This week Ralph has thrown up twice while eating his breakfast (2 cups of Blue Buffalo). Karen says he seems just fine and goes on eating. We're going to raise his bowl higher and were told to try putting a tennis ball in the bowl so he has to work around it to slow down. Worked this evening. This just started this week and we've had him 10 weeks.
Any ideas what this might be?
|He's not simply getting too much food at a feeding? Wondering if maybe you're just overloading his stomach...
You might try dividing his kibble/food into 3 portions if possible to see if that helps. AM, noon and PM.
Is he actually throwing up where effort is required to bring it up or is he passively regurgitating his food?
You might look into something other than a tennis ball to place in his dish if you find you need to do this for a long time. I guess I wonder about the glue they use to make them.
If it still occurs with smaller meals, please call the vet on Monday morning to see what they say. There are conditions that can cause regurgitation of food but the simple, more likely things need to be looked at first.
We're checking with Nancy (rescue lady) too.
Is it Nancy with Minnesota OES Rescue?
She a wonderful gal and will steer you in the right direction
|Yes, Nancy with OES Rescue in Minnesota. I'll talk to Karen about your questions.
We also just took him off a mixture of Blue Buffalo and Nutro Max (it made his stool really soft) and I wonder if because Blue Buffalo is so much smaller he doesn't chew as well. Our cats will do that sometimes too if they eat too much.
|If he's eating too fast, raising the bowl will only help him faster since he won't have to bend over and take more time. Raised feeders also can help contribute to bloat. I use them myself but I have slow, grazing eaters.|
|we used to have this with our old dog. I raised her bowl off the floor, just used a small bucket and her dish fitted in the top...couldnt afford one of these fancy stands. I also changed her food to one of the large breed adult dogs, she really enjoyed them. They are big nuggets and no way could she eat them fast. This solved the problem. I am also a believer in feeding dogs in different rooms as I believe they bolt their food to see what everyone else is eating. Hope this helps|
|Heart rarely throws up her food...but her water is a different story....I have to limit her water at night and in the morning, even though I give her a drink and then take the water up, she still throws up the water--most of the time in the house... ---Don't know why???|
Heart rarely throws up her food...but her water is a different story....I have to limit her water at night and in the morning, even though I give her a drink and then take the water up, she still throws up the water--most of the time in the house... ---Don't know why???
She may outgrow that. Clyde regularly puked up water for the first 8 months of his life and then he stopped doing it. Water seems to be so exciting when they're small, lol.
|Ralph did it again today. We'll try smaller meals today. Nancy (OES Minn. Rescue) also suggested not to raise his food, so we'll try that. He's fine otherwise.
We'll keep everyone posted.
|I saw an ad for a special food bowl made specifically to slow down fast eaters. It was called "break fast bowl". I saw it in one of my dog magiznes. I'll look up the info and link...|
| Okay, I really feel stupid
I was told by my breeder to raise Guinness' food bowl to help avoid bloat. I should have asked more questions and looked into this more. Well, no more raised food bowl for Sir Guinn! (And my father made him such a beautiful double raised bowl...one side for food, one side for water . It is wrought iron and matches the room perfectly!)
Should the water be on the floor also, or just the food?
|Ralph is doing much better. We're now feeding him 3 times a day instead of 2, put his bowl on the floor and are adding some water to his food. This is working really well and slowing him down.
Thanks for all the advice.
Ann and Ralph
|That is great!|
|Tasker is a fast eater and I did have problems many years ago with him throwing up. I raised his bowl and feed him SMALL KIBBLE. Small is actually better than large because fast eaters don't chew well and the smaller kibble is more easily digested.
The vet claims that they get less air when the bowl is raised, I don't know what is true. But it seemed to solve the problem what ever it was.
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