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my doodle throws up on an empty stomach
royalsmom posted:
I have a 3 yr old Goldendoodle that is very active and healthy. Eating has always been an issue with her but our concern is the fact that if we don't get food into her in time she throws up yellow foamlike liquid. If it only happened occasionally it would not be a problem. But it happens 3 to 4 times a week. We feed her 4 times a day. As soon as she gets up (usually 5am), at noon, 4:30 and 8:30 pm. Getting her to eat her food is always a challange but we make sure it goes down. The vet's suggestion was to get her on prescription food for weight loss, that did not work. We tried a number of types of food and have stayed with NutriSource. We worry the vomiting is not good for her. Has anyone else ever had to deal with this?
wmatto83 responded:
My dogs pukes often when they are hungry....I don't think it is out of the ordinary when I am hungry if I dont eat I get weak and sick. I have low blood sugar tho. So many that is what happens to a dog also. Did your vet say anything about how many times a day you are feeding her?? I have two brittanys. They get fed 2 times a day and that is it. They each get a cup of dry food a piece. Once in the morning and once at dinner time. THey get milkbones as treats and other treats that have simialr consistancy to milkbones. Thruout the day but not in excess. How much do you feed her each time? Maybe you are feeding her too much too often which is why she doesn't want to eat?? Dont know just a suggestion there.
Sandy Willis, DVM, DACVIM responded:
Hi Royalsmom,

Sometimes dogs have some problems with acid on an empty stomach, and we may prescribe metaclompromide to encourage the stomach to empty, and pepcid to treat the extra acid.

Feeding a dog four times a day is alot. Has your veterinarian taken some xrays to make sure the esophagus is not dilated and the stomach and intestines look okay. Is her blood work normal? Perhaps as your veterinarian suggested it is a food sensitivity but I would make sure other causes of vomiting are ruled-out; then we can try diet and some medications.

Dr. Sandy


William Draper, DVM, better known as "Dr. Will," is a well-known small animal practitioner in the Atlanta, GA area. He grew up in Inglewood,...More

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