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Old 02-24-2019, 03:18 PM
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Dog spits up when I exercise her

So when my dog (medium-large Rottiemix)is in heat I don't walk her because there are a lot of male stray dogs in our area. Instead, I compensate by making her chase me while I run up and down the stairs, stopping momentarily to exercise her brain by giving her commands (sit, jump etc) and then going back to running up and down, all the while giving her treats as reward. It's good exercise for both of us. Lately however, I started exercising her longer since I've noticed she's gotten fatter but now I'm not sure if it's a good idea. There are moments where she stops to throw up spit but then keeps going as if nothing happened. The last couple of times I didn't have any treats so I temporarily replaced them with kibble. It's also worth mentioning that she is getting older (currently 6 years) so Maybe her body isnt capable of so much anymore. What do you think? Is it the fact that I gave her kibble instead of treats? Did I overwork her? Or maybe her age? Is there a better way I can exercise her without leaving the house? (I have no car to take her to isolated locations)
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Eating and exercising isn't great. My dog will run to play fetch with me alone at the dog park or he'll wrestle and run with his buddies. He will go and drink a lot of water and if he runs immediately afterwards, he'll throw it all up. He's four but he's always done this.
People can get cramps and sick from eating and drinking while exercising.
Running up and down stairs is a workout.

I'd at least talk to your vet since it's a new symptom.
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Eating and/or drinking and then playing and running around, can actually kill a dog. Especially for dogs that have deeper chests. They are supposed to wait 30 minutes after eating or drinking very much before they get exercise.

My sister's dog died last summer. She came home and he was in clear distress. Drooling and panting heavily. It was mid morning and she was only away for just over an hour. She had let him out right before she left and he was fine. He died before she could get him to the vet. Literally just minutes. She was told it was from bloat and that he probably drank the water outside and tha\en was running around and that combined with the heat was too much. He was only 5 years old.

Bloat: "Called "the mother of all emergencies," untreated gastric dilatation and volvulus (GDV) can be fatal to a dog within hours. Bloat happens when gas or food stretch a dog's stomach. GDV happens when the distended stomach rotates, trapping the gas inside, and blocking off the stomach's blood supply."

Throwing up, or spitting up during exercise isn't normal or safe, and if it reaches that point let the dog cool down and rest.

I know there is also a genetic condition that some dogs have, and I forget the name, but they are more sensitive to exercise and it can actually cause death.

The best thing to do would be to check with your vet. But, clearly spitting up, excessive drooling, and other signs of fatigue should be a concern and it would be best to play it safe and let your dog rest.
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I wouldn’t give treats or kibble when playing chase. It’s probably from excitement and/or exertion. I would also be very careful letting her run up and down the stairs too much to prevent hip and back issues.
Play hide and seek (have her come find you). Find it (placing kibble all around and letting her sniff it out). Get a Kong and freeze her kibble in it after stirring in yogurt, a little peanut butter or wet dog food - really anything that will help kibble stick together)
I would definitely suggest walking her when you can. Sniffing new things is tremendously important to dogs. Are they that bold to run right up to her? Carry something like compressed air or an umbrella to scare away (opening it can shield her and scare them). Even walking a couple houses can let her sniff a bit.
You can also decrease her food by a small amount. You definitely don’t want extra weight on any dog, but especially a large breed reaching senior status.
Good luck to you.
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I agree that a lot of stairs like that wouldn't be good for an aging dog or even a younger dog. Is there a reason she's not spayed? Spaying her would cure this problem and according to vets it's also healthier for her and can help prevent uterine infections and breast cancer.
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