Dog Vomiting: Causes, Diagnosis, Treatment And Related Symptoms

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Dog's vomit in grass (caption: Dog Vomiting Causes, Symptoms and Treatment)Longtime dog parents know that our furry friends will eat almost anything under the sun, even if it makes them throw up immediately. Other times, our pups puke for no apparent reason. While occasional vomiting may not be cause for concern, frequent or severe vomiting can be a sign of a serious condition. Here, we’ll help you figure out why your dog is vomiting, other symptoms to look out for, what you can do to help your pup and when it’s time to seek veterinarian care.

Article Overview

Regurgitating vs Vomiting

First, it helps to know the difference between vomiting and regurgitating to help you and your vet determine a more accurate diagnosis of your dog’s condition. Vomiting involves the body’s process of forcing the contents of the stomach and upper small intestine, ejecting food, fluid and other materials. Just before this, dogs usually drool, retch and have abdominal contractions.

Regurgitating, on the other hand, is a passive process, appearing as if undigested food and fluids are falling out of a dog’s mouth. Signs of regurgitation include difficulty breathing and coughing just before food is expelled. Regurgitated contents are undigested and may retain the cylindrical shape of the esophagus.

Causes Of Dog Vomiting

Dogs vomit for all kinds of reasons, many of which aren’t a major cause for concern. But there are certain cases when your dog throwing up may indicate a serious health problem.

Non-Life-Threatening Causes

Eating Too Fast

Some dogs wolf down their food like they haven’t eaten in days. If your dog is vomiting right after eating, try smaller and more frequent feedings instead of one or two big meals. See more tips for dogs who eat too fast.

Dry Dog FoodEating After Exercise

Eating immediately after exercise can also cause dog vomiting, so be sure to delay feeding for 30 minutes or longer after strenuously walking or playing with your dog.

Change In Dog Food

Sometimes a change in your brand of dog food can cause vomiting. When switching up your dog’s diet, experts recommend to take it slow. Over the course of about a week, slowly start mixing in more and more of the new food into less and less of the current food until the transition is complete. Read our article on changing dog food for more specific details.

Food Intolerance

In general, dogs don’t digest fatty foods and milk products well. These foods can cause an upset stomach, vomiting, diarrhea and flatulence, so make sure you don’t feed your dog table scraps or high-fat dog food.

Motion Sickness

This cause is typically easy to determine — your dog’s tummy simply may not tolerate motion. If your dog suffers from motion sickness, keep his car trips to a minimum. For those times that require a car ride, ask your vet for recommended dog-friendly medications (Cerenia is a popular vet-prescribed drug). Dramamine is also generally considered safe for dogs (with your vet’s okay).

Post-Operative Nausea

Many dogs suffer from nausea and occasional vomiting after surgery, and your vet may have already given you a medication to help ease his symptoms while he recovers. However, it’s always a good idea to talk to your vet about any symptoms your dog is experiencing after surgery.

Causes For Greater Concern

You should consult your vet if your dog has an acute or sudden bout of intense vomiting, especially if he doesn’t otherwise vomit occasionally. These cases could be a sign of:

  • Ingestion of foreign bodies (e.g., bones or pieces of chew toys) that are lodged in the gastrointestinal (GI) tract.
  • Ingestion of toxic substances. See which foods and plants are poisonous for pets.
  • Gastroenteritis, an inflammation of the intestines and stomach. Other symptoms include abdominal pain and diarrhea.
  • Intestinal parasites, like roundworms, whipworms, hookworms, tapeworms and protozoa.
  • Rotavirus, an intestinal viral infection that typically affects puppies and is rarely serious or fatal.
  • Parvovirus, a severe and highly-contagious illness (especially for puppies). Symptoms include vomiting, diarrhea, fever and lethargy.
  • Pancreatitis, a disease that causes inflammation in the pancreas. Other symptoms include abdominal pain, loss of appetite, appearing hunched over, fever and diarrhea that’s greasy and yellow.
  • Canine bloat, a quickly-developing, life-threatening illness that requires immediate attention. Symptoms include foamy vomit (or vomiting nothing), a distended (bloated) abdomen, pacing, inability to lie down and more.
  • Heatstroke symptoms include excessive panting, drooling, diarrhea, redness in gums, the inability to move around and even loss of consciousness.
  • Liver disease, which can also cause a loss of appetite, weight loss, increased thirst and yellowish eyes, tongue and gums.
  • Kidney disease, which is more often seen in older dogs. Other symptoms include lethargy, diarrhea, constipation, depression, weight loss and increased thirst.
  • Cancer, which you can learn more about the signs of cancer in dogs here.

Serious Vomiting Symptoms

Sick dog with ice bag on headIf your dog is exhibiting any the following types of vomiting or related symptoms, it’s imperative to seek veterinarian attention as soon as possible.

  • Suspected ingestion of a foreign body
  • Vomiting with other symptoms, like fever, lethargy, weight loss, etc.
  • Chronic or continuous vomiting
  • Vomiting with nothing coming up
  • Vomiting blood
  • Bloody diarrhea
  • Seizures

Dog Vomiting & Diarrhea

Many GI-related infections and illnesses can cause vomiting and diarrhea at the same time. This can also occur when your dog has ingested something toxic or simply not agreeing with him. If he’s suffering from both, it’s a good idea to check with your vet, as it may be a sign of a serious condition.

Dangers Of Dehydration

If your dog is vomiting with diarrhea or even if he has one or the other, the most important thing to do is to keep your dog hydrated. A dehydrated dog can quickly become seriously ill, so if you notice any of these signs of dehydration and your dog can’t keep water down, you should see your vet immediately.

  • Lethargy
  • Excessive panting
  • Dry nose or gums
  • Sunken eyes
  • Loss of skin elasticity

For more specific details on dogs suffering from diarrhea, see our article on how to diagnose and treat dog diarrhea.

What Is My Dog Throwing Up?

Old Sick DogIn some cases, the cause of vomiting is related to what your dog is throwing up. Knowing what your dog’s vomit looks like can help you and your vet get to the root of the problem.

  • Undigested food
  • White foam
  • Bile or yellow bile
  • Blood
  • Fungus

Note: Consult your vet immediately if you notice bones or other foreign objects, e.g., pieces of his toys, in your dog’s vomit. You want to make sure he doesn’t still have these substances lodged in his GI tract, which could lead to a serious and even life-threatening condition that can require costly surgery. Read more about intestinal blockage in dogs.


Since the causes of dog vomiting are so varied, it can be challenging to diagnose if the reasons aren’t immediately obvious.

Questions To Ask Yourself

Would you know that your dog is sick if you didn’t see him vomiting? How are his attitude and appetite? How soon after eating does the vomiting occur or is it inconsistent? Can you describe what the vomit looks like? These are a few of the questions that you should be prepared to answer when speaking with your vet.

Needing A Vet’s Diagnosis

If you and your vet can’t determine an obvious reason for the vomiting, your vet will likely run some diagnostic tests. Testing may include blood chemistry analysis, urinalysis, fecal analysis and possibly an ultrasound or abdominal X-ray.


Puppies drinking waterIt’s always best to follow your vet’s recommendations for treatment. If your vet believes home treatment is all your dog needs after a bout of vomiting, here are some tips.

  • Hydration: Make sure you keep your dog hydrated by giving him ice chips or small amounts of water. This will help him keep the water down rather than throwing it up.
  • Withhold food: Some experts recommend keeping food away from your dog for at least 12 to 24 hours after he vomits, but we think it’s wise to consult your vet about fasting your dog for long amounts of time.
  • Re-introduce bland food: When you re-introduce food, you might want to start with small amounts of bland food like boiled potatoes, soft white rice, chicken broth, well-cooked, skinless chicken or even baby food, before going back to dog food.

What Can I Give My Dog For Vomiting?

Like with humans, it’s difficult to give your dog any kind of medicine when he can’t keep anything down. But here are some common treatments you might want to consider. As with any treatment, always consult a vet before giving your pet medicine or supplements.


It can help to give your dog a little bit of Pepto-Bismol crushed and mixed with water (the amount will depend on your dog’s weight — consult your veterinarian). Be sure to ask your vet to make sure that Pepto-Bismol’s formula hasn’t changed and is still safe for dogs.


A long-term solution to ongoing digestive issues could be a dog probiotic. Probiotics for dogs work the same way as they do for humans. They’re formulas that contain living, gut-friendly bacteria found naturally in the digestive tract and other areas of the body.

The goal of ingesting probiotics is to maintain healthy levels of good bacteria, prevent gastrointestinal problems and boost the immune system after it’s been disrupted by illness, infection, antibiotic treatment or other stressors.

There are a ton of pet probiotic products available, so be sure to read our article that highlights the best probiotics for dogs and includes more information on how these products can help solve your pup’s digestive problems.

A Personal Account Of Life-Threatening Vomiting

Piper the dog sitting on sofaIn some cases, dog vomiting can be life-threatening, requiring immediate care and even hospitalization or surgery. Here’s Nancy’s frightening account of what happened with her Lhasa Apso, Piper.

“At about 12:30 a.m. on a Sunday, our three-year-old Lhasa Apso, Piper, became very ill. I was up with her all night and made an appointment with my vet early the next morning. He diagnosed her with a bacterial infection based on lab tests (bloodwork, urinalysis), then gave her a dose of fluids, injections to help with the symptoms she was experiencing, along with three medications.

The next few days were stressful. On Monday she did not eat at all. On Tuesday we had her back at the vet for more fluids and she did not eat that day either. By Wednesday, we were back at the vet at 7:30 a.m. X-rays confirmed she had Hemorrhagic Gastroenteritis (HGE) and she was admitted immediately.”

HGE is an acute disorder of dogs that occurs suddenly, without warning in young — 2 to 4 years old — healthy, small dogs. It is characterized by vomiting and bloody diarrhea, and other symptoms include a painful abdomen, decreased appetite, dehydration, depression and lethargy. HGE can affect any breed, age or size of dog, but vets see it most in small and toy breed dogs like Yorkshire Terriers, Pekingese and Lhasa Apso (Piper’s breed).

There isn’t a firm verdict on the cause of HGE. It can be dietary related, or due to ingesting a toxin; even pancreatitis can cause HGE. Stress, anxiety, ulcers, trauma, existing bacterial disease or parasites are all possible causes as well. This makes diagnosing HGE challenging, and if it’s not treated immediately and early, it can be fatal.

Dogs with HGE are severely ill, and the condition can be fatal. Dogs who experience HGE are more prone to HGE in the future as well. Because vomiting and diarrhea are extremely dehydrating, IVs with potassium and electrolytes help support the essential functions of the body. Treatments such as antibiotics, as well as anti-nausea and anti-diarrheal medications, may be administered. Dogs are usually not fed during the first 24 hours of treatment.

Piper was hospitalized and given two days of IV (intravenous) fluid therapy along with medication. Her pet parents are happy to report she made a full recovery and is back to her adorable self!

Piper’s Pet Insurance Claims

When Pet Insurance Makes Sense

In Piper’s case — and many other cases of severe illnesses — the cost of getting your pet life-saving care can add up quickly. If you don’t already have pet insurance, consider getting it. Pet insurance can help save you money at the vet (in addition to saving your dog’s life). You never want to be in the situation of having to decide between your dog’s life and your budget. Check out our pet insurance comparison for more information on the top 3 providers we recommend.

Watch this video to learn about the benefits of getting pet insurance and how it can help your dog and severe cases of vomiting (plus your pocketbook) in the future.

What encounters have you had with severe dog vomiting?

About The Author:

Sally holds a BA in English from James Madison University and began her 25-year writing career as a grad student at the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Journalism & Mass Communications. She’s been a pet parent since college years (and spent her whole childhood with pets).

Now as a parent of two teenagers, she’s made sure to raise her daughters to learn how to love and care for pets (and other animals) in the most responsible and loving ways. As a result, she and her daughters now have 5 rescued dogs and cats who essentially rule their home! Sally has also volunteered over the years to help raise funds for various animal nonprofit organizations.

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Darrien Hansen
I had no idea your dog may have intestinal parasites if they are experiencing intense vomiting. Ever since I took my German Shepard to a park for some exercise, she has been vomiting frequently at night, and I want to make sure that she didn’t eat something she found in the park. Maybe I should call a vet to help me see what is wrong with my dog.
My dog is having a problem since a month now i have visited 2 vets and they haven’t been able to find out what is the problem, the issue is my dog vomits immediately after pooping. He starts feeling lethargic (unable to stand) and poops like 2-3 times and then vomits the food. I need help 🙁
Kimberly Alt (Admin)
I’m so sorry your dog is going through this. Can the vets recommend a specialist for you to go see? Perhaps there is a college nearby with a veterinarian program that you could make an appointment with?
Loretta Lee
My dog ate a Lego how do I make my dog vomit the Lego? Please help.
Kimberly Alt (Admin)
You should contact your vet immediately. Legos have sharp edges and could cause harm to your dog’s internal organs. It may require surgery. Please keep us updated on how your dog is. We hope nothing serious is wrong.
Derek McDoogle
My sister called me last night saying that her dog was choking. I totally agree with you when you said that longtime dog parents know that our furry friends will eat almost anything under the sun. I will tell my sister to look for a local 24-hour animal hospital in case an emergency happens to her dog.
Timothy Crawford
Hey my dog cant hold any food down and keeps vomiting and shivering
My 2 month old puppy won’t eat he’s throwing up clear stuff and pooping yellow slimy stuff
My dog is 13 years old this month. He is a Maltese. Never had problems with him until right before Christmas he got bilateral hernias in his rectum. Even before the hernias he had started periodically having vomiting spells. Maybe a couple days a week he would vomit twice and be done. Sometimes undigested food and sometimes clear mixed with slimy yellow. Well, he needed surgery for the hernias and they ran numerous tests to clear him for surgery because of his age. He is healing wonderfully and still acts like himself but a couple of days a week he still has vomiting spells and then gets over it. He eats and drinks well. He poops and pees well. I literally have to watch him poop to be sure he has no constipation because it will take a good 6 months for the mesh to heal good. All his life I have only fed him one brand of hard food so he really hates the canned high fiber food so I have to battle him sometimes but he is old and set in his ways. I feel like this may be a precedent of his age catching up with him. I am thinking of finding him a good brand senior hard food or for sensitive stomachs to see if it helps but unless I see him really changing his behavior or he stops eating and drinking all I can do is just love him.
My yorkie had a new dental chew Three days ago and since has thrown up his food a couple of times. Do you think it was caused by the dental chew?
Kimberly Alt (Admin)
Has your dog had the dental chew before in the past with no issues?
Karen Wilson
My older dog has the exact same symptoms. The vets cannot figure out what is wrong with him. Multiple tests even one that needed to be sent away (motility) and nothing! Ultrasounds, x-rays, blood tests, different medications, nothing has worked. I can’t even add a vitamin supplement to his homemade food diet without him vomiting. If you have any suggestions or had an success with your dog I would be so grateful for your feedback.
My 11 weeks old Australian shepard was vomited 2 days in a row but it was in his crate in the late/early hrs. He was clear foamy. I took him to the vet for his 2nd set of Puppy shots and mentioned rhe vomiting to the vet and they said he is probably hungry and to give him a little snack before bed. So the 3rd day he vomited still the same clear foamy liquid.

Last night I have him a couple treats before bed and and morning there was vomit in his crate qhat looked like he vomited up his treat this morning I also noticed his poo was a bit watery.

Im not sure of this is the side affects of the shot or something else..

Kimberly Alt (Admin)
Hi, you may find this article useful. It discusses some possible reasons your dog may be throwing up white foam.
I have a 4 and a half month old boy pitbull puppy blue nose and yesterday evening he just threw up all his dog food I usually mix it I just started this new liver thing I don’t like liver myself could it be the liver I don’t know please help
Kimberly Alt (Admin)
If you just started giving him the liver and he threw up after, then it’s probably the liver.
Angela King
My puppy has been laying around a few days had diarrhea and clear vomit she will get up walk to my chair just laying around not drinking or eating
I read all the concerned owners messages and all I see you reply is “take your pet to the vet” I think they come for advice just because maybe they cannot afford the vet costs but do love their pets & don’t want them to suffer. But what’s the use if all your going to say is “go see your vet”??
Kimberly Alt (Admin)
I wish we could offer more advice, but we are not licensed veterinarians. The last thing we’d want to do is misdiagnose a pet’s health and them experience further complications or worse. We always advocate that pet parents call their vet when they think something is wrong with their dog. We respect that some parents aren’t able to pay vet costs, but we also want to make sure that they’ve sought out the option in case costs are not as high as they initially thought or perhaps they can set up a payment plan.

We think it’s important to respond to as many comments as possible on our website, we want our readers to know that we are listening and we want to help when possible. We recommend seeking a professional vet’s help because they are trained in pet health. Most commenters on our website are not licensed vets (including those of us who work for Canine Journal) so we caution readers to take advice from anyone but their vet.

Additionally, some pet parents may not realize how serious a health issue may be. So we feel that responding with, “Take your dog to the vet,” may help them realize the severity of the health issue. Unfortunately, our pets can’t tell us when they’re hurting so it’s up to us as their parents to advocate for them. No one wants to make unneeded trips to the vet, but at times, it can be difficult to know when the condition is serious enough for a vet visit. That’s why we comment about taking the dog to the vet because parents may need a second opinion helping them know if it is important enough to see a vet or not.

My apologies if that was a long and winded response. I wanted to express why we feel it’s necessary to write those comments. I’m sorry if, “go see your vet,” is not the response you’d like to see but we feel it’s the most appropriate response we can give since we don’t feel it would be proper for us to diagnose a pet’s health without being a doctor of veterinary medicine.

My dog has been throwing up his undigested food for 3 days now and it’s whole pieces of kibble. He seems fine other than that. He’s drinking, peeing and pooing. We got him from a slaughter house rescue. He was at the vet 2 weeks ago for a check up and the vet said he is healthy. He is on a different food than he was on in the shelter but has been on it for almost a month now….any advice?
Hi, I have a 6yr old rottweiler and he is so sweet and loving. He does have some allergies to food and season change. Thursday he was fine, Friday he woke up with huge bumps all over his body and raised lines on his stomach. By that night the raised lines on his stomach turned red So I gave him a benadryl and hoped for the best. I woke up he was in the bathroom something he doesn’t ever do. The raised bumps did go down and on his stomach the raised lines also. But, they are still lines and red. So I gave him another benadryl and he still Ate and drank and by Saturday night the bumps all over his body are almost gone but his stomach still red lines. Sunday he has no bumps on his body at all So I think the benadryl has worked. Until now he won’t eat has diarrhea this Isn’t normal he never ever doesn’t eat. I cooked chicken and rice he wouldn’t touch it so I grabbed some chicken and talked to him until he ate about 1/3 cup or less Not good for a 108Lb big baby:( So I thought some is better than none? Then about 20 to 30 min later he threw up Everywhere. So now by Sunday night Monday Morning he is vomiting and diarrhea. Not eating but, drinking. Please help me know what this might be. I AM TAKING HIM TO THE VET
Priscilla Hawkins
what did you find out? Our Rottweiler is throwing up & diarrhea. He went out this am & ate a little grass but doesn’t seem interested in drinking any water or eating. No red lines or bumps or anything like that.
My dog are a birds head. Ever since that she has been having diarrhea and vomiting and wouldn’t touch the dog food!
Sam Gu
My shih tzu throw up whenever eats Purina moist and meaty, even just one piece. I just did a final test, after she ate other food, then once that piece was taken, she throw up but retake all of them without issue any more. My other shih tzu has no problem.
My mom changed my 5 month old puppy’s food and he was fine then my grandma changed and he was okay but he threw up a couple days ago and he wont eat or drink for like 2 or 3 days now and he keeps gagging and foaming a little hes also had diarrhea
Dog’s stomachs are more sensitive than ppl think! Especially when changing brands, u must always gradually mix the old with new food – can’t just jump between whatever’s cheapest this week/month!!
Curtis Nappi
I have a 12 year old Chihuahua female she’s usually pretty spry and doesn’t act her age she acts younger the other day I noticed that she has been pooping diarrhea vomiting last night all night but is still drinking water she has a dry nose and sort of a fever warmer-than-usual and not breathing the same she doesn’t want to be held but she wants to lay next to me can you please help me thank you
My dog has been throwing up his undigested food about 3 hours after eating. He then proceeds to frantically and happily eat it again. It’s gross, but I’m wondering why he’s vomiting it up in the first place? Should I be concerned?
Sadie Cornelius (Admin)
Lisa, sorry to hear! We cannot diagnose why her dog is throwing up, but the best thing to do is call your vet. Good luck and hope he feels better soon.
Tara Tremayne
Hi guys not sure if its a similar situation but i have an English bull terrier male 5 months old and we have recently changed his dry food, but every time he eats the dry food he throws it up. but only biscuits i tried him with wet food and all okay but wet food isn’t filling up and he is looking very slim
Kimberly Alt (Admin)
Did you slowly transition your dog’s food or did you go from food A to food B overnight?
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 (Admin)
Hi Carol, I’m so sorry your dog is ill. What did you find out at the veterinarian’s office?
Okay, the vet’s actions ‘might’ determine ‘WHY’ your dog is vomiting, but if one isn’t going to submit their elderly dog to invasive procedures to possibly correct the intermittent vomiting, why bother performing the testing?
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 (Admin)
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?
Want did you do for your dog?
Does anybody else notice that every question gets unanswered. Everyone asks for help and the person who responds just says go to the vet.
Yes & it’s ridiculous! New to this site by way of searching for an answer (up all night with a brand new pup puking) & after reading thru, ended up giving a bunch of answers… without getting any info I was directed here for – WTF?!
Like basically a forum where u hope to find an answer by someone else with knowledge, but considering answers are moderated – well good luck getting it swiftly as needed; it seems pretty unlikely here…
Kimberly Alt (Admin)
Sorry, but we are not licensed veterinarians. It would be inappropriate for us to give medical advice and we could face legal consequences if we did. I’m sorry you were up all night with a sick puppy. Comments stay in the que until they are approved to make sure there is no inappropriate discussion occurring (cussing, personal attacking, etc.). We want this to be a safe place and depending when a comment is submitted it can stay in moderation for a couple days since comments aren’t moderated over the weekend typically (since we don’t work weekends). This article is not a place for immediate responses and we think it’s best to call your vet when something is medically wrong with your pet than wait hours or potentially days for a response from us. The last thing we want is something to be seriously wrong with your dog and we give you the wrong advice and you lose your pet. That would weigh heavily on our hearts.

Sometimes our readers offer their own experiences or advice to one another and at times it may help another reader out.

You can also reach out to this online vet service for help.

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 .
Ur mum
My doge is puking its eats and then pukes it all out. She continuously does it.
Kimberly Alt (Admin)
If your dog has been doing this for more than 24 hours, we suggest taking her to the vet. Best of luck and hope she gets well soon!
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 (Admin)
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?
Sarah M. Palyo
My black lab eats her food very fast. She gobbles it down. I don’t think she chews it. We have bought different bowls so she has to slow down. But NO she just gobbles it down fast. Lately she has been throwing up the food within 2-3 minutes and it is all in tact. She eats way too fast. I tried putting a few kibbles on the floor in a row and she will eat them but she doesn’t chew. What else can I do?
Kimberly Alt (Admin)
Have you tried adding some water to the kibble to help soften it?
My puppy has been eating royal cannin since I got her when she was 3 months she’s now 9 months and she’s still with royal cannin she’s been throwing up undigested food for 3 days now… I don’t know what’s wrong with her I took her to the vet and they told me if she keeps it up to take her in for x rays.. any tips? Has this happend to anyone?
Did you have an update on this puppy. My puppy is doing this same thing
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 dog is 14 years her heart valve is having problems and shes taking 2.5mg vetmedin a day after taking it for few months she had an xray at the vet showing her liver is enlarged and was given Lasix 1 cc a day. now she eats cooked chicken but 8 hours after she eats it she throws it up after she tries to poop for 5 mins no poop came out. but the food shes throwing up looks like its not been digested at all. after seeing heart specialist and a few vets don’t seem like any better then before. shes on oxygen concentrator. after a lot of research my only guess is Lasix is a base and I m guessing that its having some effect on her digestive acid causing her not able to digest her food. it also seems like shes learn how to purposely throw up her food. because it seems if I don’t let her out she will keep the food in and a day or two later she will poop, but seems like there is blood in her poop. 1 vet suggested stop giving her med, 1 vet suggested put her to sleep, another suggested she needs to take Lasix. but Lasix don’t seems to be helping and shes does not seems to be in a lot of pain that she needs to be put to sleep. I m trying 1/2 the dose on her meds but seems like no meds at all is when there is a higher chance she wont throw up her food until it comes out as poop. she is losing weight every since she started on vetmedin. and worst after she start taking Lasix. 1st and 2nd x ray shows her heart is enlarged and 4th xray shows both her heart and liver enlarge. any chance her 4th xray missed a blocked intestine or mabe the vets missed something when she poop its red. what other things could of been missed ? intestine infection mabe? but her blood work don’t show any signs of infection. any ideas?
John, how is your dog doing? If I could give any advice I suggest you contact 5 this is what I’ve done as my 15 yr old was having diahrrea and constipation due to pancreatitis and he was in kidney failure. The vets don’t really do anything about this and your pet will get worse. It sounds like your may have indigestion and perhaps pancreatitis since you described constipation and vomiting. I learned that constipation can be an early sign of kidney failure so if you get your dog turned around by this company online you could save her. I’ve also started my dog on medicinal canibus for nausea, arhtritis etc. and he’s feeling much better with no medications.

Good luck John

Shelley Eickenberg
How much cannibus?
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?
Debra L Hicks
I have a 7 year old Doberman, The other night I noticed one of my dogs had thrown up there dinner . They had ate earlier in the evening about 5.30PM at 11.00pm I noticed the undigested food. Then the next morning I found it again, They ate at 8:00Am and I found it around 3pm. Then again after they ate dinner about 6 hrs later. None of my other dogs are sick, so I know it is my Doberman, since he sleeps out in the living room at night and they rest sleep with me. He acts fine and plays. I’m making a Vet appointment tomorrow for him. What could be going on? He pooping just fine as well. Any ideas??
Liane Scharnott
What was the solution?
Precious Howell
I have a 7 year old maltese, who recent became very ill. She develop bladder stones and her bladder ruptured causing her to undergo two surgeries to remove the stones. She was in the hospital for 2 weeks because she was almost close to death. However like the fighter that she is she overcame but now she is having a hard time eating kr drinking without gagging or vomiting. Even Without eating she’s gagging and when she does try to eat anything solid its coming right back up. She had stopped eating and drinking for a while when she was very sick but now we have her on an appetite stimulant and simething for nausea and she wants to eat but she can’t keep it down. I have resulted to getting her baby food, apple sauce and Pedialyte and even with that,it is not coming up but she is gagging like she wants to throw it up after she eats it. The vet hospital have exhausted all efforts to try to find out what’s going on but to no avail we can’t find anything. There’s no blockages or obstructions in her stomach that could be causing this so I really want to find her some help but that’s anybody have any suggestions.
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.
K Davidson
I have a 15 week Aussiedoodle on the tail end of giardia and coccidia medicine. Yesterday he threw up a bit of his breakfast 5 hours after eating. Some digested looking and some undigested. It was after tearing around the yard with pent up energy. I fed him a smaller lunch about 4 hours later and spaced out a smaller dinner also. He seemed tired most of the afternoon and evening, but the day before he got a lot of exercise and didn’t nap much. Then this morning, after eating a little breakfast with blueberries, it came right back up. I took his food away, and I’ve been feeding him a little at a time with training. He’s acting normal. He’s playful. He’s pottying normal. He’s drinking water, but he’s not very interested in the small amount of food I left in his bowl.
I didn’t realise that there was a small dog resting down my bike’s second wheel, i sarted the ignition and realised sudden accident by which the dog fly backward and started bleeding from mouth and after sometimes he started vomitting.. I called a vet too.. After an hour the doctor is still on the way.. The doctor not reached home yet.. But the dog is sleeping he is not dead… Plz tell me if he has a chance of survival.. As the doctor is coming too but i want ur advice
Kimberly Alt (Admin)
I’m sorry Silly, we are not licensed vets, so we cannot give any detailed information about your situation. How is your dog doing today?
I have 1.4 year German shepherd he vomits all the food he eats. He also doing potty very dark black and some part is like blood. He is doing all these things from last 3 days. Please help me and tell fast what I should do about it please it is my request.
Kimberly Alt (Admin)
I recommend this article to you about what your dog’s poop color means.
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 (Admin)
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 (Admin)
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.
Mary Mullins
I have a 3 year old Rottie. She gets fed at night at 10pm. I let her out in the morning, and she seems fine. By the time I get home around 3pm, she has thrown up all of her food. She wants to eat and drink water but can’t hold down the food at all. This is now day 3. Day 1: she had diarrhea, day 2: solid poop, and today diarrhea again. She’s acting completely normal (running, jumping, playing) besides those side effects.

Just a fyi, she takes antacid medicine.

Kimberly Alt (Admin)
Has she been holding her food down since you posted this comment?
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 (Admin)
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.
I little puppies is a Maltese four months old I got him his third needle came home he was not like himself but I noticed he was doing diarrhoea and vomiting is that normal for puppies to get their needle why they’re not like them self
Kimberly Alt (Admin)
I’m sorry Liz, I’m not sure I understand your question. Could you rephrase?
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
Kenny lewis
My dog throwing up undigested food want eat looking weight lays around weak and keeps having throwing up mucus are body fluid what wrong disabled don’t have money to pay bills or to vet
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?.. 🙁
My Dog vomits a white foamy thing everytime he eats a solid food. We have consulted every Vet in our area. We have got his XRays and all the blood tests done, Evrythinh is good according to reports. Recently he vomited out blood and all my family members were so freaked out. We feed him only liquid and boiled eggs sometimes but mostly he vomits after eating them. We feel so sad seeing him in pain. he was a happy dog but now he never plays. i am crying…plz sombdy help me.
Cindy Jacobs
My 11yr old female pitbull has puked clear slimy stuff in the doorway for the last 4 days while Im gone. Shes always had seperation anxiety so could this be due to her barking and screaming after me?
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 (Admin)
If you don’t feel like what your vet has given him is helping we recommend getting a second opinion from a vet.
I dont no wats wrong with my dog she threw up white foam stuff an have poor appetite
Kimberly Alt (Admin)
How is she doing today? If you are concerned about your dog’s health you should take her to the vet asap. We hope she is doing better.
I have a female pitbull and lately she’s been just throwing up everything she eats and then after she throws up her first stop is to the dog bowl
Jerry Tanksley
My puppy doing the same thing don’t know what to do throwing up her food can’t afford vet
don’t have a dog if you cant afford the vet. rule number 1
That is not nice to say. There are organizations that would charge less money for low income such as PAWS and other organizations.
I have a pitbull and I noticed when he throws up is when he eats too fast.
I just rescued a male blue pit from a bad situation but when he ate both times within seconds he threw it up and with the food was a thick mucus but once i got him to my house i feed him literally piece by piece and it stayed down and he holds water fine should i be concerned?
Michelle Shrake
I have an eight month old shepard beagle mix…she refuses food one day the acts like she’s starving the next day and will throw up her food undigested. Seems like she’s losing weight. She eats her own stool and vomit and anything else she can get her mouth on…plastic, wood, ect. Just started getting blood in her stool. I think the lady we bought her from lied about her getting her shots…are these signs of parvo??
Kimberly Alt (Admin)
This article discusses parvo in dogs: I recommend taking a look and if you still think your dog has parvo you should contact your vet immediately. Keep us posted and we hope she starts to feel better soon.
A blockage could be the reason in the throat the intestines or anywhere in between if she chews on alot then something could be stuck in there its probably a good idea to have her k as soon as u can if u lmk where u live like city i can point u to some lower cost vets hope it gets better
my dog keeps vomiting what do i do?
karen schisel
my 1 1/2 year old lab has thrown up twice a day for a week don’t know why food is partially digested smells very bad she does get into the corn field and eats some corn here and there.

Not sure why she is throwing up her mom is not they do like to eat there fecal material that is gross can’t seem to get them not to do that. Summer time I pick it up. She just had her shots about 2 weeks ago

Kimberly Alt (Admin)
You should contact your vet and ask about your dog’s health.
We have a 6 month old French bull dog. He eats blue buffalo puppy dry food. He throws up periodically. Saturday he threw up about 3 hours after he ate a little of his kibble and it came out undigested. Today (Monday), 8 hours after he ate, he threw up twice, also undigested kibble, mixed with something that was not food that he digested. He is constantly eating things he shouldn’t be….example wee wee pad, our Christmas tree (fake). He is behaving normally. I am concerned that he could have a blockage due to all the things he has eatened. Should I be worried? We are first time dog owners and are very concerned. Should we take him the vet?
Kimberly Alt (Admin)
Yes, you should take him to the vet. Better safe than sorry and this could be life threatening. Please keep us updated, our thoughts are with you.
people don’t need others to tell them to go to the vet, its not helping at all. my dog is having the same deal and she been to 5 vets, why do people keep saying go to the vet. if people have medical background should share there information. as to the different possible cause they can remember or know, to shed some light or ideas that might help. vet are not always right even doctors not always right even mechcanics is not always right brainstorming ideas of different cause might help. as owners spend more time with there pets, might find what vets missed. thank you
Yes it’s always the same idiotic response… “Go see your vet.” OBVIOUSLY that would be an option but if we are here looking for answers, “Go to the vet.” isn’t one of them. If you can’t give any other answer than that then don’t say anything at all. It’s so infuriating to scroll through dozens of comments giving the same moronic response. Go to the vet is obvious, IF it’s necessary. We are looking for answers of weather it is something that NEEDS a vet visit since there are many instances where it is something mild. A vet isn’t required for every little thing that goes wrong.
Mike Edwards
honestly it’s one of the most irritating “cover your @ss” things that comes up on pet question threads. Someone gives symptoms, says “what do you think”? and the same “go see a vet immediately!” response is given. It seems like the perfect response to never give out any opinions based upon experience simply because it allows you to be devoid of any blowback if your post is wrong. Gets irritating
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 (Admin)
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?
Marlene Aguilar
My 8 month old German Shepard just stayed throwing and what she threw up was cooked chicken she had gotten into. What should I do I wanna take her to the hospital any suggestions?
Kimberly Alt (Admin)
Did you take her to the hospital? Whenever your dog is sick you should consult your vet first. Hope your dog is doing better!
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 (Admin)
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.
Hello! I need some advice, as our vet is closed until Monday. I have a 6 month old Boston terrier. She is rambunctious and so sweet. I brought her home at 12 weeks. She is on ‘the honest kitchen’. She was on a grain free, but I had noticed that she always seemed hungry. Due to this, I mixed a grain free recipe variety with one that contained grain. She did fine for a few days, but started vomiting on Thursday. I immediately put her on boiled ground turkey and a bit of rice. The next morning, as she had made it through the night without vomiting, so I had thoughts we were ahead of this thing. Once I arrived home from work, I was informed that she vomited again, so I took out the rice. Then she vomited again last night, then during the night. Then this morning. Then this afternoon. She is playful, happy, NOT dehydrated (thank goodness). But we are just talking about boiled ground turkey. I don’t get it. By the way, first time small dog owner. Help!!
Kimberly Alt (Admin)
Typically the recipe is with boiled chicken instead of boiled turkey to help your dog’s digestion. Your dog may have an intollerance to the turkey. Make sure you are doing the appropriate amounts. If you do too much meat it may cause more harm than good. Checkout the comments here for some guidlines on proportions:

I would assume that mixing the grain free with the grain dog food caused her to have some digestive issues. It’s important to transition your dog slowly. Doing a 50/50 mix probably caused her to be ill. Here’s an article that will help you transition your dog to the 50/50 mix your are trying to get her to:

Good luck and please let us know if we can help in any way. And keep us posted on how she is doing.

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.
Kimberly Alt (Admin)
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.
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
Hi, I have a 12 year old American bulldog and she has now been throwing up for about 2 weeks this is all undigested food in a slimy mucus. We have tried putting her on liquidized foods but she still seems to be throwing this up every time she eats. She is now throwing up about 5 times a day. I really want to take her to the vets but I am unable to afford the vet bill. I am now very worried this could be serious. Does anybody know what this could be?
Thanks in advance
Kimberly Alt (Admin)
Unfortunately, you need to take her to the vet. Two weeks throwing up is severely life threatening. I’m sorry you are unable to afford the vet bill at this time. If you can find a way to get your dog to the vet you should try and do so. Our thoughts are with you. Please keep us posted on how you dog is.
Hi Leonni,
Try giving her a pepcid tablet to reduce acid 1 every 12 hrs for a few days. You give a 5mg tablet per 20lbs. Over 50 lbs give a full 10mg tab
Darlene Traskie
I have a 5 year old male yellow lab and has started throwing up. I thought it was his milk bones I give him in the evenings, well I found out it’s not that. He has been on the same food for a long time 3 cups dry 1/2 can wet I’m going to try rice with chicken broth.
Kimberly Alt (Admin)
Hi Darlene, how is your dog doing this morning? Does it seem like the chicken and rice helped?
Ma carina Dizon
My dog vomits every 2am or 4am in the morning how can I help her?
Sadie Cornelius (Admin)
So sorry to hear! Possibly she could be dehydrated so make sure she has plenty of water to drink throughout the night. If the problem continues, please take her to the vet!
Alison Davis
My 3 year old male beagle has been throwing up undigested food for the last 48 hours. He don’t even make an attempt like usual to even eat it. He has been on this brand since he could eat solid food. He is a trial dog not used for hunting. He isn’t himself and he is what do I do at home to help I can’t afford to take him to a vet right now but I need to be able to help my dog. He eats slot of grass when he is outside specially these past couple of days he isn’t having normal bowel movements once yesterday and so far today he hasn’t done anything. Please someone help me.
Sadie Cornelius (Admin)
Alison, sorry to hear about your pup, you might try switching to a new brand of dog food and the grass could be also upsetting his stomach.
Barbara Green
My puppy is 11 weeks old. Last night she started throwing up, we helped her. I woke up to her pooping out only blood. She wasn’t sick at all. What would cause this? Just yesterday I lost my two year old chocolate lab the same way, he was worse than her. He died in my arms I am afraid of losing her too. The vet won’t see her without money.
Kimberly Alt (Admin)
I’m so sorry Barbara. Try seeing another vet. Sometimes vets will setup payment plans with you, so you can get the care your dog needs and pay in multiple payments.
Mike Anetsberger
Vet’s always ask for money AFTER they perform the treatments. It sounds like both your dogs died from Parvo. It was transmitted from your first dog, probably got on your clothes, furniture, carpet, etc. and your puppy got all of it on her then licked herself and contracted it. It causes intense vomiting and rectal bleeding. Don’t let your dog anywhere near anything that might not be 100% sanitized after being in contact with a dog that just died from such horrible symptoms. A vet check up is only about $40-80. A check up would be the first step in diagnosing the issue and then they would tell you what it was they had and the treatment for it, then the costs.
Jennifer Bayard
We found a stray today and so we don’t know what he ate, so diet change is inevitable. He threw up tonight and I don’t know what to do. Wait 12 hours? I can’t take him to the vet till Monday (it’s 2 am Saturday), so how do I proceed?
Kimberly Alt (Admin)
Sorry we don’t respond to comments on the weekend Jennifer. If the dog is still vomiting you may want to take him to the vet asap. The reason for his vomiting could be anything since he’s a stray and you do not know what he’s gotten into. Keep us posted and we are thinking of you.
I bought a pup she is fine had the all clear from vet but one of my older dogs is sick every time the puppy goes near her. Why is this? Could it be because my older dog is scared of the puppy?
Kimberly Alt (Admin)
Your dog could be experiencing some anxiety. You can learn more about it in this article but be sure to talk to your vet about it before giving your dog any type of medicine.
My dog is vomiting yellow foam with black chunks in it along with a tiny bit of blood.
He is also throwing up a little food .
He is usually very happy and energetic but now he is not. Can anyone tell me what is going on?
I’m hoping that this will get read. I have just taken my German Shepard out for a pee and he got sick. It was the usual color of his sick but there was a little bit of blood in it. Not a lot to make it look drastic. He was okay this morning but when we went for a walk this morning he was slow and I think he didn’t want to go so brought him home. He has drunk water and had something to eat (both before) that were biscuits, I’ve always given him biscuits for his food but do add meat every so often.

He has had a treat (he gets one when I have to go out and he is left home and doesn’t leave a mess) but when I came back and put him in the garden he was sick. It isn’t much about the size of a tea cup saucer but my partner is going into over drive thinking he is dying. So while I know it isn’t hard to diagnose over the net any idea what to do? It was about an hour ago and he hasn’t been sick since just came upstairs and laid down in front of his fan (he loves that thing).

Kimberly Alt (Admin)
So sorry your pup is sick. If he is still sick today you should take him to the vet asap. The vet is the only one who will be able to diagnose the problem correctly. Best of luck and update us on his progress!
Thanks for the reply. We made him a vet appointment for Tuesday but sadly it was too late. He passed away in the night and I found him this morning. I had a feeling it was gonna happen through the night but the vets wouldn’t let me bring him up earlier than Tuesday but last night he was told how much he meant to me, he was told he was loved and that he’ll never be forgotten and I like to think that he went with that in his head.

I’m gonna miss the hell out of him and it’s a struggle to deal with but I know time’ll pass and I’ll get through it. Thanks for the reply. I think it was his time. He’d gotten old and was tired and had some hip issues so I think he knew it was his time as well. Like I said, I’ll miss him but it was his time.

Kimberly Alt (Admin)
We are so sorry for your loss. Know that you are in our thoughts.
Charlotte Guidry-Naquin
My yorkie has been throwing up undigested food for about 4 days he looks fine and acts fine but eats then vomits about 10 to 15 minutes later when he drinks he does not throw up I have him on pedilite but he is always hungry after he throws up he saw a vet about a month ago and all was good he is 11 months old.
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 (Admin)
If he is throwing up and/or has diarrhea you should take him to the vet.
My ten year old German Shepard vomit this morning . Took her for started to eat grass vomit white foam. Has not eaten all day.
Kimberly Alt (Admin)
If things aren’t better today take her to the vet.
patricia wilkins
Upset tummy. Usually after they graze and vomit a couple times they get rid of whatever was upsetting their tummy. Keep water close and pay attention to the vomit..if she/he has gotten a hold of a splinter bone you might night want her to vomit.Contact your vet aswell for professional guidance.
My dog threw up a lot the other day and now she has no energy no appetite and she is not herself she is a 10 year old Rottweiler mix lab what could this be?
Kimberly Alt (Admin)
You should call the vet. Throwing up can lead to dehydration which can be life threatening.
I have a 13 year old chihuahua mixed with something else and she is throwing up and very weak what could cause this?
Kimberly Alt (Admin)
There are many things that could cause your dog to vomit. I suggest getting her to the vet asap. Vomiting can lead to many life threatening things. Please keep us posted on how she does. Hope she gets to feeling better soon!
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 (Admin)
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.
Terri Chaput
My dog threw up and ate grass twice today. Should I feed her as normal, or give her bland chicken (and or) plain rice?
Kimberly Alt (Admin)
Hi Terri, is your dog back to normal now?
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.
Melody Hill
I have a 2 year old pitbull named Captain… I brought him in from the cold weather and gave him a warm bath to get the mud off of him and a few hours later he threw up like 5 times and I took him outside and he had diarrhea like 3 times. :/ Please help I’m scared I’ve done something wrong. Could it just be the climate change?
Kimberly Alt (Admin)
I would call the vet and ask him/her about it.
Miracle Dowling
My dog went into her first heat she has become very lethargic and won’t eat. I knew that could be normal and I know she is drinking water but the second night into it she has started throwing up. What she does throw up looks clear. Should I be concerned or is it normal when in heat for the first time?
Kimberly Alt (Admin)
We suggest you call the vet and ask about her. You can also check out our article on what to do when your dog vomits. Best of luck!
I have an 8 week old pitbull, she threw up undigested food twice and tried to eat it again.
My dog just vomited for the first time, she’s 5 months old and she didn’t eat food at all the whole day. Also her baby tooth is coming out.
Hello my dog is petrified of fireworks, and last night was really nervous she was sick about 10 times last night, nothing but bright yellow bile with white foam. She hasn’t eaten since but she is really hungry and I am not sure what I can give her. She is a 5 year old whippet.
Kimberly Alt (Admin)
Claire you should call your vet and explain what is going on with your dog. They should be able to help you out. Best of luck!
Can anyone answer this. My dog eats and throws up immediately, I’m thinking she has a bone stuck, kids were eating wings she might have gotten a bone, I thought because she was pregnant but she had pups still doing the same. Help??? She can eat smooth food nothing that has to be chewed.
Kimberly Alt (Admin)
Maria, your dogs digestion is not something to be taken lightly and it’s great that you are seeking out help. I suggest calling your vet. You pups could be ill with something much more serious than an upset tummy.
Connie Snowflakes
Oh no! Always feel for bones scrupulously.
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?
Michelle Schenker (Admin)
Hi Yahaira,
Please call your vet for advice. Home remedies may not be the right direction for your pet’s unique needs.
Go to vet ASAP.
My dog has had intermittent vomiting episodes and only brings up bright yellow bile. Over the last 3 weeks he has still got an appetite but is drinking more than usual. Any ideas? I only feed him once a day. His tummy doesn’t seem bloated.
I just got my first lab puppy after years of boxers and I would like some help. My pup is 11 wks old and the last 3 nights has been sick. The first night he did not bring anything up but the last 2 nights he has bought up a small amount the size of a 10p piece of white froth. We have only had him a week and he is very lively and he has no problem peeing or pooing.
I have a beagle boxer mix and he is 4yrs old. I have a question he just ate his dinner then went outside and was running really fast when he came in he laid down then next thing he threw up his whole dinner is that normal? Could him running really fast after he ate could that have caused him to vomit his dinner?
Fyuri LeBlanc
My 2 year old chihuahua started vomiting this morning. Since it was partially digested food I didn’t think much of it. I figured he had an upset stomach. Then it turned to bile. Now it is white. It was foamy, but now it is clear. Does anyone know if this mean he is getting better?

I am not sure what he ate that could cause it. If anything hits the floor he thinks it is food and will eat it. Usually that only means paper. The only thing I did give him was his heartworm pill (Heartguard) and about 3 hours before that his Nexguard. That was yesterday. He sometimes does throw up when he gets those. Could it be a delayed reaction?

It is evening so I can’t reach the vet until tomorrow. I removed all of his food. I tried to give him corn syrup and he wouldn’t take it. So I put it on his paws. I also tried to give him Pro-Pectalin – something the vet gave me when he was throwing up once before. He used to love it but today he refused to take it.

He barks when anyone comes over and seems energetic then, but the rest of the time he is lying down, just looking at me. If I leave the room he whines. He wanted me to hold him, but he is quite temperamental most of the time and when he wants down he bites. It’s not acceptable, but I won’t correct him when he is sick.

I am concerned and will call the vet tomorrow to see if I need to take him in. What can I do to relieve his nausea until then?

btw his poop looks normal.

surya yadav
My 3 month old German Shepherd puppy has had vomiting problem for four days and the vomit is a dark brown liquid like coke. After vet treatment like many injections twice a day and iv as well as fasting more than 48 hour also without water, she is not having any relief. It is a very critical condition. A lot of weight loss. And now today I serve three teaspoon of water but she did not digest it, vomiting after 3 to 4 minutes after drinking. She didn’t have a stool for three days. The vet says that she does not understand this. He also says that my puppy could have eaten anything, like garbage. What should I do? I am feeling very sad about it and we both feel helpless.
Michelle Schenker (Admin)
Hi Surya, Sorry to hear of this distressing situation. This does sound quite serious but only a real person who is properly trained as a veterinarian can help you. I would suggest that you call the vet office back and ask if you might talk with another vet there to see if they have a second opinion after reviewing your case. If one vet has failed to be helpful, hopefully another can pick up and solve the mystery. Also, you may check with local rescue organizations in your town (Humane Society, SPCA, etc.) to see if they might have any ideas. Best wishes for a speedy recovery for your pup.
Danielle Lavette
Ok, well my dog was fine until last night. She ate as usual and at the normal time but soon after she vomited and it was chunky. I saw the food bits in it and she hasn’t been acting the same since. I took her outside to see if she would walk but she was wobbly and drooling a lot. Usually she walks ahead of me but this was like I had to drag her along. So I brought her back in and laid her in her bed. She has been there all night and didn’t move once. So this morning I tried to walk her again but no luck. She just vomited again and almost choked on it. So I picked her up so she wouldn’t choke. The color of the vomit this morning was kinda yellow green but thick. There was nothing in it – not foamy or anything. I cleaned her up and put her back in her bed. Would anyone know what caused this? I’m worried and don’t know if I should wait it out and see if things change or take her to the vet. Now her breathing is normal and she isn’t panting or have a fast heartbeat.
Michelle Schenker (Admin)
Hi Danielle, I would definitely call your vet today to discuss this with them. They will likely ask you to come in but this sounds like it is worth having checked out by an expert. If it is extremely hot where you are, this may be related to the heat but better to ask a vet how to treat her.
My dog hasn’t been eating or drinking and can’t control his peeing. He also keeps vomiting all over himself. I’m really worried and don’t know what to do!
Michelle Schenker (Admin)
Madeleine, Please call your local vet for advice.
I have an 11 year old female boxer that vomits all the time. If I give her water she vomits, food she vomits. She has been on canned food for awhile now due to her not being able to chew up hard food anymore. I am not sure what else to do.
Meagan Irwin
I have an almost 11 week old puppy that is half lab and part Staffordshire pit. The last 2 mornings he has woken me up by puking yellow bile, I believe. He’s eating and playing normal. It has been in the 90+ temps the last 2 days. He sleeps in bed with us and we have a/c in the window and he wasn’t out playing in the heat. He’s only puked once each morning. He has access to food and water all day and night. He’s had his first set of shots and gets his next set in a couple days. He’s acting normal but I’m worried about him. He’s our baby. He’s been healthy since the day he was born. I have been with him every day of his life. He nursed fine and at 8 weeks weighed 14 pounds.
lind gutierrez
My female dog gave birth 5 days a ago and when she eats she vomits everything? Is this normal?
Sadie Cornelius (Admin)
Lind, there could be a hormonal unbalance from the pregnancy. She could be nervous from the birthing of the litter and hence she is getting sick. Did you recently change her food? If the issue continues, we recommend taking her to the vet or giving her something to remedy the problem. Good luck!
Karen Cutlip
My dog hasn’t been eating or drinking and has been puking up yellow like bile. I woke up today to find a bloody, foul-smelling, watery stool from him on my floor! Does anyone know what is wrong? He’s only a year old!!
Fyuri LeBlanc
Parvo. Get to a vet immediately. They can save him if you don’t wait too long

People don’t realize that your dog doesn’t have to be exposed to other dogs to get parvo. You can bring it home on your shoes. All you have to do is walk in an area where other dogs have had parvo before in the past few years. The virus will remain in the area. When I have a dog under age 2 in the house, especially if they haven’t had all of their vaccinations yet, I take my shoes off at the door. I don’t track anything that might be on them into the house. Dogs under 2 are vulnerable. Even if they had their shots, they are not completely protected, just less likely to get it.

My dog keeps on vomiting.. like 7 times already with undigested food. I’m very worried. It’s freaking me out! What will I do to her???
I have a one half year old albino chihuahua. Over the weekend I had some family come up and since they left he’s puked twice, won’t eat anything and won’t drink anything. What is the cost? Can anyone please help?
danny twain
My 6 year old Yorkie is seriously ill and I’m about to give up hope! He has been treated for bronchitis for 5 months yet it turns out he didn’t even have this disease. It cost over 1,000 pounds to take him to a second vet in April to get a second opinion. 2,300 pounds later and he’s worse than ever! The problem being he vomits white foamy mucus when he walks or gets excited! The vet think it is ibd (a type of ibs). I’m not so sure as sometimes he struggles to breathe too! He has had a lung wash, a dye test, several scopes and he’s no better! He refuses to eat now and looks so depressed all the time! He’s currently in the vet’s office for the last 5 days with no improvement. Can anyone offer any ideas to help?
Fyuri LeBlanc
I had one that had serious problems. The vets told me it might be liver cancer. He was older and it scared me. However, another vet told me there was a new tick in the area and that had caused the symptoms. A shot cured him in no time. Please see another vet. Hopefully someone will have new ideas.
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.
Bryan Kiddoh
So I have a month and a half year old german shepherd pup and I am currently scared for him. He just recently started throwing up everything he eats. I don’t know what to feed him because this is the first time I ever have a puppy like him. I fed him canned dog food when I just got him and then gave him dry dog food but I don’t know if that’s what’s causing his sickness or not. He just recently started pooping pure liquid as he had peed instead and when he eats he throws up later. But even after he still eats and drinks water and is a bit playful and sleeps. Can anyone please help me?
Fyuri LeBlanc
Have you had him checked by a vet? I would put him on quality kibble and keep him on it. You might consider Blue Buffalo with no additives or Walmart’s pure brand. Changing his food around doesn’t give him time to adjust and wet food is not best for him. Make sure it is puppy kibble. You can add some puppy wet food from some place like blue buffalo once a day but mostly he needs kibble. You need to check to see if anything else is wrong. Only a vet is qualified to make that diagnosis.
Hi, My dog is approximately 10 years old and started to poo urine (a stool but urine or pass wind and urine from same place). She’s now started to vomit after eating. She’s a rescue dog extremely intelligent but subdued. Does anyone have any advice?That would be fantastic ( we don’t have a vet near us open on weekends).
How does a 10 yr old dog all of a sudden start to poo fees and URINE out of the rectum? Urine comes from the bladder…then through the urethra.
My dog has vomited 3 times and each time it was yellow. She was just seen at the vet on Friday and today (Monday). It just happened again. Her appetite has declined. She did not eat anything after her morning walk, which is unusual. She has been resting most of the day and she drank a little water. I fixed her some brown rice and she ate that well. But she declined eating the dog food. I just made a change from science diet to o’l roys, She was just adopted about a week ago and I was told that she had pneumonia when she was there at the shelter. They told me that she had finished her course of medication for pneumonia and was perfectly fine. Can you please help me to find out what is wrong with my dog?
Michelle Schenker (Admin)
Hi Pam,
My first call would be to the shelter where you adopted her. They should know more about her history and should be able to recommend a plan of action. There is also a chance that your dog does not like or cannot tolerate the new food. Hope she is feeling better soon.
My dog is one month old, and now she is throwing up clear vomit. I don’t know what to do… Does anyone have any suggestions?
My lab mix who was 4 years old got up sick 2 nights ago vomiting and it seemed to be shards of bone that I had given him earlier in the day. He vomited about 5 times (no blood, foam — only bones and his poop seemed very hard like rocks) and seemed fine and was eating and being his usual self. I have 2 other dogs and they had no signs and no vomiting. I left for work at 8:30 am and came home at 11 to check on him and he was dead. No signs of foam, blood, urine, feces, or trauma. Does anyone know what could have happened? I just need to know.
Today I went into my backyard and saw my dog had puked some chunky and brownish liquid with some green. For some reason he likes to sleep on top of the pool table but today it was so unusual because the table was full of hair, as if someone shaved him… I’m extremely worried. What could this be? Parasites? He has also been rubbing his bottom over wood. Does anyone have any ideas?
Fyuri LeBlanc
Rubbing his bottom could mean two things. The first is his glands may need cleaning. The second could be pinworms. I would ask a vet. As for the hair loss, it is summer. That could be causing him to shed. Dogs grow heavy coats in the fall and shed them throughout summer and spring. As for his puke, he probably ate grass. Dogs eat grass to help digest their food and then it often makes them throw up, getting rid of any stomach contents that may be upsetting their stomach.
My year old German Shepherd hasn’t eaten much the last few days. Also, every once in awhile she acts like she is going to throw up. She’s just not herself. Last night we started playing ball with her. She brought it back a couple of times and then just took it and went and laid down. Not like her at all.
Michelle Schenker (Admin)
Sorry to hear about your pup not being herself. Hope she is feeling better soon.
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.
concerned dog owner
My dog is about 9 months old and just went into heat. She has began puking and will not eat anything. The puke is clear. Does anyone know if this is normal?
Hi my name is Norma Lemos. I have a shihtzu poodle and he is 9 weeks old. In the middle of the night he started to throw up. The color was brownish. What does this mean?
Michelle Schenker (Admin)
Since the puppy is very young and you are not yet familiar with its behavior and health symptoms, we would recommend that you take your sweet pup to the vet or at least call them for a phone consult. Hope he is feeling better soon.
My dog ate a cooked chicken and now she is throwing up everywhere.
Fyuri LeBlanc
A whole cooked chicken? How was it cooked? Did it have bones in it? The only way to cook a chicken to make it better for a dog is to boil it. You can then use the broth for something else. And dogs should never have chicken bones. Also never leave the chicken in the fridge more than 3 days if you are feeding it to your dog. It can spoil. And please remember dogs are not garbage disposals.
Sophia Larson
My toy poodle is 13 years old. For the last 2 nights she vomits about 4-5 hours after her evening meal. She’s on a low fat GI dog food – grain free. The vomitus is mostly liquid with very small amount of undigested food. She’s not lethargic, she’s playful, drinking water, peeing and pooping. She only vomits once a day. What’s going on?
Sadie Cornelius (Admin)
Sophia, sorry to hear your poodle is not feeling well. Have you taken her to see a vet? We always recommend getting a professional’s opinion and hope that she gets to feeling better soon!
My Yorkie Nikko gets very emotional on the weekends. She realizes it’s the weekend and we should all be home together. My husband and I go out for breakfast. We have taken care of all the dog’s needs. We come home. Nikko has thrown up all over my beautiful bed cover… Help! Does anyone know if this is emotional??
Mike Anetsberger
Get yourself a PetCube. It’s a camera that you can view from your smartphone to watch your pet, and speak to your pet through the speaker on the petcube via your phone and there’s also a built in laser pointer so you can play with your dog as well.
My 5 month old puppy threw up one time outside and it’s pink. Can someone help me please? I am sad and scared. I love him soooooooooo much.
Michelle Schenker (Admin)
Hi Daisy,
I am sorry to hear your puppy is sick. I would advise that you call your vet to get professional advice asap. Keep us posted.
Mike Anetsberger
GO TO THE VET. There are no CURES on the internet. Only information on what it COULD be but never anything 100% certain. Everything you read online relating to symptoms you’re mentioning or described in this article VVILL recommend you go to the vet ASAP.
I need to know what’s wrong with my sweet dog who’s been sick for a few days. She won’t go outside. She’s been weak and she is vomiting, which looks like water with white color. She’s been laying around and pooping all over on the floor. Her poop is soft. Her breathing is normal. Can any one tell me what is wrong with my sweet dog?
Michelle Schenker (Admin)
Hi Jenniffer, All of these symptoms seem pretty serious when you add them all up. It is probably worth a trip to the vet to find out what is going on. You could start with a phone call to them to see if they have any quick ideas but I am guessing they will need to see to treat her. Wishing you and your sweet pup the best. Take care, Michelle
I’ve got a pit and boxer mix. I started throwing up this morning. I wonder what caused that. He’s about a year old.
You should go see a doctor if you are throwing up.
My dog has been sick all day with vomiting and stomach rolling. She just came off an antibiotic on Thursday. I gave her some Pepto but she is still sick. Any ideas?
Michelle Schenker (Admin)
Hi Van,
If she just came off antibiotics, I would suggest that you call the vet who prescribed the meds and ask for advice. They will likely give you some tips over the phone since they recently cared for your dog. Keep us posted and hope she is feeling better soon.
kathy Sherman
My dog is healthy, but for the last week he has been vomiting after he eats then re-eats it. Then he seems fine.
my pitt coco got vaccinated two days ago. now she is vomiting. what can we do?
my pitt coco got vaccinated two days ago. now she is vomiting. what can we do?
I have a miniature poodle and she normally eats dry food but I have another dog who eats wet. So I decided to give my poodle wet food… she threw up the chunks of food 4 different times. Should I give her dry food again? Or take her to the vet? Please help. She is my life . 🙁
Michelle Schenker (Admin)
Hi Brianna,
Why did you decide to give your poodle wet food vs. dry food? Generally speaking, a change like this is because the pet is not eating their normal diet and is looking for another more appealing food to entice them to eat. If so, than I would recommend that you take your dog to the vet because now your dog stopped eating her normal food and then is vomiting from the new food so chances are good that there may be a bigger concern that they can help you resolve to get your baby back to feeling well asap. Keep me posted and best wishes for a speedy recovery.
Regurging (vs vomit, vomit takes effort to expel, regurge is like food coming up & out without any effort) could be megaesophagus.

Dog needs to be ELEVATED in a begging position to have the esophagus Totally vertical. Many vets misdiagnose!

Brandon Martin

My 15 year old dog just started throwing up and acting sick. I put him on a bland diet and he seems to be doing better, but is still not having a bowel movement. I don't want to take him to vet, it will stress him too much. I want to do hospice care and keep him pain free and happy as long as possible, any info would be appreciated.

Sara Wilson

Hi Brandon, we understand you not wanting to stress him by taking him to the vet, however, we do suggest you contact your vet via phone. They will likely have recommendations for you to make him as comfortable as you can.


My dog hasn't been eating or drinking any water! But has been vomiting all day! All he does is sleep and vomit. Vomit looks foamy and lime green. Don't know what to do…

Barbara Green
My puppy is like that too plus has blood coming out her butt. My older dog did too, but in 12 hours of being sick he died.
Sadie Cornelius (Admin)
Barbara, so sorry to hear about your pups, we recommend taking the one who is bleeding to the vet immediately if you haven’t done so already.
Barbara Green
She died the same way her big brother died… I’m thinking someone poisoned my babies.
Sadie Cornelius (Admin)
Barbara, so sorry to hear about your loss!
Mike Anetsberger
It sounds like they both died from parvo, which affects puppies way more often than mature dogs. And it probably spread because there is still infection in your house from it not being properly sanitized/cleaned from the first puppy that got it. It’s EXTREMELY contagious, it could have been anywhere on your carpet, furniture, whatever, then your dog walked on it, layed on it, what have you. Then licked herself and caught it just like that BAM BOOM. It’s something dogs MUST be vaccinated for. If your dog is bleeding out her butt, and puking non-stop YOU NEED TO TAKE HIM/HER to the vet.
Laura B.


My husband and I recently moved to a new home and our two girls, a Sheltie and a Schipperke have been throwing up. Sometimes there is a little food in it and sometimes its just foamy liquid.

They are still going to the bathroom and eating, and still want to go outside and play, etc. But they seem nervous and since it's been a week since we moved in, I am becoming concerned.

What should we do and is there anything we can give them to help calm their nerves?


Definetly go to the vet. Your poor girls may have parvo.
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!?



My dog's bowels have not moved in the 36 hours after vomiting six times and pooping five times. This was all after binging on found scraps and corn cobs. I gave him a bland diet of boiled chicken and rice for a day and one meal of regular food. How long should it take for a bowel movement?


After de-worming my dog, her vomiting stopped but started again afterward. Please, what can I do this time?


My pitbull of three years old just had a healthy litter of puppies. She has had diarrhea at least once or twice a day. Today she is now vomiting. What can I give her to make this stop?


Hi. My ten week old puppy has been sick and it's white and also she has diarrhea and it was like a green color mixed with water. What should I do?

Allison galvin

HI! Just recently my dog began vomiting. He is a rat terrier and is eleven… How can I help him?

Connie Snowflakes
Divide food smaller portions.

I have a Labrador of 5 yrs and he has this problem of vomiting from the last one month. I took him to vet and they recommended deworming which I did. So, after deworming his vomiting stopped for a while, like for 15 days but then again he started vomiting.

I asked his vet and dewormed him again as recommended by him. But now he vomits twice in one week. I don't know what happen to my dog.

I am giving him light food and lot of water but still his vomiting has not stopped completely. He is active and his poop is also normal. But his vomiting has yellow colour.

Kindly suggest as what should I do?


I have a year and a half shih tzhu puppy. have noticed he wasn't eating much so i took him to vet she couldn't see nothing wrong with him gave him a steroid jag to help with his appetite it helped a little bit and have been feeding him boiled chicken and white rice he has been throwing up little bits and still not eating much the vet has suggested blood tests. could u help me the blood tests are expensive he's sleeping a lot and shivering more than he usually does.


My shih tzu is 4 1/2.. I've been feeding her the same food for almost a year but in the past week she has vomited a few times a day.  The only thing different is her food was in a bowl before and she barely ate but once per day because I think she was scared of the bowl. In the past week I have fed her off a paper plate and she gulps down each meal.  What should I do?  Does anyone think I should take her to the vet? Other than vomiting she seems fine.

Bonita M.

I was just wondering what happened to your dog…mine is doing the same thing, she seems normal otherwise but throws up her food, had taken her to the vet and he said to take all food away from her for 24 hrs and then start small with ground hamburger and rice, well I did and this is the 4th day since and she is back throwing up again. It's been going on for a week now. He gave her antibiotics but nothing has helped, going back to feeding her two tablespoons every four hours.

Dick Umstead
Our 6 year old shih tzu has done this for a long time and I have come to the conclusion that you have come to, that being in the way that she is fed. She too will not eat out of a bowl because her collar tags rattle on the edge of the bowl so we use a plastic place mat to feed her.

When my wife feeds her she places it (chicken and kibbles) in a pile and she gulps it down and will throw up after awhile, especially if she becomes active. I think that it is because she is eating more that her small stomach can hold and because she gulps it down.

I have tried to cut the ration size down and scatter it apart, let her eat and after awhile give her some more. This seems to work most of the time and is worth a try.

She also throws up yellow bile and we give her a probiotic once a day and that seems to work. I also give her 1/2 of a generic acid mint after she throws up and that seems to quiet down her stomach.

Hope that this helps.

sonja m deligans
I have a Boston Terrier that’s a year old. He started throwing up about 2 or 3 months ago after he eats. He is not sick he is very active. I have tried every food on the market, lately I have been giving him Science Diet wet Dog Food, this is working better than the dry food, but he still throws up, not as much though… I brought him to the vet she said his weight was fine and told me to give him a Pepcid every a.m. this helped a little also. I was wondering what acid medicine you are giving your dog and has it helped? I also noticed when he throws up his dry dog food it’s undigested and white foam with it, like mucous, so I’m thinking I will call vet and ask her if maybe he needs like Claritin or something to do with too much mucous. He does seem to have a hard time breathing, which the vet told me these dogs have alot of issues with.
Kimberly Alt (Admin)
Hi Sonja, sorry to hear about your dog. I had a question, unrelated to acid medicine. Does your dog eat his food quickly? If your dog eats too fast it can result in him throwing up.

If your dog is still ill after the vet giving him pepcid as a solution it may not hurt to get a second opinion.

Hope he gets better soon!

Kimberly Alt (Admin)
You may also find this article to be helpful:

My dog is eating his food in the morning around 7:30 am, and now (in the afternoon), around the same exact time today and yesterday, he is sick again. He was also sick again last night. He is acting fine, but I am concerned something else might be wrong. Any suggestions?

a guest

Guys seriously, I basically have two rules when it comes to my dogs vomiting:

  • If they're making themselves vomit (i.e. by eating grass) I'm not concerned, as that is the natural digestive process.
  • If they are vomiting for any other reason than this, and they do it more than once, I take them to my vet.

Why take chances? If you wait too long, the problem could not only become more serious but your vet bill will be that much higher.


My dog just reached maturity and went through a ‘heat’ cycle for the first time. Although she is spayed, my vet said that sometimes dogs nevertheless mimic some of the symptoms of being in heat. Thinking that this was the reason for her vomiting, I just let it go and did not change any of my other actions. Well, I know better now! Thinking back, I was starting to give her some leftover T-bones with some meat on them because she seemed to have grown out of being a puppy and I thought she could handle it. From Reilly’s example, I am pretty sure now that that was the cause of all the vomiting. She did not seem dehydrated, since she had a wet nose and gums, and felt fine right after vomiting. I ceased giving the bones to her and the vomiting has not come back, so I am pretty sure my assumption was correct. (Although that has not stopped her from whining at the table now when we have any sort of meat for dinner!) Now that I know that meat and bones are not safe for dogs or puppies, I give her only approved dog treats.


I think there should be a bit of emphasis on what not to do when a dog vomits. Many people are quick to scold their dog for throwing up, worrying more about their precious carpet than their poor animal. Remember, you dog can't help getting sick anymore than you can. More importantly, it may even be your fault that the dog is sick. It might be hard to remember all this when your dog is throwing up on your bed, but it's really important not to get angry.

When dogs are shamed for getting sick, they are more apt to hide the next time they get sick, which could be a problem in the future. If your dog is really sick, and is throwing up where you can't find it, not only will it smell horribly, but you may not get your dog the proper treatment soon enough to save his life.

Instead of making your dog feel even worse, make him feel as comfortable as possible. Make a soft place for him to bed down and bring his water dish closer so he stays hydrated. You may also want to try giving him a bit of plain yogurt to settle his stomach.

Fyuri LeBlanc
Unfortunately some people should not have animals just like some people should not have kids. A dog should never be scolded for throwing up, soiling stuff, or having accidents in the house. If the dog is marking or having an accident, a sharp “no” will usually disrupt him enough to take him out. But if you punish him, he won’t understand. If he does understand, he will begin to hide it.

If he is sick, he can’t help himself. So shame on anyone who scolds him.


While you may be tempted to fuss at your dog for vomiting in your home, please don't. Not only does  this shame the dog, but the dog may begin to hide anytime they get sick, which may result in you not knowing that your pet is horribly ill. Instead, comfort your dog the best you can and make sure they have access to water so that they stay hydrated. You can also treat a dog's upset stomach with a number of human medications, but you must ask your vet about this.

As you clean up the vomit, it's important to look for anything that might be out of the ordinary. For example, you need to look for blood and odd items, such as chewed up plastic. You should also make note of the vomit should the vomiting continue. This will allow you to explain the problem to the vet. He might ask about whether or not the dog vomited undigested food, if there was bile in the vomit, and a number of other questions.

While you may be concerned about your dog vomiting, the occasional vomiting does happen. The problem is when the vomiting continues. This can lead to dehydration and may be the sign of a more serious problem, such as kidney failure.


Many female dogs have bizarre reactions when going through heat. A dog I had used to eat grass when going through heat and then she would purge. I’ve read in articles that feeding dogs’ regular pet food is the best decision for dogs that are ill. Dogs have a very sensitive digestive system, so be careful of recalled dog food as well. If you are unable to afford a veterinarian, you have a few options. Give your dog something to help with their stomach. Make sure the dog has plenty of water. Sometimes, dogs can vomit due to dehydration.

Food is important and what type of dog food you feed them is crucial as well. Certain brands of dog food can cause adverse reactions with dogs. Humans have adverse reactions too, but they are not quite as noticeable. Take antidepressants for example, one of the side-effects they can cause is depression. Maybe your dog is intolerant of something in her food. Experiment with what might be causing her reaction and I hope your dog gets well soon.


Dogs are pretty instinctual creatures.  If they get sick or are not feeling well, they generally know how to best make themselves feel better.  When I see my dog eating grass, I usually just let him stay outside until I hear the telltale sound that lets me know he has vacated the stomach region of whatever may be bothering him.  I think it is far better for him to do it out there than on my carpet inside. 

 If he absolutely must be brought in the house, I generally make sure he has plenty of water and put him in the basement.  It is generally cooler down there on the unfinished concrete floor and I am not worried about what he does in there because it is usually a pretty easy cleanup versus trying to get a puke stain out of the carpet. 

Again, once I see he has either done it or not done it, I will free him from that location and we usually have no problems.  Now, this is all considering I know that he hasn’t gotten into something that is harmful, but that’s just good ownership.


This article was great! I have had to deal with vomiting dogs a few times recently, and it is never pleasant. The worst part is that the dogs cannot tell you what is wrong with them or why they feel sick the way people can, so you have to inevitably do some detective work.

I do not feed my dog animal bones, but I know a lot of people do, so when a friends’ dog vomited recently, that would have been one of the first questions I would have asked. In general, I do not feed dogs any table scraps whatsoever, but I know that some people do (even though I think it is a mistake, it is hard to tell someone how to be a better pet parent unless they are asking advice).

So that is actually a huge culprit, and I think more responsible for making dogs sick than people might believe. Table scraps, in addition to making dogs sick, can also condition them to beg and slobber, as well as hover around the kitchen or dining table. People who feed dogs table scraps generally do not know that the behavior is actually bad for them.

Raw Feeder

Sorry to see that you are strictly advising against feeding bones.  Dogs are living far healthier lives on a natural diet including RAW bones.  There is non biased, scientific evidence to prove that it is healthier than kibble.

Kibble is not natural, and organizations make large profit margins from it.  Raw meat and bones are totally natural and this is what dogs used to eat.  We would think nothing of wild dogs, foxes and wolves eating that way.


I think it is interesting that dog owners would risk gastrointestinal obstruction and perforation just to give their pet a bone. Even if you are feeding a raw diet there is no reason to give a dog a bone that may harm him. Commercial diets have been available for many years and if you choose a reputable company such Purina, Hill's, Royal Canin or Eukanuba. You can bet there has been extensive scientific research done to support their feeding guidelines and ingredients. Why pay more money to feed a dog a raw diet? Often times owners are not giving the proper combination of foods to meet the daily caloric requirements and appropriate balance of minerals and nutrients that an animal needs. But if people continue to make their own dog foods, we will continue to see these pets in the vet clinics with nutritional imbalances, growth abnormalities, and intestinal upset, obstruction, and perforation.


I have found that dogs are usually pretty intuitive when it comes to their own well being.  If they are sick, they generally know how to make themselves feel better.  Now, there are limitations on that theory of course and I will never hesitate to take my dog to the vet if it looks like he is not showing any signs of improvement over a reasonable period of time.
But when it comes to diet and eating, a dog knows what it needs to do to vacate their system of whatever is offending their senses.  This is why you see dogs eating grass so often in the summer time.  Sometimes, as dogs will do, they find some morsel that proves to be irresistible to their canine sense of taste and that may not always be the most healthful thing for them.  Eating the grass both soothes the stomach and further assists the induction of vomiting of needed and it works nearly every time. 

So I say do not stop your dog from throwing up, just watch to see how often it happens and get help if needed.


I try not to get too excited if my dog vomits. It is not a regular thing around here, but it does happen every now and then. Usually he just gets into something that he should not eat and it upsets his stomach. And of course there is the grass eating thing he does every now and then. I usually monitor him to make sure it is not anything serious. But there is something more.

Why in the world do dogs lick up their vomit? That is one of the most disgusting things I can think of. I know my dog is not the only one that does it. I also know it is a disgusting topic to bring up, but if we are going to talk about dogs vomiting, we may as well try to get answers for related questions.

An even better question is what can I do to prevent him from doing this? Obviously, if I am quick enough I can get him away from it, but is there something I can do to prevent him from even having that urge.? I would at least like to try to understand why he does it, even if I can't do anything to put a stop to it. So, do you have any idea why dogs do this?

Fyuri LeBlanc
My dog will eat his if I don’t stop him. I get my nephew to distract him while I clean it up. To him, it is his food. They often regurgitate food if they ate too fast. If you try to take it from him and he is protective over food, he may snap at you, because he doesn’t understand it is disgusting. There is food in there and he thinks he needs to eat it.

He probably doesn’t realize why he threw it up. If I don’t see it in time, I won’t often realize he even threw up. There is no real way to stop him other than distracting him.


About three weeks ago my dog was feeling down and his stools were black, which made me nervous. I took him in to the vet, she took his temperature said it was slightly high, and not to worry about black stools.

She said she really didn't have any answers to his problem unless she ran 3-4 blood panels at $300. It could be bacteria, kidney disease, liver etc. each and they might not find the problem. I WAS NOT HAPPY!

I had had a blood panel done about 3 months earlier for his organs and it was fine. I asked if there was anything I could do and she said to put my dog on a bland diet which didn't last long. This last week, he stopped eating all together and I had him on a bland diet like the vet said.

Now he is not eating, but I am giving him lots of water which he does drink a lot. All he does is lay around looking at me like "Mom help me." I went to take him in the car to the store which he loves but he couldn't get in. He tried but his back legs were too weak. That's when I know something was really wrong. So I have been watching him like a hawk. He usually stays in the house during the day but likes to be outside at night because it is cooler.

This morning I saw him vomiting and checked it out. It was yellow and watery with grass in it. I know that is not good but now I am concerned about how I can get him into a car to go to the vet. He is 113 pounds and I am a senior citizen. There is no way I can do it. Would you suggest to take his runny bowels to the vet? Can they tell by that? He has had diarrhea now for about two days since not eating anything but water which seems normal to me. He is an 11 years old Golden Retriever. Oh I have given him honey to keep his sugar up, which he keeps down. Any suggestions would be appreciated.

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Your best bet would be to call your vet and ask them to make a house call/visit to your home for an evaluation of Ruffus' health. At 11 years old, your pet is quite advanced in age so you should be prepared for potentially bad news but honestly, your symptoms do not sound life-threatening at this point. But, a vet would need to be the judge of that. You may even want to find a different vet than the one you have seen in the past so you can have a second opinion but I would be sure to have them request all your dog's health history from your current vet before they visit so that have all the background needed to make a proper diagnosis. Keep us posted and take care of yourself and your sweet dog.


First of all, something that people need to realize is that a dog cannot help vomiting. This means you have no reason to get angry with her. More importantly, many dogs are embarrassed by the fact that they have to vomit and will run to hide so that you don't see them. If your dog starts making gagging sounds, you need to try to get him to a place that it easy to clean up and reassure them that it's okay. Once you've cleaned him up, make a comfortable place for him to lie down and rest. You should also move his food bowl to the area so that he has an easier time staying hydrated.

In the summer heat, it can be very common for dogs that like to play to throw up after drinking too much water. This is perfectly normal, but you can avoid it by keeping your dog calm during the hotter parts of the day and playing in the evening when it cools down. You can also give them ice cubes to munch on so that they stay hydrated, but don't drink too much at once.

If there doesn't seem to be a reason for your dog's vomiting, or the vomit has blood or questionable objects, in it, you need to contact your vet immediately.


If there is anything I have learned about having a dog in the house over the years, it is that they often know how to take care of themselves all other things being equal.  Now, it is completely understandable that if a dog is vomiting uncontrollably and in danger of suffering dehydration or even worse, that you would want to seek veterinary attention for your animal before something terrible happens.  However, if a dog has an upset stomach that is causing them major discomfort, maybe the best thing for them is to get that irritant out of there by way of throwing it up. 

Dogs, as noted, will often eat grass to settle their stomach and occasionally induce vomiting.  Like I said, they often know what is best for them in the moment.  Dogs are, after all, descendants of wild animals and still have a fair amount of their instinctual desire for survival intact.  Sometimes it is just best to leave them to their own devices, with a watchful eye of course, and let them fix themselves the best way they know how.

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?


My dog has vomited in the past.  Usually it is only once, and it stems from a dietary change.  I don't make dietary changes anymore because of that. 

However, there was one time that she got sick.  It was so scary.  She started throwing up, and she probably threw up like 3 – 7 times total.  I can't remember.  All I remember is how scary that is.  Watching your dog wretch is like one of the worst feelings that there is. 

It's so painful to watch something that's so innocent and loving suffer in any way.  Dogs are so sweet, and loyal, and when they get sick, it literally makes your heart ache. The only thing that can possibly be a greater ache is concern for your own children or children in general. 

Dog vomiting can look like a major emergency, but thankfully, the vet's reaction calmed me down.  Unless the dog has consumed poison, it seems like the vomiting is not a cause for major worry. Still though, if your dog vomits more than one time, I think that you should call a vet just to be on the safe side.


Something that many people never think of is to look at the vomit. I know it sounds incredibly disgusting, but the vomit needs to be checked for blood, worms, and items the dog shouldn't have ate, like part of your slipper. You can also tell a lot about the vomit itself. Foamy vomit is often common with dogs that have kidney disease as is yellow, watery vomit, which is essentially bile.

If your dog vomits more than once, you need to make note of what you're seeing so that you can describe it to your vet. You may even want to take pictures with your smartphone because the vet will be able to tell you the exact problem. As mentioned, you do need to take extra care of a dog that is throwing up. They need to stay well-hydrated and if they are an outside dog, you need to make sure he has a cool, shady area because the direct sunlight will further dehydrate him and may lead to heatstroke. Speaking of heat, summer can be a hard time on pets. After a rough play period, they may drink too much water and throw up. This is when you need to make sure your pet doesn't overdo it at playtime. You can also slow their drinking by putting ice cubes in their water.


When my dog has eaten some rich human food and cannot process it, she vomits.  I used to give her a lot of human food because I thought it was being nice to her, but as she got older, I started to worry about her health, and I only give her dog food now. 

Once I gave her eggs from a late night diner breakfast, and they made her throw up.  That was virtually the end of me giving her human food, more than a little piece of meat or vegetable that I have cooked myself.  I don't give her fast food anymore.  As I'm writing this, I realize that I probably should not be giving myself fast food anymore. 

The part about animal bones surprises me.  I always thought it was okay to bite the end of the bone off and give them that piece because it was full of marrow and it could not splinter in their stomachs. 

It is interesting that dogs can get sick just from you changing their regular dog food.  I guess my dogs have just always had strong stomachs unless human food was involved.


Dogs have very sensitive and temperamental digestive systems, just like people. There can be a lot of reasons for why they are vomiting. The one thing that is not in question here is that if your dog is vomiting, they are certainly not very comfortable. As the owner, you want your dog to feel better like yesterday.

The basic answer is yes, changing the food or diet a dog eats can indeed cause them to vomit. Although it is interesting, because normally a drastic change like that will not be accepted by a dog; they will simply just not eat for a while.

The way around this situation is to implement the change in diet very gradually. Mix together the old and the new food. Start with a ration of 10 or 15 percent new food. The every few days, adjust so that you are adding more of the new and less of the old.

Another big thing to watch out for when a dog is vomiting is animal bones. Many people feed their dogs table scraps, including animal bones. The bones may shatter in the intestines, causing serious problems.

mowgli - moe moe

My 3.5 year old lab Mowgli threw up for the first time this morning.  He's always had great health exams, he's on a good diet, no cheap foods with fillers.  As a nightly ritual I've always given my pups treats at bed time, no different last evening.  Mowgli got sick and threw up just two small spots in the bedroom, mostly dog treat, looked more like he coughed them up?. (were only about the size of a gatorade bottle cap) 

This am after going to the bathroom, normal soft stool, the end might have been a bit more runny than normal, he had some water, and refused his food.  After I had left home and came back about 20 minutes later, he had thrown up in the backroom the first actual throw up he's ever done. It was a mix of dog treats, his food from the evening prior, saw a blade of grass or two and mucus like mix. This amount was much larger it was approximately 2ft by 8-10inches wide.

I'm worried, because the weather has been fairly hot here the past few days. We did play twice yesterday outside around eating dinner 6pm, but I always provide my dogs water when playing (frisbee). He seemed fine until the treats last night and hasn't eaten a bite since.  I tried dry food, wet food (the mix he usually eats) white rice, hamburger boiled (he's a chicken diet tho, wasn't thinking first grocery trip). He didn't want anything to do with the white rice and hamburger, then chicken and brown rice boiled had some of the chicken and a little brown rice, really wanted the chicken for a few bites.  Only thing he really wanted to eat some of was my corn dog.  I've checked his gums, neck scruff, for dehydration signs, all seems well. His temp is 101.5 and been around that range all day (that's using a ppl digital therometer). He's urinating outside like normal, just little water intake now and the no food thing bothers me.  I may be just over thinking it all, but it has been really hot and little rain here the past few weeks. Is my dog just over heated? I've had the ac pumping all day and he's been enjoying the cooler areas of the house. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated :o)


Many people have been wondering about the reasons why a dog may vomit. After all, they say, the dog does not really go out and he/she eats basically good and healthy food. I would wager that many times a dog is eating a lot more than their owners think they are. Remember that dogs are basically scavengers. In a way, they are like little babies and will put anything they find into their mouth.

One problem is that a dog does not really have any sense about what is good and not good for them. If it looks interesting and smells good (or at least the smell is bearable) they will eat it. This can often spell trouble.

A dog has a very sensitive digestive system. There is really no telling why they are actually vomiting. Possibly, they got into the garbage and ate something that was not good for their system, did not agree with them or was a bit toxic. Maybe they ate some animal bones and now the bones have splintered while inside of their digestive track. That could be a serious problem.


I have heard a lot of conflicting opinions about giving dogs bones to chew on. I know I have had several dogs and given them all steak bones to chew. They seemed to love them and I never saw one get sick off of them or have any digestive problems. The one thing I did hear is that you should not feed them bones that splinter, like chicken bones or even fish bones. I heard that they break apart and get stuck in the dog's digestive system. But, I have heard that it was alright to give the chicken and fish bones to cats because their digestive system can handle it. Is this correct about cats?

I was also told that it is not really the bone that the dog likes so much. Rather, it is the marrow that is inside the bone. They chew the bones open and get the marrow out.

If dogs are not supposed to have bones (and I am not doubting that. It is just new information to me), then why do they sell bones and hooves for dogs at some hardware stores? Is there a particular kind of bone that is safe for dogs to chew on? I know my dog likes his steak bones and he has not gotten sick from them, but I don't want to take any chances in the future.


I have noticed that my dog now rarely vomits. It seems like when he was younger, he vomited a lot more. This may have been due to his young body trying to get used to dog food or it may have been because he was just a little guy who was chewing on everything in sight. I'm pretty sure my favorite shoes were never on the list of items with high nutritional value for puppies. Whatever the case, the amount of times he vomits in a month has decreased significantly over the past couple of months. Now I usually only see him vomit if it is hot out and he drinks his water too fast or if he has been eating grass as dogs normally do.

I would not panic of my dog did happen to vomit once or twice. It is the multiple times over the course of a few days which would scare me. That is just never a good sign. We can't forget that dogs are like us in the ways that they aren't always smart about what the eat and sometimes they do stupid things like drink cold water too fast. And sometimes they just get sick. It's up to us to monitor and know the difference between something serious and just another small issue.


Bronson has been throwing up off and on for a week. He hasn't ever been a big eater so when he went a few days without eatting it was normal. Then he ate a huge meal and threw up then he didn't eat the next day and then on the third day he ate again and threw up again. We also changed his food about the same time but I've been mixing the old and the new food. I'm not sure if that's what's causing the throwing up. He acts normal and eats treat ok but if he eats his normal amount he throws up. I did feed him boiled chicken and plain rice and he has kept that down for 5 or so hours so far.

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Hi Bronson,

We always recommend a phone call to the vet in these situations for expert advise as we are not licensed vets. But given the timing of the food change and the upset stomach, I would recommend switching back to the old food in the meantime just in case it is an allergic or other adverse reaction to the new dog food. Is your dog still drinking water normally? Have you checked the stools to make sure they are normal? These are all questions which can also help to diagnose and treat the sickness. We hope your pup is feeling better soon and please keep us posted.


I truly empathize with your situation.  My dog got sick and was unable to keep any kind of food down for a period of about five days and I really was quite worried for their well-being.  The weight loss was very obvious and my dog's comfort level was obviously in decline with each and every day that went by.  One thing I managed to do was keep her hydrated during the ordeal which was no small feat considering just how upset her system was.

 What I found out was that my neighbor had started his own garbage burning pit (I live in a very rural area) and my clever dog decided to help herself to some of the more, shall I say "juicy" morsels that he had decided to throw out.  I did not know this at the time, but when I finally took her to the vet they very readily diagnosed her with the canine equivalent of food poisoning.   I had a pretty long conversation with my neighbor about residential dumping and I am now keeping much closer tabs on my hound.


There seem to be so many types of things which can cause a dog to vomit or have diarrhea. This seems to be the general consensus of all the pet doc vets who answer questions like these every day. Most of these vets are very cautious and conservative, which is certainly a good thing. It seems that they want to make sure both the pet and the owner feel good about the proposed solution.

The main thing to remember with dog vomiting and diarrhea issues is that their systems are so much different than those of humans. Many times, we tend to forget this and give them table scraps, bones and other foods which can actually be dangerous for them. This can also lead to some bouts of vomiting and diarrhea. It is also not a fun experience for the dog. I have even read that vomiting can be quite painful for a dog.

Another point to take away from this is that we should be very careful to monitor what our dog is eating. They should not be given bones, since they can splinter once in their digestive tract and cause real problems.


Have you checked your dog's bowel movements recently? It may seem strange, but bowel movements are one of the key factors when determining if your pet is sick or not. If you schedule a vet visit, you can be sure that one of the first questions your vet will ask will be about the quality of vomit and stool. Both can offer valuable clues. If Toots has a stomach virus, then the consistency of the stool will probably be different from usual. If parasites are the problem, then both stool and vomit may show the presence of these parasites. Other tests can be run on samples if the vet is not sure. Fortunately, based on these tests and other information, the cause can usually be found and you can start a method of treatment. Since the vomiting came on so suddenly, it probably isn't too serious. But a quick check may be worthwhile anyway. Vomiting could also have a behavioral or environmental cause that needs to be corrected. Overeating is often a symptom of a deeper condition or unhappiness that may need to be addressed for your happy to fully recover.


As a pet lover/owner, one of the things I do fairly regularly is look through some of the better known pet message boards. One of my favorites is the pet doc. I really love the fact that there are actual veterinarians on the board who actually answer real questions which are submitted by users. I find a lot of value in reading these, even if the situation is not directly applicable at the moment. It is a great way to prepare for whatever trouble may arise in the future.

One of the most common issues I have seen is dog vomiting and diarrhea. This article hints at the fact that there are many things which can cause these problems in our dogs. Even if it is just a slight change in their diet, there may be some big results. The vet who answered this question gave some very wise advice. Since it is difficult to tell whether the problem is nothing to worry about or something life threatening, you must receive a correct diagnosis. Additionally, you always want to take steps to make both owner and pet feel more comfortable that the situation will be resolved.


The questions about bowel movements and stool are key! Reily sounds like a generally health dog, but sometimes dogs can develop problems and give no signs except for vomiting and a different in their bowel movements. I'm not talking about behavioral changes here – although that might be an issue, too – but rather medical issues like a stomach virus or similar digestive problem. If your dog has not had any significant dietary changes ( a few pigs ear treats and similar changes should not have a noticeable affect – major protein or carb changes, as the article mentions, may be a different story) then it could a disease. 

So, before you head to the vet, check stool samples for consistency, the possibility of parasites, and other features that may indicate issues. A different in mood or energy could also indicate a disease or parasite instead of simply a diet change that doesn't agree with your dog. However, you and your vet know your dog best, so you have the best chance of finding out the problem and creating ideal treatments. Short-term vomiting is rarely a serious issue, but it does indicate further scrutiny is needed.


A while back we got a dog and it pup died rather suddenly. 🙁 I disinfected my entire house and yard before we got another pup. I did not want to go through that again, so I was determined to take every step I knew of to keep our home safe for a new dog. I even treated my carpets, bedding and clothes just to be safe.

Our neighbor has a very sweet little coon dog. She stays in her pen pretty much all the time, but our new pup has been going over to visit her. Every now and then they let her out to play and my dog makes sure to go right over there and roll around with her. The neighbor does not seem to mind, so neither do I.

But the other day when I was outside, I noticed that she was throwing up in her pen. It was pretty hot out so I considered that she might just be overheated. I went over and made sure she had enough water in her bowl. She seemed to be tired because she laid down right away. Today I see that she is playing around in her pen, but not with as much energy as usual. Should I say something to my neighbor or am I just being nosy?


As I read this, my dog just headed outside to vomit. I am not going to panic or follow him outside. I am a mother. I am used to animals and children getting sick. It happens on a regular basis. But then I usually know what my animals (and children for that matter) consume and I know my dog was chowing down on the grass today. I know I sound blase about the whole dog vomit thing, but I have learned through years of experience that if you panic over every little thing, you won't be able to cope with the really big things. Just know that it took years to get to that point. One experience with parvo made me constantly worry about every having to go through that again. These days when my dog throws up I just think of it as a simple process his body needs to go through.

The exception is when it continues to happen. Normally my dog doesn't throw up very often. When he does, it is usually because he somehow managed to get into his food or the cat food and overeat or he has been eating grass. All the same, it's good to know there is a resource here to use if I ever need it!


If this is just a brief bout of vomiting without any other factors, then the article is probably correct: dial back the rich food and don't worry too much. Small digestive complaints like this are not uncommon, especially for an older dog. Rich food is sometimes just too much for a dog to handle, especially when it is markedly different from their usual diet. Being hungry again after throwing up is also common, for humans as well as dogs. It is just a natural desire to replace lost nutrients. Typically, if you make sure that the replacement food is not rich, it is all right to feed your dog after waiting at least several hours, as the article suggests. But allowing your dog to eat immediately afterward may not be a good idea. The digestive system may not recognize the difference between "normal" and "rich" food, if they follow each other too quickly. When you do serve your dog again, use small portions and wait at least several minutes between bites to watch for any additional problems. Serve clean water with the meal.


I am dog sitting for my son's 50 lb female American Staffordshire mutt mix.  Yesterday, while she was home alone, she chewed the top off a gallon of peanut oil and drank quite a bit.  It is hard to tell how much because the dining room floor and rug were coated with the oil.  Since that time, about 30 hours ago, she has been vomiting.  

This morning, I gave her a little white rice. She ate it but threw it up about 30 minutes later.  Other than water, she has not had anything to eat or drink since this morning.  

Is there anything I can give her for the vomiting?  My son is coming to pick her up tomorrow evening and take her on a trip to visit some friends. I am worried that if we do not get the vomiting stopped, she will make a mess in the car and at their friends' cabin.

Signed, The BAD Dog Sitter

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Hi Dix,

So sorry to hear about the sick dog you are watching. We hope she is doing okay. Upon reading your question carefully, we feel that if it has not cleared up yet, you should take her to the vet due to the lack of eating and digestive issues. Please keep us posted on how she is doing.

Sometimes a mildly upset stomach can be eased by not allowing the dog to eat for 24 hours or fasting. Still allow them to have water but taking food out of the digestive track will often allow them to more cleanly and quickly pass the problem through their system. Please note that they more water you can encourage them to drink, the quicker the problem should pass if it is treatable at home.

For issues where the dog is vomiting repeatedly, not eating or suffering from severe diarrhea, please consult your vet quickly before it progresses to something worse.

Take care.


Why are people so anxious to work against nature? When our bodies or the bodies of our pets do something out of the ordinary, we just want to fix it immediately. Why don't we just trust nature more? I mean, it seems obvious that if the body is causing vomit then it must want something expelled. Maybe the body is poisoned, sure. Or maybe something else is wrong and the body simply isn't able to process whatever is in it at the time. We shouldn't be so anxious to try and stop a natural process.

Now you're probably cussing me, but I'm speaking the truth. Although I don't like to see my child or my animals getting sick, I trust that nature has a plan. I mean, think about it. Our bodies and the bodies of animals are able to maintain a constant temperature. Do you realize what kind of intricate things are going on in the body to make that happen? 

You don't have to try to stop the vomiting. The body needs to do what it has to. If anything, you just need to take care not to rush solid foods, but try to keep liquids in the body to avoid dehydration.


Unless your dog keeps throwing up undigested food, I wouldn't be all that concerned about any serious health problems. Like others have mentioned here, you might want to just change the dog food. But, if the food keeps coming up undigested, there could be something wrong with the digestive system. Overall though if your dog is throwing up undigested food, you're probably better off than if he or she is throwing up digested food.

When dogs (or anyone else) throws up food that has been digested, it is a sign of an illness. When it comes to dogs, repeated events of this can even be a sign of a deadly illness, such as Parvo. But dogs do eat some pretty disgusting things. In fact, it's a daily battle in my house to convince my dog that my sandals are not his personal snack or chew toy. I see him carrying things in from the burn pile and everything else. That kind of scares me because I don't want him to eat something that's going to hurt him. On the other hand, it's natural for them to eat things we wouldn't like grass. I would just change the dog food and monitor the dog for any continuing problems.

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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!



In addition to those, there can be other reasons why your dog may be vomiting. Some of the reasons are very dependent upon the type of dog. Did you know that certain breeds experience this issue much more frequently than others?

For example, consider a large breed dog. Oftentimes, these dogs will experience growth spurts. This is typical and nothing to worry about. However, this may lead to some episodes of vomiting, particularly in the morning. The reason for this is that these animals are growing so fast that their bodies cannot keep up with them. Their system is using up every ounce of food energy that they have and it still not enough. In the case of the morning vomit, the dog is actually spitting up stomach bile. There really is nothing in the stomach for the body to feed on, and they are hungry. The body is actually cannibalizing itself.

In the above situation, this is perfectly normal. Of course, this is not likely a very fun experience for your dog. They are hungry and then they throw up. It also probably causes them some pain, although not nearly as much as if this has been caused by something unnatural. The solution is simple. Just lay out more food before going to bed. If you are already in the habit of laying out food for your dog at night. Then either add a bit extra, or maybe even prepare another bowl. You may want to add a bit more gradually, just to kind of see how much is enough to solve the problem without giving too much.

There are also a number of human foods which can be toxic to dogs. If your little one ate some of these, then it could be cause for concern. Some examples of these are grapes, raisins, chocolate, avocados, baby food, macadamia nuts, onions, mushrooms, coffee and alcohol (I have even heard stories of crazy roommates giving a dog beer just to see what would happen). If they have eaten small amounts of any of these, then this could explain the vomiting. Generally, you want to let this run its course. They may go through a self imposed fast which generally will last from 12 to 24 hours. After this they should be fine, although you want to reintroduce food to them again very slowly.

In other cases, your dog could be experiencing an allergic reaction to something they ate. Admittedly, this may be difficult to figure out. It may even take a vet to figure out if this was the cause in some extreme cases. But just try to work backwards and figure out what they had been eating for the last day or two and look for anything that seems out of the ordinary.

Whatever the reason, when your dog is vomiting it is very important to quickly determine the cause so that you can take decisive action to solve the problem. This is certainly not a fun experience for your dog. Since they cannot talk and tell you what the problem is, you need to figure it out.


As a dedicated dog owner and regular reader of many different pet forums, I can say that one of the most common questions asked is about what causes a dog to vomit. This experience is actually quite painful for the animal from what I understand. If the problem lasts for a while, they may even have a difficult time eating again, which in itself will cause additional worry for any good owner.

Obviously, if a dog is vomiting, there is something wrong inside. It may be something as serious as an intestinal blockage to just an irritation caused by something new that was eaten. It can actually be a very frustrating experience trying to hunt down the cause of the issue and then correcting the actual problem so that it does not re occur.

One possible cause may be that their food was recently switched to a new brand or type. Sometimes doing this can cause irritation in the canine system. Remember, dogs are not people. Their digestive systems are much more sensitive than a human can really comprehend. If the dog has been eating the same brand for a long time, this is even more of a possibility. They may have become used to this food or brand.

If the change was too sudden for your dog, there is an easy solution. First, you need to let the pain and irritation to their system run its course. This means stop giving them the new food immediately. The dog may vomit another time or two. This is normal. Most dogs will do just fine with a 12 to 24 hour fast after such an experience. Remember, this is a very painful experience for most dogs. In many cases they will not even want to eat.

The next step, after the fast, is up to you. My personal suggestion is to get them back on their prior food and just make sure that everything has fully normalized before instituting any further changes. Once you are satisfied that the little one is back to normal, you can try implementing the change again. Only this time, you want to do so in a more gradual fashion. Try mixing in a little bit of the new food with the old food. Doing so in this fashion is actually a great way to sort of trick the dog. They will likely not even realize what is going on. Try mixing in an additional 10 percent or so every week. In this fashion, the change will be so gradual that your dog will never realize what has happened.

Granted, this approach will take 10 weeks. You may want to speed it up a bit by adding in an additional 20 percent some weeks. I would still recommend starting out very slowly and only picking up steam as things move along. Just make sure that there are no adverse reactions.

This is probably the most common cause for dog vomit that I see represented on most of the forums and their questions.


If your dog 'Regurgitates' its entire food, STOP feeding it 'PURINA' dog food. Our Chihuahua mix never liked it. For awhile, we added water & some chicken to the dry Purina food but after a year he went from regurgitating once a month to after every meal. We went to the Vet, no parasites so we changed the food and now he is 100% okay.


My Border Collie mix just started throwing up. Diamond is 6 months old and from Mexico. She has been fine for the past few days until today. She was her normal self this morning until we went outside for a few hours I made sure she had water. I was cleaning out my shed and had her tied up behind the shed where there was shade so the sun wouldn't get to her. I took a break and noticed that she was throwing up clear liquid. I hurried and cleaned her. I brought her inside and put her in my room. She calmed down for awhile but then she started again.

I don't know what to do! I'm really scared because she's still a puppy… what should I do????

Michelle Schenker (Admin)

So sorry to hear that Diamond is not feeling well. It sounds like you did everything right yet she is still not healthy.

We are here to help but certainly are not vets so we recommend you submit your question to our Ask a Pet Doc service. You should get a response from a licensed veterinarian quickly.

Sure do hope that Diamond is feeling better very soon! Please keep us posted on her health.


my chihuahua is vomiting & has been for 10 hrs. It was brown at first and then frothy looking but now there is blood & it seems like he is having a hard time getting it to come up & out…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 (Admin)

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 (Admin)
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!

Whatever I feed my Yorkie rescue dog he has either diarrhea or vomiting with occasional drooling. I have had blood tests, urine tests, fecal tests, ultrasound and x-rays on his tummy. We can't find anything wrong with those tests. When I feed rice and cottage cheese mix he has diarrhea. If I feed him boiled chicken and rice he throws up.



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We would suggest that you try another veterinarian for a second opinion. You can also ask one of the Vets Online and get an response quickly. Hope your pup is feeling better soon.

My 2 yr old Shih Tsu has thrown up once a day for the last 4-5 days. We’ve changed his diet to a holistic gluten, corn and wheat free diet as of November due to crystals in his bladder and urethra. He seemed to adapt well to the new food but as of about 1 week ago he’s been throwing up once a day.

He is not lethargic and is his active self with our other dog who is 1 yr old. He’s drinking plenty of water as well. I know his tummy is bothering him because when I carry him, his stomach is making noises. He does not have diarrhea. I have recently noticed that he has lost weight. I’m guessing it’s from the hi protein low fat diet he’s on now. He’s eating Nature’s Variety Beef & Bison stew. He’s eating about 1 can a day. He is a larger than average size Shih Tsu.

The holistic pet store recommended we give him Tripett to add the fat into his meals. Should I give him Pepto-Bismol to help his upset stomach? He weighs about 15 lbs.

A lot of people are quick to suggest that throwing up is the consequence of an intestinal blockage and more often than not this is not the case…however, for our black lab it was! He managed to swallow a strip of pillow case which he got hold of and he had shredded it up so well that I didn’t even notice he had swallowed any of it. All it takes is for them to snag something when your back is turned and things go haywire! We knew something was wrong with Jet when he was unable to keep any food down, it was as though it was hitting something on the way down and coming back up again undigested…and that is exactly what was happening! We headed to the vet and did a barium x-ray and found the offending obstruction but by some miracle the night before his scheduled surgery he passed it.

My dog got out the other day, when we got him back he was acting weird and now is vomiting and has diarrhea. We assume that he ate something while he was out there. We have already tried giving him boiled rice flavored with broth, but he didn’t eat it after he licked at it a couple of times. We don’t know what to do now, should we take him to the vet?

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Hi there,

We recommend you submit your question to our Ask a Pet Doc service. You should get a response from a licensed veterinarian asap. We hope your pup feels better soon! Please let us know how it goes.


I have a Yorkie named Spike and he had been having a few bad days. We noticed three days ago that he was vomiting. When I took him out for his last trip outside before he went nighty-nighty he pooped. I picked him up to come inside and felt something wet on my arm. To my surprise it was two tiny drops of blood. When we wiped him we noticed that is definitely blood.

After checking his poopy outside we were totally shocked. What we had seen was red mucus with only a tad bit of poop. It scared me to see that much redness in the mucus because I have never seen nothing like that in my life. After doing research there was the possible of answer of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). The only thing I could think of was that he was stressed that I had been gone all day long that day. I am usually there with him 24hrs. a day.

I gave him a little bit of Pepto Bismol like I have done before which did work then. Right now I am waiting to see what will happen. He has been vomiting only when he becomes excited so I have been trying my best to keep him from playing with our two cats and keeping the kids quiet. Could you please let me know if what to do? I can’t stand to see my baby like this. Oh…I forgot to mention that when he pooped last night it was the worst smell ever which has never happened before. Hopefully I have given enough info to get some advice.

Spike’s Mommy

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Hi Spike and Mommy,

I recommend you take what you just told us and submit it to our Ask a Pet Doc service. You should get a response from a licensed veterinarian asap. We hope you feel better soon Spike!! Please post back with your experience.


Now I know what to do if my dog will have such a disorder.


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!


My Australian cattle dog, Bubby is in his 15th year now. He sleeps a lot and has arthritis in his hips. But other than that, he has always been a good eater and bowels have worked fine (except I've had to help "push" the poo out because of his sore hips). Last night Bubby threw up. He threw up again this morning. And again this afternoon. I'm hoping it's just an upset tummy as I gave him a little Kielbasa sausage that I cooked for my husband, which Bubby normally doesn't eat.

Bubby's meals consist of any of the following: range fed cooked ground beef, chicken, broccoli, peas, mashed potatoes, brown rice, and raw vegetable "smoothie" (carrots, celery, cabbage, tomatoes, red bell pepper). He's never thrown up eating any of these items. My question is: do older dogs that are close to dying start losing their ability to digest foods? And also the ability to control their bowels or urine? I also noticed this afternoon that not only was there throw-up in his bed, but also a small urine puddle near his pee'er.

He does not have the strength to get up and walk. I carried him outside and layed him on the grass then put him on his feet. He layed back down again. I had to carry him back into the house and put him back in his bed. Bubby and I have been best of pals since 1998 (rescued him from an abusive owner). The thought of losing him is too much to bear.

Heeler Mom in Hawaii


I noticed the date is September 2011 and I'm just curious how things went for your boy. I was going to suggest an urgent veterinary review as he may have had a bowel obstruction. I hope things are ok. Tash 🙂


My dog doesn’t chew his food properly and ends up throwing it up. What should I do?

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My dog is almost 17 now and pure bichon as well! His name is Minkey, and he’s been throwing up sometimes as well. It’s usually only when he eats something out of his regular diet, such as a new dog treat or scraps that may fall while preparing dinner. But other than the vomiting he’s completely normal and even lively and energetic at times for a 17 year old dog. I don’t know why or what could be wrong. If the owner of the dog Harley reads this: please respond with some feedback over the last 15 months. How is he doing? Did it get worse? Or go away…


My 4 year old chihuahua has been throwing up for 3 days now. The first day was chunky yellowish color, the second day it was a bright lime green color & it looked very sticky, & today he started throwing up blood. Then when I took him out to potty he defecated blood also. I don’t know what I should do, because Chico vomits every once in a while, but I don’t know what to do this time. I’m very concerned.

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We recommend you go see your local veterinarian. Let us know how Chico holds up!


My new puppy is 4 months and just got neutered. He is throwing up once a day and is eating grass. I have a vet appointment soon. But what do you guys think would cause his throw up problem?


My 12 year old Chihuaua, Crystal, has been throwing up and not eating. She just seems kind of distant, not her happy little self. She is drinking now (she wasn't the day before) and has had all her shots.

I'm so worried. Crystal is a member of our family, but I don't have the money to just run to the vet. Please help me. I'm hopeful she's just having a bad day or two, just like we do sometimes. She is just very lethargic, I'm scared.

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Sorry to hear Crystal isn't feeling well. While it is certainly possible for Crystal to be having a bad day or two, I would not overlook this problem. The thing that concerns me is the concurrent lethargy and vomiting. This could be something as simple as a virus and it could be something bigger. It's impossible to say without examining your pet.  I know unexpected vet bills can be difficult but always remember that it's easier, and typically more cost effective, to deal with a problem sooner than later.

Discuss your concerns with your veterinarian. He or she should be able to offer you a diagnostic and/or treatment plan that is both beneficial to Crystal and your budget. I'm sorry I can't be more helpful with Crystal's problem. If you haven't tried it yet, then you can withhold any attempt to feed Crystal over the next 12-24 hours. If there is no change or any further decline in that time, then you must visit your local veterinarian to resolve this problem.

The Pet Doc

In my experience a pup throwing up food can be attributed to any number of things. From the natural grass eating habit dogs have to cleanse their stomach all the way to a serious intestinal issue. If the throwing up persists, I would recommend you see your local vet. You owe it to your dog!
My dog had the same problem. I changed her dog food and she was feeling better. Amazing to me that someone would make dog food that not even a dog would want to eat?