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Hunger Pukes / Bile Vomits

Hunger pukes, also known as bilious vomiting syndrome (BVS) occur when a dog's stomach is empty for an extended period, leading to the accumulation of gastric acid. This excess acid can irritate the stomach lining, resulting in vomiting. It often happens in the morning or after a prolonged period without food.


 The vomit is often yellow or clear and may look foamy. This colouration is due to the presence of stomach acid.

Unlike vomiting after consuming something toxic or indigestible, hunger pukes usually contain no recognisable food material because they occur on an empty stomach.

The most obvious cause is an empty stomach. Dogs that go without food for an extended period, such as overnight or during the day, are may be more likely to experience hunger pukes.

Some dogs can experience hunger pukes when they anticipate when their meals are. Eg, you always feed at 5pm every night.

Some underlying medical conditions like gastritis or gastrointestinal disorders can make dogs more prone to hunger pukes.

Dividing your dog’s daily food allowance into smaller, more frequent meals can be helpful.

If your dog frequently experiences hunger pukes in the morning, consider giving them a small, easily digestible snack before bedtime.

Ensure your dog's diet is well-balanced and suited to their specific needs. High-quality, easily digestible food can help reduce the likelihood of hunger pukes.

If your dog continues to vomit frequently, consult your veterinarian. They can rule out any underlying health issues and provide guidance on managing the problem effectively.

Make sure your dog has access to clean, fresh water at all times. Dehydration can exacerbate stomach issues.

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