Difference between Vomiting and Regurgitation

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It may not be a pleasant subject, but it’s important to know the difference between vomiting and regurgitation.

Have you ever seen your pet begin to show signs of nausea such as salivating, licking lips, drooling? This is soon followed by contractions of the abdomen and up comes a mess.

With regurgitation, there are no prior symptoms. Your pet will just move position, open its mouth and expresses food.

Vomitus (the contents of vomit) usually, although not always, contains bile which the liver produces and secretes into the small intestine. It appears as a yellow or orange fluid.

Material that is regurgitated comes from the esophagus or pharynx. It backs up into the mouth or nose and does not contain bile, only food, saliva and mucous.

If your pet coughs repeatedly and sends up mucous, this is called expectorating.

If any of these symptoms recur often, your should should be examined by a veterinarian. Be prepared to describe as best you can, exactly how your pet behaves when these signs are present.

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