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What is Vomiting with Bile?

Though healthy dogs may occasionally vomit without an identifiable cause, cases of acute or chronic vomiting should always be discussed with the veterinarian. It's important to note, absolutely do not attempt to remedy the condition or situation at home in case there is a serious reason for the vomiting with bile. Bile aids in the digestion of food and the abnormal condition of vomiting bile should be addressed promptly, especially since the bile can be quite hard on the stomach and esophagus and this may lead to further complications for your pet.

Dogs may vomit for many reasons. If there is the presence of bile (yellow, sometimes frothy liquid) in the vomit, and your dog is vomiting often or on a regular basis, a visit to the veterinarian is a must. Vomiting is associated with many conditions and illnesses; ruling out the underlying cause and treating your dog is important for his happiness and well-being.

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Symptoms of Vomiting with Bile in Dogs

Because there are varying reasons for your dog to have an episode of vomiting, consultation with an appropriately skilled veterinarian is advised. Ranging from toxic causes to blockages in the intestines, vomiting with bile can be a mild to serious affliction but nonetheless, discomfort and stress will be side effects experienced by your pet. To follow are behaviors your pet may exhibit before and after vomiting occurs:

  • Stomach heaves
  • Drooling
  • Excessive swallowing
  • Nausea
  • Retching
  • Depression
  • Lack of appetite
  • Coughing
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Causes of Vomiting with Bile in Dogs

A dog with a clinical sign of vomiting with bile should be evaluated to rule out the following list of possible causes:

  • Pancreatitis is an inflammation of the pancreas; that results in disruption of enzymes that help with the digestive process and can often result in vomiting with bile
  • Acute gastritis may lead to vomiting of bile as there is no food in the stomach to be brought up
  • An intestinal blockage may result in vomiting with bile because the foreign body that is lodged in the intestinal tract does not allow for the processing of food into waste, but will cause vomiting instead
  • Parasitic illnesses such as Giardia will manifest in symptoms that include acute vomiting with bile
  • Bilious vomiting syndrome exhibits as intermittent vomiting of bile, usually on an empty stomach
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Diagnosis of Vomiting with Bile in Dogs

Schedule a visit with the veterinarian promptly for a diagnosis of vomiting with bile because you do not want the problem to lead to even more serious consequences, such as severe dehydration or excessive weight loss.

As soon as you feel that you may be seeing your dog vomiting often or to excess, contact the veterinarian for an appointment and begin a vomiting record. Important points to note are how often the dog vomits, and whether the vomit is bile only, occasionally mixed with bile, or sometimes containing partially digested food. This information can help to lead the veterinarian to a quicker diagnosis. Give the veterinarian as much knowledge to work with as possible, including clues to your pet’s daily well-being. Does he act normally at times other than the vomiting episodes? Is the problem a chronic one or did it come on suddenly? Is the vomiting persistent or does it occur intermittently?

It is important to note that sporadic vomiting may show a normal test result in the diagnostic stage. That is one reason that a vomiting record is a valuable tool for the veterinarian. After a thorough physical examination, the veterinarian may order a blood count, blood profile, and chemical profile. A urinalysis is often included, and it may be helpful to the veterinarian to have a sample of the vomit. A fecal smear may be done to verify if there are parasites present.

Further diagnostic tools may comprise of radiograph or ultrasound of the abdomen to look for the presence of an obstruction or foreign body. An endoscopy, which will require your pet to be put under general anesthesia, may be performed. An endoscopy is used to evaluate the abdomen. A biopsy may be performed at this time as well. MRI, CT scan, and abdominal contrast studies can be explored as diagnostic methods if necessary. Serious cases of vomiting may need to be studied through the use of exploratory surgery in order to view the stomach and other organs such as the liver.

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Treatment of Vomiting with Bile in Dogs

Treatment will obviously be correlated to the reason for the vomiting with bile. Acute vomiting is sometimes treated with a fasting approach. Food is withheld for a period of 24 hours, and then small amounts of a bland diet are gradually reintroduced. The amount of food is increased very slowly so as not to induce more vomiting. The veterinarian will decide if your dog needs to be hospitalized for the duration of the treatment. A reason for this may be because if water must also be withheld, monitoring of your pet and the administration of fluids by the intravenous method may be required. There may also be a need for intravenous therapy in order to balance electrolyte levels.

In the case of parasites, a medication will eliminate the problem and will be prescribed once your dog has been stabilized and the vomiting controlled. If an obstruction is causing the vomiting with bile, it is possible that the endoscopy may have been able to free the blockage. If not, surgery will be performed to remove the obstruction.

For problems like a gastric motility disorder, medication may be prescribed. In some instances of bilious vomiting, simply adding a small evening meal to reduce the chances of stomach reflux (caused by bile leaking from the intestine into the stomach when inactive) may be enough to end the vomiting cycle.

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Recovery of Vomiting with Bile in Dogs

Fortunately, most dogs will respond quickly and favorably to treatment for vomiting with bile. Once the reason for the vomiting has been determined, and the situation is under control, your pet should recover well and return to an active, normal life. Of course, if the diagnosis reveals a serious issue that requires surgery, the recovery time will be longer, and the veterinarian will give instructions as to exercise limitations and rest periods. As always, regular check-ups and consultations with the veterinarian are the best ways to keep your dog healthy and happy.

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Vomiting with Bile Questions and Advice from Veterinary Professionals

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She threw up yellow liquid in the morning and has on/off heaved breathing. Also, went for her morning walk, seemed fine during and once she got home, ran for 2 minutes then laid down and hasn't gotten up.

Aug. 27, 2020

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Dr. Gina U. DVM

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Hello I'm sorry to see that your pet is not feeling well. Vomiting can be caused by dietary intolerance or discretion, a blockage or an infection. I recommend that you take her to a veterinarian for an exam. They may give her an anti-vomiting shot or run some diagnostic tests like lab work or x-rays. Good luck.

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Yellow Tinged Vomit

For two days my dog has been vomiting yellow tinged vomit sporadically. He also isn't wanting to eat much.

July 31, 2020

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Hello- Thank you for your question. I’m sorry your pet isn’t feeling well. There are many different causes of vomiting and decreased appetite including G.I. obstruction, pancreatitis, toxin ingestion, or gastroenteritis, or cancerous causes. It would be best to take him to a veterinarian so they can examine him, run some diagnostics (x-rays and blood work) to assess the cause of his vomiting and provide IV fluids and anti-emetics to help him feel better. I hope he feels better soon.

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I'm worried about my dog. He was acting fine yesterday and this morning but out of no where threw up yellow liquid. He threw up once and then tried again but nothing came out. I took him on a walk afterwards and he pooped a regular looking poop. He also doesn't have a loss of appetite. He has also been very tired after our walk. Should I be worried and take him to the vet?

July 27, 2020

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Hello- Thank you for your question. If it was a single episode of vomiting yellow bile and your pup is otherwise acting normally then I don’t think you need to head to the vet right away. If he has more episodes of vomiting, stops eating, or becomes lethargic or continues to retch with no production of vomit then at that point you need to have him seen. Occasionally dogs will have an episode of vomiting but when it continues vet care is needed. I hope his symptoms don’t continue.

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She has thrown up bile and water that she drinks this afternoon and night and hasn’t eaten all day. Is a vet visit necessary or will the stomach settle on it’s own?

July 19, 2020

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Dr. Michele K. DVM

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Thank you for your question. If she is not able to keep water down and is continuing to vomit, it would be best to have her seen by a veterinarian, yes. Small dogs can become dehydrated quickly, and your veterinarian will be able to examine her and see what the problem may be. I hope that all goes well for her.

July 20, 2020

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Throwing Up

My 5 month old retriever has bee. Throwing up what appears to be bile. Not sure why, she threw up perhaps like 3 pm and then again at midnight. Any help would be greatly appreciated

July 15, 2020

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Dr. Michele K. DVM

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Thank you for your question. She may have eaten something that did not agree with her, or she may have a parasite or infectious disease. You can try feeding her a bland diet mixture of boiled white chicken and boiled white rice for 2-3 days and see if that helps settle her stomach. If she continues to vomit or becomes lethargic, then she should see your veterinarian right away. I hope that all goes well for her!

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My 12 year old lab has been vomiting for about three weeks now every morning and during the day. We also noticed that she has been drooling too.We are worried because she has suffered from heart worm like two years ago and we are scared it has come back.

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Vomiting Bile

My golden doodle has been vomiting bile early in the mornings for a while now. She is off and on vomiting but other than that acts fine. We have tried switching her diet but nothing seems to work. She was on the Science Diet (Hills Nutrition) and we switched to Merrick. Any advice? I do not think she has swallowed any foreign bodies. She has before and acted nothing like this. She acts normal other than sometimes not being hungry.

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Vomiting

My shitzu bijion mix throws up bile maybe up once a week. He is always playing and eats and drinks normal. I have a feeling it is because he doesn’t eat within 6 hour time frames. He is very energetic right after. I hear sounds in his stomach right before he throws up. What could be the problem?

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My dog has been vomiting bile since the morning. He has vomited bile 4 times today. He doesn't want to drink water or eat anything, even if i try to bribe him with a treat. He was eating fine yesterday and being playful, but today he has been sleeping all day.

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Bile Vomiting

My 8 month old Australian Shepard has vomited bile in the morning about 6 times in the last two months. We talked to the vet about it and started giving a portion of his food just before bed. Last night I gave him some food @10:15 and he vomited bile at 6:20 this morning. Normally I feed him around 9:00 pm and he has been fine until 6:00 am. Just wondering if there might be something else going on with him.

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