Let your hands up when you’ve watched the dog who throws up dinner , and then immediately begin eating it again. It’s probably occurred to every one of us pet owners at some point and it’s a memory that we can’t help but remember.
“No kisses for you tonight, Fido.”
The sight of our dogs eating their vomit can be quite disgusting, however to our dogs it’s an entirely normal behavior. This made me wonder what the reason dogs consume their own vomit?
Why Do Dogs Eat Their Own Vomit?
I’m not sure there’s many dog owners who haven’t witnessed their dog eat urine. Dogs can be weird and they can make some really disgusting things.
However, to your dog eating his vomit isn’t a problem in any way, it’s just normal. Dogs consume their own vomit as they consider it an important food source. When puppies are weaned, mothers will re-feed foods for their babies in order to assist them in adjusting to eating solid food.
Although it’s not as gross as it could seem for us, the vomit looks like food for your dog. The sense of smell in dogs is superior to ours (estimates differ as to how much more) and they don’t look at a pile puke and then get a bit irritated because they smell food.
Dogs Eat Their Own Vomit Because it Smells Like Food
A lot of dogs eat their urine if it’s taken care of by their owner immediately. They don’t even look at it and think “ewww, gross” like we do. Although vomiting can be unpleasant to us however, canines are able to see that it’s more than just a mixture of stomach and bile contents. There are food particles inside.
The dogs have about 300 million olfactory sensory receptors inside their noses, as opposed to six million in the human nose. These receptors are responsible for our sense of smell molecules. They aid in sending messages to the brain that aids us in distinguishing various scents.
The perception of scent is limited to a tiny area that is located on the roof of the nasal cavity and also our primary airway. Therefore, when we notice something it enters and exits quickly , along with the air that we breathe. In dogs, about 12 percent from the breath they take is directed to a particular part of the nose that’s dedicated to scents. It’s stuffed with olfactory receptors which allow dogs to discern and detect more smells.
If your dog vomits up his meal, he’s probably not going to be frightened by the contents of his stomach sitting in the dirt. You’ll be able to tell immediately it as “hey, there’s lots of food in there.”
The quick solution is it’s normal for dogs to be tempted to eat whatever they’ve brought in, but the feces could cause anxiety. – Banfield Pet Hospital
Mother Dogs Feed Regurgitated Food to Their Pups
Food that is partially digested is not a new phenomenon for dogs. Sometimes, the terms vomiting and regurgitation are interchangeable however the difference is that vomiting can only be performed involuntarily. Vomiting is an uninvoluntary release of stomach contents. regurgitation is the voluntary transfer of food that is not digested from the esophagus into the mouth.
Regurgitation is an essential process in weaning puppies and is a routine that is still observed in dogs that are domestic. In 1995, Swedish scientists discovered that about 60% of canines consume food in their puppies.
Because regurgitation is part of their DNA, our dogs do not think twice before eating their vomit. This may seem disgusting to us however to our pets it’s simply food. Perhaps partially digested however that’s the way Mama used to cook it.
Vomit Smells and Tastes Delicious (To a Dog)
Why do dogs take their vomit and eat it or regurgitation? It’s true that you wouldn’t consume food that has been chewed , digested or partially digested, and then discharged into the air. However, from the perspective of your dog that clump of wet kibble can be just as great the second time!
Your dog is a wolf who eats puke due to her amazing sensual. If you be looking at the puke pile and think ewwww. However, your dog is able to smell the same amount of puke and recognizes the food particles it has and thinks, Yum.
You might notice that occasionally your dog will give vomit the sniff, but doesn’t eat it. If she does dive into it could have something to do with depend on how digested products of her stool are. If the food remains fairly intact, it’s more appealing. If the food has been disintegrated, or if the vomit is mostly made up of bile, it might not appear as appealing. Of course, if the pet is sick it is likely that she won’t show any desire to eat any additional food.
Eating Vomit is Natural
Another theory as to the reason dogs take their vomit and eat it? It’s their nature!
Regurgitation is a normal element of weaning for dogs that roam the streets. Mama dogs will chew their meals and then swallow it to their pups. Imagine it as “bridge food” between mother’s milk and food that is solid.
Regurgitating in young animals is more prevalent for wild animal species (like the mother wolf and her puppy in the above video) domestic dogs can do it too. It’s believed to be an instinctual maternal role.
Of obviously, a dog who eats their own vomit is distinct than a puppy who is fed by their mother, but veterinarians think that puke eating could be an ancestor of that instinctual behavior. If you consider it, it’s adorable that your dog is eating his own vomit…right?
When to Take Dog Vomit Seriously
It’s funny (and disgusting) when dogs consume their own urine or occasionally have small instances of regurgitation or vomiting are common. If your dog vomits then give her a glass of water and observe her for a few minutes. If she’s at her usual energy level and behaves as if there was nothing wrong, then it’s not something to worry about.
However vomiting that is frequent or chronic could be an indication that something is more severe. If your dog has a habit of vomiting following meals, it could be due to food sensitivities. It could also signal more serious digestive problems, and persistent regurgitation could be an indication of an esophageal disorder.