Why Your Dog is Vomiting Yellow Bile and Not Eating
“Yikes! My pet just vomited!” Relax. Generally, there is no cause for concern if your doggie’s vomiting episode does not happen frequently. You may have just overfed her or she might just have an upset stomach. If the vomiting ceases, and there are no changes in her behavior, then you have nothing to worry about. On the other hand, if your dog is vomiting yellow bile and is not eating, you may need to visit your vet right away.
What is Bile Anyway?
Bile is a digestive fluid that’s produced in the liver and is stored in the gallbladder. It is released in the small intestine to aid in the process of digestion. It’s a vital part of the process of breaking down food as it is helpful in the absorption of fat and other vitamins in the small intestine. To put it simply, it is an acid that transforms what your pet eats into nutrients for her body.
You’ll know that your dog is vomiting bile because it is going to appear yellowish/brownish, then frothy or foamy when it comes out. It will also have a distinct stomach acid smell, and it is a bit of a chore to clean up.
Why is My Dog Vomiting Yellow Bile?
It’s common for a small amount of bile to remain in the stomach of the dog. If your pet’s tummy is empty, however, there is no substance for the bile to breakdown so the body triggers the stomach to expel it through vomiting.
Think of your dog vomiting yellow bile as a message. Your dog’s body is telling you that you need to adjust your feeding schedule. Dogs that vomit yellow bile often have owners who are out of the apartment or home the entire day. The tendency is for the owner to leave a big bowl of food in the morning, thinking that it will be enough until he or she comes home at night.
If this pet owner sounds like you, what you don’t know is that your dog has the tendency is to consume all of the food in the large bowl that you left. Since all of the food has been consumed in one sitting, your furbaby doesn’t have anything to eat for the rest of the day while you are out.
The Best Home Solutions to Vomiting Yellow Bile
There are a few different things that you can do so your dog stops vomiting yellow bile. One of the best ways is to portion her food correctly and then serve it throughout the day. To make sure that your portions are accurate (since it is going to depend on how much your doggie weighs), a call to your vet is ideal.
If that doesn’t work, it might be time to change up your dog food to something of better quality as you portion your pet’s meals. You can try fresh meats instead of your usual dry dog food. You can even try canned dog food (wet diet) as another option.
Is time the issue? Remember that the ideal frequency for feeding your adult dog is only twice a day. Before you leave, give her the right portion of quality dog food. Then, when you arrive at night, give her another portion as well.
What if My Dog is Still Vomiting Yellow Bile and Not Eating?
If your dog is still vomiting yellow bile and is not eating anymore, the regurgitation might be a symptom of a liver or pancreas issue. A visit to your vet is necessary so your pet can get diagnosed and treated. The problem with a loss of appetite is malnutrition so medical intervention is definitely necessary.