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Old 05-23-2017, 10:05 AM
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So I have a 15 month old male Pomeranian. Recently, he's been vomiting more frequently. It has been on and off for awhile, and the other two Pomeranians we have at home (older females, different litters) throw up occasionally as well. Usually, it's bile and I know that might be because he's hungry and hasn't had enough to eat and might need to eat more frequently. But lately, he has also been vomiting in digested food every once in awhile, maybe once or twice a week in the morning. It is making me concerned, so I took him to the vet. There's no intestinal blockage showing up in the X-Ray (just gas), and his blood levels did not indicate pancreatitis or liver problems. Overall, they said he seemed healthy but maybe his stomach was hurting because he would tense up (so it seems, since he's tense at the vet anyways) when his belly was squeezed.

I decided to switch him to a whole foods diet because I was concerned that the filler dog food was making his stomach hurt, especially since he always seemed to look strained pooping.

He poops normally, and since switching him he has been having healthier looking stools with a lot less straining.

However, this morning, he vomited undigested food from last night (it didn't look like the entire meal, but a portion of it). He looked normal after vomiting and just returned to sleep.

Two hours latter, he ran under the bed to vomit bile. It was yellow and looks like whenever he or the other dogs vomit bile. He isn't acting lethargic. He hasn't had any diarrhea. He doesn't act like he's in pain or abnormal in any other way.

Additional notes: it's a challenge to get him to drink water. I'm not sure if he's just not thirsty or doesn't really enjoy the taste or if he always has a sore throat. He barks a lot, and he's generally hyper. The other dog has taught him to race when eating so now he eats too quickly.

He has eaten junk in the past such as paper, parts of underwear, and chewed up his parts of toy but I'm unsure if he has swallowed those. However, he hasn't had access to any of this stuff that he would consume (Pica-related) in nearly two weeks.

He's fixed and so are our other two dogs.

Any idea of what's going on? I'm getting concerned about his throat and stomach health. The vet gave me loads of medication without explaining them, some which did not help at all.

Thanks for reading and answering! All help is greatly appreciated!
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Old 05-23-2017, 12:13 PM
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Maybe he's allergic to what's in his food? My sons dog use to throw up often as well we think he has a sensitive stomach so we do not feed him chicken or beef we had to switch his food to a food that doesn't contain either and we feed 3 meals a day so his stomach is never empty it seems to have stopped his throwing up both bile and food like yours does
He hasn't thrown up in at least 6 months which is fantastic he use to throw up once or twice every day



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Old 05-23-2017, 07:30 PM
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We found with Samantha, an empty stomach, she would throw up bile, if she eats too much she throws up food, so we have discovered that we must feed her small quantities of food three times a day. She gets her breakfast, her big meal mid-day, and snacks at our dinner time. Since we started feeding this way, she rarely throws up, maybe once every four or five months. Much better than every day or two as it used to be.
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When I adopted my Golden Retriever, he was 2 years old, his breeder had given up on him and the animal shelter had him for a year and they too were about to give up on him and put him to sleep because he couldn't hold his food down...and the vets had no explanation as to why when x rays showed no blockage and other blood work test showed he was ok.

He was almost a walking skeleton when I adopted him, you could see every spinal bump, rib, and hip bones. The shelter was feeding him a very good quality dog food, but I told them I couldn't afford that brand and asked if I couldn't get him to eat the Kirkland lamb and rice formula I fed my other dog, if I could bring him back to the shelter and they were willing to let me have a go at helping this dog.

HaHa (the name I gave him), was also slightly mentally and a little physically malformed. I figured he was probably the runt, so didn't get to feed as much as his siblings, and then when the breeder began to feed the pups food, HaHa, being hungry, probably ate way to much and vomited, and thus began a bad cycle. I kind of think too, that he might have just had a slightly smaller stomach than a normal Golden...he had small head..so maybe other things in him weren't quite right.

I ended up soaking his food for about a half hour before feeding him just a small hand full. Then I would wait for 15 to 20 minutes and give him another bite. He never threw up on me.

It took me about two or three weeks, but I gradually increased the amount of food I gave him and the time between him eating and I got it down to where I was feeding him 5 times a day.

Dry dog food... Really can swell up...so if you are feeding dry, try soaking it, and that too might help, given you said your dog isn't drinking a lot.

I think before you go switching around with foods, you should try the simplest thing first...just fed more frequently, and much smaller amounts...and if using dry try soaking if first. If you find your dog's not vomiting, then you can slowly increase the food amount to where he's comfortable in digesting what he has and not over eating, or having hunger vomits from not having something in his belly.

HaHa went from a skeleton to looking like a marvelously healthy Golden who was within the weight parameters of a Golden with a slight to medium frame. (some Goldens are bigger boned) He was around 47 pounds when I got him, and it took me about 3 months to get him to the weight he should have been at, which was 75 pounds, something that 2 years in the care of his breeder and the shelter couldn't do. And I didn't have to resort to ubber expensive food to do it. He got good quality, the best I could afford, but it was about 1/2 the cost of the stuff the shelter was feeding him.

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There really are dogs, that simply can not tolerate that once a day feeding, that so many Vets will tell you is all that is necessary. Took us way too long to figure out that Samantha simply could not tolerate either any empty stomach, or one that was too full. Once we got it figured out, and changed her food to some really high quality fresh lightly cooked food, she literally became a different dog. More energy, more alert, just happier and feeling better. Vet even comments on what a change has taken place since the food and feeding routine was changed.
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Hello everyone and thanks for the responses. My dog has been doing great since changing his diet to home-cooked meals, about 3/4 to a cup twice a day.

But I just woke up (it's almost 6 in the morning) to him vomiting and I inspected the vomit. Mostly dog hair from the other dog we have, but some human hair, inside is a tiny piece of plastic about 3mm in diameter, circular, and a tiny piece of cloth, rectangular, about 2mm by 5mm. (These are guesstimates. I didn't use a ruler.)

Should I be concerned or relieved? I figured he was consuming (actually swallowing) an inedible here and there so I'm glad they came out rather than causing harm but I'm not with him 24/7 so I don't know when these were swallowed, especially since he spends the daytime in my sisters room with the other dogs while I'm at work (and she does a crappy job dog proofing and refuses to listen to me about it).

Should I save it and show a vet? I can't really afford to see a vet right now. My income is very low (I'm a student who had to move back in at home, WITH MY HUSBAND, who's also a student) and I planned to see the doctor for myself next week.

Please give me suggestions, as my family has stopped listening to my concerns about my dog and I feel like I've hit a wall.
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He really needs to see the vet. There's no way we can tell you if he's vomited up all of whatever it was he swallowed, or if there's still some in him causing problems.

The only thing you can do at home is take the wait and see approach. The problem with the wait and see approach in this case is that the longer something remains in him, the longer it has to do damage, the more damage the harder it is to fix and the odds of his recovering go down, and he harder it is to fix the more money it's going to cost.
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If he is still eating, drinking and eliminating regularly, and is alert and active, the likelihood is, he is OK. If he stops doing any of those functions, you must get him to a Vet. Check with your local shelter, some have sliding scale fees, based on income.
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Thanks. He's still behaving normally. I'm always very concerned about him, and no one at home understands my concerns, which makes it harder - considering I cannot afford the vet.
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