(Closed) Dogs getting sick due to empty stomach?

posted 6 years ago in Pets
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: January 2013

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
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

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AOriver:  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
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

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 # 7
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Bumble bee

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
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

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
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2014

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AOriver:  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
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2013

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
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2014

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AOriver:  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 # 13
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Buzzing bee

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AOriver:  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
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

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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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2016 - Surfer\'s Beach, Grand Cayman

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.

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