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katdog5911 02-25-2014 08:22 AM

HELP! What is this?
 
Stella juat threw up 3 times....mostly bile but the first "event" had a large piece of what looked like bone in it. But....it isn't as hard as bone...

I suspect it is part of the knuckle bone she was chewing yesterday.

I am nervous now. I have never seen anything so large being thrown up. And maybe she has other "chunks" of bone stuck?

Should I take her to the e vet? She doesn't seem to be in distress...

Or should I wait and call her vet in about 2 hours?

She just switched to raw food 2 weeks ago.

I am going to take her for a walk and see if she poops and then maybe give the e vet a call....

JakodaCD OA 02-25-2014 08:26 AM

could very well be from the bone, I think your plan is a good one, see if she potties and maybe call the vet if you think she isn't acting right Hope shes ok!

Castlemaid 02-25-2014 09:44 AM

Normal for raw fed dogs to occasionally throw up pieces of bone too big to digest. Nothing to worry about. Just keep an eye on her, as normal, and breathe easy. :)

Blanketback 02-25-2014 10:15 AM

My pup throws up weird pieces too, after chewing on knuckle bones. I think it's cartilage? Even small pieces of bones come back up sometimes. Don't worry, it's normal :)

GatorBytes 02-25-2014 11:18 AM

Gator rarely gets a bone because he overindulges and then throws up chunks of bone hrs later. As for the other end, usually just fine...more chalky.

The bone frag is softer due to the stomach acids breaking it down for digestion. Hence why dogs can eat raw bones.

katdog5911 02-25-2014 11:28 AM

Whew. Thanks for the reassurance. Her poop was fine. I called the e vet and they said to just make sure she doesn't keep throwing up all day, especially after she eats.

She had her food 2 hours ago and all seems normal.

I may have over reacted but I never saw such a big chunk of anything come up before.

I just started raw and am trying to find something for her to chew between meals as she acts like she is starving! So I bought a knuckle bone for her to chew on yesterday. Now I am wondering if it is ok for her to chew that bone?

Lauri & The Gang 02-25-2014 11:33 AM

If a dog is throwing up bile it most likely means their stomach was empty for too long. I give my guys treats when I put them to bed at night - it keeps them from bile urping. :)

As for the item she urped - there's only two ways for things to leave a dogs body - back up the throat or out the back end. If the body doesn't think the piece is manageable trough the back end it will try to get rid of it via the front. ;)

Perfectly normal.

SusiQ 02-25-2014 11:47 AM

My rescue was throwing up yellow bile a couple of times/week (acidic stomach) and my vet suggested pepcid. I put the tiny little pill in his kong with peanut butter and I'm happy to report that vomiting bile has stopped.

katdog5911 02-25-2014 03:03 PM

I get the empty stomach... and I do give her a snack before bed. When I was feeding kibble, she got a cup at bedtime along with some canned food. Now with the raw I am not sure what kind of snack to give her....last night I gave her some of her raw food in her bowl AND some raw that I froze in an old marrow bone. I know that raw digests way faster so what other snack can I give at night to keep her tummy happy???

In another thread I mentioned that she is constantly hungry now. I can't afford to feed her 3 or 4 or 5 lbs of raw food daily!!!! I bought a knuckle bone in hopes that it would keep her happy between meals.....

huntergreen 02-25-2014 03:24 PM

imho, the bone will get the stomach acid churning without any real food to digest. might be better to find an affordable snack.


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