Is Your Dog Throwing Up Yellow Bile? Here is What To Do

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Most dogs are sick from time to time, and in many cases, it’s a self-limiting tummy upset that soon resolves. Here we explore the causes of vomiting, what it means if your dog is bringing up yellow bile and when you should seek help.


From mild to severe depending on the underlying cause

Table of Content

Key points

  • Yellow bile usually means vomiting on an empty stomach
  • There are a variety of different causes for vomiting
  • Diagnostics like blood tests and imaging may be needed to work out the cause
  • Easy to digest food can help in some cases

Common in:

Symptoms and types:

You may see yellow fluid if your dog vomits on an empty stomach, which is the bile that normally aids digestion.

Understanding the diagnostics

Learning about the causes

Addison’s disease


Dietary indiscretion

Food sensitivities/allergies

Foreign body (obstruction)

Gastric dilatation-volvulus (bloating)

Metabolic conditions (such as liver and kidneys)




Travel sickness

Viral infections

If your dog has only been sick once or twice you could try feeding them bland easy-to-digest food little and often.

Best treatment options

Home remedies and their effectiveness

When to see a vet


Rebecca is a companion animal vet who has always had a passion for writing and client communication. Since her graduation from the Royal Veterinary college in 2009, she has gained a wealth of experience in first opinion small animal practice, in both clinical and managerial roles. She currently works in the South West and deals with a variety of routine and emergency appointments, but particularly enjoys medicine cases. Outside of work and writing, she enjoys spending time with her family, including her bouncy flat-coated retriever George!

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