I rescued a rat terrier from the pound almost a year ago. When I got him he was like a skeleton, he broke my heart. Since then he has had to have his toe amputated, get surgery on his gums, be dewormed, and go to the vet for ringworm in his ear. Lately he's been doing this funny snorting thing (that I just found out is called "reverse sneezing") but he also throws up about 3 times a week on average. I talked to the vet about this and she didn't seem too concerned but it's really starting to get irritating. The vet is so expensive and I'm a student so I don't have that much money. Doesn't anyone know what could be wrong?
I don't know what it is, maybe a sensitive stomach?? Does he eat really fast and only about 2 times a day?? My rat terrier used to do the same thing- he threw up about once every day. I switched his dog food to Science Diet Sensitive Skin and he's done pretty well with that. That may be why your vet doesn't seem too worried. Maybe he just eats too fast and it upsets his stomach. I think that's what happened to my Chopper. Add a little water to his food. That might help with his stomach and digestion. That's what I do and haven't had to clean up any vomit for quite a while. Few months now, I suppose. Good luck and don't give up on him... Rat terriers are some of the best dogs!!
Every rat terrier I have ever seen looks like that unless they are a puppy! My friends had one that was only five and it looked horrible. Nothing was really wrong with it though. They just don't age well.
Some dogs are just pukey like that. I can't remember if theres was or not. He was a rescue too!
***Edited By: joce on 12/17/2004 2:46:39 PM*** Reason: forgot somethin!
I know you're not supposed to do this, but my brother in law gives his rat terrier cat food! And the dog is ancient (13-14 years old) so it apparently hasn't hurt her! But I think cat food is supposed to be too high in fat for dogs normally to digest.
If you have a dog that has a sensitive stomach...I'd be careful introducing new food. My dog has a sensitive stomach and if she eats any of the cat's canned food, it comes right back up in a few minutes. There are foods made for allergies, which I think my dog has. If I make sure she doesn't get any food with corn, wheat or soybeans...she does fine. She was eating Natural Balance and did good on it...no throwing up...and now she is on Solid Gold, and is doing great on it. It might just be a allergy, so you might want to try eliminating one of the ingredents that cause most allergies....it wouldn't hurt to try.....