28–31 Weeks: What to Expect From Your Puppy
How to Handle a Vomiting Puppy
So many things seem to come out of puppies from so many different places. It can make you feel guilty for all the paper towels you've had to use in cleaning up. It can be alarming to see your puppy vomiting for no apparent reason and, yet, they often do this. And it can be tough to tell when to be worried and when to just let it go, particularly so with vomiting. Vomiting can indicate a serious illness such as liver disease or a simple upset tummy from eating the rug.
If the only symptom is vomiting, it's likely the latter. Look for other symptoms as well to determine if your pup needs a trip to the vet. Serious illnesses often include diarrhea, lethargy, trouble moving and/or seizures.
If your pup is just vomiting and perhaps has loose stool, you are more likely dealing with worms, an allergic reaction or a simple viral infection. But, you must also note how often he is vomiting. An occasional vomit is normal while chronic voting can indicate something more serious. Luckily, there are a few things you can do to diagnose and help an occasional or chronic vomitter.
Things to Look for in a Vomiting Dog
The first thing to note is how often the vomiting is occurring. If it's becoming a habit, contact your vet.
The second thing to note is when your pup is vomiting. A puppy who vomits in the morning regularly may have Irritable Bowel Syndrome which is acting up because her stomach is empty. A puppy who vomits right after eating may be eating too fast or too much.
Next, look for blood in the vomit. In this case, you want to contact your vet right away.
Look for other symptoms. In addition to those mentioned above, watch out for any change in behavior, loss of appetite or apathy or anything that is different.
Causes of Vomiting
Eating Objects - Often, puppies get to objects and scarf them down before we're aware of it. Usually, this is not a problem but there are many things that are toxic to a pup. These include chocolate, sugarless gum and raisins. For a complete list visit www.aspca.org. Also, puppies can swallow things that could lacerate their stomach or intestine. If your puppy continues to vomit or you see other signs, contact your vet immediately.
Food Allergies - Your puppy could have a food allergy if he's vomiting often. The best foods for this contain duck, sweet potato and rice. Avoid dairy products, high fats, and food additives.
Toxins - It's possible your pup has been exposed to toxins in such things as cleaning products. To ensure a safe household, use natural products instead.
Fungal and Bacterial Causes - There are many in which vomiting is a symptom. Parasites, Salmonella, and Phycomycosis are just a few.
Illnesses - We've already mentioned worms and liver disease. There are many more. Your vet can help you diagnose these.
Most of the time, vomiting does not indicate anything serious. It may as simple as giving your puppy some Pepto Bismol (0.5 ml per pound per day). But it may also be something more serious. Call your vet if you're worried or if you see any other symptoms in addition to the vomiting, if there is blood, if the vomiting is occurring often or if it continues for more than 24 hours.
Hopefully, you can quickly determine what is causing the vomiting and fix the problem so you can put your cleaning supplies away.
Advice from Other Dog Owners
How to Keep Your Puppy Off the Christmas Tree
Puppies should be supervised at all times. She or he should be crated while alone, leashed while you are around. Time to teach the "leave it" command. You will really mean it when you fear for the dogs safety! Baby gates might deter him - unless he's that curious kind that looks to defeat all confinement. If he's leashed it's easy to give a sharp leash correction if he goes near the tree. Put the tree up for a few days without trimming to get the dog used to it without risking fragile ornaments.
~Liz C., owner of German Shepherd mix
When Puppies Lose Their Teeth
Puppies have a full set of 28 milk teeth - 4 canines, 12 incisors and 12 molars. The incisors and canines grow in first, the molars last. At around three to four months of age, your dog is going to start losing milk teeth and growing in her adult set of teeth, which consists of a total of 42 teeth - a lot more than the puppy teeth she has. The first to fall out are going to be her incisors, her front teeth. She will start growing her adult incisors first. Around four to five months of age you will see her adult molars and canines to grow in. By about six months, she should have her full set of adult teeth.
~Chris & Brian C., owner of German Shepherd