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anonymous My Four Year old Lab keeps throwing up. February 06, 2009 8:08 AM

My four year old lab is really a puppy at heart. Recently, he's been throwing up his food. It seems the more medicines the vets give us, the more he throws up. He's had Xrays, Ultrasounds, bloodwork, even exploratory surgery with biopsies to find nothing abnormal. That doesn't explain why he throws up so much. He's already starting to lose weight. He still wants to eat and is very thirsty. We feel we have to limit his water intake to prevent him from vomiting, but at this point, we can't seem to stop him in anyway. He's been taking pepcid AC to reduce the acid in his belly, prednisone (steroids), cerenia (cuz reglan wasn't working), which is not working now... and some antibiotics. The vets figure since they can't seem to figure out what is causing the vomiting, they would have him try many meds. After his biopsy surgery the vets did "clean him out", as they found he was backed up from a recent food change and very constipated. He had his surgery almost a week ago and things have not really improved.. Some days he goes 12 hours without vomiting.. Others, like last night, started at 4PM and continues with each feeding. His stomach will gurgle really loud like he has gas, and then the wheezing and hacking starts before he vomits everything. I don't see much bile, just usually chewed food, and foam and water. Has anybody experienced this before? We've spent $3500 on him so far, and he's been to my main vet and an internal medicine vet. They seem to be out of ideas too... Hate to feel they have given up on us... i've tried pepcid too... seemed to work sometimes, and then others not so much. we went to the store and got our dog some pedialyte to help with dehydration and tried to feed him some rice with chicken broth. he held that food down for at least six hours. woke up this morning to a small pile of vomit... not like usual. we have some prednisone to help with any inflammation he might have... and we'll go from there. we're gonna go with a 50/50 mix of pedialyte and water every 1/2 hour.. we don't want to trigger his vomiting with too much water at a time..  [report anonymous abuse]  [ accepted]
 February 06, 2009 9:46 AM

Limiting fluid intake with vomiting can result in dehydration.  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 February 06, 2009 9:56 AM

Find a holistic vet. Stop medications, ask doc first if you need to wean off medications. Find a healthier food. preferable grain free or a limited ingred one like Californaia natural. Look at your cleaning supplies. What is on the carpet, floors, couches and blankets etc. Dont use air freshners. Check all plants and shrubbery for possible poisens., Check garage and anywere dog could have been or gotten into. Again contact a holistic vet and fax or bring the blood work, xrays and tests with you. Let your vet knowyour just getting a 2nd opioion. Good luck.  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
My Four Year Old Lab keeps throwing up. February 06, 2009 12:19 PM

Thank you for the replies. How would I go about finding a holistic vet?  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 February 06, 2009 2:48 PM

I'm a tech & have worked with docs who use "alternatives" in concert with western conventional. They're out there. With that said, I see you're in Florida. This guy is phenomenal! He pulled my [personal] mare out of a bout of EPM using a totally holistic treatment. EPM is a nasty CNS disease that, if the horse even lives, usually leaves all sorts of negative aftereffects. My mare has NONE. Eight years later, she's doing super! I can't recommend this doc enough. [Plus, he treats dogs, too!] Drop him a line & who knows? Wishing you & your lab all the best! This post was modified from its original form on 06 Feb, 14:49  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 February 08, 2009 10:18 AM  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
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