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Old 01-11-2016, 09:00 AM
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My dog is vomiting and sometimes refuses to eat, otherwise seems normal?

Hello everyone,

I'm very worried about my dog Lyle, he's a Poodle-Bichon. Lately he's been vomiting almost every day, once or twice per day. It is typically during the night or early morning. He is a very stubborn eater and sometimes refuses to eat, but he will eat if I hand feed him. He still accepts table scraps, treats, and will occasionally eat his meals later in the day.

The vomiting typically has a yellow tint to it since his stomach is empty (bile), but last night he threw up and portions of his dinner were in it. I thought that ruled out his stomach being too empty, but I'm not sure. His feces are sometimes solid, but for the last two days they've been very malleable and are sometimes coated with a rich-brown/reddish tint (It does not look like blood at all).

We have tried switching his food, but we might switch him to a corn-free and grain free food. Is there anything else we can try to help balance out his stomach? I've read some recommendations such as yogurt or antacid on here before.

Otherwise, he seems fairly normal and plays a lot. He still runs on his walks too!

Thank you.

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Have you taken him to your vet? If not, start there before you start giving anything OTC or switching up foods, etc.
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Hello everyone,

I'm very worried about my dog Lyle, he's a Poodle-Bichon. Lately he's been vomiting almost every day, once or twice per day. It is typically during the night or early morning. He is a very stubborn eater and sometimes refuses to eat, but he will eat if I hand feed him. He still accepts table scraps, treats, and will occasionally eat his meals later in the day.

The vomiting typically has a yellow tint to it since his stomach is empty (bile), but last night he threw up and portions of his dinner were in it. I thought that ruled out his stomach being too empty, but I'm not sure. His feces are sometimes solid, but for the last two days they've been very malleable and are sometimes coated with a rich-brown/reddish tint (It does not look like blood at all).

We have tried switching his food, but we might switch him to a corn-free and grain free food. Is there anything else we can try to help balance out his stomach? I've read some recommendations such as yogurt or antacid on here before.

Otherwise, he seems fairly normal and plays a lot. He still runs on his walks too!

Thank you.
Sounds like maybe meat intolerance. It upsets the stomach. I would do a vet check to rule out illness then consider single protein foods like Zignature. One meat no grains no junk. I would start with a meat your dog has never eaten. Buy a small bag and try it for a couple of weeks to see if it makes a difference. Also just to make sure its not empty stomach syndrome feed a couple of biscuit type cookies at bedtime
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@Dawnben, how are you able to conclude that this sounds like meat intolerance?
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@Dawnben, how are you able to conclude that this sounds like meat intolerance?

Because my hound did that for over a year. It was heart breaking. The only thing the vet recommended was a life on pepcid. We went around and around until I took him off meat and the symptoms disappeared completely in 4 days. My dog would get up in the morning eat grass and throw up bile. Had a rumbling in his stomach kind of a pinging noise. Had gas that could clear a room. Would refuse food. After 3 months as a vegetarian I added turkey back into his diet. He had never eaten turkey before. He has not had any stomach issues since and its been about 8 years. I see this as an easy test to see if its the meat that is the problem.
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Because my hound did that for over a year. It was heart breaking. The only thing the vet recommended was a life on pepcid. We went around and around until I took him off meat and the symptoms disappeared completely in 4 days. My dog would get up in the morning eat grass and throw up bile. Had a rumbling in his stomach kind of a pinging noise. Had gas that could clear a room. Would refuse food. After 3 months as a vegetarian I added turkey back into his diet. He had never eaten turkey before. He has not had any stomach issues since and its been about 8 years. I see this as an easy test to see if its the meat that is the problem.
May not be the same problem and the "testing" may delay needed treatment. If a vet can't find a reason for a gastro problem, a good vet will recommend an elimination diet of some sort.
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We have a Poodle/bischon also, she used to do the same. She just has a sensitive stomach. Our Vet was suspicious she might have some food allergies, but that does not seem to be the case. With Samantha, she seemed to outgrow it, maybe part of the problem was stress, and as she became more comfortable with us she seemed to out grow it. We also discovered with her, its better to feed her small quantities more often, as a large meal seems to upset her system.
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I would second @Grabby and say a vet visit is best. Maybe even take a recent fecal sample in to have them test it as well.

Vomiting has many possible reasons for it's occurrence. Could be a food issue, could be a blood sugar issue (hypo or hyper glycemic), could be a feeding (as in time) issue, could be stress, could be IBS, could be acid reflux, could be a pancreas issue, etc. You won't know till you take your pet in, the vet's run some real diagnostics and run through the differentials to give an accurate diagnosis.
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Thank you

Thank you for the replies everyone. If it helps any, his stomach typically makes a lot of gurgling noises as well. We're currently trying pepcid, and we might also give him an antacid as suggested in a similar thread to this.

@Dawnben this is incredibly similar to what our dog Lyle does! He passes gas frequently, and will eat grass and throw up in the morning. Dawnben, could you elaborate on the vegetarian diet you suggested? We don't think our dog likes vegetables too much, so if you have any suggestions for us it would be really helpful!
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i second @Grabby and @KayWilson to make sure not anything medical first
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