How To Remove Dog Vomit From Carpeting

Man’s best friend, Carpet’s worst enemy. Vomit on your carpet is one of the least palpable things one can experience, especially if it’s dried out and left residue once you’ve disposed of the hardened mess. Cleaning up dog vomit, cat vomit, any type of vomit is very similar, depending on what is inside of it. Don’t fear though, soon your carpet will be looking as good as the day you put it in!

How Do I Remove Dog Vomit From My Carpet? In order to remove dog vomiting from your carpet, you must first scrape up as much as you can from the mess while trying not to damage the fibers of the carpet. Blot with wet paper towels, cover in baking soda, then vacuum up the mess once it’s dried. Though there are other ways to decisively clean dog vomit from your carpet. 

Throw up is one of the darker parts of owning a pet. It can also be worrying when your dog is throwing up on more than one occasion and you’re at a loss if they just ate something bad, or if they have a greater illness that they’re fighting. According to the American Kennel Club, if a dog is uninterested in their surroundings and loafing around; pair that with vomit and you have a canine in distress. 

Your dog can easily have just had a typical stomach ache and was clearing their insides so that he can get back to his healthy self. But do be watchful and weary, if a dog’s energy levels decline post throw up or leading up to it; he may have a serious illness going on. 

It’s time to take your dog to the vet when you notice visceral changes of the animal. This can come in the form of the following:

  • Vomiting
  • General unease and loss of interest to surroundings
  • Severe Lethargy
  • Weight Loss

Though these are worrying, the only time it is necessary to take your pet to the Vet would be if these changes last more than a week and depending on the care you usually give to your pet, one to three days. 

Sometimes when Dogs vomit it’s just due to general overeating (dogs love to eat grass), overexertion, dehydration, or a sudden change in their usual diet. If you’ve recently changed your dog’s diet it is of no worry that their stool will change. Your pet may also go through abominable changes as it gets used to the new food, this can include vomiting. 

Regardless of the reason for your pet’s health, a vomit stain and smell on your carpet is disgusting and getting rid of it the second you notice it is the best way to get long term results.

How do I Clean Dog Vomit on My Carpet?

Cleaning Dog Vomit off of your carpet is as simple as following some key steps, regardless of what color the vomit it. From spraying deodorizer after scooping up the mess to applying a vinegar-like solution that deals with dissipating the stains. There are many ways for you clean dog vomit off of your carpet.

Plenty of messes, plenty of ways for you to clean them. Dog vomit is a finicky one however, most of the time if you’re able to catch it immediately you can just disperse it with a paper towel and some hot water, spraying some deodorizer and go back to your business. 

Though there are times when you’ve been out, and you come home to a mess on your carpet. Do not fear, cleaning dog vomit that has hardened across your carpet is an easy task that only requires a few household tools and cleaners most of us have lying around our homes.

There are different types of dog vomit, thankfully they all clean up the same. 

Color of VomitCause
YellowYour dog has an empty stomach and is most likely just having bile secretions. This can be caused due to acid reflux or buildup, as well as other systemic conditions that is able to cause nausea on an empty stomach. 
White, FoamyBuild-up of stomach acid, the foamy consistency is due to the secretion being sloshed around in the stomach before it is upheaved.
ClearCaused by water pooling, caused by your dog being nauseous and unable to keep the water down. 
Mucusy, Slimy Drooling due to irritation that allows it to pool into the stomach, your dog is vomiting to relieve some of the nausea and irritation.
Red or PinkBlood; this can be due to various causes, from stomach ulcers to tumors or getting into rodent killing chemicals (Rat Poison). It is best to check with your vet and bring the vomit with you in order for it to be sampled, its texture and consistency will help the vet determine where the bleeding is occuring.
BrownRegurgitated food due to indigestion, possibly your dog ate too quickly or swallowed a large gulp of air along with his meal. Try to determine the nature of its contents, sometimes blood can have a brown tinge to it. 
GreenDue to eating grass or contractions in the gallbladder. This can leave a green tinge to the vomit.
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In order to clean dog vomit, you will need the following: 

  • Rubber Gloves (though optional, they’re necessary if you have a weak stomach)
  • Spray Bottle
  • Baking Soda (Or cornstarch)
  • Microfiber cloths (Or an old towel)

Now for your cleanser, this can vary from vinegar to hydrogen peroxide. It’s best o use what you have on hand. 

You will need:

  • One tablespoon of dishwashing detergent (Think Dawn dish soap), one tablespoon of white vinegar, two cups of warm water. 


  • One part vinegar to one part lukewarm water


  • One part hydrogen peroxide to one part warm water. 

Whichever you decide on, you must mix it into your spray bottle, once that’s been done, you may now move onto the following steps. 

  1. Test out your concoction, spray on a small clean area, and make sure your cleanser isn’t bleeding through your carpet.
  2. Spray your cleanser across the affected area, really let it saturate and soak up all the vomit.
  3. Using your cloth, blot the area dry, once the towel has dampened, switch it out for a dry cloth. Continue this process until the affected area is dry.
    • It is imperative that you do not scrub the area, this can allow the vomit to bleed into other areas of the carpet and require a heavy duty carpet cleaner in order to remove it. 
  4. Use the now damp cloth to sponge up the solution.
    • Continue doing this until you notice the stain subsiding.
  5. Allow your carpet time to dry, this can be an overnight affair.

If you find that the smell hasn’t subsided once you’ve removed the stain, you may want to spray a deodorizer around the affected area and in the air. If you’re looking for long term results at a low cost, the Zero Odor, Pet Odor Eliminator is a fine pick. It can be applied to your couch, carpet, your pet’s bed or any affected area (even your car). Get Yours On Amazon.

If the vomit has hardened over your carpet, it can be tougher to get out. Though it’s tougher, getting it out is very similar to getting out wet vomit. You will need all the items mentioned above, along with a spoon (or a paper towel would be fine). 

  1. Dampen the area with your wet towel.
  2. Spoon up the dried vomit. 
  3. Using the processes above to fully clean the vomit. 

Is My Carpet Ruined if My Dog Vomits on it?

Your carpet is not ruined if you’ve properly cleaned up the vomit. Though if the stain is too hard to muster and clean. You may need to replace the carpet or get a professional carpet cleaning service to help you get rid of the stain, once and for all.

As long as your dog isn’t furiously scratching away at every inch of your carpet, nor has your carpet had extensive water damage, it is still in a repairable state. 

The only time your carpet could be ruined due to vomit is if it’s been allowed to sit there and harden to a state that it fuses with the follicles of the carpet. If this happens, you can replace the piece of carpet with a simple patching process. Though the process can be lengthy, it is better to DIY than to outsource the work to someone who may overcharge you. 

For this process, you’d only need carpet glue, a piece of similar looking carpet (the same carpet for best results) , a boxcutter, and a block of wood, typically the same size as the area you wish to patch. 

Note: Box Cutters are multipurpose tools that can be used under any circumstance, from cutting rope to paper to notching wood for DIY projects; they’re a necessity. DIYSELF 2pack Utility Knives are cost effective and get the job done, you can even refill them once the blade has dulled. Get Yours On Amazon.

  1. Place the wood block on top of the old, stained piece of carpet. 
  2. Using the block as an outline, cut with the boxcutter around the block, creating a square shaped hole. 
  3. Repeat this process with the new patch of carpet. 
  4. Using the carpet glue, apply the glue around two adjacent sides of the carpet (horizontally or vertically)
  5. Fold the new piece of carpet in half, then lightly place it into the hole.
  6. Once the piece has been set in place, apply more of the carpet glue around the seams.
  7. Get as deep as you can, trying not to glue the fibers.
  8. Blend the fibers of the new and old carpet by rubbing over the edges of the new piece of carpet, combining it with the old.

Why is My Dog Vomiting?

Your dog is vomiting due to an intestinal infection or another illness. Your dog may also be vomiting due to you not integrating new food into their diet properly. 

Besides introducing new foods into human diets being overall beneficial to your long-term health, introducing a new food into your pets diet can have mild complications if not done properly. 

Dog’s bodies process food differently, each meal acts as a form of nutrients, and their body has to be inclined to accept the nutrients. Feeding your dog a brand new form of kibble is a surefire way for you to upset its stomach, and lead to vomiting on everything; carpets, hardwood floors, and even outside. 

It’s best to slowly integrate the new diet plan with your dog’s old diet. You can follow a specific method such as slowly introducing it into your dog’s daily diet.

Your mileage may vary, depending on your dog breed as well as their age. It is pivotal for you to know how to introduce new dietary restrictions (or just a new diet in general) to your dog’s life, without a hassle.

Most Common Reasons That Lead To Dog’s VomitingCauses
Intestinal infectionsCalled Gastroenteritis, an inflammation of your dog’s gastrointestinal tract. This can be caused by bacteria, viruses, parasites (such as heartworm). Most common symptoms include: abdominal pain, diarrhea, and vomiting
Change in Food / DietChanging your dog’s diet too quickly can lead to vomit like symptoms (including regurgitation). It’s best to introduce new food into your dog’s life at a slow pace. A simple piece of meat from under the dinner table won’t cause this, but an influx can.
Heat StrokeA dog left for a prolonged time in a hot environment can lead to heat stroke. Excessive panting, vomiting, diarrhea and loss of consciousness are the biggest signs.

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