Dog vomit can be clear, yellow, brown, white, or frothy in appearance. Indigestion, pancreatitis, a foreign substance, an infectious illness, and other conditions are a few possible causes of your dog's white foam vomiting. Repeated vomiting calls for action on your side, whether it's barring your dog from eating particular items or meals or enlisting veterinarian assistance to investigate your dog's eating habits and medical history to identify the precise cause.
Why Do Dogs Vomit White Foam?
Your dog may be throwing up white foam for a number of reasons. Many times, a stomach upset in your dog was just the result of something they tasted or ate. Your dog may have been biting on something unpleasant, licking something unpleasant, or nibbling on the grass. However, vomiting of any type might be a sign of a more serious condition, particularly if it happens regularly.
- Indigestion (often due to dietary indiscretion)
- Acid reflux
- Other gastrointestinal inflammation
- Gastrointestinal obstruction
- Toxin exposure
- Infectious disease
- (this in an emergency; go to the nearest open vet if your dog has a distended abdomen, seems restless or painful, or keeps looking at their abdomen)
The increased production and swallowing of saliva, which can be a sign of nausea, is frequently the cause of white, frothy vomit. Vomiting can result from a dog ingesting grass, plant matter, or other items that are unique or challenging for a dog to digest. Toxins can irritate the GI tract and worse, which frequently results in vomiting.
Dogs that have kennel cough or other upper respiratory issues may cough up a frothy, white liquid. However, the substance may actually be mucus and fluids from the respiratory system even though it may appear to be vomit. Or then, the dog can be vomiting up fluid and mucous that it may have ingested when having a respiratory problem.
Check to see whether your dog is heaving. Or, do you hear coughing, retching, and then foamy white spitting? In either case, a veterinarian is needed, however these specifics can aid in the proper diagnosis.
What to Do If Your Dog is Vomiting White Foam
There is no immediate cause for alarm if your dog just vomits white foam once. Keep an eye out for symptoms of sickness in your dog, such as lethargy, diarrhea, weakness, and loss of appetite. Continue keeping an eye out for more vomiting if your dog otherwise looks okay. Withhold the following meal and see your veterinarian if the vomiting persists.
If your dog throws up more than twice in a day or if the vomiting is intermittent and lasts more than a day, call your vet. Additionally, if an episode of vomiting is accompanied by other symptoms of an illness, call your vet.
Treatment for Vomiting in Dogs
Your dog will first get a comprehensive examination by your veterinarian. Tell your veterinarian anything you know about your dog's recent and past medical conditions. Include details on any substances, including plants, chemicals, and potentially harmful foods, that you feel your dog may have consumed.
Your vet may recommend further diagnostic testing to look for a cause for the vomiting. This may include blood and urine testing, radiographs (X-rays), and ultrasound.
Anti-nausea medicines and gastric protectants are frequently used as the first course of treatment. Initial dosages are often administered intravenously to prevent additional vomiting. Hospitalization may be necessary for dogs that need regular drug administration and IV fluids due to dehydration, pancreatitis, or other health issues.
If the vomiting was caused by toxin exposure, your vet will follow established medical protocols for treatment. This may also include hospitalization.
If your vet suspects a GI obstruction, then endoscopy or surgery may be needed to remove the cause for the blockage. A hospital stay will be necessary for post-operative care.
If your veterinarian detects bloat, it is an emergency and something has to be done right away. Gastric lavage, or pumping the stomach, will be necessary to decompress the stomach gasses before surgery.
How to Prevent Vomiting in Dogs
The easiest strategy to stop vomiting in your dog is to keep him away from anything he shouldn't lick, chew, or ingest. You might not always be able to stop your dog from vomiting, though. There are illnesses that have no recognized causes. Fortunately, you can take a few steps to reduce the hazards.
- Bring your dog to the vet for routine every year (or more if recommended by your vet).
- Feed a and keep treats to a minimum.
- Prevent your dog from chewing on grass, plants and sticks.
- Keep objects that may become foreign bodies out of reach of your dog. Some dogs will be happy to eat anything they find on the floor. Get to know your dog’s habits and proceed accordingly.
- Keep plants, chemicals, human food, and any other toxins out of reach.
Remember to contact your veterinarian in the early signs of illness; delaying can only make things worse. When in doubt, head to the nearest open vet office.