Why Does My English Bulldog Throw Up?


Why Your Bully Is Throwing Up

Anyone that has owned a dog knows that our precious pooches throw up little puddles of puke every once in a while. Although alarming, especially for new dog parents, most throwing up is part and parcel of life.

It could be something minor and insignificant, just the same way we humans feel queasy in the stomach when our digestive system doesn’t agree with what we just ate, or if we drank water too quickly.

If you’re wondering why your beloved English Bulldog just chucked his lunch right back out, this blog post is for you. Not all puke is the same, so we’ll cover which ones you’ll have to look out for, and which ones might simply mean your greedy pooch wolfed down its food too quickly.

Why Your English Bulldog Is Vomiting And Puking

There are many reasons why your English Bulldog could be chucking up his food or puking out water. Some of the common reasons are:

  • Exercising too soon and too vigorously after a meal
  • Eating too quickly
  • Ingesting an unfamiliar object
  • Food intolerances

However, if your English Bulldog shows other symptoms like continuous puking or extreme fatigue and lethargy, you might want to consider taking them to a vet. 

Due to their brachycephalic breed characteristics—a short snout and flat face—English Bulldogs can be prone to all kinds of gastrointestinal upsets, and the color, viscosity, and texture of their puke can be many different shades such as yellow, blue, or red. 

The color of your dog’s vomit can give you an insight as to what is going on with their sensitive bellies and whether there is a problem that warrants further investigation.

Why Does My English Bulldog Throw Up Yellow Foam?  

A yellow liquid and bile-emitting English Bulldog may have:

  • Blockage in the intestines prevents your English Bulldog’s food from reaching the stomach.
  • The most likely type of vomiting (called bilious) can be due to an unsettled stomach.
  • Inability to properly digest meals could be caused by liver issues in your English Bulldog.
  • Inflammation in the GI tract: bowel issues.
  • Pancreatic issues: pancreatic inflammation.
  • Additionally, stomach ulcers can cause fever, pain, and weight loss.

Why Does My English Bulldog Throw Up White Foam? 

Examining what your English Bulldog has vomited is the first thing you should do. They might be cleaning their airways, rather than throwing up. Due to their brachycephalic shape, English Bulldogs often have respiratory problems and may need to regurgitate saliva. 

As this is the most normal kind of puking, there are many reasons why your dog could be feeling sick, from minor to the potentially fatal, so if in doubt, always check with your veterinarian. 

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What Causes White Foam Vomit?

As white, foamy vomit is the most common, there can be several reasons why your Bulldog is feeling under the weather. 

Kennel cough

Another infectious disease that can make dogs vomit white foam is kennel cough. The main symptom of this medical condition is a hacking cough that sounds raspy and dry.

It is brought on by the Bordetella bronchiseptica bacteria, which is preventable by prompt vaccination. It can, however, also be brought on by a viral illness.

In addition, your English Bulldog might look like he’s gagging when he has this condition, and the production of mucous will increase. 

By inhaling the bacterium or virus, any dog, including English Bulldogs, can have kennel cough. The likelihood of developing this illness in a dog is further increased by cold temperatures, inadequate ventilation, allergies, and stress.

Constipation and stomach discomfort

One of the most common causes of white foam, simply having an upset stomach may be the cause of your English Bulldog’s puking. The most typical cause is gastroenteritis, which can cause your pooch to vomit up white foam on an empty stomach.

This is also called bilious vomiting syndrome, as in addition to the white, the bile that can be generated can be yellow, and smell pretty bad. 

Bloating

One of the most dangerous causes of English Bulldogs throwing up white froth and slime is bloat, also known as gastric dilatation-volvulus (GDV). Bloat is a serious and potentially fatal condition that can affect dogs of any age, breed, or size. The most common symptom of bloat is a distended abdomen, but other signs include increased drooling, restlessness, and an inability to vomit. 

If not treated promptly, bloat can cause the stomach to twist, cutting off blood flow and leading to death. While the exact cause of bloat is unknown, there are several things that can increase a dog’s risk, including eating large meals, drinking large amounts of water after eating, and exercising immediately after eating. 

Some breeds are also more susceptible than others. To help prevent bloat, make sure your dog has plenty of time to digest before exercising and avoid feeding him one large meal per day. It can be lethal if not treated right away since it might block the blood supply to your English Bulldog’s heart.

Canine pancreatitis

The pancreas, which is located on the right side of the abdomen, is in charge of making several enzymes that control hormones and digestion. When inflamed, it causes canine pancreatitis, which is a serious and potentially life-threatening condition that can affect dogs of any age, breed, or size. 

Though the exact cause of pancreatitis is unknown, it is thought to be related to a number of factors, including diet, genetics, and underlying health conditions. Symptoms of pancreatitis include abdominal pain, vomiting, diarrhea, loss of appetite, and weight loss. If your dog exhibits any of these symptoms, it is important to seek veterinary care immediately. Treatment for pancreatitis often includes hospitalization, IV fluids, and pain medication. 

In severe cases, surgery may be necessary. With prompt treatment, most dogs make a full recovery from pancreatitis. However, the condition can recur, so it is important to work with your veterinarian to help prevent future episodes.

Throwing up food they’ve eaten

English Bulldogs tend to be gluttons that love to stuff anything into their mouths. Many human foods are toxic to dogs, and they may be throwing up something that disagreed with their sensitive digestive systems. Some foods that dogs cannot tolerate include garlic, onions, chocolate (of course!), xylitol, and alcohol. 

English Bulldogs are tough, stocky dogs that might be able to tolerate small amounts of a food that is toxic to them, but if you suspect a serious food poisoning, it’s definitely time to head to a vet. 

Acid reflux

Dogs can experience acid reflux, which is extremely similar to what happens to humans. Gastric fluids from your dog’s stomach flow upward and into the esophagus when this occurs, causing excessive salivation and the vomiting of white foam.

All canines can experience this, but brachycephalic breeds like the English Bulldog are more likely to experience acid reflux due to having a smaller esophagus. 

Typical signs of acid reflux are:

  • Bile during vomiting
  • lack of appetite
  • Excessive lip- or air-licking
  • Food vomiting 
  • Trouble swallowing
  • Loss of weight

Be aware that persistent acid reflux in dogs may indicate a more serious issue and might require a veterinarian.

Rabies

Though it’s often thought of as a disease that only affects animals, rabies is a serious public health concern. The virus is transmitted through saliva, typically when an infected animal bites another creature. 

Rabies in dogs is a very real threat. Though rabies can be prevented with a vaccine, once symptoms appear, there is no cure, and the disease often causes death. 

Of course, this is an extreme situation that is nullified if you have been keeping up with your Bulldog’s vaccination schedule. 

Renal disease

Kidney illness is another significant cause of white foam vomit. In addition, if your four-legged friend was previously housebroken, you should watch out for excessive urination or accidents in the house.

Early signs of the condition may include white foam vomit. English Bulldogs, however, can live happy lives with a lower risk of any subsequent issues if they receive early treatment.

Why Does My English Bulldog Throw Up Clear Liquid?  

Numerous medical conditions may be associated with a clear, frothy slime that is not made up of any undigested food. Clear fluid may signify another cause, one that is not related to food or an irritant, such as the liver or acute gastritis. Oesophageal reflux, which is similar to heartburn, could also be the cause.

Nonetheless, if your canine partner is chucking up clear liquid, it’s important to remain calm because there may be a far more straightforward cause, like drinking too fast and too much water. 

Bulldogs also tend to be notorious droolers, which can be mistaken for vomit, but if no meal comes up, it’s can be just excessive drooling that happens.

Why Does My English Bulldog Throw Up Green Liquid? 

Bile can be yellow or green, and your dog might be throwing up bile. Bilious vomiting syndrome, a relatively uncommon condition, can happen if your dog hasn’t eaten in a while, most likely in the morning. 

In addition, your dog throwing up bile can also indicate gastrointestinal distress or disease, which Bulldogs are predisposed to. If your dog is throwing up bile consistently, it might be time to head to the vets, especially if he is showing other symptoms or discomfort.

However, green puke can also mean your dog has been chomping on grass. Contrary to popular belief, eating grass is not simply a sign that a dog is sick and eats grass to throw up. Dogs are not strict carnivores and need fiber and roughage in their diet.

Even so, whether or not your dog is chewing on grass, it is always advisable to take them to the doctor if they show signs of lethargy, diarrhea, or weight loss. Additionally, if your dog consumes unidentified plant material and begins to vomit, call your veterinarian straight away because some plants are hazardous to dogs.

Why Does My English Bulldog Throw Up Pink Or Red Foam? 

It may be a stomach bug if your English Bulldog vomits pink foam. When your English Bulldog throws up forcefully, some tiny blood vessels in his stomach may burst, dilating into the mucus and vomit to give them a pink tint. A stomach ulcer is another possibility.

If you notice any indications of pink illness, it almost probably indicates that some blood is present in their vomit and should be examined by a veterinarian right away.

Other Reasons Your Bulldog Could Be Vomiting

Consuming human food – Puppies are notorious for being mischievous, and this behavior frequently has unintended effects. Dog and puppy-proof your home to prevent your dog getting into something he isn’t supposed to. 

Eating too rapidly – When they eat too quickly, the air is inhaled along with food, which might cause them to regurgitate undigested or partially digested food. 

Eating too soon after exercise – After working out, give your English Bulldog 30 to 40 minutes to cool off before giving them food. 

Intestinal inflammation – Inflamed guts in dogs might occasionally cause them to vomit. Food sensitivity and digestive issues are signs of a depleted microbiota.

Excessive enthusiasm, stress, or worry – Just like you feel nausea just before doing something major, pooches get stressed out too.

Carsick – Motion sickness is a common problem in dogs so start with small trips first. 

After drinking water – Your English Bulldog may puke after drinking water to quickly and triggering the gag reflex. 

When Should You Contact Your Vet? 

There are a few different scenarios in which your English Bulldog might get ill, and although not all of them are serious, it is better to err on the side of caution and take your pooch to the vet if you suspect something major, especially if your dog is:

  • Lethargic
  • Frequently throwing up
  • Exhibits pain or discomfort
  • Has frequent blood or bile in their puke
  • Has blood in their stool
  • Shows signs of stress 
  • Lacks appetite

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