Your dog may vomit here or there when it over-eating on the delicious food and treats, but what if it vomits something far more suspicious such as mucus? When dogs have nausea, they often drool and swallow a lot more than they normally do, and their stomach can move in an attempt to bring up whatever they are trying to remove from their bodies. Since dogs tend to eat almost anything they can find in their way, most of them will at some point vomit out whatever they ate.
However, when your dog starts vomiting yellow mucus, it is a cause for concern and a symptom of something that might be wrong with your pup. Keep on reading to find out why.
What is Not Vomiting?
Regurgitation happens when your dog’s esophagus malfunctions. Normally, the food will pass through it right to the stomach quite quickly, but sometimes, the esophagus loses its tone and sometimes even becomes dilated, which makes the food passing harder and less efficient. Instead of passing to the stomach freely, the food is ejected after eating.
Unlike vomiting, regurgitation is a passive process, and the only thing needed is for your dog to bend its head and the food will come out. When it does, it is often covered in mucus, and often the dog will try to eat the expelled food back. The bile is unlikely to be present here, and other symptoms can include gagging and coughing.
In other cases, also confusable with vomiting is when your dog hacks up the mucus while his chest and ribs alone are moving. This can be a sign of a respiratory system issue or a problem with the sinuses or the heart. In these instances, the dog will eject thick clear mucus.
When it comes to vomiting itself, the dog will usually vomit due to digestive issues, for example when it over-eats or consumes something inappropriate, such as grass.
Why is It Throwing Up Yellow Mucus?
When you see your dog vomiting yellow substances, most probably it is vomiting bile. Bile is an enzyme produces in the liver and stored in the gallbladder. The bile is distributed to your dog’s digestive tract to help digest the food faster, but if it is not used the way it’s supposed to, for example when the dog is not eating, he will most likely vomit the excess.
In cases when the bile irritates the dog’s stomach, he will vomit thick yellow mucus, and this is referred to as bilious vomiting syndrome. The mucus thrown up can be either dark or bright yellow color, but it can also appear to be greenish.
Usually, the vomiting will occur in the morning or late at night, as these are the times of the day when your dog goes without food the longest. This means that this occurrence is most common with dogs that get fed only once a day, but it can also happen when the dog is inactive.
Sometimes, vomiting of yellow mucus can be a sign of pregnancy. However, yellow mucus can also be a sign of a stomach blockage or another gastrointestinal condition. In these cases, this happens because the dog refuses to eat, therefore an excess of bile is formed in its stomach, causing him or her to throw it up.
If your dog vomits only occasionally, you can deal with it at home. Firstly, you can start with a fast. This means that you should not feed your dog for about 12 hours, as this will clear its stomach when the cause of vomiting is stomach upsets. You should also give your dog heartworm pills.
After about 12 to 24 hours, you can give your dog some food. Start with sugar water, and if you see that your dog does not throw up, you can give him or her small amounts of bland food. Keep adding his regular food and stop the process if the dog starts vomiting again.
If you notice red specks in the vomit and if your dog has a high fever and is shaking, this could be the sign of something far more serious. Take your dog to the vet as they will set a diagnosis and figure out what exactly is wrong. Take a sample of vomit so the vet can examine it properly. The vet will probably prescribe an antibiotic or another treatment depending on the condition your dog is suffering from.