Chronic Vomiting - What Is Causing It?

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Old 03-10-2016, 12:15 PM
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Chronic Vomiting - What Is Causing It?

Hello everyone.

We have a 7 month old Westie puppy and since we have had him he had been vomiting maybe once a month or so just as he wakes up. I used to put this down to him excessively licking himself when he wakes as he is bored and waiting for us to get up.

Anyway, recently his vomiting has seemingly become chronic. About a week ago he vomited 4 times throughout the night, and in the subsequent days another once or twice a day, every day. Thankfully he was still drinking and eating so dehydration wasn't a huge concern.

Regardless, we took him to the vet and spent $500 on x-rays and fecal tests to see what was up. There was no foreign object inside him and no stomach bug that would cause vomiting. The vet did find coccidia, which is common in puppies, but this shouldn't make him vomit. We were sent him with some medication for coccidia and to help with the vomiting in the short-term, but essentially the vet didn't know why he was vomiting.

It's now been 3 days since we saw the vet and he did seem a bit better, however last night he vomited again, twice.

I'm at my wits end as to what is causing it. He is fed a raw food diet (has been since 9 weeks) but I don't think this has anything to do with it. He certainly does sniff around and chew/lick almost everything he can find, which I assume could cause one off bouts of vomiting, but this seems to be ongoing now. I'm not going to blow another $500 at the vet only to be sent home with a temporary solution and no idea why it's happening.

Any thoughts would be appreciated.
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How many meals a day is he having? Maybe a small meal before bedtime would help....
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Is it yellow? Raffles has often done that if he doesn't eat fairly late. We always have a game with kibbles at about 8.30 now.
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We had that problem with Samantha, and discovered that feeding her small meals two or three times a day, was less upsetting to her stomach, than a large meal. We used to have vomiting issues with her multiple times per week, now its months and months, and a rare event when and if it does happen, which as I said is rare now.
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Going to echo asking how often is he fed, and what color is the vomit?

My boy gets what's commonly referred to as hunger pukes if he is not fed often enough. My boy needs to be fed in the morning, evening, and a snack right before bed. If I do not do that I will be cleaning my floor first thing in the morning because he will throw up bile. Hunger pukes are generally yellowish, foamy, liquid.

Here's some articles on it. Hunger Pukes on a Morning - Rawfeeding Rebels
Why Is My Dog Throwing Up Yellow Foam?
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Very interesting. We do try and feed him 3 times daily, once in the morning, once at around midday and another in the evening. However, the evening meal may be too early? It's likely around 7pm.

His vomit is usually just bile with some foam.

Perhaps I should try feeding him his last meal closer to bedtime, or rather an additional snack just before bed.

Is this a puppy thing or likely an ongoing situation I should be on top of?

Thanks for all your advice!

EDIT: I've just been reading up on this hunger vomiting some more, and apparently it is far more common in raw fed dogs. They digest their meals considerably faster than kibble fed dogs. Very useful to know!

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Very interesting. We do try and feed him 3 times daily, once in the morning, once at around midday and another in the evening. However, the evening meal may be too early? It's likely around 7pm.

His vomit is usually just bile with some foam.

Perhaps I should try feeding him his last meal closer to bedtime, or rather an additional snack just before bed.

Is this a puppy thing or likely an ongoing situation I should be on top of?

Thanks for all your advice!

I don't think he'll outgrow it. My boy is 3 and he still gets them if I forget the snack or feed it too early.

I'd give him his last meal no more then an hour before bedtime and see if it helps, or you could do what I do and just withhold a small handful of the evening meal and feed it right before bedtime. Do whatever works best for you and your boy, I do the later because I go to bed incredibly late and he's convinced he's starving if he isn't fed around 6 pm.
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Yep, I think I will try and feed him his final meal quite a bit later. I also read using some filler in their food helps, such as pumpkin, sweet potato or green beans. We currently only feed commercially made raw food, and whilst we do follow the recommended amount and his weight is fine, I think he needs more sustenance in his diet so he feels fuller for longer.
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