I have a 4 months 2 weeks old lab retriever puppy. He eats quite well, he tends to swallow and not chew his food though and since he's quite thin, I give him more food than usual (I can see his ribs at a certain angle but not most of the time though and he looks quite ok and the people we encounter doesn't see he's thin or anything.) to fatten him up (is this ok?). Also, I seem to notice that he farts not a lot but quite often, probably 2-3 times a day but not sure if there's more since I only smell the fart when he's in the couch or in bed with me. There's no sound, just bad smell.
I feed him Canidae all life stages. Just this morning, when I was giving him his food, he was so excited. He usually ate at first but halfway, he just stopped, looked and walked around and ignored his food. I thought he was about to go potty so I quickly took him outside, but he didn't do anything, except maybe to eat a very little bit of grass by accident (maybe no more than 5 strands?). I took him inside and let him have his meal. However, he didn't touch it. He just ate a few and ignored it. Last thing I saw, he was on the side trying to vomit and vomitted what I think all the food he just ate.
He didn't eat or touch his food after that. I decided to add water in his food to soften it up and he ate it all up, I refilled the bowl again and added water and he ate all of it again but didn't vomit this time. He's playing and chewing on his raw hide bone at the moment.
There's nothing wrong with him that I saw, he's active as usual and does everything he usually does normally.
And there was one other thing that was bothering me, his ears smells. It's not really a bad smell, it's just a normal dog smell. The smell smells familiar to me, it's a normal smell I normally smell in dogs back in my home country, more like a puppy smell. I've been reading that this might be ear infection or just plain dirty ears. I've tried to clean his ears with alcohol pads yesterday, very carefully and just on the parts that I could easily access and see so no problem there. They're not red, they're actually white in color inside too. But the smell is still there. Again, it's not a bad smell and I only smell it when I smell directly on his ears. He doesn't scratch his ears also and doesn't tilt his head or anything.
I'm just worried since this was the first time he didn't eat his food and vomitted (but he ate all of it the second time once I mixed water in it). Was there anything wrong? I have an appointment for him on the 16th with a vet. I was going to have him checked up and vaccinated at that same time too (half price vaccination). I was going to bring him to the vet today but they're closed due to the labor day weekend.
Should I be worried? Or was this just normal that he vomited this morning? I've read that it's just normal for dogs to vomit as long as it's not frequent. So far, he's doing just fine and right now, he's trying to chew the plastic and wood part off of my desk (but to no avail though lol).
Also, he's quite a huge 4 month old puppy, I expect him to be around 60-70 lbs when he's fully grown. My question also is, how long do I take him to walks, most people I asked especially the ones at the shelter told me at least an hour or 2 a day. I take him on 1 hour long walks mostly but just yesterday, I decided to try and take him on 2 1 hour long walks during the morning and afternoon, to tire him out and just make him sleep all day instead of him trying to chew everything all day. I'm just concern since I don't want him to get hips dysplasia when he's older because of this.
I'm not an expert, but since the people who know more haven't answered, I'll jump in to fill the void.
Based on my basic "mom skills" I wouldn't worry too much about a single bout of vomiting. Rely on his current behavior instead. If he seems to be behaving happy and normal now, don't fret. It was probably a temporary upset stomach.
As far as trying to "fatten him up" I would use caution. Labs are notorious for eating everything in sight, so I suggest you get in the habit of measuring out his food carefully each day and sticking to the program. If that means increasing his daily ration, then do that -- don't just toss in more because he ate all of what you gave him.
Oh -- and don't worry about him not "chewing" his food. Have you thought about what his teeth look like? Dog's don't have molars for grinding food like people do. "Inhaling" food is fairly standard practice. For some dogs it can be a problem, but it doesn't sound like it is an issue for you so far.
As far as the walks -- hmmm. He's still a pretty young pup. Two hours at a pop seems a little excessive. I would suggest shorter walks more often, if possible. And don't forget to "play" rather than simply walk. A little bit of fetch or tug of war will help add variety and mental stimulation, and should help burn off puppy energy.
Thanks a lot. It seems you're right. It was probably just an upset stomach. Other than the vomiting I mentioned, nothing else was wrong with him. He's happy all day and not a single weird or bad thing happened.
I'm only able to walk him 2 times a day, morning and at dusk. Since it gets really really hot here during the day. I'll see if I can tone it down to 30 minutes a walk. It's just that, once we're done with the walk, he will be tired and would just sleep most of the day instead of being hyper and try to chew everything he sees which is what happens on days when it's raining and I couldn't walk him lol.
As for playing, I have not been able to teach him fetch effectively but I'm trying to. I have a dog rope he loves to play with by himself. He would go around the room throwing it around himself and growling and barking at it playfully. He would also bite at it and shake his head while it flails around. He's just so cute when he does that. I sometimes play tug of war with him but I make sure I always win and I make sure I'm the one to always start and stop it but I only do it rarely since I heard that's a no no to some dogs since it tends to develop their aggressiveness when playing it.