Reasons why dogs eat vomit

Dogs are noted for their hearty appetites. Dog owners have seen how the dog eats things that are repulsive to humans. Dogs that are provided enough high quality foods would still raid trash cans and eat spoiled food. Dogs also have the disconcerting habit of eating their own and other dog’s poop. Dogs find water in the toilet bowls very refreshing. Human’s best friends love eating vomit as well.

Humans and dogs have formed a legendary attachment. Dogs have been the most loved pets of man for thousands and thousands of years but in spite of this, dogs would exhibit some behaviors that are puzzling to man. Humans consider spoiled food, feces and vomit as gross but dogs would consider these items as gourmet food.

No clear cut reason was given for the dog’s penchant to eat vomit in spite of the studies conducted on canine behavior. It was speculated that eating vomit is an ingrained habit that was passed on to present day dogs by their ancestors. Dogs eat the vomit to cover up their presence from predators. Feces and vomitus would give away the presence of dogs thus they are eaten. The feces and vomit eating habit is a self preservation act of the dog.

Wolves are the ancestors of modern day dogs. Wolves in a pack live together, hunt together and share in the rearing of the young. After feeding on the hunted animal, dogs would return to the den and regurgitate the eaten food to feed the young. For a dog vomit is regurgitated food. Even after domestication, this habit would still kick in from time to time.

Dogs have big appetites. Vomit is partially digested food that would have an obnoxious smell for humans but would be very interesting for the dog. Dogs have the disconcerting habit of eating rotten foods so why would they pass up the chance to devour the still warm and lip-smacking goodness of the vomit.

Eating vomit is one of the less dangerous habits of the dog. Eating vomit would not have dangerous consequences unless the dog that has vomited is poisoned. An owner may not be too concerned with the disgusting habit of the pet. However, consider that fact that dogs are very affectionate animals that also has the habit of giving their human friends sloppy kisses. Stopping the dog from vomiting can be a challenge given the indiscriminate eating habit of the pet but an owner can prevent the pet from eating the vomit by cleaning the mess as soon as it is created by the dog.

Learn more about why dogs eat vomit and first aid for dogs at Sarah’s Dogs.

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