A Goldendoodle throwing up is never an easy sight. If you are like me, the first thing that comes to mind is “Oh no, what did you eat again!?” or “Is he sick?”.
I'm an over-worrier, so when my Goldendoodle went into a fit of vomiting, I was terrified.
But don't worry! There are many causes for your Goldendoodle to experience vomiting, and most of them can be easily treated at home.
However, if your Goldendoodle is vomiting repeatedly, you should bring him to the vet as soon as possible.
Let's look at the most common causes of vomiting in Goldendoodles and see if any fit your pup's situation.
Important to note: I'm not a vet, I'm just a fellow Goldendoodle owner sharing my experiences. If your pup shows any signs of distress or has vomited multiple times, please take him to the vet right away.
- Goldendoodles can vomit due to dietary causes such as eating spoiled food or something that disagrees with their stomach, eating too much or too quickly, or having a food allergy. This will most likely solve itself.
- If your Goldendoodle is vomiting repeatedly and it doesn't seem to stop, it is important to bring them to a veterinarian for a proper diagnosis and treatment.
- If your Goldendoodle has vomited multiple times and has difficulty breathing and is disoriented, take them to the vet immediately. If your goldendoodle is in very bad shape, take them to an emergency animal hospital.
Your Goldendoodle could be throwing up because of something they ate, or because they ate too much.
If your pup loves to go on scavenger hunts and eat anything they can find, they could have eaten something that disagrees with their stomach. This is especially true if your Goldendoodle has a sensitive digestive system.
However, if your Goldendoodle is vomiting multiple times, or if the vomit contains blood or foam, you should bring them to the vet right away as it could be more serious.
What Color Is The Vomit?
You can quickly identify why your dog is vomiting, based on the color of the vomit.
If your dog is vomiting yellow or green, it could be because of bile. Bile is produced in the liver and helps to break down food in the stomach. This usually happens if the pancreas become inflammed.
If the vomit is red or dark brown, then it may contain blood. This could be caused by a number of issues, including an ulcer or other digestive tract problem. But, it could also mean they ate something dark colored, like the poop of another dog.
If your Goldendoodle is vomiting repeatedly and it contains blood, you should take them to the vet right away as it could be very serious.
If the vomit is transparent and your dog doesn't show any other signs of distress, it could be because they drank too much or they have too much stomach acid.
Finally, if the vomit looks like foam or saliva, then your pup may have eaten something that is causing them to have an allergic reaction. This could be because of a lot of things, like infections, heat stroke, acid reflux, parvo and even kennel cough.
First, it's important to consider if your Goldendoodle's vomiting is due to something they recently ate. Dogs, especially puppies, can get into all sorts of things that may cause a stomach upset and result in vomiting. In fact, this is one of the most common causes of a Goldendoodle vomiting.
Did Your Goldendoodle Eat Spoiled Food?
The first thing to consider is if the food your Goldendoodle ate was spoiled. Spoiled food can easily cause stomach upset, so if you recently fed them something that's been in the fridge a bit too long, it could be the culprit.
They also love to go under kitchen furniture to find any left over food, some of which may be spoiled.
If this is the case, all you need to do is feed your pup some plain rice and monitor them for signs of distress. Once they're feeling better, you can slowly reintroduce their regular food.
Did Your Goldendoodle Eat too much or too quickly?
Goldendoodles love to eat. They love to eat so much, that sometimes they eat too much or too quickly!
Eating too much or eating too quickly can lead to vomiting/regurgitation. This is when they vomit undigested food or water.
This is because they are eating so much, even after their stomach is full, that the food has no other option but to come back up.
You can try feeding smaller meals throughout the day instead of one large one, or using a special puzzle feeder to slow down their eating.
Is Your Goldendoodle Allergic to certain foods?
If your pup is showing signs of a food allergy - such as itching, excessive licking and chewing or vomiting - he may be allergic to something in his diet.
If your Goldendoodle does have a food allergy, your vet will recommend an appropriate diet for them that is free from the allergen.
There are a lot hypoallergenic, high quality kibbles that you can choose from that are specifically tailored to the needs of dogs with food allergies, or you can try raw feeding.
Did you Change Your Goldendoodles Diet Recently?
If you recently changed your pup's diet, that could be the cause of the vomiting.
It is important to slowly transition them from their old food to the new one by gradually mixing in more of the new food each day over a period of 7-10 days.
This allows their digestive system time to adjust and helps prevent an upset stomach and potential vomiting.
Eating too much and eating spolied food is not the only reason why your Goldendoodle could be vomiting.
It could also be a sign of an underlying medical condition, such as intestinal parasites, infections or digestive disorders. Let's look at the most common reasons.
Infection (e.g. viral, bacterial)
Viral and bacterial infections can cause vomiting in dogs, especially puppies. If your pup is showing other signs such as fever, coughing or diarrhea, you should take them to the vet right away so they can be tested for any underlying infection.
Digestive disorders (e.g. pancreatitis, inflammatory bowel disease)
Although goldendoodles aren't prone to these types of illnesses, they can still occur. If your pup is vomiting multiple times and not getting better, it could be a sign of an underlying digestive disorder.
These illnesses often have other signs like for example pancreatitis can make your dog take a "praying" position, where it's sitting up with front legs stretched out and head down.
However, the only way to tell for sure is for your vet to do some tests.
Liver or Kidney disease
Liver or Kidney disease can also be the cause of your Goldendoodle's vomiting. If their liver or kidneys aren't functioning properly, it can lead to a build up of toxins in their body which can lead to vomiting.
Common accompanying symptoms include increased thirst, more frequent urination,diarrhea, depression and a decrease in appetite.
Unfortunately, goldendoodles are more prone to cancer than other breeds, so it's important to keep an eye out for any signs.
Vomiting can be one sign of cancer, along with other signs like lethargy, weight loss, decreased appetite and a change in bathroom habits.
However, this is not very common and is most likely not the cause of your pup's vomiting.
Intestinal parasites are another possible cause of vomiting. These very often appear in puppies, but can also occur in adult dogs.
Common signs of parasites include vomiting, bloat, weight loss and poor coat condition.
It's very easy to treat parasites and it is important to do so as soon as possible, because they can lead to other health problems if left untreated.
Uterine Infection (Pyometra)
Pyometra is an infection of the uterus that can cause vomiting in female dogs.
It is most common in older, unspayed females and other signs include yellow discharge, a decrease in appetite, lethargy and depression.
If your pup tends to vomit after car rides then they might be suffering from motion sickness.
This is very common and can be treated with anti-nausea medication or calming supplements.
Inflammation in the Intestines
Inflammation of the intestines can also cause vomiting. This is usually caused by a bacterial or viral infection and will require antibiotics to treat.
Your pup might also need to be put on a special, bland diet while they are being treated. In some cases, I have heard from other Goldendoodle owners that this can be also caused by switching foods frequently.
When to Think of Poisoning?
If your pup has been in an area where they could have come into contact with potentially poisonous substances, then it is important to think of poisoning as a potential cause.
Common signs include vomiting, excessive drooling, seizures and difficulty breathing.
Unfortunately, if your dog has been poisoned, you will know straight away. The symptoms are far more severe than regular vomiting and you should take your pup to the vet immediately.
It's important to take them to the vet right away if you suspect they may have ingested something toxic.
How to Diagnose Why Your Goldendoodle is Vomiting?
The best way to diagnose why your Goldendoodle is vomiting is to take them to the vet.
You can self diagnose if you know what is causing the issue, but otherwise it is best to leave it to the professionals.
Your veterinarian will be able to do a physical exam, take blood tests and check for any underlying infections or diseases. They may also take x-rays or an ultrasound if needed.
In some cases, they may need to perform surgery in order to make a definitive diagnosis.
Once the cause of the dog vomiting has been determined, your vet will be able to prescribe the best course of treatment for your pup.
The treatment for your Goldendoodle's vomiting will depend on what is causing it.
Treatment of dietary causes (e.g. changing diet, withholding food)
In some cases, the vomiting can be caused by dietary issues.
If this is the case, your vet may recommend changing their diet or withholding food for a few hours to let their digestive system rest. They will also help you work out what type of food your pup should eat and how much they need each day.
Treatment of medical causes (e.g. antibiotics, surgery)
If the vomiting is caused by an underlying medical condition such as an infection or inflammation, your vet may prescribe antibiotics or other medications to help treat it.
Treatment of environmental causes (e.g. decontamination, surgery to remove foreign body)
In some cases, your pup may have ingested something toxic or a foreign body that is causing the vomiting.
If this is the case, your vet will need to decontaminate them and possibly perform surgery to remove the object from their digestive system.
There are a few steps you can take to prevent your Goldendoodle from vomiting in the future.
Proper diet and nutrition
The most important step is to ensure your pup is getting the proper nutrition. This means feeding them a high-quality diet and avoiding too many treats or snacks. This could also mean that if your goldendoodle has allergies, you should be aware of what they can and cannot eat.
Regular veterinary check-ups
Regular vet check ups are important to ensure your pup is in good health. Your vet will be able to identify any potential underlying issues and provide the necessary treatment.
Keeping the environment clean and safe
It is also important to keep your pup's environment clean and free from potentially harmful substances.
This means you should avoid leaving food or other items lying around that your pup could get into and ensure any hazardous materials are stored out of reach.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is It Normal For Goldendoodles To Puke Frequently?
No, it is not normal for Goldendoodles to puke frequently. If your pup is vomiting regularly, it could be a sign of an underlying medical issue or dietary problem that needs to be addressed.
The Most Common Causes of Dog Vomiting
The most common causes of vomiting in Goldendoodles include dietary issues, infections and inflammation, foreign objects/toxins and motion sickness. It is important to take your pup to the vet if they are vomiting frequently so that the cause can be identified and treated.
When Should You Be Concerned About Your Dog Vomiting?
If your goldendoodle vomits more than 2 times in a day, is unable to keep food down, or is exhibiting any other symptoms that concern you, then it is important to take them to the vet as fast as possible.
Vomiting is a common ailment in dogs, and it can be caused by a number of different issues.
It’s important to take your Goldendoodle to the vet if they are vomiting frequently or if the vomiting is accompanied by other signs such as excessive drooling or difficulty breathing.
Your vet can diagnose what is causing the issue and provide the best treatment for your pup.