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11 year old scottie vomitting, cant seem to eat

viejogringo
April 20th, 2008, 02:22 PM
Scottie has been having sessions of vomitting. Does go 4 or 5 days in between. The vomit seems to be mostly bile. No problem urinating or with his bowels. Has had a big blood workup with the vet everything turned out negative. Discovered he had been eating cat feces a while back, any conection there? Have also wondered about endogastritis or similar ailments. Has anyone had throat surgery done on their pet and perhaps give a ball park figure on cost. Thanking you for any ideas you can share.

badger
April 20th, 2008, 03:14 PM
What are you feeding him? He may have developed a sensitivity to something in his food, not uncommon.
So, he seems interested in the food, and then backs off, you didn't expand on that bit.

rainbow
April 21st, 2008, 02:35 AM
I agree.....what are you feeding him? Also, how often do you feed him, how long have you been feeding the same food and how long has he been occassionally vomitting bile?

Dr Lee
April 21st, 2008, 05:23 PM
Intermittent vomiting can be frustrating, especially when we run an expensive blood test and it turns up negative. The good news is that a negative test rules out a lot of bad stuff which usually includes liver inflammation, kidney failure, diabetes, thyroid diseases, some blood diseases, some forms of pancreatic disease, etc...

For on and off vomiting there can be a long list of problems, including what rainbow and badger mentioned with food allergies/sensitivities/intolerances. A food trial is a great place to go after a normal blood test. It is important that the food trial be hypoallergenic (not just a different brand). Also the patient must be fed the special diet and water and NOTHING else for 8-12 weeks to know if it is working.

If the food trial does not bring forth an answer or you are looking to work up for a chronic, recurrent vomiting patient then the following steps may include: urinalysis and culture (I have had more than a few of these patient have underlying kidney or bladder infections), fecal testing (centrifuge parasite screen and culture), additional blood testing (such as pancreatic specific testing like PLI and TLI tests, ACTH stimulation test to rule out Addison's and atypical Addison's disease, B12 and Folate to evaluate for bacterial overgrowth, demographic specific tests (rickettsial, fungal diseases etc..), radiographs/X-rays (look for organ enlargement, bladder or kidney stones, masses, foreign objects, etc...), ultrasound and potentially endoscopic biopsy to look for evidence of inflammatory/immune mediated/congenital/cancerous lesions.

So long story short, there is a lot that can be done to find out an answer but it may take a few steps. I hope this helps. :pawprint:

viejogringo
April 26th, 2008, 03:46 PM
Scottie has been having sessions of vomitting. Does go 4 or 5 days in between. The vomit seems to be mostly bile. No problem urinating or with his bowels. Has had a big blood workup with the vet everything turned out negative. Discovered he had been eating cat feces a while back, any conection there? Have also wondered about endogastritis or similar ailments. Has anyone had throat surgery done on their pet and perhaps give a ball park figure on cost. Thanking you for any ideas you can share.

Thank you for all your replies. Changed his diet to chicken and rice and so far no vomitting for a week now. He also appears perkier and we do a half hour walk every day with no repercussions. Will continue this diet and see where it takes us.:thumbs up

Dr Lee
April 26th, 2008, 03:49 PM
Glad to hear he is feeling better. :):)