Bees, please help! Dog has been vomiting almost every day for the past 2 weeks

posted 2 years ago in Pets
Post # 78
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

DoubleD :  If you end up switching to a food that can only be purchased at a place like Petco/Petsmart or a vet’s office, check out chewy.com, it saves us a lot of money on our cat’s special renal support food.

Post # 79
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Busy bee

DoubleD :  You say you aren’t horrible pet parents because you don’t want to pay a vet bill for your dog who is very sick? Really??? Money isnt more important than your dog’s life.

Call the vet and see what they say and tell them you are struggling with money. They might work with you. If they say bring the dog in, then bring the dog in. Find the money. Also, look into feeding your dog better quality food. That means doing some research and spending extra. And please dont get any more pets if you cant afford to take care of them.

Post # 80
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2014 - Chicago, IL

Pet insurance.

$30/month.

$250 deductible.

Unlimited coverage.

Post # 81
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Bumble bee

catapple :  She took the dog to the vet.  They didn’t find anything wrong.

DoubleD :  I’ve always been told when you’re switching food to go slow and mix some of the new stuff with the old stuff so they get used to the smell/taste/texture instead of just switching at once.  We’ve always done it that way and it’s turned out fine.

You said the vet mentioned keeping your dog on the famotidine, but maybe the dose isn’t enough anymore.  Humans and animals can build up a tolerance to medication and it doens’t become as effective as it once was.  You either have to increase the dose or change to another medication in that same class.  My best friend is a pharmacist and her dog is on a diuretic (water pill).  They have to switch between brands because he build up a tolerance.  She uses one brand for a few months then switches to the other, then back to the original after a while.  She also mentioned (because I told her about this thread, she too has a lab) that if your dog has grown a lot in a year then 20mg once a day may not be enough.  He may need it twice a day or 40mg at once.

Post # 82
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694 posts
Busy bee

Sometimes dogs will vomit bile (from your pics that what it looks like to me) if they’re not getting enough food. Is your dog on the skinny side? If so, you can always increase by 1/2 a cup and see if that helps. 

Post # 83
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Newbee
  • Wedding: June 2019 - Gainesville, VA

sweatergal007 :  I order the vaccines or get from Tractor Supply. Online would be Cal Vet Supply or Allivet, just to name a couple. I do my own combo vaccines, bordatella and then do rabies at the vet. I just provide proof of vaccinations to my vet fot their file.

Post # 86
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Worker bee

If you’re dog has been vomiting every few days for the past few weeks, it’s really time to go to the vet again. It’s not normal and it’s not something strangers online can diagnose. We’re not vets.

Has your vet taken any blood or urine tests? It can be something worse than just reflux. If you let you’re vet know of these episodes, they may do additional testing. You might even be referred to a specialist. Yes, it’s going to cost a lot. But by being a responsible dog owner, you’ll need to find a way to pay for the bills. It’s cruel to let your dog suffer like this.

Our dog had abnormal blood test results at a random vet visit. It was fine six months ago. After urine tests and ultrasound as well (sent to specialist), they found her to have smaller than average kidneys. You just never know until you do further testing. 

Post # 88
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2014

By LID, do you mean limited ingredient diet? Yes, I feed that to all 3 dogs. Though 2 recently had to go on something more. I put them on it because, well 2 of them, were having more diarrhea than anything. The puppy was a mess when we got her. She didn’t vomit like yours, but she would spit up a bit and fairly often. I tried raw, which I did with another dog, but it didn’t work.

Puppy was officially diagnosed with irritable bowel disease and this new food has worked great. So I put my other dog on it because he was starting to have issues even after years on the LID and he seems better. Still mostly about diarrhea though and not vomiting. The new food is Royal Canin hydrolyzed protein. I was told that some dogs can’t break down the protein so this food already has it broken down.

The LID food that we used and still use for the 3rd dog is Nature’s Variety- Prairie in the lamb and oatmeal flavor.

We also make sure their treats are LID.

Post # 89
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: October 2016

Could be ibs or colitis, I would get a second opinion. For now you can dry adding digestive enzymes to the food to see f it helps. 

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