my 3 y/o EB has a constant habit of throwing up. multiple times a day and i worry about him.
history: male, neutered, mild climate with little snow, always done it since a pup, tried various food products (dry food) with no improvement, poops regular, throw up includes food bits and yellow 'gunk', no bloody toss up, plenty of exercise, happy and playful all day, fresh water daily, open food container (healthy weight & don't expect overeating as the cause), vet said he might have "mega esophagus" (sp?) and recommended changing his food (done that), never gets human food, doesn't get into the trash.
he shares the food and water with my Boxer who has no problems keeping food down.
i just want a happy, healthy non-throwing up life long companion & clean carpets.
i've tried adding water to his dry food & the moist food packets. never seen him 'gulp' his food but its possible. vet said nothing about congenital megaesoph, again it is possible with the breed.
i will try smaller food portions and take away the open food container. it will be hard with my work schedule, but he is a good boy and worth the effort. he is on a high quality dry food (benefitial) and seems to have little improvement.
Wazzzy, I have an 11 year old male, Rocky. When he was 2, we went through the same thing. Our vet suggested raising the food bowl to his height so that he did not have to arch his neck in order to eat. This allows gravity to assist with the pull of the food into the stomach easier. If he IS experiencing difficulty with his esophagus pushing the food down, this should help. It worked for us and I hope this helps your baby too!
Our boxer experienced this at six months. He was regurgitating recently eaten food rather than vomiting from the stomach. Our vet did a barium swallow xray to reveal megaesophogus. He said it was rare in a dog that young and told us to feed smaller quantities more often (we already used the raised bowl), wet the kibble and stand him up on his hind legs after eating (for a hug) to let gravity help take the food down. We were fortunate that his condition improved as seen in an xray a couple of months later but we continue to feed two meals in a raised dish and monitor him when he eats. ZOMO is a member on this site and she told me her boxer has a hiatis(sp) hernia and exhibits the same symptoms. She is using something called a Baileys chair to feed. I googled it and it certainly looks interesting. I think your vet should xray to give you a definitive diagnosis so that you can treat this condition appropriately. I've also learned that patterned carpets are the way to go! Keep us posted and good luck with your EB.
oxfordbostons, there's a video on youtube of a lab getting spoonfed his dinner using the chair. Amazing what people can come up with to help our wonderful furry friends. Wazzzy, let us know how it goes with the diet change but remember to switch over gradually as you may get an upset if the change is too quick.
we did a trail by elevating his food bowl and water dish approx 12" on a support plank. he has to 'step up' to eat/drink; this forces him to have an almost upright body when eating/drinking. makes him eat slower too. first 24 hours, no throw-up. here's hoping the problem has been sooooooo simple to remedy.
That is great news but if your bully goes back to throwing up I would have your vet check for an elongated soft palate. I had a bully girl that threw up and she had this problem and once the vet fixed it she was fine. Also make sure your vet knows bulldogs since they are like no other breed of dog. If your vet is not a bulldog vet then you might want to find a vet that knows more about bulldogs. Here is a link that has recommended bulldog vets http://bulldogsworld1.homestead.com/bulldog_veterinarians.html
the trial is over. the elevated food/water dish did the trick. i built a more permanate structure out of an old shelving unit which forces him to be at a 60 deg angle when eating. his pace of eating has slowed down quite a bit with the new elevated apparatus. too bad i can't post pics in this forum.
thanks again for the help. time to clean the carpets.