Dog diarrhea and clear vomit are symptoms that sometimes occur together. While diarrhea and vomiting are common in dogs, it is important to understand what causes these two symptoms and when to seek veterinary care.
We outline the potential causes of dog diarrhea and clear vomit, what to do and when to seek help.
Here’s why dog diarrhea and clear vomit occurs
Dog diarrhea and clear vomit are symptoms that can occur together and often happen due to underlying conditions that cause these symptoms. This includes illness, intestinal parasites, poisoning, bacterial or viral infection, stress, allergies, medication, or dietary indiscretion.
Clear vomit is also caused when a dog drinks water too quickly or drinks too much water while nauseous, vomits on an empty stomach, or has a gastrointestinal obstruction.
What is vomited comes up as water or clear liquid which is a mixture of water, saliva, and sometimes form.
Dog diarrhea and clear vomit
Dog diarrhea and clear vomit refer to a dog with clear or watery vomit and with diarrhea. Clear vomit may appear as a clear liquid or a frothy liquid and can contain small amounts of foam or bile.
Diarrhea in dogs is typically loose stool and may contain small amounts of mucus or blood.
Clear vomit and diarrhea can be caused by a variety of factors which can be caused by benign issues, however, it can also be a sign of a more serious underlying condition.
Is it normal for dogs to diarrhea and throw up clear vomit?
It is not uncommon for dogs to experience diarrhea and vomiting, more so diarrhea and clear vomit because they can be symptoms of a variety of conditions.
However, it is important to note that the presence of clear vomit and diarrhea alone does not necessarily indicate a specific diagnosis.
It IS important to determine the underlying cause and the appropriate treatment provided.
What to do if your dog has diarrhea and clear vomit
Generally, vomiting of clear liquid is not of medical concern unless a dog shows other symptoms of illness or there is an increase in the frequency of vomiting.
In some cases, a dog will diarrhea and throw up clear liquid and continue going about their day as normal which means they should be ok.
When your dog has diarrhea and throws up clear liquid, first assess the situation by monitoring them and note if they present other symptoms, the frequency of diarrhea and vomiting, and the deterioration of their health.
Also, look around for evidence of accidental ingestion of toxins such as spillage of any gardening chemicals, household products, or leftover human food that they might have eaten.
When to see a veterinarian for diarrhea and clear vomit
It’s important to consult with a veterinarian if your dog is experiencing diarrhea and clear vomit, especially if the symptoms persist and if they are accompanied by other symptoms such as:
Dehydration: If your dog is showing signs of dehydration, such as sunken eyes, dry gums, or lethargy, it’s important to seek veterinary attention as soon as possible.
Blood in the stool or vomit: Blood in the stool or vomit can be a sign of a serious underlying condition and requires immediate veterinary attention.
Loss of appetite: If your dog is not eating or showing a decreased appetite.
Lethargy: If your dog is showing signs of lethargy or weakness.
Persistent or severe diarrhea and vomiting: If your dog’s diarrhea persists for more than 12 hours or if it is severe and also if the vomiting is continuous.
Other symptoms: Indication of any other symptoms such as fever, abdominal pain, or difficulty breathing, shows that your dog is unwell and should receive medical attention.
Young, old, or immune-compromised dogs: If your dog is young, old, or immune-compromised, they are more susceptible to illnesses, therefore it is best to seek veterinary care as soon as possible to prevent further complications.
Diarrhea and clear vomit can be caused by a variety of conditions, some of which may be serious and require prompt veterinary attention.
Consult with your veterinarian as soon as possible to determine the underlying cause and to develop an appropriate treatment plan.