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      Quote Originally Posted by Charlotte K. View Post
      I am thinking of rescues and other Labs I have had in our care. Here are some more questions to try to help you figure it out.
      Is she getting any chews, such as rawhide, greenies, or hooves?
      Also, what flea and tick and/or heartworm preventatives, if any, is she on?
      Does she throw up after a certain activity or after a big drink of water?
      She is definitely a chewer so we've given her a ton of different chews like no hides, bully sticks, frozen bones, and an antler (which she hasn't made any progress on). We used to give her rawhides but stopped after all of the horror stories I've read online. We also monitor her pretty closely anytime she has any type of chew since she has a history of the vomiting issues.

      We don't give her any medication with the exception of when she tried the anti-vomiting and the antacid, which both were recommended by the vet. When we first got her we gave her a few baths with the flea and tick shampoo and we used a flea collar for about a month.

      She throws up at random times usually it's after she's been laying down for a while and it usually happens in the afternoon or at night, never in the morning. She doesn't drink water or anything right before either.

      I hope this helps!

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      Quote Originally Posted by barry581 View Post
      A couple questions. Does it happen after every meal? Is there undigested food coming up? How are bowel movements? How often are bowel movements? Is there any chance the pup ingested something that could be causing a partial blockage??

      Hope you find out what's going on soon. These types of things are always tough, it sure would be nice if they could tell you how they're feeling.
      No, it usually happens after one meal a day or every other day. It's always either her lunch or dinner that she vomits and it happens usually about 2 hours after eating. Most of the time it's undigested food, but it's definitely vomiting and not regurgitation.

      Besides the vomiting she it totally normal. Her bowel movement are normal, she poops roughly 2-3 times a day and it's a good texture (not diarrhea or constipated) and color.

      It is possible that she could have a partial blockage but the vet didn't seem to think that was the case since she's having normal bowel movements, not in any pain, and have clear x-rays.

      I hope we find out whats wrong soon too! Yesterday we met with someone who specializes in canine diets and we realized most of the food we give her have been bird based (chicken, turkey, duck, etc.) so her recommendation was to do a trial of a lamb based food before going for the expensive tests. We're keeping our fingers crossed that this works!

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      Lots of good advice. As was mentioned, the first question is your dog vomiting or regurgitating? If the food comes up looking like it did when she ate it, it is most likely regurgitation. Also, if it happens shortly after eating, it is likely regurgitation. With vomiting, you will see abdominal contractions with heaving. Yes, we have all experienced this as we linger over the toilet. With regurgitation, there is simple reflux of stomach content like a belch with food. Persistent regurgitation is likely caused by a problem with the esophagus (megaesophagus, persistent fourth aortic arch, etc). Vomiting can be caused by many things. If there is bile (yellow fluid) in the vomit, then there is no total obstruction as the bile is produced by the liver and empties into the small intestine. It has to go through the pylorus to get into the stomach and the pylorus is one of the most common sites of obstruction. The interagency rules out total bowel obstruction.

      You haven't mentioned what your dog vomits. Whole food, digested food, clear fluid, bile, ropey saliva, etc. These are big clues as to the cause. In my many years of working with young labs, I always say that persistent vomiting labs are foreign body candidates until proven otherwise. They can often swallow items (rocks, golf balls, etc) that roll around in the stomach and cause vomiting intermittently. If your vet is thorough with his/her questions, interpretations and deductions, he/she should narrow down the possibilities without having to spend a lot of your money. They might try a little metoclopramide that will open the pylorus to see if it helps. That would rule out the possibility of pylorospasm. If this doesn't work and it is truly vomiting and not regurgitation, an endoscopic exam done by an internist (or a very skilled GP) should give you an answer. Good luck.

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      spelling compensation can be a pain.. Interagency is supposed to say intermittency.

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      Thank you for the response! She is definitely vomiting not regurgitating because we can see her stomach moving and there's the heaving/retching before vomiting. It usually happens a couple hours after eating but the food looks only slightly digested. For the most part she was vomiting her dry food but it was covered in clear and white slime/drool.

      Last week we decided to try cutting out chicken, turkey, and duck and replacing it with a lamb based food. We also got her a new bowl that won't allow her to eat too fast, it now takes her about 20 minutes to eat. So far we've made it a week with no more vomiting! We only had one episode and it was after we gave her a chicken flavored treat in her tire toy so I'm thinking it may be a food intolerance. Keeping our fingers crossed that this food continues to work but if not I believe we may try the endoscopic exam.

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      My guys suffer from "empty tummy syndrome"...they get three meals a day and two small biscuit snacks.

      There have been times when the ETS is making itself known within either dog, usually Danny, but no vomiting occurs because the next meal is "just in the nick of time". But the bile buildup (I guess) was substantial enough to make that meal come back up...usually within an hour or so. There will be undigested food and some bile or slime...not a lot of bile, though, so it really just looks like food. I'm wondering if this might be the case with your pup. Note: Dan cleans up his own "mess" and acts like nothing happened (definitely not sour food or overwhelming bile...he has avoided "sick stomach" barf in the past).
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