Do you want to know why your Dachshund throws up first thing in the morning? Are you wondering what could be wrong? Here’s everything you need to know about why your Dachshund throws up in the early morning.
Why Does My Dachshund Throw Up In The Morning? If your Dachshund throws up first thing in the morning before eating breakfast, then it could be because he’s hungry. Stomach acid and bile build up in your Dachshund’s empty stomach and cause him to be sick. It’s often referred to as a ‘hunger puke’.
Read on to find out how to stop your Dachshund being sick in the morning, and when to contact the vet.
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This article is based on research and personal experience as a Dachshund owner of 10+ years. I’m not a Vet, qualified dog trainer or dog behaviourist.
Why Is My Dachshund Sick First Thing In The Morning?
If your Dachshund is sick first thing in the morning before eating his breakfast, then it could be because he’s hungry.
Stomach acid can build up in your Dachshund’s empty stomach and cause him to puke bile.
The vomiting only ever happens in the early morning, usually between around 4am to 7am and always takes place before your Dachshund has eaten breakfast.
Normally, your Dachshund will be perfectly fine and have no other symptoms once he’s been sick. He should be energetic and playful just like he always is!
What Will My Dachshund’s Vomit Look Like?
If your Dachshund throws up first thing in the morning on an empty stomach, the vomit will normally look like foamy, yellow or clear coloured, watery bile.
That’s because the stomach acid irritates your Dachshund’s empty stomach and causes him to puke bile!
Your Dachshund could even be sick several times in the space of a few minutes.
However, the sick will be more like liquid and won’t normally have any large bits of food in it (although you may come across a few dog toy tails and ears!).
How Do I Stop My Dachshund Throwing Up In The Morning?
Dachshunds can vomit for many different reasons. But, if your Dachshund is throwing up bile because his stomach is empty, then this is what you need to do:
Give your Dachshund a snack before bed
Feed your Dachshund a couple of dry dog biscuits before bedtime. This should line his stomach and keep him going until breakfast time.
This is normally the first course of action to stop your Dachshund being sick first thing in the morning.
Check you’re feeding the right amount of dog food each day
Choose dog food with a high nutritional value to keep your Dachshund fuller for longer.
Check you’re giving your Dachshund the right amount of meals each day
You need to be feeding your adult Dachshund two meals a day. One meal for breakfast at around 7am and another meal for dinner at around 5pm.
For puppies, make sure you’re feeding the right amount of meals per day for their age.
Feed breakfast early
If your Dachshund is often sick first thing in the morning, then feed him some dog biscuits or breakfast as soon as you wake up.
The earlier you fill up your Dachshund’s tummy with food, the less likely he is to be sick!
Work on your feeding routine
Many Dachshunds are known to be fussy eaters and some will simply refuse to eat the dog food they’re given.
Of course, your Dachshund could be unwell so you need to rule that out first with your vet.
If all is well and there are no health problems, you need to get your Dachshund into a regular feeding routine.
Start putting your Dachshund’s food on the floor for 20 minutes and then taking it away again. Once he knows there’s no other food to be had, he should then start to eat.
However, Dachshunds are smart and very capable of wrapping you around their little paws. So, if you give in and start feeding your Dachshund other food or tasty treats from the fridge, then you’ll be forever pandering to him!
It’s important to get your Dachshund to eat the right amount of food each day, so his stomach doesn’t stay empty for too long and cause him to puke bile.
If none of the above works and your Dachshund is still being sick first thing in the morning, visit your vet to rule out any other health conditions.
Your vet will discuss any medication options with you and may prescribe your Dachshund some antacids to neutralise his stomach acid.
Why Do Dachshunds Vomit?
Not all vomiting is down to bile and stomach acid. Dachshunds can be sick for many different reasons including:
- Eating grass
- Eating dirt
- Eating poop
- Eating small animals
- Eating human food
- Eating toxic food
- Eating toxic plants
- Allergies to dog food
- Change of dog food
- Eating out of date food
- Eating too fast
- Eating dog toy parts
- Anxiety or stress
- Side effects of medication
- Health conditions
So, if you notice your Dachshund has any other symptoms like diarrhea, appetite loss, weight loss, or lethargy, you should contact your vet for advice.
When Should I Contact My Vet?
If your Dachshund continues to be sick or has any other symptoms, you must contact your vet immediately.
You need to find out what’s wrong with your Dachshund to get him the treatment he needs.
Even though ‘hunger pukes’ are quite common in Dachshunds, you cant rule out other health issues or reasons.
You must always seek the professional advice of your Vet if you have any concerns about your Dachshund’s health and wellbeing.
So, there you have it! If your Dachshund throws up early morning before having breakfast, then the most likely cause is hunger. Stomach acid and bile can irritate your Dachshund’s empty stomach and cause him to be sick. Within the Dachshund community, this is often referred to as ‘hunger pukes!’.
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