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Why Your Dog is Throwing Up White Foam & Clear Liquid

Dog Sneezing

Isn’t it alarming when your dog suddenly throws up something weird? If it were food, then it could just be an upset stomach or maybe it could be because of eating too much. However, if your dog is throwing up white foam, it can throw you off and make you panic. Is it something to be worried about, or is the white, foamy vomit just another result of a stomach upset?

What Does it Mean When a Dog Vomits Clear or Foamy Liquid?

It might be alarming for you as a pet owner but in most cases, a dog throwing up white foam simply means that he has indigestion. Your pet could have eaten too much grass, he could have munched down on his food too fast, or maybe he could have drunk too much water after your walk.

Of course, it’s going to depend on how frequently your pet is vomiting. If the likely reason is any of the circumstances above, then one case of vomiting should relieve indigestion since the stomach already expelled the contents that it doesn’t like. It’s a totally different case when your dog is vomiting frequently.

Other Less Serious Reasons Why Your Dog is Throwing Up White Foam

It’s also possible that your dog may be experiencing gastric reflux, more commonly known as acid reflux. Sometimes, your dog might even be vomiting yellow bile if this is the case. One good way to tell is to observe when your dog vomits. If he does so before eating, then it is likely acid reflux.

There’s a simple solution to this. Lessen the portions you are feeding your pooch but increase its frequency. Doing this will lessen the bile or acid build-up down in the long run.

There’s also the case of kennel cough. The disease is just like how it sounds. If your dog has been in a closed space with other dogs, it likely contracted this mild upper respiratory tract infection.

It is characterized by pronounced coughing or hacking which produces white foam. Kennel cough can also be accompanied by other symptoms as well, like lethargy, sneezing, a runny nose, and a loss of appetite. It will usually clear out all by itself in seven to ten days, but it’s best to go to the vet just to make sure that everything is alright with your dog.

When Your Dog Throwing Up White Foam is Alarming

There are more serious causes for your dog to be throwing up white foam. It could be dog bloat. It sounds pretty harmless, but it can be fatal when not addressed properly. If your pet’s vomiting episodes come with strange stomach noises, go to your vet immediately. If it is indeed bloat, your dog’s abdomen could enlarge and impede the blood flow to his heart.

Another cause for alarm would be pancreatitis or the inflammation of the pancreas. Dogs who suffer from this disease vomit food frequently and this could include white foamy throw-up. It is often accompanied by a hunched back, abdominal pain, loss of appetite, diarrhea, and dehydration.

Lastly, your dog could be having kidney problems. If he is throwing up white foam, having difficulty in urinating, is lethargic or disoriented, then bring him to the animal doctor right away.

The Rule of Thumb

Yes, there are a lot of signs to watch out for aside from the actual throwing up of white foam. The rule of thumb is pretty simple. If your pooch is throwing up white foam more times than you can count, seems weak, doesn’t want to eat, it’s best to bring him to the vet immediately so he can get sorted out and diagnosed.

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is the owner of an awesome toy poodle. John started MyPetChild.com to share his experience and knowledge of being an apartment-living pet owner.