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  • Possible Reasons Behind Your Dog Vomiting Bile

    The act of vomiting is highly off-putting to both humans and animals alike – the experience of witnessing is not only unpleasant but cleaning up afterward is less than fun (to say the least). All grossness aside, when your pet vomits it is telling you that something isn’t quite right, and they may require medical attention from your veterinarian.

    Dog Vomiting Bile

    When a dog vomits bile, it usually points to a few different areas of concern that you should be aware of as a responsible pet owner. In this article, we’ll discuss some basic information about bile, some possible reasons why your dog might vomit bile, and what you can do to help ensure your pet’s health.

    What is Bile?

    Bile is a greenish-yellowish liquid that is produced in the liver in many animals. It is further stored in the gallbladder to help break down foods and substances that are ingested. It is an important part of ours and dogs’ digestive systems, without which it would be very difficult to process foods appropriately.

    Some Possible Reasons for Vomiting Bile

    If you’ve ever vomited bile, then you know just how unpleasant it is. For dogs, vomiting bile is a red flag that indicates you need to pay attention to and monitor your pet’s behavior for the rest of the day and for an extended period of time to determine the severity of the issue. Here are some of the possible reasons why a dog might vomit bile:

    Stress or Anxiety

    If your pet hasn’t eaten yet, and has skipped their usual meal time, this can irritate their digestive system. Usually triggered by anxiety or stress from not eating when anticipated, dogs can vomit bile if there are no other contents in their stomach.

    Allergic Reactions

    Dogs do not process foods the same way humans do; however, they are certainly susceptible to allergic reactions to foods in similar ways. It’s important to have your pet allergy tested to ensure that you’re feeding your pet the proper diet and they aren’t allergic to a main ingredient in their food.


    Usually prompted by ingesting foods especially high in fat, pancreatitis is an inflaming of the pancreas, which can lead to vomiting bile. Usually with proper treatment your pet can heal from this issue; the most important thing is to ensure your pet does not become dehydrated after vomiting so that the body can better heal itself.

    Bilious Vomiting Syndrome

    This is a rather common issue that is the result of bile leaking into the intestinal track. This can occur when an animal eats especially large amounts of food, drinks especially large quantities of water, or splurges on grass for an extended time. This medical condition is treatable with an adjusted diet regimen.

    Gastrointestinal Issues

    There are a range of different gastrointestinal problems that can be associated with vomiting bile:

    • Blockages – if you notice your pet is lethargic or touching its belly is painful for it, there may be a blockage that needs medical attention.
    • Diseases, infections, and other issues – inflammatory issues, parasitic infection, and some types of cancer can be associated with vomiting bile. Before you panic, it’s best to remain proactive and bring your pet to your veterinarian for a check-up.

    What You Can Do for Your Pet

    Vomiting is a somewhat regular occurrence for dogs in general; however, if your dog begins to vomit multiple times in one day or for any extended period of time, it is critical to follow up and ensure their health. Here are some things you can do to help your pet:

    Monitor their eating and drinking habits

    Eating or drinking too quickly can lead to vomiting or gastrointestinal blockages.

    Don’t leave them unattended outdoors

    Ingesting poisonous or harmful substances can lead to allergic reactions or more serious health issues, such as gastrointestinal blockages.

    Keep an eye on their behavior

    Look for other observable symptoms your pet exhibits to more efficiently relay the facts to your veterinarian.

    Bring them to the vet

    If at all concerned about your dog’s health, it is always recommended to bring your dog to the veterinarian right away; acting quickly and preventively has saved many pets’ lives.

    Veterinarian Checking Dog

    How We Can Help You

    At Dr. Ron’s Animal Hospital & Emergency, we are committed to providing quality veterinary services for the residents of Simi Valley, Moorpark, Thousand Oaks, Chatsworth, and other areas nearby Ventura County; your pet’s health is always our main concern. Offering routine and emergency services, our clients have entrusted us with their pets’ health for years. To schedule an appointment or learn more about our services, please feel free to look over our website or call us directly.

    posted on February 22, 2019 at 10:46 am by Doctor Ron