bones, plastic wrap, tin foil, children’s toys, rope, twine, bully sticks, balls (including a whole golf ball!), towels, wood, blankets, toy stuffing, cat litter, yarn, pins, jewelry, as well as nails/screw,
Signs as well as Symptoms
Symptoms usually appear within 7 hours after ingesting the item However, the item may take days in some cases, before the you notice there is usually a problem. The most common warning signs indicating something is usually wrong are intermittent vomiting, diarrhea, dehydration, lack of appetite, pale gums, bleeding, weakness, lethargy, electrolyte imbalance, shock, as well as possibly death.
Owners often get a false sense the obstruction has passed if their pet has diarrhea. Don’t be fooled. Diarrhea can work itself around a blockage.
As a rule, upper gastrointestinal obstructions usually cause projectile vomiting.
Lower gastrointestinal obstructions commonly cause a distended abdomen as well as vomit of which smells like feces.
Intestinal strangulation blocks the flow of oxygen as well as blood, causing gangrene of the intestines.
Death can occur in a matter of hours.
The sooner your pet is usually examined as well as the object is usually removed, the sooner the recovery process will start. Your veterinarian will exam your dog by palpating the abdominal area to check for distension as well as tenderness. They will examine the gums to see if they are pale. They may suggest an x-ray, to identify the item, as well as locate the blockage.
Depending on the severity of the obstruction, or if there are factors of which complicate the situation, such as perforation, rupture, peritonitis or necrosis, most dogs recover fairly quickly.
The treatment usually depends on the size, shape, how long the item has been ingested, as well as whether there is usually any rupture or perforation. Treatment to remove the object could be as simple as your veterinarian inducing vomiting, or retrieving the object with an endoscope. Do not attempt to induce vomiting yourself.
Most likely, your dog will be dehydrated. Your veterinarian may use IV therapy to rehydrate as well as antibiotics, to prevent secondary infection. They will also most likely recommend rest, as well as a liquid or soft diet, before moving on to your dog’s regular diet.
If the object has passed your dog’s pylorus (where the stomach connects to the smaller intestines), surgery is usually required. Post surgery requires rest, IV therapy, antibiotics, as well as observation for leakage, followed by liquid diet, to soft food, to regular diet. They probably will have to stay at the animal hospital for a day or two following surgery.
Bottom line: Always check what your puppy or dog has in their mouth! Supervise what your dog is usually chewing, especially if they are aggressive or obsessive chewers. If the object is usually smaller enough to get caught in their throat, throw the item out! If you know they are sneaky thieves, make sure objects they should not have access to are well out of their reach. Do not take any risks, if their vomit smells like poop, get help immediately!