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Sick PupThis question for our Pet Doc comes from the concerned owner of a 2 year old German Shepherd named Reily.

My Dog is Vomiting – What Could be the Cause?

Reily has just gone into heat (whether that’s a factor or not I do not know). Yesterday she threw up twice. Both times there was nothing in the throw up. Today I woke up because I heard Reily puking again!

This time there was a few chunks of bones in there. I partially think this is due to me changing her food and not easing her stomach into it? Which I did the other day. She had been eating Iams proactive health large chunks for large breeds and we bought the wrong kind by accident – Iams proactive health mini chunks.

So she did have a bag of mini chunks and I switched it back to the large ones right before
the puking began. Or maybe the new pigs ears I introduced her to the other day, which she had two of, is having an effect? Or maybe her vomiting is caused by her being in heat?

The problem now is that she doesn’t eat when I put her food down.

Out Pet Doc Responds: What To Do When Dog Vomits?

Thanks for the question and sorry to hear that Reily isn’t feeling well. It can be a tricky thing to determine the exact cause of a problem like vomiting in a dog sometimes. You mentioned in your question a few things that could potentially be the underlying issue.

Don’t Feed Your Dog Cooked Animal Bones

First, has Reily ever reacted this way during previous heat cycles? Many female dogs respond differently to their individual cycles but the behavior is typically consistent. Second, what kind of bone was in the vomit? This is very important. Dogs should NOT eat any kind of cooked animal bones. They can cause obstruction, perforation of bowel, and simply generalized nausea. Uncooked bones are generally okay, but they can still cause problems in some dogs. There are too many safe and tasty dog treats out there to feed animal bones these days. Some dogs also don’t do well with rawhide bones either.

Can a Change in Diet Cause Your Dog to Vomit?

The sudden change in diet that you described doesn’t sound very serious and I wouldn’t normally think this small change would be a problem, but all dogs are individuals and some are less tolerant of diet changes than others. The pig ears could be the culprit as well. Typically what causes the upset stomach when there are diet changes is the change in the protein or carbohydrate in the dog food or treat.

This could be a change from beef to chicken, corn to potato, or simply a different makeup and distribution of the ingredients. Most dogs do well with 12-24 hours of fasting for a sudden bout of nausea. This fasting should be followed by slowly reintroducing the normal diet in small amounts for a day or two. Keep in mind that this applies to otherwise healthy pets that aren’t showing signs of discomfort, lethargy, or dehydration.

If your pet has a poor appetite, lethargy, vomiting and/or diarrhea, then it is best to make a trip to see your local veterinarian. Ask yourself about Reily’s bowel movements. Have they been normal? Is there any straining or loose stools? Let us know what happens and good luck!

The pet doc is a veterinarian who has consulted with our site for many years. While he is still practicing and licensed, he volunteers his time to help us educate you, our readers, and has asked to donate this time and contribution anonymously. HIs 10+ years of experience in the field is invaluable as he helps to answer our reader’s pet-related questions. And hopefully, you will find his insights and helpful tips as much as we do.

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Shruti
Shruti

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
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?

Rhonda
Rhonda

I dont no wats wrong with my dog she threw up white foam stuff an have poor appetite

Kimberly Alt
Kimberly Alt

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.

Marlene Aguilar
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
Kimberly Alt

Did you take her to the hospital? Whenever your dog is sick you should consult your vet first. Hope your dog is doing better!

Barbara Green
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.

Mike Anetsberger
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… Read more »
Kimberly Alt
Kimberly Alt

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.

Jennifer Bayard
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
Kimberly Alt

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.

Tyler
Tyler

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?

DJV1985
DJV1985
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… Read more »
Kimberly Alt
Kimberly Alt

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!

DJV1985
DJV1985
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… Read more »
Kimberly Alt
Kimberly Alt

We are so sorry for your loss. Know that you are in our thoughts.

DJV1985
DJV1985

Thanks

Gerry
Gerry

My ten year old German Shepard vomit this morning . Took her for started to eat grass vomit white foam. Has not eaten all day.

patricia wilkins
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.

Kimberly Alt
Kimberly Alt

If things aren’t better today take her to the vet.

Shantay
Shantay

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
Kimberly Alt

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!

Terri Chaput
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
Kimberly Alt

Hi Terri, is your dog back to normal now?

Melody Hill
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
Kimberly Alt

I would call the vet and ask him/her about it.

Miracle Dowling
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
Kimberly Alt

We suggest you call the vet and ask about her. You can also check out this article https://www.caninejournal.com/what-to-do-when-dog-vomits/. Best of luck!

Joan
Joan

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.

valerie
valerie

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.

shawnna
shawnna

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
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… Read more »
surya yadav
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… Read more »
Michelle Schenker
Admin
Michelle Schenker
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… Read more »
Danielle Lavette
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… Read more »
Michelle Schenker
Admin
Michelle Schenker

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.

Madeleine
Madeleine

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
Michelle Schenker

Madeleine, Please call your local vet for advice.

Rachelle70
Rachelle70

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
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… Read more »
lind gutierrez
lind gutierrez

My female dog gave birth 5 days a ago and when she eats she vomits everything? Is this normal?

Sadie Cornelius
Admin
Sadie Cornelius

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
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
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… Read more »
Misty
Misty

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
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… Read more »
Fyuri LeBlanc
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.

Bryan Kiddoh
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… Read more »
Fyuri LeBlanc
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.

pam
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… Read more »
Michelle Schenker
Admin
Michelle Schenker

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.

Miriam
Miriam

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?

Jules
Jules
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,… Read more »
Daylin
Daylin

Hello,
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
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.

Cindi
Cindi

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
Michelle Schenker

Cindi,
Sorry to hear about your pup not being herself. Hope she is feeling better soon.

concerned dog owner
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?

Summer
Summer

My dog ate a cooked chicken and now she is throwing up everywhere.

Fyuri LeBlanc
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.

Adina
Adina

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
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.

Daisy
Daisy

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.

Mike Anetsberger
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.

Michelle Schenker
Admin
Michelle Schenker

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.

Jeniffer
Jeniffer

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
Michelle Schenker

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

van

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
Michelle Schenker

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
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.

Melodie
Melodie

my pitt coco got vaccinated two days ago. now she is vomiting. what can we do?

Melodie
Melodie

my pitt coco got vaccinated two days ago. now she is vomiting. what can we do?

Brianna
Brianna

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
Michelle Schenker
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… Read more »
Veronica
Veronica

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
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
Sadie Cornelius

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
Barbara Green

She died the same way her big brother died… I’m thinking someone poisoned my babies.

Sadie Cornelius
Admin
Sadie Cornelius

Barbara, so sorry to hear about your loss!

Mike Anetsberger
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… Read more »
Laura B.
Laura B.

Hi,
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?
Thanks.

Jessica
Jessica

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

Mike
Mike
David
David

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

Leah
Leah
Puja
Puja
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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.

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