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My dog is puking yellow bile and has the runs? what could be

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my dog is puking yellow bile and has the runs? what could be wrong?
Submitted: 9 years ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Mia Carter replied 9 years ago.
Hi there!

You most commonly see a liquid yellow bile vomit in a dog who has an empty stomach - all of the gastric acids and bile can upset the stomach lining when there's no food present, resulting in vomiting.

To fix this portion of the problem, you'll want to feed your dog a small meal. You'll want to offer a small amount of bland food, which will fill her stomach, but also won't be even more upsetting to her system. I would give cottage cheese with boiled plain chicken or boiled plain hamburger meat. You can also give plain white rice, but I would substitute this with the cottage cheese in the beginning because it contains extra fluids.

As for the diarrhea, this can occur when your dog has an upset stomach, it can occur due to stress, eating an unfamiliar food. If this is a new problem that's just developed, I wouldn't worry too much, but if the problem seems to be worsening or if it's not improving within 24 hours, then a visit to the vet's office would be a good idea.

You will want to keep a close eye on her to ensure that she's not exhibiting other symptoms that could indicate a more serious problem, such as projectile vomiting, tremors or seizure, unusual eye movements, bloody stool, painful abdomen, excessive drooling and panting, and vomiting a substance that looks like feces.

Also, you'll want to check your home and any other areas that your dog accessed to see if she may have gotten into something such as a non-food item or a toxin, as this can also cause vomiting and diarhea. You'll also want to check her toys, in case she swallowed a fragment of plastic, stuffing, rubber, etc.

First, you'll want to begin by addressing the problem of dehydration. Your dog will be low on fluids due to this vomiting and this will just make her feel even worse. To combat this, you can add plain, unflavored Pedialyte to her water (50-50 mix). This will help replenish electrolytes and hydrate her.

Only allow her to drink a very little bit at a time because too much fluid at once will upset the stomach. Giving ice cubes are a good way to get her to take in fluid slowly.

You can also check for some other signs of her general condition. Check her gum color, which should have a distinct pink hue. Blue, white, yellow or grey gums are an emergency.

Her temperature can also be checked rectally with a bit of vaseline on the thermometer. It should be between 100-102. Anything below or above this range is a serious problem.

I would also check to see if she's dehydrated, which can occur with vomiting and diarrhea. If you pinch a normal animal's skin, it will flatten back out immediately. If you pinch a dehydrated animal's skin, the skin will go back to normal much slower. That's a good way to determine if your pet is getting dehydrated.

In short, if your dog isn't improving, or if you see that she's getting worse vomiting, dehydration and developing new symptoms, it's best to get your pet to the vet's office.

I hope your little friend is feeling better soon! Let me know if there's anything else I can do to assist you!
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