|10-29-2013 10:03 AM|
Naturally . . . since I originally posted about this, Ranger hasn't had a recurrence once that we have seen or found evidence of. So we're still keeping an eye on it. I took him in real quick the other day to get weighed and to get his blood drawn for his 1-year heart worm test and asked about it when the vet walked by. He said if it seems to have settled down to just continue to monitor it for now.
We've been feeding him a little less at each meal--not sure if that is helping or not. Will just keep going with that though.
|10-17-2013 10:29 AM|
|ramsker||Moms, I read through that article real quick . . . will take an extended look later today. Ranger definitely has an active warning/wretching every time this happens--you can hear him start with a series of those reverse hiccups from another room. So you get that distinct "here he goes" heads up and then up comes the food. So hopefully if it IS that, it's a less severe case? And he rarely does it at night, so I guess we'll see where it goes.|
|10-17-2013 10:06 AM|
I'll ask the vet about the Mega-E for sure . . . although he really doesn't display any of the other symptoms listed there. He's gained and held weight well, never has sour breath (he licks my face--a lot), doesn't seem to have swallowing issues, I don't think I've ever seen him refuse to eat . . . anything. So hopefully it's not that.
He does tend to plow through his food all at once, so maybe a little less volume with more frequency is worth a try along with some water as suggested? Although he's kind of settled into this "I'll eat when I want" routine now that he's bigger whereas when he was tiny he would east right when I put the food down 3x/day.
Appreciate the replies!
|10-17-2013 07:56 AM|
|MadLab||You can also feed a little less food. Add a bit of water to soften up the food as has been suggested. Also try a bowl which encourages the dog to eat slower.|
|10-17-2013 07:41 AM|
Ask you vet about possible Mega Esophagus.
Their are many people on this blog with great info so hopefully they will answer.
Here is a general explanation and symptoms.
"Megaesophagus is the most common cause for regurgitation in the dog. Regurgitation results from the inability of the esophagus to contract properly and propagate the food down to the stomach. As a result, the ingested food and/or liquid remains in the esophagus, for anywhere from minutes to hours to days."
You can try covering his kibble with water and letting it set for about 30 minutes before you give it to him so that it rehydrates the kibble.
|10-17-2013 01:18 AM|
I don't have any advise but I just wanted to share that maxx goes through these kinda of things too. maxx is only 5 months old though and he was just checked by his vet and they said that he is perfect so they don't understand. Maybe a over active stomach? Maxx really only throws up in the morning though.. Like right when he wakes up and goes outside. He gives me this look and that's my cue to let him out, he pukes and the is running around like a mad man. Now because he throws up before he eats, his is usually just stomach acid.... He eats fine, drinks fine, everything is fine with him.
I'm sorry that I don't have any ideas on what this could be since I'm going through this battle myself. but i will be checking this thread to see if any body else with more experience chimes in!!
Good luck to you and your boy!!
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|10-16-2013 10:04 PM|
Occasional vomiting--but otherwise thriving--confused/concerned
So, I'm going to make an appointment with the vet . . . but Ranger has been going through a more frequent vomiting act the last couple weeks. He's 11 months old and otherwise basically thriving--about 90lbs and generally just a happy camper. He had pexy done earlier in the summer as a precautionary measure. And we have been trying TOTW lately (the southwest formula with beef) to replace RC--which we have always mixed with Authority chicken & rice by 2:1 (so 1 part Authority for 2 parts of the other). Now . . . he's done this ever since he was a small pup, but he's done this more the last couple weeks it seems.
Basically, he seems to have a gag thing going on every now and then. Sometimes once or twice a day. You hear him sort of heaving (almost like a hiccup in reverse) and then up it comes--usually just a pile of his kibble in neat chunks. No blood, no colored fluid that I have seen. Almost just like he has a weird reflux thing happening that gets his motor running. But he'll run around and play all day as if there isn't a care in the world . . . then at some point you hear "herp, herp, blaaaaah" and then he's off again happy as a clam like nothing happened.
I guess I'm not sure what to think and it's our first GSD. Maybe it's the food and the TOTW is making him throw up more than the RC did? Or maybe he's suddenly not liking the Authority? Or maybe he just has a "thing" for tossing his cookies like my daughter did for years til she grew out of it?
Any thoughts/ideas/etc? Anyone else have this? He's not lethargic, moody, or anything like that. Just an occasional hurl and seemingly normal.