Any time your dog gets sick and vomits, it’s concerning. But, what about your dog throwing up water, or when your pooch throws up immediately after drinking water? Should you be concerned? After all, it’s only water in the vomit, right? Well, if this happens to your companion, they likely have an upset stomach, or possibly even something more serious.
Here are a few potential reasons why you may have a dog throwing up water – or some other kind of watery or clear liquid – as well as some at-home remedies you can try before taking your canine to a veterinarian.
It might come as a surprise that there’s even such a thing as water intoxication. But it happens. You see, being over-hydrated can actually be as dangerous as being dehydrated. Now, it usually occurs when a dog consumes too much water while swimming in a pool or lake. However, it can also happen when they drink too much water out of a bowl.
Symptoms also include bloating, a loss of balance, nausea, and lethargy. If you have any reason to suspect your dog has water intoxication, especially if they’ve been vomiting after swimming, it’s extremely important you get them to a veterinarian as soon as possible.1
If your dog throws up, there’s also a chance they have an upset stomach due to some sort of thyroid problem. In many instances, this results in what looks like your dog throwing up water, or the vomiting of clear liquid.2 You see, the thyroid regulates a dog’s body metabolism. And in the case of hypothyroidism, the thyroid isn’t active enough, which can cause a dog to vomit after drinking water.
Other of hypothyroidism include a balding coat, excessive shedding, a substantially reduced heart rate, and lethargy.3 In some cases, a dog will have thickened facial skin, sudden lameness (limping) or a loss of coordination, deposits of fat in the corneas, and an odd tilting of the head.
If a dog’s kidneys are unable to filter blood properly, that can be a sign of kidney failure. Your dog might be urinating as normal but their kidneys aren’t filtering waste materials. Unfortunately, by the time a dog reaches kidney failure, it has already had kidney disease for months, maybe even years, without showing signs.
One of the signs of kidney problems is a significant increase in a dog’s consumption of water. Increased urination is also a possible indication of a kidney issue. In addition to your dog throwing up water, or clear liquid, other symptoms include depression, diarrhea, and a loss of interest in food. Furthermore, the dog’s breath may suddenly have a foul odor.4
Sometimes, a dog throwing up water is actually vomiting up bile, a watery substance that’s green-yellow in color. Bile is made to help break down food in the small intestine of the digestive tract. Its job is to separate nutrients from waste matter. Bile is created in your dog’s liver and stored in his gallbladder, but sometimes the digestive tract isn’t working at its best, so your dog throws up the bile instead. In this kind of situation, you can give your dog something from the list below to help soothe his stomach, but you need to take him to the vet to make sure that the vomiting is nothing more serious.
There is a chance your dog might have picked up some sort of parasite. This could be due to drinking contaminated water, or by coming in contact with another dog infected with a parasite. In some cases, a dog can even inhale a parasite just by sniffing the ground.
One of the more common parasites is an organism known as Giardia. It can lead to your dog throwing up their water, or vomiting after eating food. One of the more telltale symptoms of an infestation is diarrhea. Dogs suffering from a giardiasis will sometimes have green-colored stools that are covered in mucus.5
If you suspect that your vomiting dog may have a parasite, it’s vital you take them to your vet to fix the issue.
Natural Remedies That May Help
For a dog throwing up water, or clear liquid, there are a few things you can try on your own to help calm their stomach. However, calming their stomach doesn’t mean that the issue that caused the vomiting is fixed. Whether or not these remedies help your dog’s upset stomach, make sure your dog has a clean bill of health by bringing them to the vet as soon as you can.
Giving your dog a ginger cookie, or a capsule of a ginger supplement, could help settle their stomach so they don’t keep vomiting. Talk to your vet to see how much you should give your pup.6
If your dog throwing up water shows a lack of interest in their food, try giving them some shredded, boiled chicken with no seasoning. You can even mix in a little rice, too. Don’t serve this to your dog directly after cooking; wait until the food cools down first. They’ll love the taste, plus it’s filled with many of the nutrients they need in order to start feeling good again.7
Pumpkin contains a great deal of fiber, which is great for digestion and can help soothe the stomach after your dog throws up. You can either mix a spoonful into their food or just give it to them straight from the spoon. Just make sure you give them canned pumpkin and not pumpkin pie filling. The latter is filled with sugars and spices that could cause even more vomiting problems. These problems could get so bad they require a trip to the vet.8
Just as a soothing broth can help settle a human’s upset stomach, it can do the same for dogs. If you decide to make a bone broth, follow the simple steps below:
- Fill a crock pot with bones, such as chicken or turkey legs.
- Cover the bones in about three inches of water and set the pot on low.
- Cook for 24 hours and then let sit for about three hours in the refrigerator.
- Make sure you take out all of the bones before serving.
Rice is another food that can soothe digestion and perhaps stop your dog’s vomiting.9 Simply mix a cup of white rice with three quarts of boiling water for about 20 minutes. Give them a little bit now and a little more in a few hours. You can also serve rice with the chicken suggested above.
Play It Safe if You Have A Dog Throwing Up Water
You don’t need to panic if you have a dog throwing up water once in a while. They might simply be doing it because they drank too quickly. But if this vomiting appears to be a chronic problem, try some of the home remedies mentioned above. And if those don’t work, get to your veterinarian to determine the problem and to see what can be done about it.