Labradoodle & Goldendoodle Forum
I searched the forum and didn't see a discussion exactly on point, but if there is one, please let me know.
Here's the issue: In the past 3 days, my GD vomited twice during the middle of his meal. The first time it happened, I was in a different room, so I didn't know that he had vomited until I came back and saw that he was trying to eat the regurgitated meal on the floor (yes, it was gross). Riley is a vacuum cleaner when it comes to his food, so I thought it was because he was eating too quickly. So, on Day 2, I gave him small portions at a time. On Day 3, I made him pause from eating after about every 3 seconds, but he vomited again mid-meal.
Nothing has changed in terms of his meals (Bravo Raw - Turkey), snacks, activity level, etc. Every once in a while, Riley will vomit yellow bile in the morning if he doesn't get his evening snack late at night. But this time it's different -- he's vomiting food and not bile, and he's vomiting during his meal, not 7-8 hours later. Also, don't know whether it's relevant, but he has had one seizure in February 2011 (cause still unknown). I saw a thread about whether vomiting causes or occurs before a seizure, but Riley did not have another seizure after vomiting.
I have a call into the vet, but I wanted to see whether anybody else has had experienced anything similar. Thanks in advance!
Is Riley loosing weight? Does he seem like he is not feeling well? He he possibly be swallowing air if he is gulping his food?
My Charli will vomit her dinner if she has run before or just after. Since I figured that out - finally, duh!! - if there was any exercise within a half hour prior to dinner, dinner gets held for awhile. I do attempt to kept her settled for 1/2 hour after dinner but I am not always perfect with that. Sometimes, she just gets in a zommie mood and there is just no stopping her. All the training falls on deaf ears.
Samantha was eating her meals like it was going to be her last. I bought her Portion Pacer, a stainless ball that sits in the middle of her bowl to slow her down. For Samantha, it seemed to be another 'stage' of her growing. Now she paces herself. Halfway through her meal, she takes a walk around the kitchen and then goes back to finish.
I will be very interested in hearing what your vet says. Please keep us posted.
Here is another idea for something that will slow him down when eating. My dachshund used to use a bowl like this, and it helped her be more satisfied with the amount of food she was allowed to have because it made her take a little more time eating it. She's only allowed to have 1/4 of a cup twice a day.
Ok not to put too fine a point on this but has anything changed in the last few feedings? Are you using a different bowl? Is the food the same as you always use? Vigorous exercise before meals? I am just condensing all the questions put forth because you should narrow down what's going on.
There is a difference between vomiting and reguritating. Vomiting is accompanied by several gags and belly heaves, just like you would do if you were being sick. Reguritating happens with little effort. My Molly does it if she is too excited right before or right after eating. She just opens her mouth and out it comes. No effort at all but I do worry about this.
Vomiting can indicate an issue - reguritating is usually not a big deal - unless it is a case of megaesophagus. Megaesophagus is a condition most often seen in either very young puppies (evident once they are moved to solid foods) or in older dogs as a secondary condition of another ailment (thyroid problems are common). Food /water travels into the esophagus, but does not move into the stomach. The food will sit there, and eventually the dog will tip his head down and out comes the food. The esophagus becomes enlarged, further compounding the problem. In young puppies it is thought to be genetic, and has been proven to be so in several breeds. This is not meant as scary tactics just information. I can't think of a good reason why a healty otherwise normal dog would bring up food in mid-meal.
Andrea, thanks for your response. In response to your questions, nothing has changed with regard to food or activity -- same food bowl, same food and snacks, same level of activity, went for the usual casual 30 minute bathroom walk before the morning meal (no running).
With regard to vomiting vs. regurgitating -- He heaved and gagged several times before the food came up, which indicates that he vomited. But according to an article that I read on the internet, the food brought up by regurgitation is usually undigested and often covered with a slimy mucus -- which is what happened here. Also, as you noted, he did tip his head down, which also suggests that it may have been regurgitation. Thanks for the tip about megaesophagus. I'll mention that to the vet.
Thanks for everybody's responses! I really appreciate the input, which was all very informative.