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If my dog is vomiting isn’t he dehydrated and doesn’t he need to drink more?

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  1. Mary

    I hate to disagree with a vet, but taking water away for 24 hours, without providing another source of hydration (such as sub-q fluids) is both dangerous and cruel, in my opinion. Can you imagine how thirsty you would get if you weren’t allowed to eat or drink anything for 24 hours? And it would be worse for a dog who is vomiting and thus losing fluids. It would undoubtedly lead to dehydration, which is not good for any organ in the body.

    I can see withholding water for an hour, then offering it in small amounts at a time. If even this causes your dog to vomit, it’s time to take them to the vet now, not wait 24 hours.

    And what about the dog who vomits bile because the stomach is empty for too long? Withholding food and water will just make that situation worse!

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