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Old 05-05-2010, 01:42 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I have a Boxer that will be 9yrs old in July. At the end of 2008 she began vomiting undigested food 7-8 hrs after eating. We ran a full blood scan on her and the only thing that came back was an elevated pancreatic enzyme count. We currently give her hamburger and rice with a very small amount of science diet each meal. She also receives phamodadine every night along with a piece of bread before bed. We are still having vomiting. Any one else have similar problems. I would greatly appreciate any information or suggestions.

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Science diet is crap dog food,bread is not good for dogs.

This being said

What did the vet suggested after the test?
Surely he didnt stop there?
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Now they are suggesting more phamodadine (pepcid) 20mg on the pm 10mg in the am. I was told by the vet to do what I am doing now. When the problems started they took an X-ray and thought that she had a stomach tumor. We had several test after this and another x-ray and now they say they don't think there is a tumor. They think it may be acid reflux. I was told to give her something before bed because of her throwing up bile in the early morning.
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Hi Shannon,
Something is definitely irritating her GI tract. You might want to hold off on giving her any food. Let her fast for a day or give her just a little bit of food or she'll just throw it up furthering the irritation. Make sure she gets water though. Is there any blood in her vomit? Is she going poop? Is she listless? This just happened to my little one yesterday. She was given some anti vomit medication and fluids. She was also throwing up mucus because she had nothing left. But my vet suggested that I give her tummy a break and just let her fast. Or I can leave out just a small portion of kibble. I always have water available too. She was also put on antibiotics (Amoxicillin). Today, I got my wiggle butt back!!
I hope your baby feels better soon...it's tough to see them feeling crummy.

Yes, martinc is right. Science Diet isn't very good. Get her on some higher quality food like Merrick, Taste Of The WiLD, Canidae, Innova, even Kyrkland from CostCo. They're much more nutritionally sound and your baby will love it. Good nutrition equals better health & longevity!
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Thanks for the feedback. The Vet keeps having me try different meds and different foods. We are not sure if it is an allergy to something or what is going on with her. We have been trying to figure this out for over a year now. But it keeps re-occuring. She actually does not get alot of dog food because of this. She gets a handful of hard food and the rest is hamburg and rice with each meal. We have to give her 3 small meals a day. If she eats two much at one time several hours later it is coming back out. Poor girl I feel so bad for her I keep trying to help her but have not came up with a permanent solution as of yet.
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Has your vet mentioned the possibility of pancreatitis or possibly exocrine pancreatic insufficiency which is malabsorption/maldigestion problem? The vomiting makes me suspect that it could be that, along with the elevated levels. I do know with both these conditions, it is imperative to actually supplement with digestive enzymes. Boxers can get EPI later in life, and there is a blood test called Pancreatic Lipase Immunoreactivity test that can help to diagnose. Here's an article/video from my vet's website explaining it and also another from marvistavet. Maybe mention to your vet, just to get his/her take and possibly do the test to rule it out.

Pet Pancreatitis and How to Avoid It

Exocrine Pancreatic Insufficiency

Good luck, and please keep us updated on her condition.

Also, important to feed low low fat meals, so if you're doing ground beef, go for the 93 % lean.
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She was also put on antibiotics (Amoxicillin). Today, I got my wiggle butt back!!
Just an FYI, when giving antibiotics, it's especially important now to give some probiotics, as the antibiotics kill the good bacteria along with the bad. This can get the gut flora out of balance and can contribute/exacerbate yeast overgrowth since it seems your girl is already experiencing due to the paw/nail bed issues . They can also limit or prevent any diarrhea caused by antibiotic use. Good luck
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Thanks Christineorr. We're definitely right on the probiotics! It's funny, she follows almost my same regimen I do with supplementation, protein intake, etc... I'm not a big fan of taking antibiotics unless it is very much needed. Since they gave her some at the vets, I'm just going ahead and let her finish off the week so she doesn't develop any resistant strains- if any. She's doing really well, my little tinky...
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If the dog has elevated pancreatic enzymes then we are talking about problem with pancreas. Pepsid what you are giving to her is stomach-acid lowering drug, it uses in gastritis, stomach or duodenal ulcers...I don't think it will help in your case. The dog should be on a strict diet until remission...usually they say cooked rice and cottage cheese only. I would suggest to get a second opinion...better to get GI specialized vet (gastro-enterology)...but I am not sure if it is possible...I know we do have vets
cardiologists...Also think about doing abdomial ultrasound to exclude tumors...
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Thanks Christineorr. We're definitely right on the probiotics! It's funny, she follows almost my same regimen I do with supplementation, protein intake, etc... I'm not a big fan of taking antibiotics unless it is very much needed. Since they gave her some at the vets, I'm just going ahead and let her finish off the week so she doesn't develop any resistant strains- if any. She's doing really well, my little tinky...
Oh, yeah, totally agree to finish the antibiotics off I'm so glad Gracie's doing better
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