Is Dog Vomiting Orange Serious? What Causes The Issue?

There’s no fun when you face the issue of your dog vomiting orange. It’s an alarm for your pet’s health that should not be neglected.

My article below will explain why your dog vomits orange and what to do. Besides, I will list out other possible colors of the bile for your reference.

Let’s scroll down for more information! 

What Are The Reasons For Dog Vomiting Orange? 

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Your dog throwing up orange liquid can be due to orange food consumption or stomach upset.

It also indicates serious health issues such as allergy, intestinal blockages, Addison’s disease, pancreatitis, gastrointestinal diseases and bilious vomiting syndrome.

You’d better talk to your vet for a proper diagnosis and treatment.

Your Dog Consumed Something Orange 

The most positive reason when you see a dog throwing up orange vomit is he simply digests something that’s orange in color.

For example, your pet eats the fruit orange, but his stomach does not react well to the acidic content, leading to the appearance of orange bile.

Your Dog Has An Upset Stomach

The dog threw up an orange liquid. You may see this situation more often when the dog has an empty stomach.

The substance can be stomach acids and bile. Besides orange color, it also can be different hues, such as green and yellow.

It’s A Sign Of Serious Health Conditions


Allergies can happen when your pet eats something they can’t tolerate and vomits. It often occurs when your dog changes their diet.

The common food allergies include egg, dairy, chicken, beef, corn, lamb, pork, rabbit, soy, fish and wheat.

In addition, allergies often develop within 1 to 5 years.

Something your canine was not allergic to before but hasn’t eaten for many years can also cause reactions such as dog orange vomit.

In this case, you should ask your vet for a diet providing enough nutrients and vitamins for your pet.

Intestinal Blockages

Vomiting after the stomach has been emptied may mean an intestinal blockage. The accompanied symptoms include lethargy and severe abdominal pain.

I highly advise you to address the issue as soon as possible. This medical emergency requires immediate support from your vet.

Surgery to remove the blockage is the most common treatment.

Addison’s Disease

An endocrine disorder named Addison’s disease is a disorder of the adrenal glands indicated by throwing up.

In this case, adrenal glands can’t produce enough corticosteroids (one type of stress hormone); thus, even a tiny amount of stress can significantly affect your pet.


Pancreatitis is another endocrine disorder after your canine eats something fatty and oily for 3 to 5 days, yet it may occur within 24 hours.

However, in general, it’s difficult to say the inciting cause of the disease.

The symptoms of pancreatitis include intense abdominal pain, bilious vomiting and diarrhea.

Methods to avoid dehydration and electrolyte imbalances should be applied. Fasting is also useful to help the pancreas rest.

Gastrointestinal Diseases

When a dog pukes orange acutely or chronically, the digestive system may face many issues, including: 

  • Bacterial or viral infections
  • Certain cancers
  • Inflammatory diseases of the gut
  • Ulcers
  • Parasite infestations

You need to visit the pet clinic for diagnosis and treatment. When a dog licks everything and throws up, it’s also a sign of gastrointestinal disease.

Bilious Vomiting Syndrome

Bilious vomiting syndrome (or BVS ) is the condition when dogs vomit froth or bile (not solid food) after skipping eating for an extended time (usually in the early morning).

Along with nausea, dogs with BVS might manifest other signs of drooling, lip-smacking, panting, and loss of appetite.

Though the syndrome is not fatal, you still should talk to your vet about testing, like a physical exam and blood panel, and proper treatment, including dietary adjustments and medications.

What To Do When A Dog Vomits Orange? 

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Dog puking orange bile can be a dangerous situation and requires immediate support.

However, don’t panic and follow the steps below; observe your pet and prepare for the meeting with the vet.

Stop Feeding

Stop feeding reduces the chance of vomiting in dogs.

You can also try to remove the remaining food from your dog’s mouth with a soft and moist paper towel or rag, but avoid a washcloth or sponge as they can lead to bleeding.

If you can’t clean the food, pay attention to your canine 20 mins after eating it 1 hour after the last meal.

Call Your Vet Immediately

You need your vet to know about the situation of the orange vomit dog as soon as possible. The faster you contact your vet, the earlier you can plan treatment and recovery.

Check The Dog’s Temperature

My dog threw up orange. In this situation, you should take your pet’s temperature to ensure he has no fever.

You should brush the hair where you want to check the temperature and use a digital thermometer to measure.

Some might prefer rectal readings for more accuracy. However, it can discomfort your pet, and you need to switch to oral or axillary reading.

Take A Photo Of The Vomit To Show The Vet

You should take photos of the bile since it best describes how the orange or yellow vomit looks (especially the vomit colors).

Your vet can tell from the picture what your dog has eaten that can injure it, such as pieces of bones or metal.

If possible, take a picture of your pet’s face while vomiting so it can give more information for the pet to analyze.

Quickly Clean Up The Mess

Cleaning up helps prevent your dog from being exposed to the mess. Use a paper towel or rag, and make sure you wear gloves while cleaning.

It’s because your bare hands can be infected by the virus and become a good source for transmitting the disease if not washed properly after.

Bleach or other chemicals harm your pet’s stomach lining, so you just need to rinse the dirty surface with water and put all soiled items in a plastic bag outside for later cleaning.

Prepare For The Visit Of The Vet

Orange throw-up dogs should see a vet; you’d better prepare for the visit.

You can write down what your canine consumed recently (it’s good if you keep his remaining food) and take a stool sample.

It helps determine if your pet gets food poisoning or what else causes the issue.

What Are Other Colors And Types Of Dog Vomit?

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By looking at the color and texture of the bile, we can somehow guess what is happening with your furry friend. Let’s find out some possible cases below!


Clear Liquid

When your dog throws up clear liquid, it means his stomach is empty, he drank water too fast, or it can indicate a regurgitation of saliva.

White Foam

White foam bile can be caused by many common reasons, such as an empty stomach, diet, pancreatitis, foreign body or bilious vomiting syndrome.

Sometimes, the sign can be mistaken for a hacking cough. The symptoms are sometimes similar, especially with the dogs who have kennel cough.

Coughing a lot can lead to white and foamy fluid.


When your pet has green-colored vomit, it can be the result of the diet. For example, eating too much grass like foxtail.

However, it can also be related to liver and gallbladder issues. So, in any situation, you’d better consult with your vet.


Yellow bile happens when they consume something yellow, such as some types of grass.

It is also often seen in dogs with empty stomachs, called bilious vomiting syndrome, and usually requires help from a vet.

One important thing when you see the yellow liquid, is to check your dog’s eyes. If they turn yellow (i.e. jaundice), it can be a sign of liver disease.

You should contact your veterinarian immediately in this case.


The brown color is commonly seen. However, if it’s similar to the color of the coffee grounds, I advise you to talk to your vet immediately.


The red color in food or treats can end up with red dog vomit. Yet, the scenario can be worse when it’s blood in the vomit.

It’s always a good idea to contact your pet clinic for clarification.

Dark Color

Dark or coffer-grounded color bile probably indicates your pet ate something in a dark color (maybe, other pets’ poop).

However, there’s still a chance that the digestive tract is bleeding.

Remember that black, dark or red biles often mean serious situations; thus, consult your veterinarian immediately.

Plus, looking at the color of the liquid is only a guide but not a conclusion from professionals.

Therefore, I always take my dog to the clinic when something abnormal happens to ensure nothing is wrong with my little friend.


Similar to the color, the consistency of your pet’s vomit can be affected by food consumption, diet and health conditions.


Chunky means the food is not digested properly.

If you see the unpleasant thick, slippery liquid covering the vomit after 5 to 10 minutes of eating, it’s called regurgitation, one of the potential symptoms of overeating.


The case of liquid vomit usually occurs when the stomach is empty.

Slimy dog vomit or liquid dog vomit may indicate your pet is throwing up bile, the yellow substance produced in the liver for digestion.

If the bile appears in the morning, bilious vomiting syndrome can be concluded as the reason.

Besides, it also hints at health issues such as food allergies, pancreatitis, or intestinal blockage.


Foamy or frothy vomit may refer to bile issues. Yet, it’s also the case if a pet with kennel coughs as they cough up foam similar to vomit.


Excessive saliva (which usually results from nausea) is the reason for slime in vomit.

In this case, you should pay more attention, as nausea is a sign of many serious health conditions, including stress, liver failure or heart stroke.

Contact your vet to identify the exact issue.

Coffee Grounds

Internal bleeding potentially can explain why the dog’s vomit looks like coffee grounds. You’d better seek professional support, as digestive blood is not something to play with.


Is The Situation Of A Dog Vomiting Orange Or Blood An Emergency?

Yes, you should consider it an emergency and contact your vet or animal hospital immediately.

The longer your pet needs to wait, the less chance of recovery it has. It’s also crucial to ensure your canine does not consume anything else while waiting for the veterinarian.

Why Is My Dog Acting Normal After Throwing Up? 

In some cases, since the reasons for throwing up are not serious (such as mild gastrointestinal irritation or inflammation), your pet still will appear normal.

However, the underlying cause can entail further complications; thus, you should visit a vet to determine the root problem.

The Bottom Lines

As a pet parent, I understand the nervous and confused feeling when you see your dog vomiting orange. The reasons are various, from easy-to-cure diseases to complications.

The best method to identify the causes is to consult with a vet for professional diagnosis and treatment.

If you want to have a general understanding of what your pet is facing, look at the color and consistency of the vomit to identify the cause.

However, it’s just a guide, and you still need support from the vet team to ensure your pet’s recovery.


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Hi I am Mitchell. Dog Growth is a blog about dog caring and training where I share my experiences to my community. Hope you enjoy it!

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