Learn home remedies for dog vomiting and how to treat a dog vomiting yellow bile. (Martin Rotovnik Photo)
This article will address questions like “Are there any home remedies for a dog vomiting yellow liquid?” “Can I give over-the-counter medication to a dog vomiting yellow bile?” and “How to you stop chronic dog vomiting of bile?”
A common and chronic health problem in dogs, vomiting yellow bile and stomach acids is caused by two basic problems: infrequent meals and over-production of bile and stomach acids. (Read Why is My Dog Vomiting Yellow Bile? to learn more about the causes of this type of upset stomach.)
Though it’s important to visit the veterinary clinic for an examination and diagnosis of what’s causing the dog’s stomach problems, there are a couple simple home remedies that can be used to treat a dog vomiting bile. Though the treatment will vary depending upon what’s causing the dog’s upset stomach.
Dog Vomiting Treatment – Feeding More Frequently
This home remedy for a dog vomiting yellow bile is effective in a pet who is experiencing an upset stomach due to irritation from an empty stomach. Stomach irritation occurs when stomach acids and bile accumulate in the empty stomach.
So instead of feeding a dog once or twice per day, divide the dog food into three or four portions. This will prevent dog vomiting of bile and stomach acids since the stomach will not be empty for long periods of time.
Treat and Prevent Dog Vomiting of Yellow Bile – Over-the-Counter Medication for Dogs
Some over-the-counter medications are safe for dogs. Dogs can take Pepcid AC (famotidine), and this will treat and prevent vomiting in the case of a dog who vomits yellow bile due to over-production of stomach acids and bile. Pepcid is also given to dogs with stomach ulcers – a common secondary problem seen in dogs with frequent upset stomach and vomiting problems.
The Pepcid dosage for dogs is 0.25 mg to 0.50 mg per each pound of body weight. This famotidine dosage for dogs is given every 12-24 hours.
For dog owners who use the metric system, the dog Pepcid dosage is 0.5 mg to 1.0 mg per every kilogram of body weight.
When giving any over-the-counter medication to a dog, it’s best to start off with the lowest dosage. Only move up to the higher dosage if the lower dosage is ineffective.
Giving Over-the-Counter Medications to Dogs – Cautions for Pepcid (Famotidine)
While it’s generally safe to give Pepcid to a dog, it’s important to note that a small number of dogs may be allergic to famotidine, so it’s important to monitor the dog very carefully and only under the direction of a veterinarian. A small “test dose” may be given in sensitive dogs with other known allergy problems.
Dogs with kidney disease or liver disease may not tolerate Pepcid or other OTC medications containing Famotidine, so in these dogs, famotidine should only be given with the close supervision of a veterinarian.
Pet owners should also remember that not all OTC medications are safe for dogs and depending on allergies and pre-existing medical conditions, some dogs may react adversely to an OTC medicine that’s safe for dogs in general. So never, ever give OTC medication to dogs without first consulting your veterinarian.
Related Articles on Dog Vomiting and Pet Medication
To learn more about what causes a dog to vomit yellow liquid, read The Sick Dog Blog’s article Why is My Dog Vomiting Yellow Bile?
Dog owners may also enjoy reading Tips for Giving Pet Medication – Hiding Pills in Food, which explains why pet owners should never, ever try to give a dog medication by hiding the pills in dog food.
Do you struggle trying to get a dog to take medicine? Read Pet Medication – How Do I Give a Pill to a Dog?