Why Do Dogs Eat Their Vomit? | Everything You Need to Know

A great bonding experience with your dog is playing a fun game of catch. Mid-game, your dog might just stop in their tracks and throw up. Not only throw up but throw up and then proceed to eat it.

Even with your dog eating the best natural dog food, they can still throw their food up. So why do dogs eat their vomit? Dogs vomit for a host of reasons and it’s important to know why when they do.

Why Do Dogs Eat Their Vomit?

Dogs eat their own vomit because they still see it as food. Their superior smell receptors allow them to recognize that there are still nutritious food particles in there and that seems tasty to them.

Is It Normal?

Dogs eating their vomit is very normal. By three weeks old, as they start weaning from natural milk to food solids, their moms will chew food and regurgitate it.

Is It Healthy?

Eating vomit, on the other hand, is not healthy. The food is ejected from their stomach, which means it is mixed with high levels of stomach acid.

Why Is My Dog Vomiting?

Motion sickness Dogs, like humans, can experience car or motion sickness. Car sickness more commonly happens with puppies or young dogs.


Dogs swallow unchewed blades of grass to induce vomiting or regurgitation. Some dogs vomit from eating grass, but not all.

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