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My dog keeps throwing up his food. Sometimes it is right after he eats, other times it is a few hours later. I have checked his throat and stomach and he doesn't seem to be in any pain. He is keeping down water. I tried feeding him some rice. Yesterday he kept it down, today he threw it up within minutes. Besides the throwing up, he is acting normal.
Submitted: 11 months ago.Category: Dog Veterinary
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Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Peter, Veterinarian replied 11 months ago
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Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Peter, Veterinarian replied 11 months ago

I am sorry Rocky is vomiting. I will do my best to help you today. First I need to ask you a few questions so that I can be well informed and give you the best advice.

1- Does he always vomit food?

2- How much does he weigh?

3- Any pre existing medical conditions?

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Customer reply replied 11 months ago
No, this just started the past week. He weights roughly 70 lbs and no pre existing medical conditions. He is current on all his shots and overall healthy 4 year old dog
Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Peter, Veterinarian replied 11 months ago

Does he vomit without food?

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Customer reply replied 11 months ago
Not that I am aware of or have seen
Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Peter, Veterinarian replied 11 months ago

No need to accept the phone call request. Please give me 5-10 minutes to type your answer. Thank you.

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Customer reply replied 11 months ago
There is no noise or anything, no cough or gag, just quietly throws it up in a pile and walks away
Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Peter, Veterinarian replied 11 months ago

Friend, when we see vomiting of undigested food it is called "regurgitation" as the food has not been digested. Possible causes could be esophagus disorders (megaesophagus, strictures, parasites), gastritis, etc. to name a few causes.

I am going to make some recommendations that you can try at home if he continues to regurgitate the next step is a hands-on examination with your vet and x-rays as an initial screening test.

1- Do not give things like Pepto Bismol or Imodium. Start him on Pepcid AC (famotidine) 10mg 1.5 tablets every 12 hours for the next 2-3 days. You can buy Pepcid AC over the counter in any pharmacy.

2- No food or water for 8-12 hours. Need to give his gastrointestinal tract time to rest.

3- After 8-12 hours offer a small amount of water. Wait half hour, if no vomiting, offer a small amount of rice (50%) and boiled boneless chicken or ground beef (50%) 4-6 times a day. Keep on this diet for several days then wean into regular diet.

Note: When you feed him put his eating dish on top of a small stool to force him to raise his head when he is eating.

4- If he continues to regurgitate after doing the above he will need to be seen by your family veterinarian for a hands on examination and x-rays.

My goal is to provide you with excellent service. If you have any follow-up questions don't hesitate to ask. If finished, please take a moment to rate my service. See you again soon!

Dr. Peter

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Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Peter, Veterinarian replied 11 months ago
Hi,

I'm just following up on our conversation about Rocky. How is everything going?

Dr. Peter
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