My Dog Is Vomiting And Has Diarrhea – What Should I Do?

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Dog Poop SignThis question for our Pet Doc comes from the concerned owner of Missy, an 11 year old Staffy.

Dog Vomiting and Diarrhea – What Should I Do?

Last night Missy threw up her dinner and had runny poo (diarrhea). My daughter fed her her normal dinner of rice, noodles, and vegetables, but added her own (my daughter’s) left over porridge, which had brown and white sugar and milk in it.

Should I take Missy to the vet? She is very slow in her movements – getting up, walking, etc. I am very worried and love her so much!

The dog vomiting and diarrhea started last night, around 8 hours ago in the early hours. Since then, she has stopped vomiting and pooping, but she doesn’t want to drink anything, and is simply laying out in the sun.

Canine Journal’s Pet Doc Responds

Thanks for the question. If Missy is not eating, lethargic, and you are concerned, then you need to take her to your local veterinarian. You will both feel better.

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My 5 yr old pit bull has been vomiting and diarrhea for the past 2-3 weeks. We are feeding her rice only,none of her regular dog food. She’s moving around,up under us,but not her usual playful self. She’s going to the dr’s tomorrow. She’s not an outside dog,and she’s always on a leash when we take her out.
What could the problem be,we’re concerned.
Kimberly Alt
Hi Carol, I’m so sorry your dog is ill. What did you find out at the veterinarian’s office?
our dog is 4 yrs. old. The other day we picked him up from the vet from being gone for a few days. He’s had diarrhea and threw up twice since then. It’s regular brown color and is watery. I noticed yesterday that it had some trash in his poop. What do I need to do?
Kimberly Alt
Since he was just at the vet I suggest calling and consulting him/her.
Please help my small dog has been throwing up and has diarrhea, now going into day 2 of 2 nights and day,hasn’t been able to eat or drink. She has always been healthy never sick before. Could she have some sort of virus? I’m very worried my thoughts are to take her to the vet. Any suggestions?
My small 13 year old dog has been throwing up and loose dark very smelly poop for one whole night and Day , she isn’t drinking or eating. She has never been sick before. I am worried and will most likely take her to the vet .
Candelle Galbreath
I came home and my dog was vomiting and having diarrhea she really hasn’t ate today and I want to know what’s wrong
Kimberly Alt
You should call your vet. He/She will know the most about your dog’s health and be able to tell you if she needs medical attention. Hope she gets better soon!
I was in the car waiting to pick my granddaughter up from school and I looked into the back seat and there was throw up back there. I took care of the throw up and about 10 minutes later he had diarrhea and looked as if he was going to pee after the diarrhea occurred. Is he okay?
I have a red nose , about a month old … she’s pooping all watery and yesterday she threw up about 2 times .. since then she hasn’t but she doesn’t want to eat her food . I had been giving her puppy milk since she was only a few days old when I got her and I took it off today since I thought it was the puppy milk , she drinks water perfectly and plays around like nothing .. is she okay ?
My 9-month old puppy has vomit and diarrhea. It’s been mostly diarrhea, 4-6 hours apart, with one episode of vomit in the middle of the night. In between these episodes he’s been no different-very playful, high energy, sprinting around the house as usual. His appetite is normal, we had been feeding him regular meals up until this point and now have taken his food away in hopes that he heals. My father gave him a raw soup bone two days ago and we suspect it might have given puppy some type of food poisoning. Should we wait for this to heal itself, or does this sound vet-worthy?
We woke up this morning to diarrhea and vomit throughout the house. There was solid poop and also a lot of watery, dark diarrhea. We also noticed quite a few piles of vomit. One of the piles appeared to have a little dog food in it, but the rest seemed clear or foamy. My main concern is that a few of the vomit piles appeared to have blood in it. It was not “coffee ground” looking blood…. it looked more like red wine stains to be honest. Should we take her in to the emergency vet? She is not eating, but is drinking a lot of water.
About a week ago my dog wasn’t eating all his food and now if he finishes it he either throws up or has diarrhea and my other dog is now starting to not finish her food either. I’m worried someone may have poisoned my dogs because they have never acted like this before. And my neighbors don’t like pit bulls but both my springer spaniel border collie mix and the pit bull are doing the same thing. Also even though he isn’t eating much his stomach is making very loud noises or he is burping very loud. Please help if either something happens to either one of them I wouldn’t be able to continue
Kimberly Alt
I hope no one has poisoned your dogs Jackie. Our dog Sally isn’t eating much lately either. It’s been this way for a few weeks and it’s had me worried as well. We went on vacation and she stayed with family and was very happy with them but when we returned her eating habits were a bit off. We didn’t know if it was because of our inconsistent schedule or what. Then we thought that it could be due to the heat. Some dogs don’t eat as much when it’s hot outside. We’re hoping this is the case for our Sally. She hasn’t had any digestive issues but she has been burping more. Other than that, she’s been acting completely normal. She’s just not as excited to eat her dog food but still loves her treats. I’m not sure what to recommend for you but if you think your dog has been poisoned you should consult a vet immediately. Please keep us posted and we hope your dog gets better soon.
My 7lb yorkie poo won’t eat or drink and has diarrhea. She was groomed on Saturday and started vomiting on Sunday and now’ it’s Tuesday and she has diarrhea and won’t eat or drink.
My bulldog has been on a long walk now she is vomiting and has diarrhea and can hardly hold her weight what should i do? Will she be ok if she just rests?
Kimberly Alt
Hi Andrea, how is your dog doing today? Sorry for the late response, we don’t moderate and respond to comments Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
My 4month old Kane is vomiting and has runny poo it been going on since yesterday afternoon but it happened twice and he is sleeping alot . what medicine should i give him
Kimberly Alt
We don’t recommend giving your dog medicine without the approval of your vet. Hope Kane is feeling better, if he’s still under the weather I recommend taking him to the vet. Best of luck.
Amanda Madden
Please HELP!!! My dog is almost a year old , he can’t hold ANYTHING down and when he gets sick it’s like white glue foam and diarrhea bad … I’m at the vet but I need more help , I love this dog , please if u can for him say a prayer
Angela Via 7 mnth chaweenie..been gvn shots fr parvo and bordat…um…little bit runny stool and threw up few times last nite..once today..clear…he not eating..still playing tho…but not eating and i dnt know..i know i gota tk to get his anal glands expressed but would thaat make him sick like tjat? Hes had his shots but ..idk..can ya still gt parvo if shots had?.. 🙁
Shaunah Mayville
Hi, 8 week old blue pit has started vomiting and has diarrhea. It’s kind of thick mucus looking. He won’t eat much nor drink much…. I’m worried he may have been sick when I got him….
My puppy is about 8 months its a Maltese and yorker mix, he ate last night but now he has diarrerhia and he is throwing up, i dont want him to dehydrate what can i do? i have a vets appointment tomorrow anyways.
My Rott is 6months old he has been vomitting and stooling and he is very weak like he cant walk and stand for long, i called in my Vet and he has giving him some shots . what can i do for him want to know
Kimberly Alt
If you don’t feel like what your vet has given him is helping we recommend getting a second opinion from a vet.
My dog is an american bulldog mix she is a year old. Two days ago she started vomiting a little now she vomits up everything and has very watery foul smelling diarrhea. What should I do? She won’t eat she does keep down very small amounts of water and chicken broth.
Kimberly Alt
Take your dog to the vet immediately. If she won’t eat anything and is vomiting and has diarrhea she needs medical attention. Sorry your dog isn’t feeling well, we hope she gets better soon! Keep us posted, please.
Xavier Daniels
My dog has yellow throw up and has diharea and is not eating what should I do?
H. Ovidiu
I just got a Golden Retriever (yesterday). She is 2 months and vaccinated. On the road, she threw up all what she ate at the “breeder”(a backyard one).
When I got home with her I gave her water and food. She hadn’t ate but she drank about 700ml of water.

Today (and last night) she threw up (something white with green shades) and had diarrhea. Tomorrow I’m going to the new vet with her. (The vet is new because I bought her in my city).

Is this something bad? I mean, she can’t die, right?
*sorry for my English*

Kimberly Alt
Vomiting and diarrhea can be life threatening. It’s good that you are taking her to the vet today. She needs care immediately. Let us know how it goes. You are in our thoughts.
I am a new pet owner to a 2 month old puppy, he is throwing up and vomiting for the last 6 hours hasn’t ate or drank water. His vomit is foaming white almost like saliva and his (poo) is like lightish brown with white sticky parts, I am so worried. Anything will help.
im sorry i was going through the comments and i notice yours was a little familiar to mines, did you ever found out what happened with your dog, if you could give me any information so i could be aware I would thank you so much
Kimberly Alt
Hi Mayra, sorry your dog isn’t feeling well. I see you posted this comment two days ago. Have you taken your dog to the vet? Sorry we did not respond sooner. We do not moderate comments on the weekend. Hope he is doing better. Please let us know. He is in our thoughts.
Angela Twombly
I have an 8 week old pit puppy and I changed his food and he started having diarrhea but now he’s throwing up his food but he is still eating and drinking water and is very playful should I be worried and take him to a vet?
Kimberly Alt
If he is throwing up and/or has diarrhea you should take him to the vet.
Jessica Hanley
My puppy had runny diarrhea and after not eating for a day she tried to eat today and threw it all up. My pet insurance isn’t available till next week and I’m broke. How can I help my poor baby keep food down?
Kimberly Alt
Hi Jessica, diarrhea and vomiting can be life threatening. I know it’s tough but taking your pet to the vet is the best thing you can do for her. Vet’s can sometimes work on setting up a payment plan so you don’t have to pay the full amount at once. Let us know how things go. Hope she starts feeling better soon.
My buddy is 10 years old and is not eating or drinking and has diarrhea and throwing up, I hope he is not giving up. He is pretty old. Does any one suggest any thing, my wife just took him to ER I’m scared this could be it, any comments please.
Yahaira Rosas
I really need help. My dog is mixed with Pomeranian and Chihuahua and he’s been throwing up. First he started with yellow liquid then today he threw up Brown Foam and he has Greenish wet diarrhea. I’m very concerned for him. He hasn’t been eating his kibble. He drinks water once in a while. Also we don’t know what to do for home remedies. We gave him Pepto bismal which seemed to work fine but then he threw up his kibble again. He didn’t eat it but we are also willing to try the chicken and rice. But if that doesn’t work, what should I do?
Go to vet ASAP.
Michelle Schenker
Hi Yahaira,
Please call your vet for advice. Home remedies may not be the right direction for your pet’s unique needs.
My 2.5 lb. Yorkie was a “take in” last week due to my kids friend getting tired of the responsibility and energy of a pup. She had solid stools but now she is vomiting and has diarrhea which started about 4 days after I had her. I noticed she wasn’t eating the dog food they gave me and so I gave her a piece of pork loin. Then I tried plain cooked chicken the next day. Then with the problems I figured she needed some rice and plain lean beef. It lasted a couple days so I gave her potato water and a jar of baby food chicken today, then took her to the vet. She didn’t handle the fatty pork loin well the vet said, according to her fecal testing. He said she just needs to relax and learn a new home. She is crated so may be she is stressed in a crate but the loin did it the vet said. She had an oral squirt of something for diarrhea, got a shot for vomiting, antibiotics and a probiotic powder to try for a few days.
I got a puppy for the kids for Christmas. So we are not familiar with dog at all. I’m learning as I go. She’s a female rednose pitbull. And the kids and her are getting along great.

I noticed that she’s acting funny – very lazy and farting a lot (smelly ones too! lol). Anyways I’m thinking she must have eaten something she shouldn’t have. Not sure what. She’s still alert but very slow and drowsy. I’m worried about her. She’s sleeping at this moment but I’m keeping an eye on her and rubbing her tummy. I hope this gets better soon. If anyone has any suggestions, please let me know. I’m all ears.

Try giving your fur baby some yogurt. It is one of the least expensive ways of giving her some digestive help. It will make her poop much less stinky and it will give her a healthy bowel. You can add slippery elm to her yogurt. Slippery Elm heals the intestinal walls and is very safe for dogs and cats. It can be purchased in bulk for a very low price. It is best added to water or liquid and left to sit for 15-20 minutes. I think perhaps the tablet/pill is useful for a very stubborn pet.
Sly Fox

My Jack Russell Terrier, Squirt is vomiting and it has chunks of tomatoes in there. Should I be concerned? No we didn't feed him tomatoes my stupid little cousins did what can I do!?


a clever canine

My 1 year old lab keeps vomiting whatever he eats unless we feed him a pinch of chicken and rice every hour or so. Bear's energy level is the same and still drinks water. I don't know what it could be. Does any one have any ideas?

brenda sulluivan

I have a 3 year old Chihuahua his name is Piglet, for about a day in a half piggie has been throwing up and had dark runny stools , Piggy is a very active little guy and now he barely wants to walk, I am on a fixed income and really can’t afford a vet. Is there anything I can do to help him feel better? I will take him to a vet if I have to. Please help!



My corgi mix vomited several times yesterday and has had watery stools today with one episode of vomiting.  Yesterday he wouldn't eat or drink.  Today he drank a little and just ate a small amount [1/8 C] of dry food.  He's acting better but had two episodes of projectile diarrhea outside.  What can I do?

Michelle Schenker

Dehydration is often characterized by vomiting diarrhea and not drinking enough water, as well as fever. It occurs due to a vast loss of body fluids. It is quite common but can become very dangerous quickly if not addressed promptly. If dehydration goes untreated, your dog will be at risk of severe health issues including the possibility of organ failure and even death.

Due to the seriousness of dehydration issues in dogs when carried over more than a 24 hour period, we do not recommend treating this at home as you will be unlikely to provide enough water to reverse the health risks quick enough. So, please take your dog to the vet or emergency vet for treatment immediately to avoid any more serious health conditions.

Take care and hope he is feeling better soon.

We have a shitzu and it seems when we get sick, she gets sick. She gets a sour stomach and has loose stools. Does anyone know what I can do?
Michelle Schenker
Hi Angie,
It may seem to be connected but it is not actually possible since the viruses that give people colds, flus, coughs, etc. are different from the ones that cause the same ailments in dogs. And this works the other way too – your dog cannot pass you a cold or flu either. However, be cautious if your dog is diagnosed with lyme disease, lice, fleas and even salmonella as these can be passed on to humans. These are called zoonotic diseases. But, rest assured if you have a cold, your dog will not get it nor will you get the flu if your pup has it. Take care!

I have two long haired Chihuhua’s; they are about a year or so old. But they have been throwing up for the past day or so! Right after I clean it up not five minutes later they’ve done it again. Help! I cannot afford to take them to the vet right now and I have no idea what to do!

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