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Old 09-19-2017, 11:17 AM
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Throwing Up Issues

So I am trying to figure out a throwing up issue with my 2 year old aussie. Every once in awhile after she eats her food, normally her morning food. Around 5 minuets later she will go into a throwing up fest. Throw up all the food, and soon after a little blood. I have taken her to the vet many times for it, and the vet just says, "something did not sit right with her and the blood is just her body trying to throw up and with nothing there brakes a blood vessels" gives me something for upset tummy and charges with $300 and sends me on my way. He did blood work on her once, nothing. He could not see anything. No worms, nothing. So i am trying to figure it out. Normally after waiting a day she is back to normal and she eats fine. After she throws up however she wont eat for that day, or even drink much water.


Right now I have her a few different grain free foods. I am super picky about my dog food, and do a lot of looking into what goes into the food and who makes it. I try to rotate foods every 3-4 weeks. This has been working great for her, other then the random throwing up issue. Here is what I feed now with my rotation

Fromm, grain free rabbit and duck.
Canidae, grain free lamb
Zigniture Grain kangaroo


and depending if I can find it or not, I rotate to Acana here and there. A lot of my stores in the area do not carry it anymore. So its hard to find. This last batch I rotated to Zigniture Lamb, as they did not have Kangaroo. This is when she had her throwing up fit. Soon after I rotated to the food all the way.


I am thinking about routeing to a new food called Holistic Health Extensions grain free Venison. I like the ingredients and I know she does well on venison. I got a small trial sample from a local dog event. So I thought give it ago. In the past she had all venison meat based dog foods with some other meat proteins here and there. So I wanted to see if you guys had any ideas. Maybe your dogs did the same thing?
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Our experience with Samantha, was that she would throw up, probably every second day or so. After more than a year of trial and error, we discovered that if we fed her small quantities of food more often, she didn't throw up. We now feed her three times a day, light breakfast of chicken and a little kibble, main meal mid-day, her special pre-cooked food, and a little kibble, then at our dinner time, she gets a small snack, either sweet potato, or spinach. Has certainly made a difference for Samantha, and for us. I too am very careful about what she is fed, her main meal, comes from a kitchen that specializes in cooking for dogs, contains, either, beef, turkey, lamb or venison and vegies, fruits and of course the all important organ meat.
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Our experience with Samantha, was that she would throw up, probably every second day or so. After more than a year of trial and error, we discovered that if we fed her small quantities of food more often, she didn't throw up. We now feed her three times a day, light breakfast of chicken and a little kibble, main meal mid-day, her special pre-cooked food, and a little kibble, then at our dinner time, she gets a small snack, either sweet potato, or spinach. Has certainly made a difference for Samantha, and for us. I too am very careful about what she is fed, her main meal, comes from a kitchen that specializes in cooking for dogs, contains, either, beef, turkey, lamb or venison and vegies, fruits and of course the all important organ meat.
I was also thinking maybe feeding three times a day would be a good idea. I know a large meal right away in the morning after going for a long time with out food is hard on some dogs. maybe she is that way.
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Certainly worth a try. As I said, it made a dramatic difference for Samantha.
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I adopted a golden retriever, that was mentally handicapped, his head was a bit deformed... the breeder kept him a year, but couldn't get weight on him and gave him up to a shelter, who also had him for a year and also had issues with him throwing up and not keeping weight on, and they had the vets do a lot of tests on him and couldn't find anything wrong.

I saw him and liked him as he was so friendly and funny, and after hearing his issues, asked if I could give him a try, and bring him back in a week if I couldn't get him to hold food down either....as I thought I might have a way around his throwing up food.

I got to take him home and I then just fed him by hand, a small handful of dry kibble I had soaked in water for a while...he got one handful about every 30 minutes. He never threw it up. I kept him, named him, HaHa, and within a couple of months by slowly increasing how much I gave him, I got to where I was feeding him 5 times a day. I usually fed my dogs 3 times a day, so increasing his food to 5, wasn't too much of a big deal.

I think, a few possible things could have happened with him to make him where he wasn't eating.

1...Like his head, other parts of him were 'weird'...maybe his stomach wasn't as developed...and couldn't handle large amounts of dry food.

2. I'm pretty sure as the runt, and being mentally slow, he probably didn't get to feed from the teat as other stronger puppies probably pushed him away, and then later, when the breeder fed them dry kibble...he was So Hungry that he probably bolted his food down, ate too much and tossed it up again.
When the shelter got him, they were feeding twice a day, so it was the same issue, he was eating more than he could handle, and throwing it up...but he was hungry too... so it was a bad cycle for him.

I read sometimes that experts suggest only feeding dogs twice a day and that makes me cringe, to be honest. I think many dogs do have digestive issues that it's hard on them to be fed with just a great amount of time in between and also given a large amount of food with each meal... rather than feeding like 3 or 4 times a day, with smaller meals.

I think too, that dogs probably feel better eating at least 3 times a day and it might help maintain their energy level. ??? dogs get diabetes...so does a long time between feeding also mean a drop in sugar, just like it can with humans ???

Anyway, I've never liked hunger pangs, and I've felt them before when only having two meals a day... so I wouldn't want my dog to deal with that either.

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