Doggy Blues: Getting Help for Dog Depression and Other IssuesDoggy Blues: Getting Help for Dog Depression and Other Issues

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Doggy Blues: Getting Help for Dog Depression and Other Issues

Welcome to my blog. My name is Ashley, and I love my dog Shelly more than anything in the world. I have had her for years, and I have helped her through a range of illnesses and emotional issues. After her brother, Yeats, died, Shelly became rather despondent. I didn't call the vet right away because I didn't realize the vet could help, but after a while, Shelly's mood didn't improve. I just didn't know what to do, so I called the vet. She was amazing. She explained that Shelly had depression, and she prescribed meds for it. Now Shelly and I are happier than ever, and to help others, I decided to start this blog about doggy emotional and physical health. I hope you enjoy it.

Finding a reason behind your pets vomiting

Pets, like humans, can vomit for a number of reasons. It can be very distressing for vets and owners when this starts so it's important to work out the underlying cause for the sudden increase in vomiting. Here are some of the possible reasons your pet may start vomiting. 

Diet Your pet may start vomiting due to something in their diet. This could include changes in the diet you give them including changing their type of food or their normal foods changing the formulation, or your animal starting to eat foods that you don't know about such as snacking on a plant nearby or raiding the rubbish bin. If you are concerned that your animals diet you should try and get a sample of the vomit and take it to your vet for analysis. They can check for common irritants and advice if you need to change their diet. 

Overgrooming If you have a long-haired animal that self-grooms you may find that they vomit to rid themselves of both the build up of long hairs and any items that can get caught up in their fur including grass seeds. If this is why your pet is vomiting, they may need help with washing and brushing more regularly. It can also be an indicator that your pet is anxious and needs extra comforting, as some over groom in order to comfort themselves. 

A vet will be able to tell if this is the issue by analysing a sample of their vomit. 

Physical obstructions Another issue that can cause vomiting is a physical obstruction such as an animal bone stuck in your pet's throat. A vet can help to check your pets digestive system and perform any scans or tests required to notice the obstruction. They can also, if require, remove the obstruction which can help make your pet more comfortable as well as stopping them from vomiting. 

Illness There are also many illnesses that can lead to animals being nauseated, including having a high fever and viruses such as the flu. In some cases, serious issues and illness such as cancer can lead to vomiting. Seeing a vet can help them to diagnose illnesses and devise a reasonable level of treatment. 

If you pet suddenly starts to vomit more than normal, you should take them to a vet consultation to get checked out as this can indicate more serious veterinary issues that require treatment.