Post # 1
My two Boston Terriers have been throwing up bile lately. Its happened maybe 3 times in the past 2 weeks. Its always in the early morning, usually about an hour or two before they eat. They have great appetites and are very healthy otherwise.
I did some googling and found that dogs will sometimes throw up bile if their stomach sits empty for too long. They’ve been on the same feeding schedule for years now and we’ve just now started having issues. We feed them at 5:30am and 4:30pm and give them the recommended serving size for their weights. They are both in great shape, not too thin or too chunky, so we do not want to up the serving size and chunk them up unnecessarily! We will give them “training treats” through out the day but we tend not to give them more then a few each day.
Has anyone had experience with this before? How were you able to rectify it? Im thinking maybe a few treats before bedtime would help the issue. Or splitting up their last meal into two, feeding them at 3pm and 6:30pm but that might be tough on the weekends, when we are out and about. Any suggestions are appreciated!
Post # 2
My dog started doing the same thing once he got a bit older. Have you switched foods? I think some foods take longer to digest than others. I tried to switch my dog’s food and he started throwing up before feeding time a lot.
Post # 3
my dog does this every once in awhile. God forbid we sleep in on the weekend Lol – if I don’t feed her before 10am, she will throw up bile, once she eats, shes fine and goes back to sleep.
After dinner she gets a treat and then a bone, this seems to have helped because I can’t remember the last time she threw up due to an empty stomach. So its been quite awhile. So maybe giving them a treat would help
Post # 4
I would try to split up their meals so they eat three smaller portions per day instead. So keep the same amount of food per day, just split it to three times.
Post # 5
AlwaysSunny: We recently switched the older dogs food (she is 4) because she is allergic so she is now on a hypoallergenic food. (High maintenance!) So that could be part of it…but the younger one does it too and she’s been on the same food for about a year.
Daizy914: I think you may be right…giving them a little “dessert” would probably fill their tummies up just enough to get them through to the morning. I know what you mean about the weekends. If we are not up feeding them at 5:30 on Saturday, they are banging on their crate doors waking us up! I wish my internal alarm clock was as good as theirs!
Post # 6
Jullis: Im thinking that might be a good trick as well…the only issue with that is we aren’t always home at the exact same time each day to do that. I think if we try that it would have to be the 4/4:30pm feed and then a later feed. I’m definitely ready to try it though, I’m getting sick of getting up at 3am and throwing blankets in the wash! Although this is a great way for them to prepare me for a baby 😉
Post # 7
Would they over eat if you just left food out for them? We feed our dog once a day around our dinner time (6-7pm) and she’ll eat a little of it and then take bites throughout the day when she has the opportunity to in the mornings and in the afternoons when we’re home and she’s out. Some days she eats it all at once and somedays she will have two days worth of food still in her bowl. We’re lucky she’s not an overeater but some dogs do better it they’re able to dictate when they eat based on when they’re hungry, not an arbitrary time based on our schedules.
If they’ll always eat everything in the bowl at once maybe try slowly making their afternoon feeding later in the day.
Post # 8
My boxer did this the other day. He went out and ate a bunch of grass then threw up bile.. Turns out he had only eaten a small breakfast and was super hungry!
Post # 9
this happens to my dog. My dog throws up occasionally but only in the middle of the night. I took him to the vet when he did it a few nights in a row. He recommended I give him a treat or some food immediately before bed. He hasn’t thrown up since! I give him a small handful of his food before bed after his last walk.
Post # 10
This sometimes happens with our lab. If it happens, it’s usually in the morning If she’s been up for a bit without eating. We just try to feed her earlier.
Post # 11
Yup, this can happen. I used to try to make sure my beagle had a few snacks before bedtime and that seemed to do the trick.
Post # 12
RedHeadKel: Cory_loves_this_girl: weatherbug: MissAviatorBee: Thanks Ladies! Looks like the trick is in fact a few treats or handful of food before bed!
Rafissch: Yea they eat all their food at once. They are definitely not grazers!
Post # 13
I would split the meals up. That’s a long time to go between meals, even for a dog. My Fiance and I have talked about this, and we will always have our dogs on self-feeders.
The only times I’ve seen dogs wolf down food is if their humans are the ones who ration out their food and give it to them at a set time.
Now, our elderly blue heeler has fed himself his whole life and never overeats. He has this really unattractive looking thing called a pet chef, but because the dog knows the food will be in there whenever he wants it, he’ll only eat when he feels like it and doesn’t overeat.
I just see his parents feed their little dogs such small portions and I can’t help but think, that can’t be enough… they’re going to digest that so fast! But what do I know? Probably nothing lol.
Post # 14
We always give ours a biscuit before bed to avoid this. Our dogs eat at 5:30 PM and around 7:00 AM, and we rarely have an issue if we give a little snack before bedtime.
We have one dog that would eat an entire BAG of dog food if we let him self feed, and he’s been that way even since he was a tiny puppy. That wouldn’t even be an option for us.
Post # 15
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Yes. My Boston Terrier had the same problem, the vet said it was acid reflux and to try never to go more than 12 hours without food. I would basically feed her at whatever time I woke up and then around 12 hours after that, so 7 am and 7 pm for example, previously I was feeding her earlier in the evening so she’d go too long without food. This seemed to work for her, but other dogs may need even more regular feedings. I often gave her a treat before bed too, just in case.
As for free feeding, that was not an option, she always inhaled her food and actually needed a special bowl to slow her down, all dogs benefit from scheduled and measured feedings.