My English Bulldog is Throwing Up a Lot . . .

Hi Jan,
I was wondering if you could help me? Gracie my bulldog seems to throw up alot.
Is there something I can do? Do you think there is something wrong with her?
I am very worried about her..
Thanks so much,
Janice
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Hi Janice,

It depends on what sort of vomiting.
There is a difference between vomiting and regurgitation.
If your dog is simply throwing up food right after eating,
food that has not been in the stomach, it is probably simple
regurgitation.

Bulldogs tend to gulp their food and sometimes eat so fast
that the food can’t get down the esophagus properly and
so they throw up.

There is a condition common in bulldogs called esophageal
motility disorder, where the normal constrictions of the
esophagus don’t work properly and cause the bulldog to
not “swallow” properly and often regurgitate.

There is a simple way to alleviate this condition that I
recommend in my book.  Elevate your bulldog’s food
dish.  This lets gravity take over and help get the food
down her throat.

To soothe an upset stomach you can feed her a little
canned pumpkin with her food – be sure it is pure
pumpkin and NOT pumpkin pie mix which is loaded
with sugar.

There are, however, other things that can cause vomiting,
including food allergies, metabolic disorders, ulcers, or
even obstructions in the throat, or if she has something
lodged in her stomach like a rawhide bone or teddy bear.

If you suspect she has eaten the stuffing out of a teddy
bear or a similar item, you can withhold her food for
about 7-8 hours.  Then give her some white bread with
the crust cut off.  It’s really gooey and can catch
what’s clogging her and pass it through.

Be sure she gets small amounts of water frequently
or sucks on an ice cube to keep her from getting
dehydrated.  Then give her a couple pieces of white
bread, broken up into small pieces.  This will bind with
the stuffing and allow it to pass through.  If she throws
this up as well, call your vet immediately.

Vomiting is characterized by the dog heaving for a while
before the stomach contents come up.  When they do, they
may also come through her nose.

If your dog has been vomiting blood or bile, you need to
take her to the vet right away.  Vomiting is dehydrating
which is very dangerous long term.

Throwing up can be an indication of serious illness in
the liver or kidneys or pancreas.  Your vet should be
able to do some simple tests to determine this.

If your bulldog has been “vomiting” for several days,
if she is still doing so, I think it advisable to take her to
the vet to make sure she does not have anything lodged in
her stomach or esophagus.  And make sure it is not a more
serious illness.

I hope this helps.  Let me know if you need some clarification.

your bulldog pal,
Jan

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Comments

  1. Kathy Lamanuzzi
    April 13th, 2009 | 8:21 pm

    Our 6 month old Bulldog is vomiting beige-green in color.
    He is drinking water and eating ice chips. He is not able to
    move his bowels and he is refusing to eat his kibble.
    We think he ate the bed stuffing. But we are not sure.

    Help! we do not know what to do.

  2. April 14th, 2009 | 3:46 am

    I’m not sure how long this has been going on, but it can be
    very serious. He may have an intestinal block that can
    kill him. Stuffing can wrap around the intestines. I strongly urge you to get him to the vet immediately.

    If you tried the bread technique and it did not help, you can also try giving him some Laxatone, it’s a cat hair ball remedy found at pet stores. These are best done immediately after he’s eat the stuffing.

    In your case, it may be too late for that. And dehydration is very serious in a vomiting dog.

    Take him immediately to your vet! He will do xrays and determine what it is.

  3. May 17th, 2010 | 7:34 pm

    My dog keeps on trowing up yellow with green mucus type of throw kinda foamy. N he trew up blood. What is it? I’m sad:(

  4. Jan
    May 18th, 2010 | 3:21 am

    TAKE HIM TO THE VET NOW!!! When a dog’s stomach is empty, especially early in the morning, sometimes he will vomit some yellowish bile that is foamy looking. In your case your bulldog is vomiting bile with green (which indicates infection) and blood (which indicates tissue damage). This leads me to think he has a foreign object in his stomach that is causing infection and damage to the stomach lining. He may be very ill and could die. You need to take him to your vet immediately to determine what he has in his stomach that is causing him to vomit blood.

  5. Terri
    May 24th, 2010 | 10:23 am

    My dog started throwing up Sat. morning. I gave her pepto which helps and she ate a little bit which eventually came up. I gave her more pepto today and she has thrown up 4 times her stool is now a dark green but I do not know if that is from her eating grass or it is blood. When should I take her to the doctor? Should I give her rice & broth? She has thrown up 2 pieces of a chew toy. What should I do?

  6. Jan
    May 25th, 2010 | 2:05 am

    Take her now. It sounds like she has eaten a chew toy and that is blocking her intestines. This causes the reflex in her stomach that makes her throw up but since she is still trying to get it out it may not come out on it’s own. It may have a green dye in it or she may have an infection. It would be best, especially if she is still throwing up today (Monday) to find out why. Several days of throwing up can cause severe dehydration which can be fatal to a dog. A blockage in the intestines can get infected and that too can be fatal.

  7. Pamela
    February 17th, 2011 | 6:57 pm

    Hi.. Sayde my 6 yr old Bulldog started throwing up Sun evening (6:30). Monday she was given pepto, Tuesday she was taken to the vet. She was dehyrated and was put on an iv for the day. She was throwing up green bile in the vets office. The first xray shown that she had a lot of gas on her stomach. Second xray showed her stomach had moved a little bit which I was told that was good. No blockages were seen on either xray. We were sent home that afternoon with 3 different types of medicines. They were not sure as to why she was throwing up. She didn’t eat or chew up any of her toys. Her pooh is soft otherwise is fine. She will only eat boiled chicken and isnt eating but once a day. She is drinking water and keeping that down. HELP…..

  8. vivian
    February 21st, 2011 | 9:31 pm

    our english bulldog is 5 months old, we took him to his vet on sat feb.19th, 2011 and the vet said he has pneumonia, he sent us home and we started giving “Laker” his Amoxicillin,Lasix, a cough tablet, and Aminophylline. However, since Friday he has had severe white mucus in his throat but is unable to cough or spit it up.he ends by dry heaving. sometimes the mucus is going out his nose when he struggles to breathe. the vet said he has a small trachea but i hate to see him try to grasp for air and since lemon juice and steam treatments don’t help him cough up the phlegm i don’t know how else to help.i’ve looked online and majority of all bulldogs are able to spit,cough or vomit the mucus out.Any suggestions are greatly appreciated. thank you.

  9. Jan
    February 24th, 2011 | 10:52 am

    If Laker is still gagging I think it would be wise to get him to another vet, preferably a specialist who can do more tests to find out what is going on in his lungs.

    All Bulldogs have small trachea and it can lead to problems but in this case he can suffer oxygen deprivation and that is serious. Lemon juice is not enough for aspiration pneumonia which is caused by inhaled particles that fester in the lungs and lead to pneumonia.

    If you look at his tongue and gums or lift up his lip and look at the inside of it and it’s a bluish color instead of pink, then he is definitely not getting enough oxygen.

    A specialist will probably do a trans tracheal wash to determine what specific bacterial and pathogens are causing the pneumonia.

    I have some related posts on this topic: http://www.askbulldoghealth.com/?s=pneumonia&sbutt=Go

  10. Nancy
    October 12th, 2011 | 6:25 pm

    My 10 month old bulldog threw up what looked like mucus spit on Monday. Woke up to him gagging and throwing up early Tuesday morning (it was his food) He then threw up again in the afternoon (food again) and now on Wednesday I have my other 2 bullies and him throwing up their food. They all have raised bowls and there hasnt been any changes or new treats but they do eat very quickly amd my boy the 10 month old has very bad food aggression. They still eat and are their happy selves… But keep throwing up :/

  11. Lucy
    November 11th, 2011 | 12:00 pm

    My 5 month old bulldog has been keeping his food doywn for 3 days now, took him to the vet and they did xray with and without barium, and nothing showed up, blood work came up normal. he was in the hospital for two days on IV fluids. I took him home, gave him special intestinal soft food mixed with water and out it came again. he just doesnt keep anything down. Even with anti-vomiting meds he vomits. What could be wrong with him? What else should I do? thanks for any suggestions you may have.

  12. Lucy
    November 11th, 2011 | 12:02 pm

    sorry missed a word there. He has not been keeping food down, I meant to say. Thanks

  13. JAN
    February 1st, 2012 | 7:40 am

    my english bull has been throwing up for a long time. i finally found a food that she can keep down. the food is iams in the green bag. it says it is for digestion and it has really worked. have been giving it to her for the past month and she has not thrown up one time.

  14. Tineil
    February 4th, 2012 | 3:41 am

    Hi,
    I’m hoping you may be able to help. My 13 month old bullie Diego has been throwing up. It’s happened 2-3 times in one week. But last night he vomited three times, however it only seemed to be the food he had eaten that he threw up. His on Royal Canin for Bulldogs and has been for quite sometime so I know there aren’t any allegens in the food. I also understand that regurgitation in bulldogs is quite common. As this behaviour isn’t frequent for him particularly I just would like to know if theres is cause for cocern. His stools are fine, and the vomit does not contain an mucus, bile or blood, it’s just his food. He ate around 1pm and threw up at 7pm.

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