my dog vomits every day for the last 4 years
My black lab has been seen by 4 vets for his daily vomiting.
Anywhere from 1a.m.to 7a.m. he would vomit bile. Over the years a large amount of mucous would also be present.
The worm test was always negative. The x-rays also were negative. I was told to give him a late feed and administer pepcid ac, an otc medication. The dog continued to vomit with one day a week where he made it through the night okay,
Recently the vomiting has increased to twice a day.
Again we left the vets office instructed to give him split feed, carafate, pepcid ac and prilosec. After ten days, the dog was still vomiting but diarrhea was now added to the problem. I also changed his diet to a low protein lowfat diet.
after two weeks on these medications not only was the vomiting worse but he had diarrhea and refusing to eat.
I stopped all meds and gave him rice with a small amount of ground beef. ( I already know not to feed him chicken) In two days time the stools went to form and he was vomiting again during the night. So the vet said to add reglan and continue with the carafate and two other otc drugs.
I protested. This medication dose was not working .
I stopped all meds and placed him back on the dog food that he enjoys eating. He is no longer having diarrhea but the vomiting continues. I googled empty stomach issues with dogs and found the same advice . In a moment of exhaustion i googled "Help , my dog vomits every day" and came across a blog that had the same problems.
I write to share what is working for my dog that vomits daily.
We did rule out obstruction, worms or cancer.
A split feed at 6, noon,6 p.m and at 10 o'clock is the best feed schedule.
I give him one tab of prisolec even though I don't think it works or did the pepcid ac.
I also give him a tabelspoon of yogurt that has probiotics in it with every meal. I also give him a tablet of probiotics that have a different variety of bacteria at each meal.
My dog has not vomited in a week. He has normal stools and sleeps through the night.
The other thing I noticed was he no longer drools or smacks his lips during the night. He use to sleep leaning on objects which the vet said he is self medicating. He is positioning himself so not to feel the acid in his stomach.
I post this cause I have been a maniac in trying to get this under control. I do know that my dog can not eat chicken so I keep his feed to one simple protein. I plan on giving him an antacid even though it never helped.
But the probiotic regimen has given him relief.
Lastly you do need to rule out other ailments before you think it is empty stomach syndrome.
Also making a dog NPO who has empty stomach syndrome is torture. They need to eat in order to move forward the acid/bile build up.
Probiotics has been the key along with a 1/2 cup of food and a handful of cooked rice at 10 p.m.
Yes it may be premature to post but we have had no vomiting since on the probiotics and my dog is running around as a happy boy.