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Chronic vomiting;Is it allergy?

I am new to all this. I adopted my Havanese, Bailey, when he was 11 months old on Feburary 9, 2009. Noticed vomiting in his crate in morning but he had eaten most of it. He was on Eukanuba, I thought it was separation anxiety or anxious because I was anxious being a first time dog owner! He would vomit usually 6 - 8 hours after he eats and sometimes there would be mucous in the vomit. It happens intermittently, maybe for 4 or 5 days in a row 1 to 2 times a day.Then stops for 10 to 14 days. NO WEIGHT LOSS.He weighs about 16 #.
The Vet suggested a barium study to r/o tumor, in May '09 done and negative.
Then we tried different foods, slowly introducing Nutro Sensitive stomach and skin(did not eat that one), Science diet, purina pro plan.
September 09 switched to EN canned chicken and rice...still vomiting.
Oct 09 Vet switched to Prescriptive ultra zd only (as snacks too). Still vomiting.
In April 10 we moved Bailey to a bed in our bedroom at night and he developed bilateral ear infections(there was some dust in this new enviroment), cleared up with Rx ointment and prednisone. He did not vomit while on Prednisone.
I did lift food bowl up, thinking it he was swallowing air,but still vomiting.
I have fed him at regular times 2 x day, I have left food out.
His appetite is finicky when he has upset stomach, like he didn't eat breakfast last couple of days. I don't know what to do but I love my dog and would appreciate any help, suggestions. I will post a picture as soon as I can figure that out.
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Sorry you, and Bailey, are going through all of this. It's rough to see our pups in distress and not be able to figure out what's going on. I've not heard of vomiting being a symptom of allergies. Cody will occassionally vomit - usually because he's hungry - but you've already indicated you leave food out so that's probably not it. Hope you find some answers soon.


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I would suggest taking Bailey to a vet that specializes in gastrointestinal issues. You can probably do a google search for one in your area. Or perhaps your regular vet can recommend one. Specialists can be more knowledgeable and helpful than your regular vet.

My parents poodle used to vomit frequently. It was mostly just bile and it would affect his appetite and mood for the rest of the day. My mom switched his food from chicken and rice to lamb and rice and he vomits much less. He still has a sensitive stomach though and will vomit if he eats something he's not supposed to on a walk/outside. We definitely think the chicken was bothering his tummy.
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So sorry to read about Bailey's difficulty! That is so hard.

Tucker will vomit when he has had an empty stomach for too long, like if he eats nothing after supper, by morning he will vomit bile. That was resolved for us by me making sure he has a bedtime snack.

I read someone on the Forum has their dog on anti-acids which really helped them. Have you tried that, with your vet's guidance?

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Thanks for the quick responses. I really appreciate this forum, just took me a while to figure out how to post but I have been reading the info on this site about different diets. I thought maybe something with grain might cause this vomiting symptom. I read on this site that more people use a brand of food called Wellness so I introduced that for the last couple of days and he was okay until the 9th day and he vomited 2x. Sometimes I have to add water to his food and then he eats it. Thinking about introducing yogart?
Spoke to a Vet in New Orleans, LA last week just with a phone consult and he suggested to start with low dose of Prilosec (which I stopped today after 10 days because he is not eating)and I am sending him records so his partners can maybe suggest next step. I think LSU vet school could be one of my next stops.
My Vet wanted to do open biopsy of stomach, but I am not ready to put my dog through surgery( I am a retired Nurse Anesthetist). I wouldn't have minded a gastroscope but not sure we have that in this town
His vomiting is not really bile looking, it is undigested food, like oatmeal looking. Occasionally he does eat grass outside to make himself vomit and that is green bile grassy looking.
Thanks again for your thoughts, it made me feel so good to have a place to voice my concerns.
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Dru, I don't have any suggestions but I did want to say I hope you will be able to find a resolution to this problem soon. LSU Vet school would probably be a good place to try.

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Rosie is a puker. But it is only when she is anxious. First the drooling--then puke. If she has an empty stomach, it is just bile. But if she has eaten, it is all the undigested food. A trip to the Vet will do it. She knows how far the car is going to work 3 miles. If I go a half a block over that, she starts puking. She has been known to do it also when strange people come into the house. It is just something we live with--but keeps us from traveling with her.
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Maybe a consult with Sabine at Better Dog Care would yield some answers? Several folks here have used her service and have been pleased.


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One of my dogs, a rescue Maltese has a real problem tummy. We have to watch every thing he eats very carefully and then he will only regurgitate water. A good quality food is important, but Science Diet and Prescription Diet aren't good one's I'm afraid. Wellness is excellent. We found that Winston was sensitive to chicken also but Wellness makes a food called Simple ingredients, Duck and Sweet Potato. There is also a good one that I feed alot, Natural Balance Duck and Potato. Taste of the Wild that is the duck one is good for possible allergies.

Good luck, I know what a helpless feeling that is.


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I'm wondering though... If he is allergic/sensitive to chicken, would he be allergic/sensitive to duck, too?

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