Does your dog vomit yellow foam and you don’t know why?  A lot of times yellow foam means that your dog’s stomach is empty.  Bile and stomach acids assemble in an empty stomach which upsets the lining in the stomach and results in inflammation and discomfort.  The yellow color comes from bile which is a digestive fluid that is produced in the liver.  It is then stored in the gall bladder and released into the small intestine just below the stomach.

If your dog seems to be healthy – he is eating and defecating normally – other than vomiting yellow foam, you may need to feed him more often.  Feeding him more often doesn’t mean that he needs to be fed more food.  Instead, you should divide his meal into two or three smaller meals and feed him more frequently.

Your dog might vomit immediately after he has eaten his meal.  In this case, the bile and gastric fluids irritated the stomach before you fed your dog and his already upset stomach couldn’t handle the food.

Another reason for vomiting is canine stomach ulcers that developed because of chronic stomach irritation.  This results in even more discomfort and vomiting.  You can give your dog medications like Pepcid AC, Zantac and Tagemet if this is the case.

If your dog experiences chronic vomiting and stomachache there are several solutions and treatments that can help your dog.

  • Feed your dog more frequently.  This doesn’t mean to feed your dog more food.  Divide his regular meal into two or three smaller meals and feed him more often.
  • Give your dog Pepcid AC, Zantac or Tagemet. These medications help control the production of bile and stomach acids which will help reduce the amount of fluids that are causing your dog stomach problems.  Consult your veterinarian before giving your dog any kind of medication.
  • Feed your dog wet food or hydrated kibble.  This will help minimize the chances of an upset stomach and vomiting.  If you feed your dog dry, dehydrated kibble when the food reaches the stomach it will absorb fluids and expand.  If your dog eats until he is full the food will keep expanding in an already-upset stomach and can cause vomiting.  If you add warm or hot water to the dog food and let it sit for about ten minutes the food will absorb the water and will expand before your dog eats it.
  • Your dog’s meals should be stress-free.  Your dog should be fed in a quiet, stress-free location.  Stress can make existing stomach problems worse.  Dogs are protective of their food and they can be stressed and anxious if other pets and even humans are around during their mealtime.  Feed your dog in a quiet, isolated area.
  • Your dog’s activity should be limited after he eats.  Stomach discomfort and even stomach upset can occur from activity like running, playing or even walking around the neighborhood.  If your dog’s stomach was irritated from excess bile and stomach acids, this kind of activity is more likely to lead to vomiting.  Activity should be kept to a minimum for the two hours following a meal to limit the potential for vomiting.

If there is something in your dog’s vomit other than yellow foam, you should take a sample of the vomit to your vet.  If there is grass in the foam, don’t let your dog graze on the lawn and see if he stops vomiting.

If the aforementioned remedies don’t help your dog’s symptoms, you should take your dog to the vet.  If your dog has a loss of appetite, lethargy and diarrhea, a yellow tinge to his skin, eyes or gums you need to take him to the vet.  The problem could be not be serious at all but there are many medical conditions that can cause a dog to vomit.  Some of these conditions include but are not limited to tumors, masses and other growths, gastritis, food allergies, pancreatitis, toxins, liver disease, parasites, allergies, intestinal obstructions and more.  Be aware of your dog’s symptoms and if the vomiting doesn’t subside a trip to your veterinarian is recommended.


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