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Cocker Spaniel Gagging, Dry Heaves And Vomiting

March 16th, 2006, 11:01 AM
Hi Everyone::ca:

I am brand new to this forum and I can really use some help. My 9 year old cocker spaniel :pawprint: has had the dry heaves, gagging and vomiting for about a month now. I took him to my vet and he tested for heartworm and tapeworm, results negative. He gave me allergy pills, but they didn't help. My boyfriend took dog to his farm vet and he gave him 2 shots of penicillin, didn't help either. Also have given him Methigel for hair balls, no luck there either. The poor dog is just heaving and vomiting slimy white stuff with no food involved. I don't know what else to do. His poor stomach is just wrenching and must be terribly sore from it all. Can anyone please help?


March 16th, 2006, 11:49 AM
This is obviously something which needs to be investigated further. I wouldn't try any more treatments - worming, antibiotics, etc.- until you have identified the problem. Does the vet have NO ideas?

In the meantime, you could try some slippery elm to soothe his tummy. It comes in powder form (available from health food stores, herbalists) and is almost tasteless. You mix a couple of big pinches with some warm water, then spoon or syringe it into his mouth. It coats and soothes the whole digestive system and is absolutely harmless. I would get the pure powder, not pills, which have other things added.

March 16th, 2006, 12:57 PM
It sounds to me like your dog needs to go back to the vet for barium xrays to see if there's a blockage or something caught in his digestive tract that he's trying to expel.

March 16th, 2006, 05:30 PM
I have a 10 yr.old cocker as well and he has done the same thing on occasion. I was told that cockers have very sensitive digestive tracts. But this has only happened a few times, if yours is doing this constantly I would definately get some x-rays like Jawert1 has suggested.:confused:

March 16th, 2006, 05:35 PM
How often does he do this? If he`s been doing this for a month now, he`s obviously not throwing up after he eats. I agree he needs an xray but I think I would take him to a different vet.

March 17th, 2006, 08:08 PM
:) Thanks Everyone for the great advice. I will certainly try your suggestions.
He is doing this quite often so I'm going to get another vet's opinion. Will let you all know the results. Again, thanks so much.:pawprint:

March 18th, 2006, 11:29 AM
Because cockers have a high incidence of thyroid disease I would recommend a thyroid blood panel, what I suspect is, that he has a condition called Megaesophagus which can be brought on by thyroid disease and other reasons, if caused by thyroid disease meds "may" help to correct.
but here is more info.

on megaesophagus

and on thyroid disease

With some dogs it can become very serious as they unable to keep food or water down, the following link is about a greyhound named Soda that developed it and the battle to diagnose and later to keep him alive , he is now doing well but requires a special chair to eat and rest in after eating to prevent him from vomiting, the owner made the chair himself . Not all dogs with megaesophagus get this severe, but if this is what your pup has, the info contained may prove invaluable
THe story can be found here

Here is Soda in his chair, the chair design is called Bailey's chair 15218

Here is info and how to get a video of how to make if needed, it also has a link to a support forum for owners dealing with megaesophagus

I hope it is nothing this serious, but if it is may prevent things from getting to a critical stage.

Good luck and keep us up to date.