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I have a little dog about 7lbs. She won't eat anything but canned cat food, now she has been throwing up at night. What dog food do you recommend for me to try?
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Welcome! My name is***** am a UC Davis graduate, and currently, a Medical Director of a veterinary hospital.
I am sorry to hear about this concern.
First, we cannot connect the vomiting at night to eating cat food. There may be another cause.
Vomiting causes can include:
- Dietary indiscretion (eating something you do not know about)
- Stomach or intestinal foreign body
- Something that was given to them (new food, new treat, human food)
- Intestinal parasitism (not just the worms, but the microscopic bugs like Giardia and Coccidia). They can cause vomiting also, not just diarrhea
- Toxin exposure would be less likely, unless you have reason to suspect exposure to a chemical.
- Less commonly, endocrine diseases like Addison’s
To help settle the stomach you could give a 1/4 tablet of Pepcid A.C. 10mg antacid, or a ½ tsp of pepto-bismol.
My brands of choice are either Hill's Ideal Balance (this is Science Diet's newer formula) or Royal Canin.
Try to wean Daisy on to the newer food over a few days.
If she doesn't eat a meal, that is okay. Also, no free feeding. I would suggest 2 set meals.
Also, if vomiting persists, you need to get your vet involved for further testing and some good stomach medication to help out. Most importantly, because a dog vomiting, may not be so inclined to feel well enough to want to eat anything else anyway.
So, get that vomiting fixed ASAP before switching diets.
Good Luck!
Dr. Andy
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