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Old 01-04-2013, 09:18 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I don't know what's going on but my poodle mix, Benjamin had been refusing to eat the past couple of days. He has had hunger pukes once and threw up in his crate today but he acts perfectly fine. Playing, jumping, running around like his normal half terrier self. What the heck???

I did recently start giving the pups pumpkin and coconut oil. He gets about a teaspoon of each in his food. Am I giving him too much? Last night I came home to half eaten breakfast. Today I came home to the full cup in his bowl.

Last night, I gave him some carrots and a small piece of pot roast and he gobbled down his food. Tonight I cooked him some oats and mixed with pumpkin since he threw up today. He picked at it but refused most.

Should I worry since he is acting perfectly fine? Maybe I have been giving him too much pumpkin and/or coconut oil and upset his tummy? He is between 20 and 25 pounds. Also, is it ok to fast him for a day to let his tummy rest since he does get hunger pukes? He used to get them in the mornings a lot until I started feeding dinner later...


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Old 01-04-2013, 09:20 PM   #2 (permalink)
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He'll eat if he's hungry. It could be that he's being picky and not eating if there isn't a "tasty treat" in his bowl like the pumpkin or coconut oil??


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That's kind of what I'm wondering too. He has been a bit picky from the start, so maybe I have spoiled him with the extra yummy stuff. I will try giving the pumpkin and coconut oil separately from meals so he can just expect kibble.


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Is he kibble fed? If so they dont suffer from hunger pukes. Kibble stays in the body for far to long for that to happen.

What I think has happened is that his tummy couldnt handle the fat in the beef from the pot roast last night and has caused an upset belly.

Did you say he use to vomit a lot before you started adding in a dinner meal?
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Oh ok. I just figured that was his reason of puking pure bile some mornings a fee months back but yes he is kibble fed. BB wilderness duck recipe.

I have always fed dinner but he's only puked maybe once or twice over the past few months since I started feeding it about an hour later. Maybe just coincidence then. I will say he was grossly underweight when I got him. He had finished growing but was 12 pounds - now he is closer to 25. You could feel every bone in his body when I took him in. Maybe I put weight on him too quickly? He beefed up in under 2 months.

He threw up bile the morning before I gave the pot roast - but he did at least eat and now he won't so now I feel bad for giving it to him. I will let his tummy rest tonight and tomorrow and i will go get some rice and yogurt to ease him back into eating tomorrow night.


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Kibble fed dogs can and do get hunger pukes. My mini schnauzer gets them. She has a congenital liver and stomach problem and she doesn't digest her food right. If she eats too much it stays in her tummy too long and doesn't digest, and if she eats too little or goes too long without eating she vomits, but unless her liver is irritated it is not bile- it's just white and foamy. She has to eat every 6 hrs or she will puke, so yes, it can and does happen. She also has to have a very very low protein and low fat diet. She was eating nutro ultra- for 7 yrs - and was the only thing she could eat - without making her go on I've fluids- but now I'm switching her to the grain free nutro- with 21% protein and 12% fat. I know there are better foods out there- and our boxer puppy eats blue buffalo- but she is extremely sensitive and can only have a certain brand. I would def look into maybe getting your dogs bloodwork checked for liver enzyme counts- vomiting bile is not good- and a sign the liver or pancreas is upset or not working right. Also, some dogs can't handle the high protein in the foods such as the wilderness. I honestly would not worry about the coconut oil or pumpkin. I give my schnauzer one tsp coconut oil per day and it has actually helped her bloodwork. We just got it done one week ago


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Okeydokey. One more question for you guys. I'm really bad about keeping rice and yogurt on hand. I don't eat rice and yogurt usually goes bad before I eat or feed the pups half of it - mainly because i can only find quart size containers for plain yogurt in my grocery stores. I just read about freezing it and some sources say all the cultures die and some say they become dormant when frozen but some become active again when thawed and the rest die. Are these cultures/enzymes important for the purpose of giving to a pup with temporary tummy issues? If not, I will freeze what I don't use quickly instead of wasting it.

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I don't know about the whole dieing of enzymes thing... But I make peanut butter and yogurt frozen treats for Wyatt. I'm sure you could omit the peanut butter and freeze scoops of whatever amount you give. I usually put them in the small tassie cups and take the paper wrapper off once frozen. And put in a container. They melt real nice when they eat them....


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I would also get blood work done if it keeps happening. There could be a number of reasons. Is he pooping ok? My nieces dog is still having problems!! He keeps vomiting apparently due to this pine needle obstruction. He was also having problems pooping and it was liquid coming out. Also if there is too much vomit check his gums that he's not dehydrating. I hope everything is ok and it's just an upset stomach.


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Oh I never thought to freeze yogurt and PB in little cups. They would love that! I will definitely do some with just yogurt too.

Nikki, his pooping is normal but I will definitely take him to the vet if he continues. He has not thrown up since yesterday and he is still romping around like his usual self, so hopefully he will eat tonight and be back to normal. Fingers crossed.

I hope your nieces dog gets better soon! Thanks guys!


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