Throwing Up in the Morning in Dogs

Why is my dog throwing up in the morning?

Most common conditions

Acid Reflux / Inflammatory Bowel Disease / Inflammation of the Pancreas

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Most common conditions

Acid Reflux / Inflammatory Bowel Disease / Inflammation of the Pancreas

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What is Throwing Up in the Morning?

It is not normal behavior for your dog to be throwing up in the morning. You need to have your dog thoroughly checked by a veterinarian to determine the cause of your dog’s morning sickness. Most likely your dog is throwing up bile, which is a yellowish liquid, early in the morning or even sometime in the middle of the night. This occurs because their stomach is empty and has been for some time. This is referred to as reflux gastritis. Another possible cause for unaltered female dogs is pregnancy. If your dog is pregnant, the morning sickness will stop once she delivers her puppies.

If you notice your dog is throwing up most mornings, you need to make an appointment with your veterinarian. Your dog may just need to be fed smaller meals more often to alleviate stomach upset or it may be a more serious condition that requires veterinary care. 

Possible causes of your dog throwing up in the morning include:

  • Reflux gastritis
  • Pregnancy
  • Pancreatitis
  • Inflammatory bowel disease
  • Colitis

Why Throwing Up in the Morning Occurs in Dogs

Reflux Gastritis 

While reflux gastritis sounds horrible, it occurs when your dog’s stomach is no longer able to tolerate a large buildup of the acid that in the stomach that occurs when they rest for long periods of time, such as at night. Most dogs go to bed with an empty stomach so there is no food within the stomach to act as a buffer for the acid. Giving your dog a small snack before bed can help alleviate reflux gastritis and stop them from throwing up in the morning.

Pregnancy

Just like with humans, dogs can experience morning sickness when they are pregnant. If you have just bred your female dog and you notice she is throwing up in the morning, there is a strong chance that she is pregnant. The morning sickness will go away once she whelps.

Pancreatitis

Pancreatitis is when there is inflammation in the pancreas. It is more common in large breed dogs and can cause your dog to throw up bile in the mornings. You may notice your dog is lethargic, weak and has a decreased appetite. Your veterinarian will run diagnostic tests to determine if your dog is indeed suffering from pancreatitis. 

Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Also known as IBD, inflammatory bowel disease can cause your dog to throw up in the morning. IBD develops for a number of different reasons. Your dog will suffer from gastric immobility and that causes IBD to occur. When your dog first wakes up and becomes active, they will vomit anything that is in their stomach. Your veterinarian will suggest diet change and possible medications and dietary supplements. 

Colitis

Colitis will impede your dog’s ability to normally process food and this causes gastric distress. Parts of your dog’s bowel system will become inflamed and cause regular diarrhea, flatulence and vomiting. Your veterinarian will recommend diet changes and possible medications to alleviate colitis.

What to do if your Dog is Throwing Up in the Morning

Be sure to have your dog thoroughly checked by your veterinarian when you notice that they are consistently throwing up in the morning. Once your veterinarian has examined your dog, they will probably order diagnostic tests to determine the exact cause of your dog’s vomiting. Medications may be prescribed to alleviate the symptoms of your dog’s symptoms. Be sure to give all medications as prescribed to avoid overdosing your dog. 

Ask your veterinarian about changing your dog’s diet and adding a dietary supplement. In some instances changing the amount of food given or the number of times per day that you feed your dog will help alleviate the throwing up in the morning.

Prevention of Throwing Up in the Morning

Preventing your dog from becoming afflicted with reflux gastritis can be relatively simple. Do not feed your dog one large meal per day; instead, feed them several small meals throughout the day. Your dog’s final meal for the day can be a small snack right before they go to bed. 

Never feed your dog table scraps, this can cause stomach upset. Some research indicates that table scraps can cause pancreatitis in dogs. Do not give your dog excessive treats that can cause your dog to experience stomach upset.

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Cost of Throwing Up in the Morning

The cost of treatment will largely depend on the diagnosis that is given for your dog. If your dog has been diagnosed with inflammatory bowel disease treatments can cost between $300 and $6000. Pancreatitis in dogs can be treated for $800 to $6000. Treatment costs for colitis can range from $300 to $2000.

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Throwing Up in the Morning Questions and Advice from Veterinary Professionals

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Kloie

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Rat Terrier

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7 Years

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My Rat Terrier has lost weight and throws up in the morning right after drinking her water she throws up food from the previous night ..also I notice she has been peeing alot more can you tell me what do you think is wrong with her this has been going on for about a month

Aug. 23, 2018

Kloie's Owner

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Dr. Michele K. DVM

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There are many possible reasons for the problems that Kloie is having, and the first step to finding out would be to have her examined by a veterinarian, and probably have some basic lab work done, to see how her organ function is. They'll be able to let you know what might be going on and what treatment she may need.

Aug. 23, 2018

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Ziggy

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Australian Shepherd

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6 Months

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Vomiting

My 6 month old puppy throws up some mornings around 6:30am, before I get up and go on our morning walk. It’s not every morning even though I have kept the same feeding schedule every day. I feed him 3x a day with the same dry food I’ve been feeding him since I got him at 10 weeks. About 2 months ago, I started adding a pump of fish oil to his meal. The vomiting started about a month ago, however. Not everyday, but here and there through the weeks. It’s always a foamy clear consistency. Other than that, he still seems energetic and normal. He’s not lethargic and he hasn’t had diarrhea. Any ideas/suggestions/recommendations?

Aug. 1, 2018

Ziggy's Owner

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Dr. Michele K. DVM

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Some dogs will vomit in the early morning if their stomachs are empty, and a late night snack before bed might help, just a little snack. At his age, he also may not need to have 3 meals a day, and might be able to go to morning and evening feedings. If that does not improve things, it may be a good idea to have Ziggy seen by a veterinarian to make sure that he is okay and see if they can figure out the cause for this problem.

Aug. 1, 2018

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Ghost

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beagle-pit bull border collie

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3 Years

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Vomiting In Mornings

my dog has been throwing up for about a month now. There has been some anxiety within his home as well as moving to several different places within the month. He has been around a pool, but not for the past week. He has eaten right before bed after I noticed that this could be from an empty stomach (about a week and a half ago). Usually bile. Sometimes including a blade of grass. I should note that he has been on flea medication for the past month although has not had his next month. Please help!

June 23, 2018

Ghost's Owner

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Vomiting in the morning is very commonly associated with an empty stomach which is good that you tried to feed before bed to see if it controlled the vomiting, I generally recommend feeding three or four times per day in small portions and find it usually does the trick. However, if Ghost is still vomiting in the morning, there may be another cause like stress or another issue; but without an examination getting more information I cannot say what the specific cause may be. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

June 24, 2018

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Abby

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Pug

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4 Years

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Mild condition

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I have a 4 year old pug. We got her about 3 minths ago from a pet shelter. We give her the same food as always and never changed for also 2x a day. Morning and evening. Its been a few mornings my spouse gets up early but doesnt notice anything. When i wake up 2 hours later there is 2 piles of vomit on the floor. It is mostly yellow with maybe 1 or 2 nuggets of food in it but this morning it was one pile of yellow and the other was a greenish with maybe 5 nuggets in it and was a bit thicker liquid. She has never done this before.

May 29, 2018

Abby's Owner

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Dr. Michele K. DVM

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Abby may have parasites that need to be treated, or she may have an intestinal upset. If the vomiting continues, it would be best to have her seen by a veterinarian, as they can examine her, do any testing that is needed, and give her any treatment that will help her.

May 29, 2018

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Winston

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Bernese Mountain Dog

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5 Months

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Vomiting Bile

My dog has thrown up clear/yellow bile three mornings in a row. It’s typically before he (or we) even wake up and get moving. He eats three meals a day and has been acting normal otherwise. Appetite, energy levels, and stool are all regular and he’s up to date on all vaccines. The only difference in the past week is twice I’ve given him a frozen Kong filled with sweet potato to help with teething. Also, our puppy class instructor suggested we try giving him cut up hot dogs as a more exciting treat to help his training. Any ideas?

May 14, 2018

Winston's Owner

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Dr. Michele K. DVM

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It is possible that Winston is having stomach upset from the new foods that he is eating, since it seems to be the same time frame that he is having this problem. What you may be able to do is get a canned version of his regular food and try that in the Kong instead, as his stomach is used to that food. If his morning vomiting continues, it would be a good idea to have him seen by his veterinarian to make sure that he doesn't have any parasites or other problems that may be causing this. I hope that all goes well for him.

May 14, 2018

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Penny

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Australian Shepherd

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9 Months

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Throwing Up In The Mornings.

My sweet girl is a 9 months old Australian Shepard. She has thrown up at 5:00 am for the past 4 mornings. It is a light brown/yellow color and not a huge amount. No food in it. She eats,drinks, poops etc normally and has same energy level. She eats in morning at 6 am and again at 6 pm. Any thoughts?

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California (Cali)

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Lab/shep/corgi

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1 Year

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Vomit Mucos, Violent Hiccups

My puppy is 1 now. She has always been prone to vomiting, like carsickness and her vet was not concerned. She also got the hiccups a lot. Both have suddenly escalated, but she is fine otherwise. Appetite and play. She vomits mostly when it is morning, or at the time I get home after being gone 10 hours.

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Belfy

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25 Months

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Tierd
Yellow Vomiting

It's about 3 days my dog vomiting yellow liquid, he is eating normally, once or twice a day. he was ok before and after vomiting in first 2 days but in 3 days he looks so tired and his stomach make some noises and he is not eating anything even his favorite food (Boiled chicken), any advice. right now I'm writing this I'm waiting for his veterinarian to response if this is something I have to worried please let me know

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Koba

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Siberian Husky

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1 Year

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Morning Vomiting

My 1½yr old Husky keeps throwing up yellow/slightly foamy bile with grass in it almost every morning. He's fine right before and fine after. He drinks water all day and is energetic when he wants to be. But both of my Huskies sleep a lot during the day between play times. They're not your average overly energetic Huskies. They eat twice a day but since they're not extremely active they don't eat a lot and some nights will eat just a little bit. Then they snack on hard food throughout the day. He seems perfectly normal otherwise, no changes in attitude or energy, still very well built and muscular as well. Not sure what could be causing this. If I split their meals up to 3-4 times per day, it's a matter of getting them to actually eat it.

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Sandy

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Boxer

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5 Years

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Vomiting

Sandy has been throwing up off and on for a week. Wake up in the morning and she throws up what looks like food from the night before. She had not touched her breakfast yet but it has bits in it. It’s usually with a large amount of clear slimy liquid and foam. She doesn’t try to eat right after or even a few hours after.

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