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Old 09-21-2009, 11:07 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hello!

I have a 7 month old boxer pup that is vomiting everytime he drinks any amount of water. He does not however vomit his food only, unless it is triggered by drinking. He will keep the food in him for hours and then if we give him even a few tablespoons of H2O, up comes his previous meal, in various forms of digestion.

I took him to the vet. They do not know what is wrong with him. They did determine that it is not Giardia, nor does he have any sort of worms. His stools are acceptable. It is simply the water that he takes in that makes him throw up and not the food at all. In fact, we feed him yesterday before church only his food and didn't give him a drink and he kept it all down. When we returned a couple of hours later he had his first drink(sip) of the day and then vomited all of the food from in the morning. ARGG!!!

So, at the vet today, he received a Cerenia shot to help with the nausea and we have two more prescriptions(Cerenia liquid and Albon) to give him for the following few days to see if they help with the vomiting. I am doubtful it is as simple as that, but we are giving it a try.

I wonder why the water and not the food though. Hum...

Our vet is leaving town tomorrow for several days, as are most of the vets in the area(Vet conference in TX) so we are on our own or will have to travel if he gets worse in the next week to find an emergency vet. The vet seemed to think Harley would be ok though. I don't feel good about it but so far he isn't testing positive for anything or showing signs of Parvo, thankfully. Hopefully that trend continues.

They spoke about putting him on IV for three days to give his pancreas a change to recover if it is pancreatitis, thinking maybe that was the problem but won't do that until next week, IF the meds he is on now don't help. I have been softening his food with water before feeding it to him today so he is getting some hydration that way. He keeps it down and then I give him ice cubes for extra fluid intake. He can keep the cubes down but not the liquid water. So far-so good and I will continue to do it this way for now.

Anyone ever hear or have their dog deal with symptoms such as these? He isn't quite himself and I really would like to have my healthy pup back. He has lost some weight already in the week that this has been happening.

Thank you in advance for any advice or suggestions you can provide me to help my sweet Harley.
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Old 09-22-2009, 07:48 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Did you try feeding and then just giving ice cubes???? I can see your vets concern, but if it was his pancreas, he would do it after eating as well as drinking. does he eat his food dry?
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Old 09-22-2009, 07:57 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Have you tried different types of water. Tap water, bottled water, well water, perrier water. Maybe it's something in the water that he doesn't do well with. I know my dogs won't drink city water, we live in the country and have water from a well, I think the city water has too much clorine for them.
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I was going to suggest trying bottled (spring) water, as well. I've had dog that yarf up water, but that's after drinking too much, too fast - a few tablespoons would not fit that description! It seems hard to think it's some kind of bug or even pancreatitis when he's keeping down food; something in the water that he doesn't tolerate seems like an avenue to pursue.
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Old 09-22-2009, 09:52 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Thank you for your responses! I have given the ice cubes at various times throughout the day, hoping it is keeping him hydrated. The vet said he is ok so far after pulling on his skin yesterday, so that was good news.

As for the bottled water, he has had some this morning and we will see if it makes a difference. He has had the same water since we brought him home(at 3 mo) and never had an issue, however, it is city water so we don't really know if anything has changed in it's quality that he may react to.
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Mine Can't drink city water either something in it that doesn't settle well with them they also up chuck it but are fine on bottled water
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Thanks for the responses.

It isn't the water, I wish it were that simple. Even with the meds all week, he is still vomiting. He had a day or two with no vomiting but now it is back in full force. No ideas here and our vet won't be back in town until Mon. He is staying hydrated though through ice cubes and moistened food so that isn't a HUGE concern, although he is loosing weight.

I am not convinced that the vet has any more ideas short of experimenting to get to the bottom of this. Does anyone else have any ideas or any new people have any input? I am a worried boxer mama at this point.

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Hi Harley's mom. I found you and your problem through "google". A friend of mine has a lab that is doing the very same thing. The vet has x-rayed, done a barium ultra sound to no avail. The dog is going to another specialist for yet more testing. This dog is your Harley's exact description. Eats soaked food with lots and water and is fine. Goes to drink water and regurgitates it immediately. That's what the vet describes it opposed to retching vomiting. Have you found out what your dog was determined to have yet? Thank you for any information you can give me. This is a dog I bred and my best friend took ownership of because of her love for her. She a nine yr. old lab.
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My dog "Blarps" after he drinks alot of water or drinks it too fast.

Here is my two cents:

Feed him but don't give him water for awhile after he eats. Give him warm water - not cold.

Try some Pepcid AC - 1/2 tablet. This will do a couple of things. It will alleviate any excess acid in the stomach. He may be getting an overload of acid in the tummy from his food and then when you introduce water it is sort of like adding an Alka Seltzer to the stomach and things have to come out somewhere. It will also keep the food moving through the stomach and not just sitting there.

What are you feeding him? The food may not agree with him and may be causing excess gas and some reflux. Also, if pancreatitis is suspected he should be on a lower fat food. I feed my dog Natural Balance Fish and Sweet potato (he did have a bout of pancreatitis a year ago).

Talk to the vet about Reglan which is an anti-nausea med and also helps with GI motility.

Finally, consider adding vegetable-based enzymes to his food. It helps "predigest" the food and helps lessen the load on the pancreas. I use Pro-Zyme and it has really helped Rocco. You can also get human grade digestive enzymes at health food stores or online too.

If none of these work or sound appealing to try consider talking to the vet about collapsing trachea or megaesophagus.

Here is a link describing megaesophagus:
http://www.caninemegaesophagus.org/

I hope I given you food for thought. If I think of anything else I will revisit this and post again.

Hang in there and let us know how things turn out!

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In my lab's case, megaesophagus has already been ruled out through testing. She is getting Pedcid AC and her water intake is restricted to sips but I'll mention the ice cubes. Pancreatic problems have not be ruled out and I'll pass that along. Thank you. If you know anything else, please let me know. I'm anxious to hear from Harley's mom.
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