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Dear Daisy Dog

My 12-year-old cattle dog vomits bile most mornings. Should I be concerned about a medical problem? How do I remove the smelly, yellow spots from my sofa?

Daisy Responds

Vomiting in a senior dog is always a concern, especially if you can’t identify an obvious culprit, such as an abrupt diet change, consumption of spoiled food from the garbage or ingestion of a dead animal.

The cause may be something minor that’s easily treated, such as hyperacidity, which occasionally occurs in dogs that go to bed with an empty stomach.

But it might be a more significant problem, and if that’s the case, it’s best to catch it early, when treatment is most likely to be effective.

Make an appointment with your veterinarian, and request lab work to evaluate the status of your dog’s internal organs, including the kidneys, liver and pancreas.

Then it’s time to attack the sofa. When I throw up, Mom quickly removes whatever I’ve upchucked and blots up as much of the liquid as she can with old towels.

From the utility closet, she grabs a bottle of enzymatic stain and odor remover, such as Nature’s Miracle or Simple Solution, and pours copious quantities on the fabric.

She lets it sit for five minutes and then blots it up with another old “dog towel.” If that doesn’t work, she saturates the area again and waits an hour before blotting. Then she re-soaks and lets the enzymes work for a full week.

If Mom’s method doesn’t remove the stain on your sofa, you’ll need to call a professional upholstery cleaner. Good luck.


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