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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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28 Comments on "My Dog Is Vomiting And Has Diarrhea – What Should I Do?"

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Erigi
Erigi

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
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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.

michelle
michelle

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
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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.

H. Ovidiu
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
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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.

Mayra
Mayra

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.

Melina
Melina

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
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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
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
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Kimberly Alt

If he is throwing up and/or has diarrhea you should take him to the vet.

Jessica Hanley
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
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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.

ajw1340
ajw1340

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
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… Read more »
ajw1340
ajw1340

Go to vet ASAP.

Michelle Schenker
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Michelle Schenker

Hi Yahaira,
Please call your vet for advice. Home remedies may not be the right direction for your pet’s unique needs.

cindy
cindy
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… Read more »
daffodils
daffodils
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… Read more »
denisecarolyn
denisecarolyn

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
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
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
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!

                    

Anonymous
Anonymous

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
Admin
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… Read more »
angie
angie

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
Admin
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… Read more »
Anonymous
Anonymous

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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