Vomiting is not always a cause for concern. If the Chihuahua eats very quickly or if the food was too cold (opened food from the refrigerator or insufficiently defrosted meat, etc.), it may happen that it throws up after the meal.
Puppies, on the other hand, sometimes vomit after eating too much food. And if the stomach is too acidic, the Chihuahua may regurgitate yellow bile. Also mostly harmless: retching and vomiting due to motion sickness, because of strong excitement, or because grass has been eaten.
If one of the above reasons is the trigger for vomiting, you can do the following:
- Wait until the food has reached room temperature and only then feed it.
- Buy an anti-sling bowl that slows down eating.
- Offer the puppy more frequent meals but in smaller portions throughout the day.
- Slowly get the Chihuahua used to car rides and the like and possibly administer medication from the vet.
- Change the intervals between feedings.
The latter applies if the Chihuahua has to throw up more often in the morning due to acid in the stomach. This is a sign that it has been too long since his last meal. Here it might help to feed him a little later in the evening.
In the case of illness-related causes, there are usually additional symptoms:
- traces of blood in the vomit
- parasites are regurgitated
- suspected poisoning
- gagging without vomiting (foreign bodies!)
The dog should be presented to a veterinarian immediately. The Chihuahua is very small and can become more vulnerable to dehydration than a large dog. If necessary, there are medications or infusions.
In the case of mild symptoms, however, the veterinarian will advise you to stop eating and/or eat a bland diet. This consists, for example, of rice, carrots, and cooked chicken breast.
Puppies who vomit (except after overeating) should always be taken to a veterinarian’s office. Also, make sure that the Chihuahua drinks enough or does not regurgitate water immediately.