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Boris vomits but not food

I have a 9 month old Havanese named Boris. He has had a problem since we got him that he vomits bile from time to time. There is never food in the discharge, it is usually a yellowish or clear color. We've change his foods, toys, shampoo's and watch for things he might be eating but he continues to do this and we cannot figure out what is wrong. Has anyone else seen this in Hananese?
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This happens to MacGyver if he hasn't eaten and is very active during the day (e.g., when he goes to daycare). The vet said not to worry, but we try to make sure he eats on those days, and it seems to have solved the problem.

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Like Boo, said, they vomit bile if they haven't eaten. Does it usually happen in the mornings or after he hasn't eaten all day? I would make sure to give him a biscuit or some treats at night before bed time and during the day between meals so his stomach isn't empty. That should stop it.

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Thank you, and Hi!
It does seem to happen more often in the mornings and definitely while on an empty stomach. We did notice that as well and we try to keep him from having an empty stomach but most of the time that is easier said than done. Boris is very picky about his eating and basically eats on "his" time. We tried to feed him at specfic times of the day but he would just refuse to eat and then gorge himself when we feed him later on. Then he would throw up food because he'd eat to much! He's such a pain but we love him to death
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Maddie vomited yellow bile in the mornings a couple of time when she was younger. I gave her a few "treats" just before going to bed, and it never happened again. I don't have to do that anymore now that she's older.

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Have you tried giving Boris a really great treat like boiled chicken? Or find something that he really LOVES. If you can give him a few pieces at night and during the day, this should stop.


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Is boiled chicken good for a dog? I was brought up that dogs should not eat people food and this is the first dog of my own so I never really looked into it. I know people who feed their animals people food but I always worried about things being bad for the dog. What are some good alternatives to dog food that are healthy for a puppy?
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I never feed Kubrick my people food. By that I mean that he is not allowed food from the table. And he knows it. He has never ever begged for food. The boiled chicken is made especially for him... I boil boneless, skinless chicken breasts and put some garlic powder in the water. I usually make 8 breasts and put two in the fridge and freeze the rest. He knows they're his and when I make chicken for myself he totally knows the difference.

People food is NOT bad for dogs, you just have to know what to give him. Chicken is fine, turkey is good unless he gets diarrhea off of it (some dogs do), cheese is AWESOME - Kubrick LOVES cheese - just don't give him too much of it as it can give diarrhea. Kubrick also loves cream cheese (just a little bit on the tip of my finger) and he is a fan of steak, though he's only had that once on a special occasion.

Also, some dogs LOVE peanut butter. Kubrick likes it, but he's more partial to cream cheese.

Just wanted to add, that I only give these things as TREATS an in VERY small quantities. Don't feed him too much of these things as there's no need for it if he's eating his kibble or whatever it is you normally feed him. You don't want him to gain weight or to think that whenever he doesn't eat his regular food you will give him the special food.


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Bile puking is a sign of empty stomach, however, if Boris continues to have bile puking after night snacks and his eating is erratic, please check if all his teeth have come out and there are no puppy teeth left.

My Benji had the same issue during 6-7 months, nothing worked. It was scary to see him not eat and puke bile. The vet prescribed Pedsid too and he would cough it up and puke. Finally my breeder's vet found his puppy tooth hanging way, way back in the mouth. The poor guy was in pain and couldn't eat. After removing the tooth, he started eating well and no more bile pukes.

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Well thank you for all of your advise! It's nice to be able to talk with people who are having some of the same issues. There aren't many Havanese where I live and the vets here are clueless because of that. We will have to keep a closer watch and see if the timing of his throw up is around the empty stomach times. I like the boiled chicken treat idea as well since you never know what you are getting with those store bought treats!
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