You may have frantically typed, ‘why is my dog vomiting every day’ to help your dog. We are here to help you! It is quite normal for dogs to vomit sometimes but when sometimes turns to ‘every day’ you have every reason to be concerned.
They tend to vomit when it’s too hot, or if there are changes in their food.
Why Is Your Dog Vomiting Every Day?
When it comes to dogs and their vomit, you need to keep an eye on the timing, the colour and texture of the vomit and their behaviour after the vomit.
When Does Your Dog Vomit?
Does he vomit right after a meal or every day at a fixed time – usually in the morning. If your dog is vomiting often we would suggest that you maintain a journal for their vomit to describe what they ate and the time they vomited.
If your dog is vomiting in the morning or hours after eating, and if they are vomiting at around the same time every day, it may be bile. If the colour of the vomit is yellow and foamy, it may further confirm our doubts.
Dogs that vomit bile are usually having excessive bile secretions in their stomach or, the bile leaks into their food pipe. This is usually nothing to worry about and can be resolved by increasing the frequency of meals. If you feed them small meals throughout the day, you can usually address the vomiting issue.
If your dog is vomiting right after a meal and if the vomit has undigested food, it may be a sign of indigestion. This may happen if you suddenly changed their dog food or if they have high amounts of fats in their diet.
A grain-free diet has actually proven to show better digestion in dogs. But also, when you are changing their food, perhaps to a better product, always make sure that you gradually switch them to the new product.
Indigestion may also occur if your dog ate too fast or too much at one go. Check the speed and the portion of their meal. Address it as soon as you can, because a large portion and fast eating can cause bloat in deep-chested dogs, especially when they get older.
There are special maize bowls in the market that reduce their eating speed. Additionally, you can also insert a clean rubber ball in their food bowl to reduce their speed.
What Is The Colour Of Your Dog’s Vomit?
As we said above, foamy yellow vomit often indicates bile. But different colours and textures can also indicate different conditions.
Here is a dog vomit colour guide to help you understand what each colour indicate:
White: If your dog’s vomit is white and foamy, it can be a sign of indigestion or exercise after a meal can cause it.
Sometimes, when dogs have bloat, they may struggle to vomit, the little vomit that comes out of their system is usually white and foamy. Bloat is fatal if it’s not addressed on time. If they show other symptoms of bloat, don’t wait to let it pass, rush them to the vet immediately.
Yellow: As we said earlier, yellow vomit is a classic sign of bile in their stomach. It indicates that they have too many gastric juices or that they are just not eating enough.
However, if they are vomiting bile too often, it may indicate problems with their gut. A vet visit and a blood test will help you diagnose what is wrong.
Green: Usually the pigmentation in grass causes their vomit to become green. If dogs eat too much grass it may cause green vomit. However, green vomit can also be a sign of bile that has been sitting in their stomach for too long.
Brown: Dogs that eat poop (coprophagia) often have brown vomit. On the other hand, brown vomit can indicate undigested food pellets or indigestion in general. Check the colour closely because it may actually be deep red.
Red: Red almost always indicates blood in their vomit (unless they ate beetroot). Blood is never a good sign and your dog should be taken to the vet as soon as possible.
If the vomit is any other strange colour or has a strange smell, you should take them to the vet as soon as possible.
Vomiting From Intoxication
Pica in dogs is quite common and some dogs have a taste for really strange things. Dogs have gotten into life-threatening objects like soaps, cleaning liquid, rubber, articles of clothing etc. These foreign objects cause inflammation in their stomach and induce vomiting.
Usually, when they eat a toxic object they vomit it out. If you see articles of clothing or paper etc in their vomit, it’s a good sign. It just means that the object that was causing them problems is no longer causing any harm.
Unfortunately, sometimes, foreign bodies get stuck in their stomach and the body desperately tries to vomit more than once to get it out. This is when things can get concerning as the foreign object can rot inside their stomach or get stuck and cause blockages.
If they are vomiting on and off for days and, while their behaviour is fine, the vomit does not have the foreign body they swallowed, you should take them to the vet and make sure everything is okay.
How Is Your Dog Behaving After Vomiting?
Now the last thing that you need to pay attention to is their behaviour before and after vomiting. Are they behaving the same, or is there a change? Usually, if they are behaving fine and their vomit is yellow, it is nothing to worry about. However, if the vomiting persists and their behaviour changes, you should consider taking them to the vet.
Do you notice them sleep in a different position? Dog’s that suddenly start to hold their stomach in are probably showing signs of abdomen pain.
Other signs include lameness, lethargy, fatigue, disinterest in food and play etc. Remember, vomiting is not the illness itself but it may be a symptom of an underlying condition.
Conditions That May Cause Vomiting In Dogs
Certain illnesses and conditions, like bloat, as mentioned above, can cause vomiting in dogs. Let’s have a look at some of them below.
Pancreatitis is a very painful condition where the pancreas swells up and causes a lot of pain in the abdomen. It occurs in dogs who usually have high fat, low fibre diet. Bad eating habits and excess treats and table scraps can cause it too.
Pancreatitis can cause a lot of pain and vomiting is one of the many symptoms of it; other symptoms include excessive thirst, lack of interest in appetite and lameness etc.
Pyometra occurs in female dogs that are still intact. Some spayed females that have fragments of their uterus and ovaries can also get pyometra, or stumped pyometra.
In this condition, their uterus swells up to double or triple its size and fills up with puss. It can be fatal if not operated on time. Dogs can vomit because of excruciating pain. Usually, with pet dogs, we can operate their infected uterus before it leads to severe abdominal swelling.
Severe Parasitic Infection
Dogs that haven’t been dewormed on time can get severe parasitic infections that can cause them to vomit. Usually, in this case, we will see worms in their vomit.
In severe cases, they may be bloated.
While in most cases, doctors will give a few rounds of strong deworming tablets, some dogs may need surgery to remove all the worms.
Peritonitis is a broad term for when the lining of the intestinal tract swells up. Inflammation in the linings can lead to poor digestion, pain, vomiting, diarrhoea and diabetes.
The mortality rate of peritonitis is somewhere between 50-70%. Sometimes the peritonitis can be a result of injury, in which case, the condition will get better as the dog starts to heal from the injuries.
Usually, as a dog ages, their liver becomes less and less functional. This can cause liver disease. It can be genetically passed from the parent to the child or it can be a result of external injury or poor eating habits.
Sometimes, strong medicines can also cause liver disease.
Dogs with liver disease can vomit thin, foamy, yellow bile quite often. If your dog is older or if the vomiting does not reduce even after feeding them often in lesser amounts, you should talk to your vet and get a liver functioning test.
Reduced amounts of the adrenal glandular secretion can lead to Addison’s disease. Apart from the vomiting, you may notice diarrhoea and generalised weakness.
While Addison’s Disease is mostly manageable in dogs, they can go into a shock which is almost always fatal.
By looking above, you may say that all diseases have similar symptoms, and you’re right! They do.
A good rule of thumb would be to treat your furry buddy at home as long as they vomited only once in a few days. Most of the times, occasional vomiting is not very concerning in dogs.
If their behaviour is fine and they don’t have any additional symptoms, you have no reason to get worried.
However, if your dog is vomiting often and they are showing some other concerning symptoms, you should take them to the vet as soon as you can.
We hope this article was helpful to you. Does your dog vomit often? What have you done so far to get it under control? Tell us all about it in the comments section below. We are always eager to hear your experiences.