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Why is My Dog Vomiting Yellow Bile?

December 22, 2009 By: admin Category: All Sick Dog Blog Posts, Dog Illnesses and Diseases, Dog Vomiting and Stomach Problems

Wondering what causes a dog to vomit yellow liquid? Learn what causes this type of dog vomiting. (Auro Queiroz Photo)

This article will address questions like, “Why did my dog vomit yellow fluid?” “What causes a dog to throw up yellow fluid?” and “What’s the treatment for a dog vomiting yellow liquid?”

Vomiting yellow liquid (bile and stomach acids) is a common and often chronic dog health problem. Fortunately, in many cases, it’s a fairly easy problem to fix and there are a few simple home remedies for dog vomiting problems of this variety. But before treating dog vomiting, it’s important to identify the cause.

What Causes a Dog to Vomit Yellow Liquid? – Empty Stomach

There are two basic causes for vomiting yellow bile: over-production of bile and empty stomach irritation due to bile and stomach acids.

This type of dog vomiting is common in dogs who eat just once or twice per day. It takes approximately two hours for the food to leave the stomach. Once the stomach is empty, bile and stomach acid can accumulate and irritate the dog’s stomach lining. In severe cases, ulcers can even occur, resulting in a chronic stomach problems in the dog.

The dog’s upset stomach ultimately triggers vomiting. Since there is no food in the stomach, the dog vomits yellow bile and digestive fluids.

Causes of a Dog Vomiting Fluid – Over-Production of Stomach Acids and Bile

In other cases, a dog who vomits yellow fluid may have a problem with over-production of bile and stomach acids. This is most likely the problem in the event that the dog who eats frequently but still vomits liquid on a regular basis.

If your dog is vomiting yellow liquid, it’s important to visit the veterinary clinic so you can obtain a diagnosis. Other health problems could be present, so it’s important to get your dog examined by a veterinarian before attempting to treat the pet with a home remedy.

Looking for a treatment for dog vomiting? Learn more about home remedies for upset stomach in dogs in The Sick Dog Blog’s article titled How to Treat a Dog Vomiting Yellow Bile – Home Remedies for a Vomiting Dog.

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How Do I Check My Dog’s Gums?

February 26, 2009 By: admin Category: All Sick Dog Blog Posts, Dog Illnesses and Diseases, Dog Symptoms, General Dog Health

Pale gums are a symptom of a sick dog. (Marjorie Manicke Photo)

This article will answer questions like, “What should I look for when I check my dog’s gums?” “What will a sick dog’s gums look like?” “What does it mean if a dog has pale gums?” and “Help! My dog has dry, pale white gums! What should I do?”

Checking a dog’s gums is a very reliable way to check on a dog’s health in a general sense. In many cases, a sick dog will have white gums or other gum discoloration.

But how do you check a dog’s gums? What should you look for when you check a dog’s gums? Keep reading for a guide on how to check your dog’s gums.

How Do I Check My Dog’s Gums?

Begin by lifting the dog’s lip and examine the gums. It’s best to check a dog’s gums in natural light.

A healthy dog’s gums will be pink. Healthy gum colors in dogs range from bubblegum pink to a darker salmon.

An unhealthy dog’s gums will be discolored. Unhealthy gums will look pale white, grey, yellow, blue or brick red.

In a healthy dog, the gums will also be slick to the touch. If the dogs gums are sticky or dry, this indicates dehydration. Dehydration can occur if a dog won’t eat or drink – a situation that usually occurs when a dog is ill or experiencing discomfort.

More Help for Checking a Dog’s Gums

It’s also important to note that many dogs gums will have patches of darker skin pigmentation. You may also see dark patches on the tongue. These darker patches of skin pigmentation are completely normal in most cases. Some breeds of dog — like the Chow Chow — may normally have black-blue colored gums and tongue. The key is to check your dog’s gums when he’s healthy so you know what’s normal for your pet. When you know what’s normal, it’s much easier to know when a dog is sick.

Another hint: Avoid checking a dog’s gums right after he wakes up; the dog’s gums will appear abnormally pale as a result of slowed circulation that naturally occurs while the dog is asleep.

What Happens if My Dog’s Gums Are Pale or Discolored?

If your dog’s gums are abnormal in color or if the dog’s gums are dry and sticky, it’s best to take the dog to your veterinary clinic for an exam.

To learn more about what it means if a dog’s gums are pale or discolored, check out this article on The Sick Dog Blog titled “What Does it Mean if My Dog’s Gums Are Pale?”

In addition, see the related articles on The Sick Dog Blog (links below) for photos of pale dog gums, photos of healthy dog gums, along with photos of a dog with black dog gums and info on how to check a dog’s gums if he has black gum pigmentation.

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