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Old 05-18-2011, 07:00 PM
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Dog vomiting every night...

Hi all...

So, my pup is soiling the blankets every night (or early morning) with vomit and it has me scratching my head. He still shows a TON of interest in food (both meals and treats), seems to be having normal stool twice daily and is otherwise full of energy.

A few weeks ago, he stopped showing interest in food and turtle poop was thought to be the likely culprit. So, at first, I thought it might be that he was getting into more turtle poop.

As I have not had time to get out back and police the yard for turtle droppings, I have been keeping him crated when I am not home. Though, he does wander out of eye sight and, in fact, his breath smelled a little turtle pooey a few days ago, I don't think he has gotten very much of it overall...

...but he continues to vomit.

So, I've searched this forum as well as others and found that dogs, particularly small breeds, can get "hungry" in the middle of the night and the build up of acid causes them to vomit. I am thinking this is likely the case as it has pretty much entirely been something I've noticed the following morning when I let him out outside of a few isolated bile vomiting.

Dog Size: 10lbs.

Food: Taste of the Wild (the one with lamb)
Recommended Serving amount: 1/2 - 3/4 cups (0-10lbs dog)

I supplement this with a good number of treats and snacks throughout the day... at least 1/4 cup.

Schedule:

M-F
Wake-up: 6:30am-7:30am (usually up and waiting to be let out)
Breakfast: 7:00am-8:30am - 1/4 cup
Dinner: 7:30pm-9:00pm - 1/4 cup
Bedtime: 11:00pm-12:00am (usually curled up besides me by 10pm)

Sat & Sun
Wake-up: 7:30am-9:00am (usually up and waiting to be let out)
Breakfast: 8:00am-9:00am - 1/4 cup
Dinner: 7:00pm-8:30pm - 1/4 cup
Bedtime: 12:00am-1:30am (usually curled up besides me by 10pm)

(By "wake-up", I refer to when he is let out of his crate. By "bedtime", I refer to when I put him in his crate for the evening.)

Per some of the info I have seen, it is suggested to give the dog a snack before bed time. Is this action advisable?

Or should I bump up to 3/4 cups total, split into 3 feedings - one of which is specifically right before he goes in the kennel?

Or do I switch his access to the food by giving him a bowl and letting him moderate it himself? (Though he snarls down food and would be concerned he would over eat.)
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Old 05-18-2011, 07:44 PM
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It probably is what you said about the acid thing. If i get up to late Cassy will vomit, and if i feed her to late she will also vomit. You can try to feed him as early as possible, and you can give him a snack before bed. I would let him monerate the food himself, he can over eat and that would be bad. And i wouldn't bump up the food level much, you can try to give him, well sort of like this: Breakfest, a few treats for lunch, dinner, and a snack before bed.
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Have you been to the vet to rule out any illnesses?
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We had a similar sounding problem with Kasper; he was perfectly happy and healthy (been vet checked) but was sick only in the mornings. We took him to the vet again, and he didn't have a clue what could be wrong.

Then a forum member advised feeding him a small meal as soon as we were awake in the morning, to settle his stomach. He does a lot of exercise (3 hours) and is quite a slender dog. We've been feeding him early morning every day since (just enough to cover the bottom of his food bowl) and he hasn't been sick since - that was several weeks ago now.

I'm not sure if this will help at all, and obviously if you think your dog needs the vets don't hesitate to take him, but just throwing our experience out there

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I would consider changing the meat source in the food. Sometimes over time they can become sensitive to a type of meat. The new thought is that it is better to change the meat every time you buy a bag of food. That will prevent the sensitivity.

How often should I change dog foods?

_ It helps to avoid the development of allergies. In a few extreme cases, you (or your dog) may be instantly and violently allergic to something. But that is a few extreme cases only - the vast majority of allergies are things that build up over time and with constant exposure. The surest way to develop an allergy to chicken, for example, is to consume it daily for an extended period. It is no coincidence that the most common allergens are things that have commonly been used in dog foods for many years. The (modern) advice given by nutritionists is that feeding a wide variety of different foods, preferably from a young age, can help to avoid the development of allergies in the first place (that's the advice given for humans too).
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