Dealing with a sick pet can be frustrating, since some of the same symptoms can be signs of a serious condition or a less serious illness. Vomiting is one such symptom as it can be a sign of illness or simply that your dog has eaten something that upset her stomach. Paying careful attention to what and when your dog eats as well as how, what and when your dog vomits can help you and your veterinarian determine the cause of the problem.
Cause of Vomiting
Vomiting can have several causes, from anything as benign as your dog ate something her tummy couldn't handle, to a serious illness. Pay attention when your dog vomits, because she won't be able to tell you she's not feeling well. Since vomiting can be a symptom of several conditions such as inflammatory bowel disease, an intestinal blockage, intestinal parasites or tumors, or it could be sign of something less serious, such as a virus or upset stomach. By carefully observing your dog's throw up, which is by no means a fun task, you may be able to figure out if your dog simply ate something weird or needs an immediate trip to the vet.
When your dog is vomiting yellow foam or fluid, this is a sign that she is vomiting bile and may not have very much in her stomach. Since there are many possible causes for your dog to be vomiting on an empty stomach, it is important to take note of when and how often it occurs. If you start to notice other symptoms such as loss of appetite, a yellow tinge to your dog's gums, eyes, or skin, or if she seems uncharacteristically lethargic, you may consider calling the vet.
How to Determine Severity
Examine the vomit, and note whether there is any food present, what it's consistency is and whether or not there is any blood in the secretions. Blood can be an sign that your dog has a stomach ulcer, which requires immediate attention.
Think about her eating habits over the last day. Did she just eat, or has she gone for quite some time without a meal? Some dogs are prone to vomiting when their stomachs are empty. Has she eaten anything out of the ordinary?
Watch your canine's behavior. If she doesn't want to eat or acts more tired than usual, there might be a more serious reason for the vomiting. Vomiting combined with diarrhea can be a sign of inflammatory bowl disease. Pancreatitus can cause lack of appetite, diarrhea, fever and dehydration in addition to vomiting. Keep close tabs on her for at least 24 hours to determine if she's acting normal or not.
Feel your dog's nose and belly. Does she feel extra hot like she has a fever? When a dog is vomiting yellow fluid, a fever signifies a more serious condition that a vet should handle.
Pay attention to how many times the dog has vomited yellow fluid. Vomiting more than twice in 24 hours can be an indication of something more severe than if it occurs only once or twice per day.
Visit your vet if the vomiting doesn't resolve on its own or your pet has any other symptoms. Be sure to give your vet as much information as possible about the illness to aid in his diagnosis.