Why Is My Dog Vomiting After Exercise?
Exercise is an essential part of dogs’ everyday routines. However, not all energetic activities could be counted as good exercise for dogs. Not just because it is a strenuous activity means that it is good.
When done incorrectly, exercise routines could do more harm than good for your dog’s overall health.
Why do dogs vomit after exercise?
Just like humans, dogs’ digestion can take some time. It needs ample time to break down the food.
When dogs do strenuous activities while breaking down the food they just ate, chances are they will have an upset stomach. Not only will the chunk of food be hurdling around their tummy, but it is more likely that their stomach will produce more acid to break down the food. This can lead to acid reflux which is a severe ailment in dogs.
Dehydration is also a reason why dogs vomit after exercise. Either they get too excited about their activities, or there’s no water source available while they’re doing the exercise. Either way, this can make the dog breathless, nauseous, which will later result in vomiting.
It is also worth noting that not all dog breeds are active ones. In short, not all exercise routines are fit for all dogs. Breeds like Havanese, English Bulldog, Shih Tzu, Maltese, and Pug tend to have lower endurance to strenuous activities than other dogs.
If these breeds over-exert themselves for a certain activity, chances are they will end up vomiting. Not only would it pose a threat to your dog’s digestive tract, but it can also cause other accidents that may lead to fractures and lesions. Furthermore, they will feel stressed about the activity that will also cause an upset stomach.
Moreover, keeping your dogs joints healthy may allow them to exercise more than before and less prone to vomiting.
How can you prevent dog vomiting after exercise?
Preventing vomiting after exercise is actually very easy. Dog owners just need patience and commitment to do these routines every now and then.
First, do not overfeed your dog. An excessive amount of food can pose a dangerous threat to your dog’s health aside from vomiting.
Next one, do not make your dog do strenuous activity right after eating. You can start with letting your dog do some warm-ups, such as walking slowly. You should only make them do energetic activities an hour after eating. Letting them pause every 15 minutes to drink water is also highly recommended.
Introducing your dog to digestive food supplements can greatly help, too. It is highly recommended that you look for the ones with probiotics. Not only would they speed up the process of digestion, but they could also assure that your dog’s body would absorb all the essential nutrients from the food.
Multivitamins with organic fibre such as vegetable fibre and vegetable starch are also highly recommended. They can speed up the process of your dog’s digestion without posing risks of allergic reactions and other side effects.
Lastly, do not over-exert your dogs into certain activities. The best gauge is to check their breathing patterns during your exercise routines. When you’ve noticed that they’re running out of breath easily, its’ time to slow down the pace or switch into an easier routine.
Exercise is definitely a fun activity for you and your dogs. Just remember to always do it correctly to avoid any health problems!
Laura Robinson, DMV
Dr Laura practices at the Antonio Animal Hospital in California, where she was born and raised. She is an advisor to Wuffes, ensuring all our products and content is of the highest standard