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Dog throwing up yellow bile

December 12, 2005

Hi,what would be the most obvious reason for a dog to throw up yellow bile?One of my bassetts which is around 4 years old throws up yellow bile at least 3 nights a week between the hours of 12:00 and 6:00 in the morning.I wake up to hear her wretching a little and I jump up for the towel and she will throw up bile and then lay back down and sleep.This has been going on for a little while.She eats a raw diet and gets along fine with it.The diet consist of the raw foods that are fine for them.I thoroughly did my homework before changing them to a raw diet.one has been on it almost a year and this one almost 6 months.They eat around 5:00 in the afternoon so I know shes not going to bed with a full stomach.The vomit contains no food,shes not on any medication.No serious health issues other than leg/hip problem that flares up sometimes.She will take rimadyl(sp?)at that time but only then.She hasn't had any in over a week.I've noticed no problems from taking that.She seems to feel fine and her appetite is great.The other one threw up bile as a puppy but hardly ever now.Any one else have a dog that does this frequently?Should I be concerned?Also want to mention she has gas a lot,no idea if this could be related.Debbie

Comments (99)

  • chicky_nikki88_yahoo_com

    I have a one year old white German shepherd who is being fed California Natural chicken and rice kibble. He gets the occasional raw knuckle bone and some healthy treats (we avoid fillers, rawhide and such) and he throws up at least every other night. A few times he has thrown up food (so gross) but it is usually yellow bile, sometimes frothy and always very smelly.

    I don't know what could be wrong...this has been going on for several months and the vet couldn't tell us anything. I will try the snack thing and see if it helps. We have tried antibiotics (though they were prescribed because he had some bloody diarrhea), home diet of mild boiled chicken and rice to no avail and we think he has EPI because he always has loose stool that is usually bright orange...it has blood in it sometimes... I don't know. Our vet didn't find anything wrong in his stool samples and I know it isn't worms or any parasite. We have been trying to treat the EPI with pancreatic enzyme supplements before meals (maybe the bloody diarrhea from today was a result?) but it is still not normal at all and he still throws up.

    He isn't lethargic and is very active...isn't overweight, playful, good appetite and we feed him twice daily. He doesn't seem to put on weight at all and he seems to have a sensitive stomach.

    Please, please email me with any suggestions or thoughts you have. I am a broke college kid and I can't afford more vet visits but I want my dog to be well.


  • Meghane

    Unfortunately Nikolau, being broke and having healthy pets don't generally go together.

    Lots of things could be causing your dog to have diarrhea and vomiting, and honestly I can't think of a one that can be diagnosed and treated without seeing a vet. A lot of what you describe sounds like EPI, but it could be IBD, food allergies, or any other number of things. Blood in the stool is definitely BAD, and is not a symptom of bilous vomiting syndrome, so I doubt the night-time snacks will help with that at all. It may help with the vomiting but I doubt it.

    Besides looking at a fecal sample, what has your vet done or suggested?

  • concerned-2008

    Please make sure your vet checks for acid reflux, there are several safe meds that can easily cure this!!!!

  • iowagal2008

    read the ingredients of all food your pet eats---- just because your vet gives you something unfortunately it doesn't make it good....for example the science diet prescription formulas are very questionable-----
    their "w/d" in instance is suppose to be for wieght loss or other stomach problems--- the ingredients are GROUND CORN, CELLUOSE (this is like straw) chicken by-products -- yuk!! it also sells for about $65 a big bag... there is no ingredients that need a prescription!!! i call this a scam........

  • dangermon

    Science Diet is far from a scam. Science Diet is one of the best foods on the market that is backed by solid research and owned by a fine parent company, Colgate. They truly have the animals' interests at stake unlike many other brands. Also, their ingredients are the finest in the industry. There is a lot of misinformation out there...

  • sephia

    "Science Diet is one of the best foods on the market..."

    Science Diet is GARBAGE, GARBAGE, GARBAGE. Also stay away from Iams, Eukanuba, Hills science diet, nutrience, nutro, Anything by Purina, whiskas, friskies, fancy feast etc...

    Look at the label, don't buy any food that has these on the label: CORN, WHEAT, SOY, GLUTEN, CEREALS, DYE's, and BY-PRODUCTS of any kind.

    These are the first few ingredients in regular science diet: Chicken By-Product Meal, Ground Whole Grain Corn, Brewers Rice, Animal Fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols and citric acid), Corn Gluten Meal.

    Here is their supposedly high quality food called Natures Best: Chicken, Cracked Pearled Barley, CORN GLUTEN MEAL, Whole Grain Oats, Brown Rice, Dried Egg Product, ANIMAL FAT (preserved with mixed tocopherols and citric acid).

    Animal fat is listed there in both. In case you are unaware, animal fat is made by taking euthanized shelter animals (that were killed with euthanicide), road kill, and leftovers scraped off of slaughter house floors and boiling them, they then scrape the layer of fat off the top and send it to pet food companies who use it to flavour their pet food.

    By-Products: Are feet, beaks, fur, feathers, ears, and entrails scraped off of slaughter house floors. Also remember the animals boiled to make animal fat - they also take the boiled carcasses, dry them, and grind them up and sell them to pet food companies who them call them by-products. (They don't even know what animals the by-products come from, it just says ANIMALS on the bag, that is revoltingly disgusting and I wouldn't even feed those kinds of food to a pet rock let alone my pets).

    Those ingredients are linked to kidney and bladder stones, kidney and liver failure, urinary tract infections and blockages, irritable bowel disorder and bowel blockages, obesity, diabetes, cancer, and shortened lifespan. (It would be like a human eating hot dogs every day, sure they are tasty but they are horrible for your nutrition).

    I would think twice about feeding my pets such a poor diet.

  • leiv_bornecrantz_com

    What do dogs eat?
    Dogs are omnivores (able to eat food from both animal and vegetable origins) and require a mixture of proteins and carbohydrates. In the wild dogs would achieve a balanced diet by eating all parts of their prey, including the bones, tendons, organs, intestines and their contents (often composed of vegetable material) as well as the muscle.

    Dogs cannot survive on a diet of meat alone, being low in most vitamins and calcium which is needed for healthy bones and teeth. Meat also has an imbalance of calcium to phosphorous, which can effect bone growth, plus an excess of protein and fat.

    also; You can give your dog a raw, meaty bone as a treat, which also helps to keep his teeth clean. Raw chicken wings and necks are good for cats and small dogs, but are not large enough to clean the teeth of bigger breeds. Sheep femurs are currently being advised by some specialist veterinary dentists, although brisket and other bones are also used. Your dog needs to chew on bones at least twice weekly for dental health, and daily is even better.

    Here is a link that might be useful: Feeding Your Dog a Balanced Diet

  • cadetsgirl24

    My dog has been doing the same for the last few days. We recently moved from VA to NM and have been in NM for about 2 weeks. He was doing fine until the beginning of this week. He ate some sticks on Sunday night and played in some water and later on he threw up the sticks he ate that afternoon. Then on Monday he got the bordetella vaccine (this is not the first time he has had it) and then Monday night he threw up in his crate. Then on Tuesday morning after playing in some water he threw up most of his food and then some bile and dry heaved a few times. I took him to the vet on Wed. after he tried to throw up again and they told me that all his blood work was perfectly normal and that he needed an x-ray to see if there was a foreign body in his intestines. I did the x-ray yesterday and they told me they didn't see anything but that doesn't mean there isn't anything in there that wasn't picked up by the x-ray and recommended I go see a specialist. It seems now that he only throws up a few hours after he drinks but he can keep his food down. I read through the message board and tried feeding him his normal food and gave him some bottled water and so far we have been successful. My vet tells me he should have a barium series to fully rule out the foreign body anyone have any kind of suggestions?

  • aprilangel1018

    well i wanted to take the advice of many of the people on here saying their dog was just hungry however one night my dog was throwing up so much that i got worried... he threw up about 5 times and then i came home during the day to find a few more spots.. i took him to the vet immediately (which you should truly do if you care for your pet) and they did some bloodwork which came back normal. however she then did an xray and found he had eaten something and it was stuck in his intestine. he had surgery the next morning to have it removed and it was successful. however he died a few hours later of a bloodclot bursting in his lung. he was only a year and a half and probably the most important thing in my life. my main point is take your dog to the vet, that is not fair to them. i am a college student who is broke and loved my dog so much i would pay for a 2400 dollar surgery to save him. it really is that important. dont self diagnose bc that could potentially lead to much worse issues and costs.

  • alexs_cox_net

    My 14 year old dog just recently started to throw up randomly, to give a little background info as you already know she is 14 yrs of age her food has been the same for as long as i can remember which about 5 to 6 yrs she seems perfectly happy and doesn't look like she would have any problems, as far as food and water go i give her fresh water every day and she is fed adult dog healthy weight formula and i put a cup of food in a bowl which she has access to 24/7 so i know its not hunger and she seems to go to the bathroom like she always has, she looks perfectly healthy from the out side and i am worried i am hoping it is nothing major because my mom dose not have even 20 dollars to spare and I'm only 15 and she is what keeps me going if i lost her i don't know what id do. so if you have any suggestions please tell me.

    Alex Sekora

  • morningdove11

    I noticed the same thing with my 4 healthy dogs,and as well in the past that they were eating good quality food,specially Nutro's,science diet.I phoned Nutro's and told them,they said it wasn't their food causing this BUT as soon as I stopped feeding them those brands,they all stopped throwing up yellow vile,and it's not change of food either for now they get like a trail mix of all kinds accept Nutros and Hills and Science diet.I don't trust the dog food either,specially since I've witnessed the change with more then one dog! Toast is really good for soaking up the acid in their tummies,I would try that,if large dog,then 2 pieces of toast.Plain yogart is helpful with their digestive system and also helps fight bacteria.
    As for how much to feed,I find all dogs are different,I have fussy eaters and gorbie guts! Some are rescue dogs which maybe had to survive on not much,they feel they have to keep eating and act hungry all the time!I feed them all twice a day with healthy snacks in the afternoon and near bedtime,not too many.Rawhide anything is very bad for dogs to eat,not good for their tummies at all! Real knuckle bones are really good for them and their teeth and for ones that chew on blankets or nibbles on things,bored dogs.
    I do believe that seeing a vet is very important,and their shots up to date is very important and lots of love and activity!
    If anyone else is having issues like this and eating Nutros or Science diet,Nature's Choice(Nutro's brand)and hills,PLEASE let me know.Just because they say it's good,don't forget people,these are the same people that put out all that bad food!By Products of any kind is not good for them,and alot of this food that has filler in it doesn't fill them up the same and that's why they will still seem hungry!That's because they are!Check around and try a different food if your pet is not agreeing with it.
    Hope this helps

  • dana55422_netscape_com

    My previous dog, who died at 16-1/2 of cancer, was on Nutro Senior for the last several years of his life. Then he lost interest in all dog foods - and I tried several - including the wellness brands guaranteed to stimulate appetites. I was able to get him to eat by mixing in chicken or beef with the kibble. My current dog is about 11 and was obtained 2 years ago from a rescue organization. He only wants Nutro Small Bites. I have tried him on several others, including wellness brands. He also eats well with chicken, turkey and beef supplements. Lean meat, no skin, minimal cooking oils/butter. He's not interested in treats, just 2 small meals a day. He coughs up bile once in awhile (every 2 months?) when he has been licking himself. I think it's a hairball.

  • Kris_boyracer_hotmail_co_uk

    My pup not even a year yet, has started throwing up, their was food and she isnt eating, then it was yellow biel and now its throthy, tummy is gurgaling and she still isnt eating or drinking that i can tell. Tryed her with some rice, wont eat. Please email me asap

  • nmoreno871_yahoo_com

    hi my dog is 3-1/2 yrs old he is a pomeranian about 6 lbs. I have noticed that he ahs been throwing up in the mornings and it seems to look like bile its yello with white foam mucus and he has been eating normally and drinking normally but today he has not felt well at all he looks sad has not wanted to do anything but sit or lay, he alos is very quiet and is making this weird pushing sound like if his tummy hurts his mouth smells sour and he is not his usual self also he is stretching out like if to releave stomach pain or something i have not giving him any deworming medicine for about a year and he is due for his new set of shots and his new rabbies vaccine . please if anyone has any idea what may be wrong please help i am going to take him to the vet for vaccines including rabbies please i need someones opinion thank you this puppy is my world .

  • pamghatten

    Last 2 posters ... if your dog is acting that sick, please get them to the vet ASAP. Don't leave it to a bunch of strangers on a internet forum to give suggestions.

    Call the VET!

  • Gemmacrystal121_hotmail_co_uk

    Hello, my rottwieler is also throwing up yellow stuff, I havent had her long but she seems to throw up nearly everyday, I feed her regular and walk her all the time, she throws up at random times a day. She eats and drinks ok and she sleeps fine she acts fine all the time. But she could be sat on her box looking out the window one minute and the next minute she is throwing up. Could this be because of a change in her dog food? Or worms or something? I honestly haven't got a clue, I thought id look in to it before taking her to the vets but I feel awful for her and I don't think my Carpet can take it much longer xxx

  • keshg08_gmail_com

    My 5.5 year old female Labrador has been vomiting for 3.5 months now. She constantly throws up in the form of Phlegm. It is very frothy on the top & the bottom of it is a very thick substance. Her bowel movements are fine; Doctors have done many tests on her but can�t seem to find a reason for her throwing up. They say she is clinically fine. Her kidney & liver tests came out normal. Only thing they said was she has a very slight trace of Filarial. They took 3 x-rays of her stomach region & said they found nothing wrong there. In November she was a 32Kg dog, now weighs only 24kg. She eats very little. We took her off dairy products thinking she may have been lactose intolerant. But that didn�t solver the problem either. She is very active as always. She does salivate a lot. She drools a lot just before she throws up. Her current diet is 4 small meals of soup. Which contains Carrots, Potato, Chicken (without bones) & Pedigree Dog food. Each meal is about 1.5- 2 cups of this soup. She drinks a lot of water.
    I did worm her a month ago but still the vomiting continued.
    Has anyone experienced this sort of problem. Can anyone please help me.
    Thanks so much

  • dmst_att_net

    My almost 3 year-old mix didn't eat dinner last night (1/2 can) or nibble on his kibble today (free-feed on dry.) Tonight he vomited yellow frothy bile. I gave him 1/4 cup veg. oil. He then ate last night's dinner and is now asleep. From the posts I assume I shouldn't have to take him to the vet unless this continues or he gets more lethargic? (He does sometimes bury his fresh bones to eat later; they could have nasty stuff on them.)

  • resapratt_ymail_com

    I googled "yellow dog vomit" and found this site. I've read every post in this thread. I was relieved to see such commonality. The most often recommended remedy for early morning yellow colored vomiting, resulting in too much stomach acid, seems to be not enough food in the stomach. I will increase my dogs food from 2 cups of kibble w/ 2 cups of boiled rice, to a total of 5 cups daily of his normal combination. I am very appreciative of everyones input. It has been very instructive and reassuring, with limitations of course.

  • jnewlon_sc_rr_com

    Out 16 month old Shih Tzu throw up yellow bile a couple times a week, usually at night or in the morning. We have 2 dogs and they eat their main meal relatively late (7 to 7:30). The other 8 month old poodle does not throw up bile and he has a great appetite. She does not have a good appetite and only eats once a day with a treat here or there. She frequently has loose stool but rarely gas. She seems tired and not feeling well too much. She has been to the vet but nothing was found in the blood work. Any ideas?

  • Abelesusan_aol_com

    Wow, a lot of dogs having the same problem. There is a new dog food out that I'm trying. You can get it at Petsmart or Frye's food store (in AZ). It's call PetFresh or DeliFresh. They're both the same. It will be in a cooler at the store. It has to be refrigerated. Every ingredient is natural. If it doesn't list the first ingredient as beef, chicken,or whatever, then it's not good for them.as treats, only give them beef jerky (not the jerky for dogs, for people) It can't hurt to try it.

  • varker4849_aol_com

    Our ten year old Dalmation vomited his dinner early Thursday morning and has continued to vomit bile since. He can't keep water down much less his kibble. We have had him into the vet three times already! A blood test was done and that came up clear, he is dehydrated and they pumped him full of saline to rehydrate him. We keep a very close watch over him so eating anything unusual or bad for him would have been noticed. The vet put him on a diet a month ago so we have not given him table scraps or dogging biscuits, just his kibble, two cups in the morning and a cup and a half at night. He is on Purina weight maintenance. Tomorrow hwe will get an X-ray to see if by chance there is any blockage. Will a twisted intestine show up and would that cause vomiting like this? Have any of you had anything like this before? I am so worried and our vet seems puzzeled. Thanks

  • ackerrj_gmail_com

    Daisey, our Red Healer apx 11 years old, started to vomit regularly, yellow, and then sometimes with food, roughly once a day.

    I did not pay it much mind, as that was something I thought dogs did.

    However, she then lost energy, got very listless and decided she really did not want to eat very much, so we were troubled.

    We took her to the vet.

    Vet examined and had blood sample sent to lab, also checked stool. Lab results came back ok.

    Vet prescribed Metronadazole, 250mg, 3 times a day. $200 vet bill.

    This helped, but did not eliminate vomiting.

    Returned to vet in apx one and one half weeks. Vet did Xrays. Nothing abnormal found. $100 vet bill.

    Week later, still vomiting, apx once per day.

    Vet prescribed de wormer. $25 Vet bill.

    De wormer did not eliminate vomiting.

    We decided to:

    1. Switch to canned dog food (Petigree)
    2. Feed twice a day, one half the usual amount.
    3. One half a large dog biscuit now and then.

    So far, vomiting eliminated.

    Go figure.

    Perhaps old dogs should not eat too much food all at once.

    Wish me luck.

  • Suesowa_sbcglobal_net

    Mi 1 year Havanese has been vomiting yellow frothy bile and occasionall the vomit contains chunks of food. He is 12 pounds and the amount of throwup is about a cup. It's random. But the last 3 days in a row. He's not food motivated , he wo t eat his kibble ( 1/3 cup of bil jac chicken and 1/3 cup of eucanuba small breed) likes the bill jack more. When we go outside all he wants to do is eat grass? Any ideas? Thanks!

  • dwng_optusnet_com_au

    Hi Susan,

    My Maltese is roughly the same - not food motivated, won't eat his dry food if he can help it, and occasionally throws up yellow bile. However, we believe he only wants to eat grass if he is not feeling well. If he eats grass, we are almost certain that he would throw up in the next 10 minutes. It is a way to get things out so our vet tells us.

  • sweetp5687_aol_com

    I have a 1 1/2 year old chocolate lab who is not food motivated. We have tried everything from mixing treats to now mixing the wet version of her kibble in with her kibble. Some days she will eat right away others she will not. She occasionally throws up (maybe 2-3 times a month) but is always game to eat some human food and is drinking fine. I have tried her on several different foods but she has a chicken allergy and fish sensitivity. Any suggestions? We have also noticed a lot of tummy gurgling lately. Any help would be greatly appreciated!!

  • ujoker69_yahoo_com

    he isnt eating he is or was healthy a day or two ago he cant harly drink water i been trying to keep his face wiped off cleaned up but ive tried chicken broth through a syringe and water in minimal amounts with spray bottle in mouth he has no appaptite he is a ten month old pit he was 70lbs i bet in three days he is 60 or less know

  • jackieaers_hotmaill_co_uk

    My dog has been ill for three months and cost us thousands of pounds in vets fees because she was initially throwing up bile followed by passing blood. She lost lots of weight and was at death's door. Even having medication she really didn't improve even when her diet was just rice and boiled chicken. Just by chance I saw a leaflet about Royal Canin Hypo-allergenic dog food and since she's been on that she's really improved. I thought I'd give her a little boiled chicken yesterday and she was immediately poorly again, so we're back to the Royal Canin food again. It's worth a try if your dog has these symptoms. I got it from the vets but when I looked on the Pet Med's site saw they had a variety of gastro specific foods specifically for dogs.

  • t_boi_xtraordinaire_gmail_com

    Yeah, my dog has been doing this too. He's done it before, but he did it once last week and once today outside. I've chocked it up to him being hungry, too, but he's kind of picky so I had to put peanut butter in his kibble to get him to eat it. He just eats adult Science Diet.

  • sharbear50

    For all of you dog lovers; don't listen to "pet experts, veterinarians, rescue personnel" when they say to only feed your dog once a day. My dog will vomit bile and/or her kibble if I don't feet her twice a day. Now that she is even older (approximately 12 years) I need to feed her smaller amounts 3 times a day. She eats at the same time every day. Kibble only, with a little warm water stirred in. Occasionally I mix in a small amount of rice, cooked sweet potatoes (the microwave bakes them quickly) or plain yogurt.

    This has worked for me and apparently many others if you read this thread way back.

    Free feeding is not doing your pet any favors. If you dog refuses to eat or drink take it to the vet, especially if it is losing weight. Good luck.

  • paulydutchess

    I want to thank everyone for their help. I had this issue and was totally at a loss. If my dog Angel gets up and drinks water before eating she will do the same thing. I have changed her feedings now and she gets a night time snack which she thinks is wonderful and she's been doing great!

  • ZoraTheHotdog

    Hello all,

    Since this is the first Google result for the problem my dachshund faced the last week I wanted to go ahead and give some input on my situation.

    She started throwing up mostly in the mornings, but also at night, once a day over a period of 5 days (she is 5 years old and never had been sick like this before). 2 times it was bile, 2 times frothy liquid and once partially digested food. She was playing, eating, going to the bathroom normally throughout these 5 days.

    While most responses seem to report some form of digestive problem that must simply be dealt with, I went ahead and took her to the vet for some tests just to be safe.

    Her on-site blood tests came back positive for pancreatitis and she has been put on a special low fat diet for a month, given some anti-nausea medication as well as a dose of antibiotics to prevent it from spreading and was taken off fluids and food for 24 hours having been injected with fluids subcutaneously.

    I guess the main reason for this post is to let people know that if you experience these issues, it may be worthwhile to have some simple blood tests done, if left untreated I am sure this would have only gotten worse.

    its only been one day but I am hopeful she will have a full recovery.

    I wish all your pets the best if you come across this site searching for answers.

  • micheleph

    thank you everybody for sharing all of your knowledge about dogs who have been throwing up bile. i will be trying some of your suggestins as well as going and getting her blood done just in case. as for the people who cant afford the vet bills you should get pet health insurance. the aspca has really good plans at affordable prices, i have both of our dogs on it and all i have to pay is a 100.00 dollar co-pay then the rest is covered.

  • doglove13

    We bought our 1 year old male Yorkie/Shih Tzu Mix when he was just 5 weeks old. He vomits 1 to 3 times/wk. Usually over night, but not always. Usually yellow bile, but not always. He is ultra sensative to certain dog foods and treats. If it doesn't agree, he throws it up. We've finally narrowed it down to an expensive food he'll eat, along with 5 mg of Pepcid (per vet recommendation) each night. He's been on the food a couple months now and has been doing well with it. In the last couple weeks, he has urinated in the house 3 times & has vomited his entire dinner twice. Acts normal otherwise. Playful and normal stools. We've had nothing but issues with this loving creature since the day we brought him home. Multiple vet visits. Dropping around $200 each visit. He develops ear infections constantly. The vet has found nothing with his GI tract and continues to prescribe ear drops. Due to cost, we haven't done anything invasive to get to the root of the GI problem. $1500 Xrays were suggested at one point,,,,which we declined. I'm beside myself and ready to say goodbye...if it wasn't for my daughters begging to let him stay. He's so adorable and fun, but incredibly high maintenance. Without dropping several more thousands of dollars, I'm praying someone out there in cyber space can give me some insight on the puking issues. It's gross, troublesome, and I'm finding myself cleaning up after this little guy more than my own children. Before he's sent to "a farm", PLEASE someone give me advice.

  • Juju47

    My dog was continuously getting ear infections and scratching himself. We had him at the vet several times. Somebody in the pet store asked me what food I was feeding and that could be the reason. I took him off chicken and put him on lamb and rice and he does much better. We've recently brought a second dog into the picture and he has the staining of the eyes and we were told that if we used Canidae salmon that it would get rid of stains. It was working for him, but within a month my other dog with all the allergies developed a severe ear infection again. Back on the lamb and rice by Canidae and he is doing fine. The dog with the stains, still has stains. I don't know if this has been helpful, but hopefully has. My dog is a Shih Tzu/ terrier mix.

  • hayleyed74

    Just been reading the posts on here. My dog Mollie is a King Charles and the last few days has been acting strangely even for her. Yesterday morning she was scratching at the door to go out, then as she jumped up at me she gave out some massive yelps. Thought she might have caught her claw. I let her out and she looked like she was trying to go to the toilet, she was doing this for about 20minutes. She went a couple of hours before and had no problem. I tried to get her to come in but she came to the door, cowered and went off :(. She was scared to come near any of us. Managed to get her in but she's been acting oddly since. Really sulky and suddenly running and hiding under our chair. Then this morning she brought up yellow foamy bile. This is the first time she does it and her feeding routine has always been the same. A dental stick at lunch time, dinner when we eat about 5-6pm then a treat around 8pm. Going to try the tips on feeding that many have suggested but the toilet behaviour and general behaviour is a bit concerning. Do I need to worry?? Thankyou for any suggestions

    Here is a link that might be useful: That home site!

  • robertz6

    My dog threw up a yellow-greenish thick liquid sometimes. Figured out it was green grass he ate on occasion, maybe when he thought he was still hungary. Some claim grass sooths the digestive system, but the dog usually coughed it up.

  • quiet-voice

    please take note.

    most chews or rawhide are made in china and are making dogs sick, and some are dying.
    try to find USA treats.
    yes, many food brands seem good but are not what they say they are. a man named Andrew went in depth when his dog died, taking food samples to be tested. he sells info about what he found, and recipes to make food and also treats.
    my westie just started to vomit and i will try these things until i get back home to see the vet.

  • spesh

    Here's what I learned after spending $6,000 in vet bills......

    My dog started waking me up daily at 5:00am to throw up yellow bile. She sometimes had diarrhea. I had her tested for worms, parasites, ehrlichia, you name it. The vet told me to put her a cottage cheese and rice diet. That didn't work. Her symptoms persisted. The vet then put her on a chicken and rice diet. She got worse over time. I started to notice blood in her stool.
    I went back to the vet for blood work, an ultrasound, and more tests. They found nothing.
    My other dog started showing symptoms. He started to vomit blood and poop blood. I had him hopitalized, thoroughly tested, and had bioposies taken of the stomach and intestines. They found nothing. They put him on a prescription diet and antibiotics.
    He continued to vomit blood and poop blood for 6 months. I considered putting him down to stop his suffering.
    I knew at this point, the vets could not help me. Both dogs were very sick.
    I went to the store and purchased 6 different dog foods. I kept changing their diets to see if it would help. After much trial and error I discovered that I should feed them only salmon and potatoes. They both recovered 100%.

    THEY BOTH HAD DEVELOPED FOOD ALLERGIES. I discovered that my female is allergic to rice, chicken, beef, turkey, venison, lamb, and rabbit. But she can eat salmon, duck and potato. My male is allergic to chicken, duck, beef, turkey, whitefish, venison, lamb, and rabbit. But he can eat salmon, potato, and rice.

    The vet told me to feed them chicken and rice. THEY WERE BOTH SEVERELY ALLERGIC TO CHICKEN AND RICE. That's when the blood started pouring out of them.

    I now buy LIMITED INGREDIENT Dog kibble by Natural Balance, Potato and Fish Formula. I add a can of salmon (its next to the tuna in the grocery store) to the kibble. The dogs are completely symptom free and happy!

    Sadly the vet never did an allergy test to see if the dogs had a food allergy. 3 vets and $6,000 later, I found the solution on my own... despite their incompetence.

  • betsyhac

    Spesh, thank you so much for sharing.

  • Welovetofly

    Here's a excellent website for this subject.


    Here is a link that might be useful: Buzzle

  • morgans-island

    Sephia: I know it's a post from a long time ago, but it was a great post! Oh..so..true! ALL of those dog foods are garbage/poison and people pay a lot for them. Just a scam and in some cases, a deadly scam! And CERTAINLY, I would not trust a corporate parent company either!
    I feed my dogs Organix. it's all organic and made in the USA. No poison by-product/China food for MY babies!

  • bertsmom

    We have a three year old Cavapoo who has always been a picky eater. For a while he's done the vomiting yellow bile in the early hours , which I found was caused by hunger and a few dog biscuits solved that . However now after a bout of colitis caused by I'm sure by fatty food , he's become sensitive to all sorts , chicken ( which has always been a problem really ) also lamb , which he's been fine with for a long time , now , duck too which actually sorted his loose bowels out ! He's now burping , from both ends ! and very smelly ! and throwing up regularly in the middle of the night . I feed him Naturo which states all natural ingredients , duck , vegetables , brown rice , plus oils and minerals . Toast definitely helps , haven't tried cottage cheese or yoghurt but wondering if he's either become allergic to virtually all meat as he's fine with white fish , won't eat salmon but then that's an oily fish or has IBS , Pancreatitis , or something worse ? Wondering if the royal Canin would help ? Totally bewildered what to feed him and very worried . I'm now wondering if rawhide chews also worsen things as he does have them . Any advice very gratefully received .

  • betsyhac


    Sorry about your probs with your puppy. Frustrating and heartbreaking, isn't it? Rawhides are bad news - indigestible. I give my dogs bully sticks. I buy them in bulk from valuepetsupplies.com; however, I always get the odor free, and the ones they sent me last time were not odor free. Just a warning. I would suggest you go to Dr. Becker's website and see if you can find any info there that is specific to your situation.

    I wish you and your dog well. Let us know what you find out.

    Here is a link that might be useful: Dr. Karen Becker

  • bertsmom

    Betsyhac ,
    Thanks for the advice , very much appreciated , these problems with our best friends are very upsetting and frustrating as they can't tell you what's up can they . I will certainly try the Dr Beckers site and see what I can find out and will let you know ! Yes I agree these rawhide chews I'm sure are bad news , had my suspicions for a while , so won't be buying again !
    Thanks again

  • daveyap

    My Yorkie occasionally vomits yellow bile too and it got me all worried and running around trying to find the cause. But sometimes I suspect it could be because I got a bit lazy and delayed in feeding her on time so perhaps that was her gastric juices acting funny and making a protest.

  • karla1016

    My westie only 3 months old is on Nutro Lamb and Brown Rice formula and for the past 3 days it has been waking me up very early in the morning vomiting a white, foamy, yellowish bile. Any suggestion?

  • lukkiirish

    I have had to do a lot of research on dog food related illnesses lately because of problems my 3 year old lab had with gas and an upset stomach. From what I learned it sounds like your puppy could have developed a food intolerance to one of the ingredients in the food; probably a preservative or the meat type. If its having problems still, I would feed it boiled chicken and plain white rice for a couple of days in several small portions to give its tummy a rest and then switch its food to something that may be more gentle and offer a change of ingredients.

    I have always fed our girl high quality, grain free and locally sourced foods but she still ended up having some severe tummy problems. The vet put her on Royal Canine Gastritus along with medication which didn't fix the problem and caused her to start having problems with incontinence. It was because of her spay they said but after 3 vets and 1,000s in bills we still had a dog who was so miserable and getting sicker, not better. Knowing something wasn't right I spent countless hours researching her condition(s) and finally discovered the root of the problem was that the companies making the no grain foods often use beans in the ingredients as a protein source and the beans were causing severe gas. Additionally, she was eating too fast, needed smaller portions AND as hard as it is to believe, it was actually the ROYAL CANINE for Gastritus (that the vet put her on) that caused her to become incontinent. Yep, I read lots of complaints about lots of dogs who experienced the same problem! I immediately took her off that food and all the medications the vets had erroneously put her on. It took some more research but eventually I found a grain free food without beans called Holistic Select and literally within a week of starting her on the new food, ALL of her health issues diminished. I buy it from Chewy.com for a decent price and shipping included, it's grain free, locally sourced and made in the US. There are two or three grain free recipes, Imget her the Anchovy. Salmon, Sardine Adult/puppy kibble and she loves it. I just feel terrible because after months and months of misery all she needed was a change in food along with smaller portions fed in a bowl designed to make her eat slower, (a flower bowl, also bought on Chewy.com). If I only new then what I know now! It's been 2.5 months without one problem and is healthier and happier than she has ever been. Please, before jumping to the conclusion the your dog had some serious condition, check the label of the food you feed her to see what is actually in it and do some research to learn about food intolerance in dogs, its much more common than allergies, and vomiting is the first clue. dogfoodadvisor.com is a great place to start.

    Hey bestsyhac! long time no see, hope all is well!

  • mazer415

    Smaller meals more frequently, bile is a build up of stomach acid, my dog had this -

    feed your dog before it goes to bed

  • sammy2014

    I've just read the problems with yellow bile going back to 2005. Wow!

    I have two miniature poodles, one of which is a rescue which I got at one year old. These dogs are now 5 and 4 respectively, and I've had them on a raw diet for the past 3 years with not one health problem of vet visit (touch wood) other than their booster shots.

    Before I give you my suggestion, let me assure you readers that l have no interest in the company that provides me with the additives which I am about to suggest.

    Go to Dinovite.com and please read about their product. If you do switch to their program please make sure you fast your dog as per their suggestion, and feed the dog no more at the start of the program.

    My rescue dog had severe problems with anxiety and vomiting to the extent that I was about to give up until I switched to the program over three years ago. I still use it today with excellent results. I feed them twice a day. Mornings at appoximately 7AM and my oldest reminds me at 4PM almost sharp that the second feeding in order.

    I do NOT believe in dried dog food no matter what the producer of same claims. The manufacture of these products destroys any beneficial vitamins that may exist prior to the addition of food coloring, high temperature boiling, and addition of fillers whether they are corn or other products.


    Best of luck with your pets.

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