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Throwing up bile!

Discussion in 'Diseases & Illnesses' started by BarbV, May 11, 2010.

  1. BarbV

    BarbV Forums Celebrity

    Ever since Indy's stomach surgery (and perhaps a few times before), every night somewhere between midnight and 6 a.m. he throws up bile.

    When I brought him back to get his staples removed, I told the vet. She did not seem to think it related to his surgery, but more to a fairly common condition whereby some dogs (especially small dogs, for some reason), will throw up bile when their stomach is empty. Some kind of acid reflex thing. The remedy apparently is to feed a night time snack or pepacid.

    Since it seemed to really only start happening EVERY night since his surgery, I decided to hold of doing anything, until I was sure that he'd recovered fully from the surgery. Well, I'd say he has recovered.

    I googled this and found some discussion threads that support my vet's theory (although one thread did point to something called IBD - disorder of the bowel).

    I don't really want to get into the habit of feeding bedtime kibble every night. But I don't mind giving him a little bit of probiotic yoguort at bed time. Does anyone have similar experience? What are your thoughts on a daily dose of yoguort "forever"?

    I need to fix this. Getting really tired of puke on my bed every morning! :mad:
  2. Emmasmom

    Emmasmom Forums Sage

    Apr 2, 2010
    Has your vet tested the liver functions? My Hamish had pancreatitis and threw up bile for a couple of days until I had him diagnosed.
  3. ClantyreSheltie

    ClantyreSheltie Forums Sage

    Feb 24, 2010
    Yep, my Collie must eat at 7 am. At 7:05 am, she vomits bile. A couple of times a month she does this, usually on a weekend when I want to sleep in. :(
  4. Megansmom

    Megansmom Forums Sage

    Dec 4, 2009
    Yep, been there done that! In fact if you were to ever look back here on my first few posts, they were about Megan throwing up bile first thing most mornings :cool: What stumped the Vet and myself was she acted and behaved completely normal after she threw up THEN ate her breakfast.

    For her it was food related, as soon as I switched, the throwing up immediately stopped. I did give her yogurt at night before she went to bed and that helped also..It's my understanding that yogurt is very good for them :yes:
  5. BarbV

    BarbV Forums Celebrity

    Well, I fed him two nights in a row. The first night was fine. No bile.

    But the second night, he threw up again.

    I decided on a roll of wonder bread. I thought that if he's dealing acid reflex he needs something soft to absorb it.

    Any other ideas?
  6. Emmasmom

    Emmasmom Forums Sage

    Apr 2, 2010
    What about crackers? They can help if people have reflux.
  7. mbfrench

    mbfrench Forums Celebrity

    Aug 2, 2009
    South Carolina
    Sounds like empty stomach syndrome to me. I've had this happen only once with Trapp,and it was because he was hungry.Never happened but only once.I just adjusted his last meal time of the day,gave a light treat before bed.

    Acid reflux,another thought.what does the vet say?
  8. BarbV

    BarbV Forums Celebrity

    He threw up twice last night. All bile, again. Even after giving him a little bit of bread. I think I will try him some other snack tonight. Perhaps whole grain bread.

    But I keep thinking that this only started AFTER his stomach surgery. And of course, the disruption of the move....

    I'm not sure what else to do???:confused2:
  9. Emmasmom

    Emmasmom Forums Sage

    Apr 2, 2010
    Whether it is an acid reflux thing or not, throwing up bile needs to be checked out and your vet should be doing so. There are many reasons why he would be doing so,but the first I would think of would be pancreatitis. Has your vet checked his liver functions?

    White bread and sometimes whole wheat bread can sometimes precipitate acid reflux in people whereas something like crackers can help soothe it. Does he eat one or two meals a day or have you tried more smaller meals? I know it's hard to do when you work.
  10. BarbV

    BarbV Forums Celebrity

    Thanks, Emmasmom,

    He's on two meals a day, and the vet suggests an additional bedtime snack. I guess I'm struggling with what that snack should be.

    I will try crackers tonight. I thought that bread would soothe the stomach. I guess I might be wrong. I don't have an soda crackers in the house (everything turfed with the move), but I'll find something.

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