Dog with ongoing gastric issues - throws up anything lumpy
Our Labradoodle (American type, Standard Poodle/Lab cross) has had some severe gastric issues since she was spayed at 6 months or whenever it's done.
When we brought her home, every time she ate, she would want to go out, went in frantic circles and threw up...repeatedly.
We brought her back to the vet and eventually they did an endoscopy, and said her esophagus was severely inflamed. The vet theorised that the anesthetic had put her too far under and she'd had reflux come up and burn her esophagus. They prescribed various antacids which didn't seem to help too much, we went from kibble to a wet food from the vet, which also didn't help. They pretty much gave up on her so we were stuck with trying to find something she could keep down.
It came down to giving her rice with chicken broth and protein powder, but she was unable to gain weight, a concern at her age.
I'd lived in Australia where raw diets are common and popular - even with vets, who seem to spout the same negative comments about it verbatim here in North America.
Figuring we had nothing to lose, we also bought 'Natural Nutrition for Dogs and Cats'
http://www.kymythy.com/bookpage.html which seemed to be a comprehensive guide to a species-appropriate natural raw diet.
She's done very well on it and her symptoms disappeared (terrible gas, occasional diarrhea etc and things were pretty much back to normal - all the vets (we changed vet clinics after their apparent indifference) commented on how healthy she was, and we could see she was happy and thriving on it.
Thing is, all we're really doing is managing her diet - if she eats anything too lumpy, along comes the circles, the panic, the heaving and repeated vomiting. Usually it doesn't last long, and it's caused by her chewing on something or a carrot piece that's too big or something....she can be fine for months.
We're currently minding our neighbour's puppy who is on a kibble diet. He's tiny and gets a half a cup at a time, but our dog managed to help herself to a small amount and the heaving, puffing and panicked circles started again, worse than usual. The next morning, she started her breakfast and had the same problems. We had to let her fast (she does fast one day a week as part of her diet, and, whilst she doesn't like it, it seems to work for her) and came up with the idea of a little pepto-bismol as well (money for the vet is really tight at the moment and no vet's ever had an answer for it, except maybe a barium meal/x-ray, which would be very expensive.)
She seems a lot better today and we've been feeding her a couple of spoonfuls at a time, which she seems to be coping with. She is a scarfer when she eats so multiple feeds may be a good idea, but I'd really like to try and fix this for her, she's a lovely dog who doesn't deserve to suffer like this....rather than just manage the symptoms.
Here is a link that might be useful: Natural Nutrition for Dogs and Cats