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Almost 4 yr old Sofie, who has on occasion had early morning vomiting of bile. I have given her apple slices at bedtime and this has for the most part taken care of the problem...until about a month ago. Nasty weather, a new diagnosis of luxating patella, and the busyness of the holidays halted our daily walking. She started vomiting every other day about the time of her knee issue. We have had her to our vet three times during this month and also several phone conversations. She was on Wellness core Turkey at the onset of this frequent vomiting. I regularly switched proteins on Wellness Core. My vet wanted me to add grains as she felt Sofie needed more substance since she seemed to have an acid accumulation on an empty morning stomach. She also was started on Pepcid 2x daily with no improvement. She was switched to omeprazole 3 days ago. She continues her early morning vomiting of bile. She has had 2 physical exams and a chemistry panel, as well as pancreatic panel. All normal. Her appetite is normal. She was straining to empty her bowels and the vet thought that had to do with her lack of exercise. We have begun walking and that seems to have resolved that issue along with a tsp of rd (Science Diet) daily (just had it for 2 days). I am perplexed as to find an answer for this vomiting. Do I need to give her more time to adjust to the grain and give the omeprazole more time to work? It has been only 3 days... I would appreciate any suggestions.
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I would recommend a nutritionist such as Sabine if she doesn't improve shortly. Science Diet is not a good choice.
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Almost 4 yr old Sofie, who has on occasion had early morning vomiting of bile. I have given her apple slices at bedtime and this has for the most part taken care of the problem...until about a month ago. Nasty weather, a new diagnosis of luxating patella, and the busyness of the holidays halted our daily walking. She started vomiting every other day about the time of her knee issue. We have had her to our vet three times during this month and also several phone conversations. She was on Wellness core Turkey at the onset of this frequent vomiting. I regularly switched proteins on Wellness Core. My vet wanted me to add grains as she felt Sofie needed more substance since she seemed to have an acid accumulation on an empty morning stomach. She also was started on Pepcid 2x daily with no improvement. She was switched to omeprazole 3 days ago. She continues her early morning vomiting of bile. She has had 2 physical exams and a chemistry panel, as well as pancreatic panel. All normal. Her appetite is normal. She was straining to empty her bowels and the vet thought that had to do with her lack of exercise. We have begun walking and that seems to have resolved that issue along with a tsp of rd (Science Diet) daily (just had it for 2 days). I am perplexed as to find an answer for this vomiting. Do I need to give her more time to adjust to the grain and give the omeprazole more time to work? It has been only 3 days... I would appreciate any suggestions.
Besides Dave's good advice, There is one more thing that can't hurt and I know it has helped with my brother's dog, who also had problem with bile vomit first thing in the morning... A plain, old fashioned, Milk Bone dog biscuit right before bed. I know it's not good nutrition, but it IS mild, keeps something in their stomach. And like your vet suggested in terms of adding grain to her diet, it tends to sop up some stomach acid.

Once my brother started this seemingly silly "trick" with his dog, he has never had any more trouble with it. Rocky is 10 now, and this started when he was 2. Of course, that might not work either, but it's certainly cheap to try, and the worst thing that can happen is that it doesn't work.


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BTW... Nice to see you back, even though I'm sorry to hear Sofie is having trouble!!!


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Thanks Karen, Actually our vet suggested the Milkbone trick. This girl would come running at the sound of food prep and familiar opening of assorted food items(she is a scavenger and hunts for any dropped morsel). I have not found any food item she doesn't like, except Milk bone. She would reluctantly eat it, but still vomited early morning the first two nights she ate them. The third night, she had to be coaxed to eat it, but there was no vomiting. My concern was that she would eventually refuse them. I decided to make some home made treats with oats, banana, and all natural peanut butter. She loves them. I also started giving her 1/4 of an omeprazole in the morning and 1/4 in the evening. We have had 2 mornings in a row with no vomiting. She is acting her normal feisty self as well. Lets hope this is a turn around. Merry Christmas...
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Thanks Karen, Actually our vet suggested the Milkbone trick. This girl would come running at the sound of food prep and familiar opening of assorted food items(she is a scavenger and hunts for any dropped morsel). I have not found any food item she doesn't like, except Milk bone. She would reluctantly eat it, but still vomited early morning the first two nights she ate them. The third night, she had to be coaxed to eat it, but there was no vomiting. My concern was that she would eventually refuse them. I decided to make some home made treats with oats, banana, and all natural peanut butter. She loves them. I also started giving her 1/4 of an omeprazole in the morning and 1/4 in the evening. We have had 2 mornings in a row with no vomiting. She is acting her normal feisty self as well. Lets hope this is a turn around. Merry Christmas...
It sounds like you are taking steps in the right direction! I don't blame her for not wanting to eat one of those saw-dusty Milk Bones! It sounds like your treats are an even better option! Fingers crossed for you both!

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