A dog may vomit quite easily. A dog may vomit simply because he's eaten something disagreeable or gobbled down too much food, too fast. But vomiting van also indicate something far more serious. In this article we'll tell you the causes of vomiting in dogs and when you need to act.

If a dog is active, behaves and eats normally and has vomited once or twice, it can be just a stomach upset that will be better in a few days. This is called acute vomiting. If this is the case, it could help the dog to reduce his daily portion to 75% of the normal amount, and divide this over 4 portions during the day. A dogs vomit can just contain yellow bile or dogfood that has been partially digested and is smelling sour. Vomiting may occur directly after eating (and contains whole parts of kibbles) or anytime thereafter. A dog may have signs of nausea, such as drooling, licking of the lips or eating grass.

Vomiting with food parts can indicate that the dog ate to quickly of ran around too soon after eating.

Foamy, slimy, or clear vomit by daytime is different from vomit that includes partially digested food. In some cases, liquid vomit that is yellow or clear is a sign of a completely different medical issue that has no connection whatsoever to the food being consumed. Slimy of clear vomits during the night can indicate a stomach upset caused by an empty stomach and too much bile. Changing the feeding routine, and giving a portion of feed before bed time may help in this matter.

Related symptoms

It's important to separate acute vomiting from chronic (>7 days) vomiting. These kinds of vomiting have different possible causes. Therefore, a veterinarian should determine the cause of vomiting if it does not resolve within a day, or comes with other symptoms, such as;

  • Diarrhea
  • Dehydration
  • Lethargy
  • Blood in vomit
  • Weight loss
  • Change in appetite