Under the Weather

There is no sound that can wrench me out of sleep quicker than someone throwing up in the middle of the night.  Who’s with me?  Well, Friday night it wasn’t one of the kids but Elsa.  Poor baby.  She threw up once and then dry heaved a few more times.  This is the first time she’s been sick in two years and I was terrified… I mean, I am really out of my league when it comes to raising a puppy.   I stayed up with her all night and then Honey took her to the vet first thing in the morning.  She wouldn’t eat anything and really wasn’t drinking either.  Well, as soon as he walks in the vet she totally perked up and immediately took treats from the tech.  Since we didn’t have an appointment, they asked us to leave her for observation for the day and so that a vet could check her out between appointments.  She was there from 8am until they called us to come get her around 3pm.  They said she was perfectly fine, ate some wet food, had a bowel movement and they found nothing wrong with her.  They sent us home with a few cans of the wet food and instructions to give her that for a day and then to start mixing in her regular food to get her back on track.  Well, last night she threw up again twice so I’m really not sure what is going on.  She is a little lazier than usual this morning but not in an alarming sense.  She has eaten a little twice (we are parsing it out so we can really monitor what she has eaten and when) and has not vomited yet.

I would love to know your thoughts!!!

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  1. My dog used to get sick every few months and the vet suggested giving her boiled chicken and white rice. It settles the stomach and then we start adding dog food back in after 24 hours. It’s worked like a charm for mine!

      1. I second Michelle’s suggestion – our vet recommends adding mashed sweet potato to the chicken and rice.

  2. Aww, the poor little thing. My Rosie has had episodes like that before and sometimes it takes a few days for her to get back to normal. We don’t give her food for at least 12 hours after she throws up and then we give her some cooked chicken and rice and slowly add her regular food back in over a few days. Also, I have found that giving her a tablespoon of canned pumpkin helps with an upset stomach. You can add that to her food. I hope that helps and I hope that sweet Elsa is feeling better!
    Take care, Shelley

  3. Aww poor Elsa. It’s been a while since we’ve had a dog, but ours was a bit of a vomiter. If it was a one day thing and she was otherwise “normal” we didn’t take her to the vet. I just wanted to chime in on the boiled chicken and rice! Definitely give that a try and hope she’s feeling better soon!

    1. Thank you! I’m sure it was an over-reaction taking her to the vet but we didn’t know!! :-) It’s like having your first child all over again. HA!

  4. Poor baby! Our cat did that earlier this summer. After about three days of watching her suffer I took her to the vet. After a battery of tests they determined it was a virus and gave us some anti-nausea meds to give her for a couple of days. They did the trick but made her pretty lethargic for the duration. After a lifetime of living with different animals(I grew up on a farm) I’ve learned to go with your gut instinct. Animals eat the craziest things (frogs will upset even the strongest of tummies) and if you are still concerned, call the vet back. It’s always best to be overly cautious than to miss something! I hope Elsa feels much much better soon!!!!

    1. Aw, glad she got better. I’ve never heard of a virus like this in animals, but it’s been years since I had cats and Elsa has been so healthy. I will definitely call them tomorrow if needed.

  5. A friend’s dog had a stomach virus earlier this summer! Craziest thing ever. They can’t get the kind that we can, but they can get their own version. Did they not do any blood tests? I might call back and ask about that.

    1. I honestly don’t think they did! I will call them tomorrow. Although, she has eaten three times today (we are just giving her a little bit at a time) and so far so good.

  6. I have a doxie that’s almost 11 and throws up every so often. He will when he gets too hot when sleeping, he’s a burrower under blankets a snuggler or if he hasn’t chewed something enough whether it’s a treat or a piece of food. Rawhide was always an offender, but he can’t have them any more after cracking a couple of teeth from chewing them. I can normally tell by what he’s thrown up the cause. It’s also normal for the first to be followed by more in the same episode, but it sounds like she got all out on the first try. I don’t worry about it unless it happens again. He did end up on chicken and rice but that wasn’t from throwing up but the other end to be polite :)

  7. I haven’t read through the other comments so someone may have suggested this, but could she be eating something outside? You might take a look around and see if there are any kind of plants that look eaten or anything that could have fallen from a tree or bush she could be eating. Another thought is the type of treats she’s getting or even her food. Lastly, and probably unlikely, is a blockage. My Lab Weber ate a piece of towel (weird I know) and had episodes of vomiting like this. After a few days of back and forth, the vet did an Xray and saw something. After surgery to remove it he was fine. Chicken and rice is always a good idea and don’t be afraid to take her back to the vet and ask for an X-ray. At least it could rule out an obstruction. I’m sorry y’all are going through this. Doggie drama is the worst because they can’t tell you what’s wrong. Good luck and keep us posted!

  8. Agree with the above. Hold food for 12 hours or so, they are fine with just water. Can give pumpkin to settle digestive issues (works on the other end too) And chicken and rice are great to start once they have settled down.
    Also agree, she could have eaten something outside. The other thing is she could have possibly gotten a bad bag of food (unfortunately it happens). My daughter’s golden was having issues and it turned out the particular puppy food we had been giving him for months just didn’t sit well with him. Sometimes they need to adjust their food. But, you have to do that very gradual as well.

  9. Is she throwing up yellowish looking phlegm? It could be gastritis. Basically anything can be irritating the gastric tract. I would suggest, as the others, to stick to a light diet of chicken and rice as well for a few days. Eating small meals rather than 1-2 large meals as well. Dogs have a tendency to also lick at bird or any other poop (I know -gross! 🤢) and can get coccidia from that. That can cause irritation to the stomach as well. I always keep albon on hand. Since I rehabilitate wild animals, I have a good pharmaceutical stock. A stool test can rule it out. Diarrhea in later stages with gastritis in the beginning of being contaminated. Hope she feels spiffy soon!

  10. Having dogs my whole life and being the owner of a 12 year old Goldendoodle I feel your concern. Over the years the biggest alarm that something isn’t right is a refusal to eat or drink. My dog Moe is a repeat offender of eating things he shouldn’t…diapers, pieces of ziplock bags with food left from kids, chicken bones, etc. Moe has always been able to pass these items but a clear sign he’s eaten something other than his dog food is a change in stool. When a dog has something not right with their system they will instinctively eat grass in order to produce vomit. I let Moe do this and it usually will allow him to throw up instantly if not same day. In my experience my dogs throw up from time to time but never frequently. I suspect a bacteria. I would have the vet do a stool sample lab. I’ve also had a dog with a bacterial infection in the throat which began with vomit then refusal to eat. It cleared up with antibiotics. Good luck!

  11. My doggie used to vomit everyday until I figured out that she needed her bowls raised up off of the floor. Once I did that, the vomiting stopped. You can get bowl stands at any pet store to try and see if that eliminates the vomiting. Good luck!

  12. You are my dog and Disney guru. Our family just got a puppy a week ago. Being a cat person I have no idea what to do with a dog. Mine threw up sticks yesterday morning. She ate some more again yesterday afternoon. My vet swears she will eventually learn better. Sorry your girl wasn’t feeling well. I can certainly sympathize, but I have no idea how to help.

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