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My 10 year old lab throws his food up every morning. As a

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My 10 year old lab throws his food up every morning. As a result of this ( I think) hes losing a lot of weight. He is also starting to wander the neighborhood, when before he would never leave our yard. He had been on the same food that the breeder had him on as a puppy until 6 months ago when the company went out of business. Since then we have tried several different foods. None of which he seems to keep down. I am concerned something more may be wrong with him. Vet does not seem concerned.
JA: I'm sorry to hear that. Is there anything else important you think the Veterinarian should know about the dog?
Customer: He is also losing large patches of hair. No the normal large sections of hair
Submitted: 9 months ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Jill replied 9 months ago.

Hi, I'm Dr. Jill. I'm sorry to hear about your issues with your lab. While a variety of different issues could be causing the vomiting, one thing you can try at home is a dose of Pepcid (famotidine) before bed. If he has some acid reflux causing irritation in the morning, this may help. I would generally recommend 1 20mg tablet (the extra strength size) for a typical 60-70lb lab.

Expert:  Dr. Jill replied 9 months ago.

Food sensitivities can also cause vomiting, though usually I see diarrhea with that as well. Trying a novel protein diet (a protein source he's never had before like rabbit and green pea or venison and sweet potato) for a couple weeks as smaller, more frequent meals may help to see if this is an issue.

Expert:  Dr. Jill replied 9 months ago.

If he's not improving with this in a couple weeks, you may want to discuss running some basic bloodwork with your vet to rule out other internal issues. I hope this is helpful. If you have any additional questions please don't hesitate to ask. I would be happy to assist further in whatever way I can.