Jazz has stopped eating again. I took her to the vet about 10 days ago because she had stopped eating both kibble and canned foods for about 5 days. She was also throwing up yellow liquid. I also had him check her ears for inflammation because she would cry when I cleaned them and they were. He put her on an antibiotic which she has finished and he gave me some meds for nausea to give her 10 min before she was fed. Now even the nausea med isn’t working. I baited her into eating this afternoon and she threw up what she ate about 2 hours later.
Any ideas about what’s going on before I take her back to the vet? I can’t take her in before Monday
No…she’s not on sensitive stomach food. She & Freddie were on Pedigree Adult Complete in spite of the corn content because it didn't show up on the recall lists. Up until a few days ago that's what they were eating. We weren't aware how bad it was for them (thanks to the info given to me on through this forum) and have stopped feeding it. Jazz had stopped eating it anyway. We thought we would continue the canned food until we could get some decent kibble but Jazz stopped eating that, too. One time she ate some cottage cheese but now walks away from that.
This afternoon I gave her a mix of rice and boiled chicken and that’s what she threw up.
If she's eating it and vomiting it up, to me that's a sign of more than just the dog eating a bad food. Especiaally if she is vomiting chicken and rice. It is also possible that the problem is she is allergic to chicken, which is why she is vomiting. See if she vomits up ground hamburger and rice perhaps. Is she vomiting up what she is eating or yellow stuff? Have you considered having an ultrasound done to see if she has some kind of blockage?
I'd get some sensitive stomach food from the veterinarian or a food that doesn't have chicken in it, and give that to her for a week or so and see how she does. Don't give her any other food or treats. Put the food in her bowl, give her 15 or 20 minutes to eat, if she doesn't, pick it up and either refrigerate it or cover it and wait until it's time for the next feeding. Make sure she has fresh water.
How often has she done this, and have you always tried to change her food to something she likes when she stops eating, or have you just kept feeding her what you have, and let her work through it on her own?
Never trust a tall dwarf... he's lying about something.
my dog has thrown up yellow liquidy stuff before, we didn't take her to the vet for it, because we figured it was just something she ate, so if she would have done it again the next day, we would have had her checked. Your dog may have eaten something that wasn't meant for dogs, so it's causing her to be sick, do you feed her table food? If so what was the last thing you saw her eat or had given to her that was unusual for her tummy? good luck, i'm sure your baby will be fine!
Lovemydogs, just try boiled rice and lean hamburger. If she won't eat that, there's something serious going on. Just make sure she has water, and take her to the vet tomorrow. Sorry, that's all I can think of.
“If she's eating it and vomiting it up, to me that's a sign of more than just the dog eating a bad food.”
She’s refusing the kibble and just ate and threw up the chicken and rice. To be honest, Minniyar, I got the feeling she didn’t even want to eat the mix – she may have wanted either the rice or the chicken and one of them didn’t agree with her empty stomach.
Is she vomiting up what she is eating or yellow stuff?”
She has done both. The yellow stuff is a clear orangey yellow liquid. Both she and Freddie (her mother) have vomited this liquid before – it started 3 years ago when they picked up ‘something’ in a motel dog walking area. Freddie stopped doing it once pronounced cured by the vet but Jazz has continued to do it, usually in the morning before she eats or she’ll refuse to eat, vomit and then eat. I really think that it’s happening more frequently now – maybe every 3 weeks. (yes, maybe a vet visit is in order specifically for this again – but they never figured out what it was even though she was in vet hospital for nearly a week). So, I wasn’t really concerned about the vomit until along with that, she has refused to eat the kibble, then refused the canned food, then refused cooked hamburger. That’s when I gave her the cooked rice and chicken and she threw that up within an hour of eating it. She has continued to take her Synovi G-3 treats and 7pm cookies.
I have always paid attention when Jazz refuses food because then I know there’s a problem. She’s always a good eater unless there’s something wrong. Freddie, on the other hand, will eat anything because her meds make her hungry, so I can’t really trust her. Jazz is the one who refused to eat the Nutro 8 days before it was recalled in March. I took her to the vet and $200 later was told they couldn’t find anything wrong with her. Three days later, the recalled dog food hit the news and Nutro showed up on the recall list. My point is that I trust Jazz to alert me to problems. I discontinue what food the girls are on and try something different – first, a diet of rice and chicken as there usually is no other dog food in the house. Chicken has always been my first choice since hamburger binds the girls up and with Freddie’s perianal fistula, I have to keep her stool on the softer side.
As for giving water, between them, they drink 3-4 quarts daily. I think Freddie drinks more due to the meds she is on but Jazz does drink a lot of water and that hasn’t slowed down.
BTW – I had called Mars, Inc., makers of Pedigree, about 2 weeks ago to ask if there were any contamination problems with either the dry Complete or the cuts in gravy and was told, ‘no’. They did send me some freebie coupons for the canned which I won’t feed to the girls.
Pen2, thanks for the suggestion. I’m going to Petsmart to try to find something totally different for her and if I can’t find it – I operate on the “I’ll know it when I see it” principle – I’ll try rice and lean hamburger this evening.
When switching your dogs food I do it slowly. They may get sick on you if you don't. When I switched I would wait until the bag was half empty and then started adding the new food slowly so by the time the bag was gone they where completely switched to the new food. Like 1/4 cup to 1 cup and just keep adding the new.
You can do this with the canned food you have left. I take my time switching but you can do it in a week.
***Edited By: WileyBlaze on 9/30/2007 9:48:10 PM*** Reason: .
Wellllllll…. my first test run with the new food is a bust. Wiley, I couldn’t do a slow change over because Jazz stopped eating kibble and the canned food days ago.
With my copy of ‘Wiley’s great list of grading foods’ in hand, I descended upon Petsmart and after going through aisle after aisle, I settled on Authority Adult Lamb Formula. I seem to always go to a lamb kibble because I think it is easier on the dog’s systems (correct me if I’m wrong about this).
We repackage kibble into gallon zip loc bags and store them in a locked lid 30-gallon trash container in the pantry. This makes things more convenient to keep a bag at a time in the kitchen cabinet and keeps the kibble cool so critters don’t appear from any grains in it. We’ve had that happen with biscuits and used to keep them refrigerated or frozen to keep them dormant. That was with Iams biscuits. So, anyway, we repackage the kibble in the garage and accidentally drop kibble on purpose for Freddie & Jazz to snack on. Both dogs were leery of the food and would mouth it, drop it but then eventually eat it. I think it was the odor of cod liver oil – probably due to the salmon meal – that puzzled them. They both started eating it to the point of sticking their heads into the Authority bag to get more.
When I fed them, I gave them a cup of food with a little cooked hamburger mixed in and Jazz scarfed it up. It made me feel so good to see her finally eat.
So….an hour or two later I found that one of the dogs had been into the potting soil of a houseplant I had transplanted a couple of days ago that was in the nook. Neither had bothered this plant before. Couldn’t tell which one it was until Jazz threw up in the garage (we leave the door open to the garage most of the time because their crates are out there and there are carpet remnants on which to lay). So, she threw up potting soil and a couple of carrot pieces from her kibble. Everything else kibble wise had been digested.
Now I have a new question…..why on earth did she eat the potting soil? She has grazed on grass but never, ever eaten any kind of dirt.
Also…do you think the chemicals and fertilizer will be dangerous for her?
Jazz has been eating now for 4 days. We still have no idea why she started to refuse her food and then stopped eating altogether. The episode lasted 6 weeks and 3 days until she started to eat again. She is down to 90# now and the vet said she is not overweight; she’s just a big girl.
Nothing showed in her blood work or x-rays. Our next step is an endoscopy (sp?) but that will be in a few weeks because of $$. She does not have mega esophagus.
She was crying when I picked her up at the vet’s after her x-rays and continued to cry for 5 days. She stayed in a stupor and was so pathetic and looked so bad it was scary to watch Freddie stand over her licking her head and then looking at me like, “What are you doing about this?” Honestly, I thought we were going to lose her. Knowing we are going to put Fred down sometime soon it was unbearable to think I could lose Jazz, too. I’m counting on Jazz to be a comfort to me when the Fred goes. I was so upset I nearly posted but decided to spare you guys.
It turns out that one x-ray showed that Jazz has spondylosis in her back. We figure her back got tweaked during positioning for the x-rays. She is feeling much better now.
She refused to eat any of the Hill’s Prescription Diet Z/D – dry or canned. Now that she is eating the Harvest Baked again I am putting both in her bowl and trying to switch her over. She’s interested in ‘cookie time’ again and will eat the canned Hill’s if I microwave it into treats.
Currently she is taking Pepcid AC for her stomach and prednisone for her incessant scratching. Since the pred can stimulate the appetite I’m hoping once she finishes the course of meds, she will continue to eat. The vet said she could take the Pepcid indefinitely.
I have a call in to her previous vet for a copy of Jazz visits and complaints to see if there is a pattern of periodicity with her symptoms – scratching, vomiting on an empty stomach, vomiting food including boiled chicken & rice, is hungry but refuses all food including cooked hamburger, treats & biscuits.
It seems that if she eats something and then throws it up, she will refuse to eat that food again.
Looking back at her symptoms…..anyone have any ideas I can run past the vet? I'm thinking anxiety & sensitive stomach.