Is Your Pet Vomiting? Why Getting to the Cause Can Be Tricky

Common Tests and Procedures

A list this long almost guarantees an equally long list of possible tests in order to get to the underlying cause.

With chronic vomiting, the following tests are standard: fecal tests, blood screening tests, urine tests and probably radiographs. Certain patterns seen on these tests can indicate where the problem may be located, but that’s often not enough information for an answer. So that means even more tests (and added expense), including specific blood tests, ultrasounds, endoscopy, barium (dye) studies, biopsies and sometimes even surgery.


In the cases presented by Dr. Dossin, the same sign of vomiting was caused by six different diseases or syndromes — old foreign body, Addison’s disease, liver disease, cancer, chronic gastritis and a hernia — in six different dogs.

When it comes to chronic problems, finding an underlying illness can be challenging and costly. But keeping a good record of your pet’s signs can be a big help in getting an answer more quickly and economically.


You and your veterinarian will accomplish the best results when you work together on gathering clues. And having a little extra cash to spend on testing or getting health insurance before your pet has a problem can reduce sticker shock. The costs add up quickly, but testing is the only way to look inside your pet and get him (and your carpets) back to normal.

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