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post #1 of 22 (permalink) Old 08-21-2008, 08:42 AM Thread Starter
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Max throwing up every evening

For the last several days, Max has been throwing up every evening at about the same time of day. He doesn't throw up a little piece of fuz or scrap, he throws up his entire food/stomach content.

I feed him about 1/3 cup Royal Canin Puppy twice a day (he's 11 mo. old, 9.5 lb). I have some Evo samples I planned to feed him as soon as the bag of RC was empty.

Do you think the RC has gone rancid (that didn't dawn on me until last night)? He's been on RC since he was a baby and has had no problems at all until now. I liked that he had one solid poop pile after eating and nothing more until the next feeding time. The only reason I was considering changing to EVO was because of the threads I had been reading.

What do you think? I'm going to call the vet today. Is there a home remedy to try? He doesn't act sick at all.

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No clue, but sure hope he's better soon!

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It could be rancid, but it also could be that he needs to get off of puppy food. Some people never feed puppy food while others switch after a few months. It may be just too rich for him. My lab throws up with certain foods because of a sensitve stomach and allergies. She also must eat through out the day instead of all at once, so we feed her 5 cups...two in the AM, one at noon, and two in the PM. (she is 100 lbs). So, I really don't know, but those are some thoughts....

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If he's throwing up every night I would immediately take him off that dog food. I hope you find the solution to the problem quickly.

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I think I would take him off the food as well. If all he's throwing up is his food, I would maybe go to an adult small breed food. Puppy food is too rich sometimes. We are in the process of switching Kona right now to big boy food from puppy food. Hope he gets better soon!
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yes I would stop feeding the RC, could have gone bad, or he could just all of a sudden be reacting to the puppy food richness. So he throws up every night after he eats? i would stop feeding that bag. But I also wouldn't go straight to the EVO either as it is also very rich. you could try either getting one of the rc adult formula's to mix in with the evo or feed him ground chicken and rice for a while and then start mixing the EVO into it.

I just had another thought. Does Max throw up his morning meal? Does he eat his morning meal? If he doesn't get a morning meal it could be that he is so hungry at night he wolf's his food and then gets an upset stomach because his stomach is empty. I know my jasper will not eat breakfast!!!! he just won't do it. But I need to get something in his stomach or he will throw up bile from hunger, or throw up dinner. So I give him a few treats in the morning so his stomach isn't empty.




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That is terrible. I would switch the food, but remember you can only do it slowly over a period of time otherwise their poops go out of wack. If its rancid get a sample bag so you can switch over, if its too rich, adding in the adult food will hopefully solve the problems.

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I just had another thought. Does Max throw up his morning meal? Does he eat his morning meal? If he doesn't get a morning meal it could be that he is so hungry at night he wolf's his food and then gets an upset stomach because his stomach is empty. I know my jasper will not eat breakfast!!!! he just won't do it. But I need to get something in his stomach or he will throw up bile from hunger, or throw up dinner. So I give him a few treats in the morning so his stomach isn't empty.
Similarly to Missy, I was wondering if Max is eating too fast or eating too much at a time. If he is still eating the same amount as before the regular vomiting stopped, I'd quit feeding that bag of food. Can you get a sample of the same food from the store (many food distributors give samples to their customers and there is a chance that the store has some on hand).

The problem is that there could be several causes: eating too fast, eating too much too fast, bad food, a sudden intolerance to something in the food, etc. If you can get a small amount of the same kind of food and feed him a smaller amount tonight to try two different theories, it may help. If he still vomits, there is no point in even doing a slow switch. The food isn't getting through his system anyway. Just switch.

By the way, what did your veterinarian advise?
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Poor Max - that sounds awful!

I'd take him off that food immediately. I'd try to homecook something more bland and easy-to-digest for him, like white potatoes and chicken breast and see if he can tolerate that without vomiting. You can cube up a potato (no skin), boil until tender; add small pieces of cooked chicken breast. Kibble can be harder to digest - I know that it seems to sit in their stomachs for several hours after they've eaten it.

Please keep us posted on Max's progress! I hope he feels better soon.

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Kibble can be harder to digest - I know that it seems to sit in their stomachs for several hours after they've eaten it.
And I guess we know that from experience of getting to clean up vomit!
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