I have a year old maltese-yorkie mix. I fed my dog chicken and rice today for lunch and dinner. A few minutes after he finished his dinner he threw up pretty much all the food he ate the whole day. Five minutes after that he threw up twice more, but this time it's yellow and I noticed a very small amount of what looked like blood. He had some water and just threw up two more times an hour ago (a total of six times in less than three hours). He doesn't seem lethargic, he's pretty playful when I try to play with him although he's asleep right now. I don't know if he's got digestion problem because after he threw up, he did go to the bathroom and his feces looked normal (not liquid, diarrhea-like). What could be causing this? Should I give him more water or withhold it for a few hours to let his stomach rest?
Please, if anyone can give me some advice to help him while I wait 'til it's morning to take him to the vet. Thanks!
***Edited By: Hale0812 on 4/12/2007 4:53:03 PM*** Reason: additional info
i gave him some water an hour ago and hasn't thrown up again. the most recent shot he got was his rabies vaccine about a month ago, the rest (parvo, etc.) isn't due until september. right now so far so good, he's not feeling sick and isn't acting like he's sick (just actually finished playing and now he's digging his bed like crazy as usual). i'm not giving him food for twelve hours and the only thing he's got access to is water. tomorrow i'll give him a small amount of chicken and rice and hopefully he'll be able to keep that in.
I'm relieved he hasn't thrown up but I'm still monitoring him.. He's sound asleep and I will call the vet first thing tomorrow. Thanks for your help!
Edit: I forgot to add, a few hours before giving him his dinner he ate some Nutro Natural Choice Dry pet food (which I always leave out so when he's feeling hungry he's got free access). He's been eating that since we got him a year ago and is one of the few foods that he likes (picky eater). I know Nutro wet foods are on the recall list and their website stated that their dry foods are not. But I just did some research and read some complaints regarding Nutro's dry foods. I will definitely bring this up when I speak with the vet tomorrow.
Losing our dog Feb 16 to the recall- I can tell you that any recalled brands of wet, apply that to the dry as well. ALSO Beneful is a risk, dry beneful is now in question along with many other dry brands. They found a second contaminate which they have not as of yet identified and could be in dry as well- leading me to believe this is far from over. Your dog may very well have a side effect. Hault giving him any dry- change to pro plan dry if need be for now and do not give him anything else but homemade dog food such as chicken or ground beef well done with whole grain rice, peas and carrots and oats. I have made up and placed in the processor this mixture (processing just the carrots and peas) it looks like beef fried rice. Store in container in fridge and serve about 3/4 of this with 1/4 dry pro plan or anything else on the non recalled list. Trust no pet food until this is resolved. I even went to the extreme of replacing our new pups dry food for breakfast with whole grain oat cereal (unsweetened). Take him off the food you are giving him now and get a urine sample done, check for above normal ph levels and also if any blood is present in urine. He may be treated with anti biotics- and mend just fine so long as you stop the dog food you are giving him. Chicken and rice is fine, he most likely did not become ill due to that, this is what pets do when they have food poisoning, vomiting, diahrrea, shakey. Our Brandy was ill then fine, then REALLY ill and at the end the neurological damage was so severe she had brain damage and could not be saved. We put her to sleep without an official diagnosis because we did not learn of the recall until well over a month later, then we discovered this is exactly what she died from.
In Memory Of Our Brandy Feb 16,2007 Menu Foods Took her life and ours away from us all.
If it was a small amount of blood it could be that he irritated his throat or esophagus when he threw up the first couple of times. My dog has a sensitive stomach and vomits fairly often. If she does it a few times in a row sometimes there's a little blood at the end. The first times she did this we spent close to $700 in vet bills because we thought it was something worse, but now we know what's going on. That said - I would stll watch him closely and get him checked out. Better safe than sorry.
overeating is a common cause of ocassional vomitting in puppies, especially if they follow eating with playing.feed smaller meals more frequently if this becomes a problem.
vomitting immediatly after meals can indicate an obstruction of the esophagus. repeated vomiting could indicate that the dog has eaten spoiled food, undigestible objects, or may have stomach illness.
consult ur vet immediatly if ur dog vomits foul substance resembeling fecal matter(indicating a blockage in the intestinal tract)or blood (partly digested blood resembles coffe grounds)or if there is a projectile or tiuedvomiting.sporadic vomiting poor appetite and generally poor condition could indicate internal parasites or a more serious internal disease that should also be checked by ur vet. i hope everything goes well and ur baby gets better i hope i was any help to u well let us know how everything turns out wont ya.
karenlj35, I am sorry for your loss. I've thrown away his bag of Nutro and will follow your homemade food suggestion/recipe. Thank you.
I spoke with the vet and she explained that the small amount of blood with his vomit was due to the fact that he vomited several times and could have irritated his throat. She suggested I keep monitoring him and since he isn't sick or weak (he's been very hyper and playful actually), I could help him recover at home and that there was no need to take him there unless it occurs again today or the following couple of days. I gave him a small amount of rice and boiled chicken for lunch and will increase his food intake little by little. From now on, I will only stick to homemade food until all of this is resolved.