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German Shepherd Vomiting


Every dog vomits - and a lot more often than we do. It is a natural reflex of removing any foreign objects that it may have ingested. Scavenging is a major reason for Vomiting - unless untrained using rigid German Shepherd dog training.

For the most part you can ignore Vomiting, but every now and then it can be a symptom of something worse: Compare the warning signs of the other ailments in The MYGERMANSHEPHERD Health Manual.

Who Gets Vomiting Problems

Vomiting does not relate to a particular dog breed. Instead it relates to the specific health problems a dog may have. Acute Vomiting can be caused by a sudden change in diet or the ingestion of something your dog’s body cannot digest. It can also result from quick ingestion of food, particularly dry food. But hopefully you won't feed dry food anyway, and the best Eat-Slow bowl or the best metal Eat-Slow bowl should allow you to effectively stop that food gulping now.

Finally, parasites and worms too can cause Vomiting in your German Shepherd. Roundworms are particularly common causes of Vomiting, along with Giardia and Coccidia, which will sometimes show in the feces or vomit.

Warning Signs

If your GSD vomits repeatedly, it could mean that the digestive tract is blocked by a foreign object or that your dog ingested a poison. Obstructions will often be accompanied by Bloat (see 4) and a complete lack of movement as well.

Note that it is rare that a dog vomits for a reason other than something it has ingested earlier. However, the Vomiting may start anytime from a second since ingestion to hours since ingestion. At night, when the metabolism is down, it could even start many hours after ingestion.

If Vomiting is a serious health issue, it normally is accompanied by other symptoms including Diarrhea (see 22), lethargy, behavioural problems and more. Additionally, if your dog vomits multiple times, it can be a sign of something worse.

There are two forms of Vomiting you need to be wary of: If your German Shepherd suddenly vomits multiple times, it could be a medical emergency and should be treated immediately. Also, if your GSD vomits every day or week, it could be a chronic issue related to an allergy or illness.

Avoiding and Treating Vomiting

To avoid Vomiting as much as possible, don’t give your German Shepherd any table scraps, train your dog not to scavenge, don’t serve large meals or dry meals, and always provide ample amounts of fresh water.

Ensure that your German Shepherd won't eat too fast. A fantastic remedy for this is the technically best Eat-Slow bowl (no wonder that it got so far only positive reviews). However, if you prefer metal bowls, you will have to accept the second-best remedy, the best metal Eat-Slow bowl. Whichever bowl you prefer, you can place it in an enclosed area (simple plinths fixed on the ground will do) - an area as large as you want your dog to move the bowl around (the more the bowl moves, the slower your dog will eat, but the more you may have to clean up).

Both the sturdy plastic Eat-Slow bowl and the metal Eat-Slow bowl not only substantially reduce or even eliminate Vomiting, they also significantly reduce Bloat and hence also the risk of Gastric Torsion (see 4). In addition, slower eating means that your German Shepherd will digest the food better, so that its metabolism makes better use of the nutrients in the food. This also means that your GSD will sooner feel full, will eat less, and will scavenge less. Finally, these bowls perfectly match our advice to serve your dog two or three smaller meals during the day, rather than a single large meal.

Don’t let your German Shepherd play with anything that could easily be ingested if your dog gets too carried away. All German Shepherd toys should be of suitable 1) size, 2) weight, 3) shape, and 4) material.

Don't let your GSD chew on eg household items that may have a hazardous paint, varnish or other form of coating. Note that chemicals don't fade away when drying up!

To treat repeated or chronic Vomiting, you should visit the vet to determine the underlying cause. Obviously, cases of sudden Vomiting multiple times must be treated as an emergency because it shows that there is a persistent obstruction or adverse reaction to a substance your GSD has ingested. Just serving water is not a sufficient treatment and possibly not even an appropriate treatment in this instance.

If your dog has ingested a hazardous substance, in rare cases water may make it worse since water may not only dilute but disseminate the substance. Flushing the throat, stomach, and gut should always be left to the vet.

Where the cause is an obstruction, in rare cases you may have to help your dog to throw up the obstruction with a firm and targeted pat on the upper chest. This must always be done while your dog's mouth is facing down, so that the obstruction can more easily come out.

  17 Responses to “German Shepherd Vomiting”


    What causes yellow liquid bile vomit? My gsd is recovering from gdv.


      Typically an infection! Has the vet checked for intestinal parasites?
      But you say he had GDV? How far did it go until treated? Treated with what?? That could be the next issue/reason for the vomit.
      Going forward, by all means avoid large meals, hurried meals, disturbances during meal times, fermenting foods, cheap kibble, additives, emulsifiers etc. Provide loads of exercise – but not around meal times! And provide loads of water, yes! And avoid scavenging!
      In short: Follow all our GSD Training Essentials, as a minimum.


    my GSD has vomits usually everyday in morning tym.it vomits out some greenish fluid;sometimes reddish too,with great jerk trying to force something out of its stomach…she isn’t under any medications


      Aswii, how long has this been going?? And how’s the stool looking?
      Could be worms, but not enough info. From what you say, I’d have taken her to the vet immediately. If you have a dog health insurance, it won’t even cost a penny.


    i had a german shepherd puppy.it was not well since today morning.it has repeatedly got vomitngs and loose motions how can resq it .and it was 25 days old only please please give me any guidance i’m asking you with full of tears in my eyes


      Not sure what you mean, you use past tense but still ask for “guidance”? Pup 25 days, are you a backyard breeder? Is your pup with you NOW? Then take him/her to the vet straight away! Sounds a bit like accidental poisoning from household stuff, or did you try self-vaccination???


      pls take him to a vet as soon as possible and don’t giv him milk


    Dan my 10 month old GSD had the runs for a few days, I changed him onto rice and boiled chicken and he can’t hold it down, he is still happy and full of energy. The sick smells like its been fully digested when it comes up but I am worrying as he must be starving. He is fully vaccinated


      Is this feedback or a hidden question, Tim?

      I don’t read a question out of it, but if it is meant to be one:
      – Any dog that has Diarrhea or Vomiting for two days in a row should be taken to the vet for diagnostics (and a puppy all the sooner!)
      – When our dogs have Diarrhea or Vomiting, we feed BROWN rice with cooked LAMB immediately (ie without the usual slow diet change) and give plenty to drink (essential!), and we check the stool.
      – If the Diarrhea or Vomiting then continues, it’s a sign that the dog (or puppy) has worms (likely) or another disease (rare).
      – With a GSD and feeding brown rice and cooked lamb, food allergy and food intolerance can then be ruled out – which helps a lot to determine the cause!

      If you’ve done that, I suspect your pup has intestinal worms. Take him to the vet immediately. Do not try deworming yourself now, as you cannot know if that’s the case (and what type of worms it is, if it is that).

      Please get back here, with the diagnosis.



    Sorry about the last message, I posted it using my phone and for some reason I seem to adopt the technical skill of a cat when trying to type messages on the touch screen.

    We took Dan to the Vets and they stated they believe the issue to be intestinal worms and gave us the usual home worming pill. I have fed him a small amount of his regular food (natural instincts raw food) and added the pill at the same time. He has been ok since. At dinner time I will give him another 300g of raw food and hopefully that should help him work out the worms.

    For future reference, should it help anyone, Dan’s symptoms were 1, Very watery stool, 2, Unable to hold down food 3, consistent hunger.

    The only annoying part of the whole ordeal is the vet will only issue one pill and is making us go back for the second pill next week (they recommended two a week apart) but this is a small price to pay.

    Thanks for your fast reply and next time I will use an old fashion keyboard to type and not a touch screen.


      Worms! Like I said. Thanks for getting back. But you didn’t reveal which worms Dan has?
      From the (few) symptoms you wrote, I suspect tapeworm (hookworm and whipworm lead to bloody stool).

      And which medicament did your vet prescribe?
      Two pills a week apart is fine, but they make you come back to write a higher invoice ;-)


    Hi Tim,

    Your correct with the tapeworm guess, Somehow between his regular worming (every 3 months) he has managed to get a little infestation. I can only assume that he has gotten hold of something dead in the garden or the local forest and decided to eat it.
    We medicated Dan with Milbemax chewable tablets, I have also decided that it makes more sense for me to buy the follow up pill from Viovet for £4.05 as opposed to the £15.90 the vet charged.

    Thanks for the advice and a great website, I will be using it as my GSD bible from now on.


      Tim, then you may want to:
      – check that your GSD does NOT have the MDR-1 gene defect(!)
      – because, although otherwise a great remedy, Novartis’ Milbemax contains Milbemycin oxime, a macrocyclic lactone, which is dangerous for such dogs (10% of GSDs have that gene defect)!
      – further, apply the advice how to avoid scavenging
      – increase the frequency of giving dewormers (or, if safe for your dog, stick with this one now, that should help)


    I have a 3 yr. old GSD male and he vomits nearly every night or morning. Most of the time it is bile, but the other day it was his whole meal. Of course I took him to the vet. We changed food but didn’t really help. We now give him a pepcid type of medication from the Vet. It has helped and he is not vomiting AS MUCH.
    He has had blood work and the Vet says the blood looks fine. He is getting a dry food diet with about a tablespoon of canned dog food. Would adding a little rice to his diet make sense? He also gets dog biscuits and occasionally bones from the market. Any help would be appreciated.


      OMG Kathryn. You have a German Shepherd, no?
      If you have, you have a dog with one of the most sensitive GI tracts out there in the canine world!
      What you feed him currently is crap (sorry if you don’t like the word, I have the excuse I am not English :-) ). If you don’t change that, his health (and behavior!) will get worse. Yes.

      >Would adding a little rice to his diet make sense?
      Yes, of course. Not “a little” (you are funny), all of it. Replace the crap with cooked lamb and brown rice for ONE week (you can afford that, don’t worry). Plus, of course, plenty of water during the day (always!).
      After that week you will see that all his problems resolved (unless he has some other health issues, but your vet says “no”).

      Stop that pepcid immediately! Gosh, will “rural” vets ever take their CPD??!
      Change the vet. Choose a holistic vet, one who knows how to treat your dog overall, instead of knowing how to prescribe more drugs to earn perks!


        Thank you for your help. And the word “crap” was perfect.


        huuh, new diet cleared up vomiting already??
        Oh and thanks. It’s my humor ;-)

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