Top 5 Signs of a Sick Jack Russell

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Dogs have a vomit center in their brains that causes them to throw up more frequently than other animals. This center acts as a defense system because dogs have a predilection to scavenge for food. This vomit reflex is particularly helpful to Jack Russells because they were originally bred to be hunters.

To figure out what's making your dog throw up, you first have to determine whether he is vomiting or regurgitating. A dog will regurgitate when food becomes lodged in his esophagus. The food that your dog throws up will be undigested and in a tube shape because it has not made its way to the stomach. You don't need to worry if your JRT regurgitates; vomiting, on the other hand, might be a sign of a health problem.

Vomiting occurs after the food has made it to the stomach. Some common causes for vomiting are consuming food that is inedible, overeating or eating too quickly, stress, or having worms. More serious causes of vomiting include ulcers, kidney or liver failure, distemper, cancer, diabetes, or poisoning. If the vomit is clear and frothy, your dog might have a stomach problem such as acute gastritis or pancreatitis.

If your JRT vomits more than once a day; projectile vomits; vomits up blood; if the vomiting is continues for more than 24 hours or is accompanied by other symptoms, consult a vet immediately. These are signs of serious health problems.

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