How JustAnswer Works:

  • Ask an Expert
    Experts are full of valuable knowledge and are ready to help with any question. Credentials confirmed by a Fortune 500 verification firm.
  • Get a Professional Answer
    Via email, text message, or notification as you wait on our site.
    Ask follow up questions if you need to.
  • 100% Satisfaction Guarantee
    Rate the answer you receive.

Ask Lisa Your Own Question

Lisa
Lisa, Certified Vet Tech
Category: Dog
Satisfied Customers: 13444
Experience:  AAS Vet Tech. Bully breed rehab & Behavior modification
10413311
Type Your Dog Question Here...
Lisa is online now
A new question is answered every 9 seconds

my boston terrier is vomiting a clear-yellow foamy substance.

Resolved Question:

my boston terrier is vomiting a clear-yellow foamy substance. It smells terrible--like sour milk. She eats only science diet and has since I brought her home. She is only vomiting while crated. This occurs every couple/few days. I have tried fasting her, then she starts up again after I resume her normal diet. What are the possibilites/potential illnesses that would cause this symptom? Is there any home treatment I can provide?
Submitted: 5 years ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Lisa replied 5 years ago.

HiCustomer

 

She only vomits when she's in her crate?

How often is she in there, and for how long each time?

Does she always do it, or only once in a while?

How does she react to being in the crate (meaning..does she go in willingly, or do you have to place her in there)?

 

 

Customer: replied 5 years ago.
Stella seems to only vomit when crated and this is occuring every few days. She is in her crate at night which is when the vomiting occurs. She is also crated if I leave to run errands (usually a couple of hours). She will self crate, but does not want to go in if she has recently vomited. (the smell takes about a few hours to go away after cleaning and disinfecting). Hope this info helps! Thank you, Karen
Expert:  Lisa replied 5 years ago.

Thanks for answering!

 

Sounds to me as if your little girl might be having a little kennel anxiety. The reasons could be everything from her having a bad day to a noise outside that upsets her.

 

Since she doesn't do it often, there are a couple of products available that work really well on anxiety dogs, and don't require you to have her use them all the time (so you could only use them when she's in the kennel):

 

A couple things you could try would be:

 

Melantonin is an over-the-counter drug that can be used to treat some anxiety issues in dogs. The dose you would give would be up to 3 mg given orally whenever necessary up to every 8 hours. More information can be found here: http://www.petplace.com/drug-library/melatonin-melatonex/page1.aspx , which includes risks, warning signs to watch out for and other bits of useful information.

 

Try a DAP collar. These are collars that are impregnated with a man-made version of the dog appeasing pheromone, which is a pheromone that nursing bitches give off to their pups to help them feel calm and secure. It's something that humans can't smell, but it has an amazing effect on dogs with anxiety and other issues. Although you can find them at your vet's office..you can also find them online at places like Amazon.com and Ebay for much cheaper. Just make sure they're DAP brand, as they seem to work better than some other versions.

 

 

Lisa, Certified Vet Tech
Category: Dog
Satisfied Customers: 13444
Experience: AAS Vet Tech. Bully breed rehab & Behavior modification
Lisa and 3 other Dog Specialists are ready to help you
Customer: replied 5 years ago.
I didn't even think of an anxiety issue, so I will try the melatonin. She is usually a very mellow dog--considering she is a Boston. I really wish the vet could have given me a suggestion over the phone about possible anxiety and some home remedies to try before bringing her in.
It seems like they only want you to come in, then run a bunch of tests that cost you even more of the ever shrinking bank account--if there is one thing that does stress her out it is going to the vet/groomer where there are other dogs/cats present. That would completely stress her out. Since her best bud Bogie passed she has become completely agressive to ALL dogs, but I have not seen any outward signs of depression or stress and it's been a year.

I was worried that she had somehow eaten something she shouldn't have and that was the reason for the vomiting. (some type of GI bug/parasite from people food etc.) I am relieved that there doesn't appear to be an emergency situation.

Thank you for the suggestions, I am going to get her started asap w/the suggestions you made and hope that it relieves my frustration at cleaning up after her all the time, as well as helping her feel better!

Thanks again!
Karen K
Boise, ID

JustAnswer in the News:

 
 
 
Ask-a-doc Web sites: If you've got a quick question, you can try to get an answer from sites that say they have various specialists on hand to give quick answers... Justanswer.com.
JustAnswer.com...has seen a spike since October in legal questions from readers about layoffs, unemployment and severance.
Web sites like justanswer.com/legal
...leave nothing to chance.
Traffic on JustAnswer rose 14 percent...and had nearly 400,000 page views in 30 days...inquiries related to stress, high blood pressure, drinking and heart pain jumped 33 percent.
Tory Johnson, GMA Workplace Contributor, discusses work-from-home jobs, such as JustAnswer in which verified Experts answer people’s questions.
I will tell you that...the things you have to go through to be an Expert are quite rigorous.
 
 
 

What Customers are Saying:

 
 
 
  • You are a light at the end of scary tunnel when $ are tight, but people need professional help to turn to for help with their dear pets! Linh Charleston, WV
< Last | Next >
  • You are a light at the end of scary tunnel when $ are tight, but people need professional help to turn to for help with their dear pets! Linh Charleston, WV
  • $1,000 spent at his vet, and I finally get the correct diagnosis from Nancy Holmes for $15 Carol Cedar Hill, MO
  • I think this is the greatest web site in the world. Thanks to all! Judy New Haven, CT
  • I have referred several friends to your web site. I'm impressed with how easy it is to use your site, the Experts available and the quickness of answers. Nina USA
  • I am completely pleased with the quick response that I received in our time of need for our dog, Jasmine. I couldn't believe how quick the response was and I thank you. It's good to know you're there!! Jasmine's Mom USA
  • Please let everyone involved with your site know that your Expert, Dr. Lucy, has saved my dog's life. I will recommend your site to all my pet loving friends. Thank you again for simply being there! Sonya G Easley, SC
  • Last night my Expert spent close to 3 hours working with me on my dog's illness. Thank you so much for this opportunity to share in her care and knowledge! Cathie M Pompano Beach, FL
 
 
 

Meet The Experts:

 
 
 
  • Dr. Gary

    Dog Veterinarian

    Satisfied Customers:

    2534
    DVM, Emergency Veterinarian; BS (Physiology) Michigan State Univ
< Last | Next >
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/RY/rydergar/2012-6-6_192240_IMG0328.64x64.JPG Dr. Gary's Avatar

    Dr. Gary

    Dog Veterinarian

    Satisfied Customers:

    2534
    DVM, Emergency Veterinarian; BS (Physiology) Michigan State Univ
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/JA/Jav917/2012-2-20_54059_201221802254JoananddavidArchuleta3.64x64.jpg Joan's Avatar

    Joan

    Vet Tech

    Satisfied Customers:

    4544
    Vet Tech for over 30+ years working w/Dogs/Rescues
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/JA/jadedangel57/2011-11-8_193134_janenewsm.64x64.jpg Jane Lefler's Avatar

    Jane Lefler

    Breeder,Behaviorist, formerVet Asst

    Satisfied Customers:

    13847
    Former vol Vet Assistant.Breeder 16+ years Dog trainer / behaviorist
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/ER/ERPetNurse/2011-11-7_1293_b.64x64.jpg Candy's Avatar

    Candy

    Veterinary Technician

    Satisfied Customers:

    7108
    Practicing Veterinary Technician for 26 years.Former Veterinary Practice Owner, Technician Trainer
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/BA/babybloo/2011-3-10_62613_DavidandI.64x64.jpg Theresa's Avatar

    Theresa

    A Voice for Your Pet

    Satisfied Customers:

    4704
    19+ years experience in small animal medicine
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/VE/vetforyou/2012-6-20_33122_PearlPhoto.64x64.jpg Dr. Andy's Avatar

    Dr. Andy

    Medical Director

    Satisfied Customers:

    4430
    UC Davis Graduate, Interests: Dermatology, Internal Medicine, Pain Management
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/VE/VetAnswers/2013-4-5_8257_prof10.64x64.jpg Scott Nimmo's Avatar

    Scott Nimmo

    Dog Veterinarian

    Satisfied Customers:

    3977
    BVMS, MRCVS.