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Old 02-09-2013, 07:06 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi, I have been a lurker here since I got my dog, a 1.5 year old named Bryley, from a rescue. She was a bit thin for a boxer when I got her. She slowly put on weight, and is now at a point where she is rounder than I would like. The problem with cutting back on her food is that she constantly gets the hunger pukes and refuses to eat her food if you go too long between feedings. I was giving her approximately 1.5 cups of food two times a day. I had to switch to 1-1.5 cups three times a day because of the puking. She always acts like she is hungry. She never pukes up food, just foamy bile. It is really frustrating. I don't want her feeling sick all the time from hunger but I can't have her puking up bile all over the house and eating grass all the time. She has been eating grain free authority but I will be switching her to TOTW soon if she tolerates it. I would ideally like to cut down to 2.5 cups of food a day with no pukes. Is there anything I can give with her food to help fill her up but keep the calories down? My mom suggested canned green beans but I wasn't sure. Any suggestions?
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Old 02-09-2013, 07:17 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Sounds like she has a sensible stomach.

Yougurt could help (unsweetened)
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Are you sure it's hunger pukes and not something else going on? I say this because vomiting bile generally means something is wrong with the liver. Have you had a full bloodwork panel done on her to determine no liver or renal problems? I have an 8 yr old mini schnauzer that has to eat every 5.5-6 hrs or she vomits. When and if she vomits she generally will vomit white foam if its hunger pukes. She has a congenital liver problem- determined by my mom- who is a vet and also a specialist who did an ultrasound when she was 7-8 mo old. We do a blood panel every year - used to be every 6 -9 mo, but I moved away from home and so now it's about once every 12 mo or so to watch her enzymes. When her liver acts up she vomits bile and the insides of her ears and eyes appear yellow. The reason she has to eat frequently and in small amts is that her stomach doesn't digest the food correctly. Before we found this out, I would feed her 1 c before 8 am and at 5 pm her tummy would still be completely full. But on the other end, if her stomach is empty too long she vomits as well. I'm not trying to scare you or hint somethng in wrong, but vomiting bile is never a good thing and is not normal. I would have her checked out. We have been able to control my girl with diet - low protein and low fat, and feeding small amts often. Currently she is on no meds and eating blue buffalo basics- grain free. I'm sorry I deviated from your original question, I just really wanted to bring this up to you


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Daisy and Duke used to get "hunger pukes" between feedings. I started giving them a cookie or a snack mid day and a snack before bed and it helped. But they got this mostly after playing and exercise. I would just make sure to not go over the recommended caloric intake. So I feed them a little less if they get a few snacks. At 1.5 year, he is not done growing yet. Is the weight gain due to just "filling out"? Did the shelter give you any history on Bentley? Boxers do not stop growing until about 2 years old. The best thing is get some advice from your vet and see what they recommend.
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I will try the yogurt and see if that helps. Thanks for the suggestion! I will also get a vet involved just to be sure everything is normal. I think she does just have a sensitive stomach, but you never know! The shelter didn't have much info on her. She has more than likely had puppies at some point already. She was just dumped. She definitely is losing her nice slim figure, lol. Can't see ribs at all anymore. She was very ribby when I got her and her spine was fairly prominent. Pedigree was not good food for her! I will have to figure out how to post pics with my phone. she isn't horribly obese, but I just want to cut back a bit before she gets too chunky.
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When we were starting RAW, Max would get the dry heaves and puke up yellow bile. I had never heard of hunger pukes so naturally I thought something was wrong until Kari explained them to me. Once I adjusted the frequency I was feeding, it stopped.
Are the interval’s in between each feeding fairly equivalent amount’s of time and has it seemed to help any?
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