The sight of your old dog vomiting white foam may be terrifying to behold. However, if you want to get to the root of the problem, first you need to keep calm and have a clear mind. Vomiting is actually a frequent occurrence in dogs. But just because it’s common doesn’t mean it’s okay if your old dog throws up, especially when he throws up white foam. This kind of vomiting can be due to several causes, which may or may not be serious.
In the medical world of dogs, there is a syndrome known as the bilious vomiting syndrome. This is when your old dog has an excess amount of bile in his stomach. Excessive bile makes your dog feel nauseous. So when you see your old dog vomiting white foam, most likely he’s getting rid of the excess bile. Most often the bilious vomiting syndrome strikes in the morning. A simple trip to the vet will cure your old dog of this condition.
Not all cases of white-foam dog vomiting is a case of excess bile, however. If other signs accompany the vomiting, pay attention. Is your old dog restless, salivating excessively, panting heavily, seemingly confused, and attempting to throw up for several minutes? If you answered yes to most of the questions, your dog is most likely bloating.
Bloating refers to the condition wherein your old dog swallows an intolerable amount of air and liquids. This causes your old dog’s stomach to swell, and the swelling causes the stomach to twist between the esophagus and the upper portion of the intestine. The twisting confines the air, food, and water in the stomach. If you spot your old dog vomiting white foam along with the above-mentioned signs, take him to the vet immediately as bloating is a life-threatening condition for your pooch.
An upset stomach is one possible culprit you can look into if your old dog throws up white foam. Maybe your furry friend has ingested something that doesn’t sit well with his stomach’s condition, hence the vomiting. If this is the case, let your old dog’s stomach rest by not giving him anything solid within the next twenty-four hours. Get him plenty of water to drink instead. If your old dog throws up during his meal time, it’s possible he is choking on his food. Prevent this from recurring by feeding your dog smaller-size portions the next time.
Reduce the chances of your old dog vomiting white foam by giving him nutritious treats at least twice daily. While your old dog needs to drink plenty of water, drinking water after meals may negatively affect your old dog’s health, and don’t let him engage in physical activities an hour or two before and after he has had his meals. Also take note of the food you’re giving your dog as he could be allergic to one of them. Once you spot the allergy-inducing food, remove it immediately.
If your old dog continues to throw up white foam in spite of the preventive measures presented above, take him to the vet right away. The vomiting could be due to a medical condition. In this case, it’s best to let the vet take the reins to ensure your old dog gets the proper medical attention and care.