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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 05-13-2017, 06:24 PM Thread Starter
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My doberman frequently throws up and his urine is brown

Hi everyone. I just joined this forum because I wanted to see if anyone else may have experienced the same issues with their Dobermans. I'm hoping to run across someone who has had the same problem and can tell me if they're pet has been diagnosed with anything. I have a 6 year male doberman. I am not 100% because my boyfriend got him as a gift but i'm almost positive he's a European Doberman. Anyhow, Diesel is fairly pretty healthy. But once in a while he throws up. We don't give him any table food and he drinks plenty of water. I would say this happens about once every two months. My boyfriend has told the vet and they said it's just something that can happen time to time. I just find that odd because I have a 7 year old yorkie and he's thrown up like 3 times his entire life. Well about a month ago Diesel had to go to the vet because his urine was brown. The urinalysis came back fine. The vet said that he just had some inflammation and would be fine after he took some antibiotics. Unfortunately, we noticed that his urine is brown again this morning. We have a vet visit scheduled for Tuesday. All throughout this his eating habits have never changed. Any info would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.
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did your Vet do a complete blood panel?

Kidneys OK?

Let us know how the Vet visit goes.

hope all will be well with Diesel.

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OK.....Just a thought. Dobermans, even those with "cast iron" stomachs are known to vomit occasionally.
There are a variety of reasons. Bile accumulation on an empty stomach, food sensitivity, exercise to close to feeding,excessive water consumption.... The list goes on. Given that your basically healthy boy vomits only occasionally, I would suspect ingestion of non-nutritive/non-digestible substances when he is out of your view. It can be grass, sticks, mud, cloth.... you name it. When taken to the extreme, it is called Pica. Pica Behaviour in the Adult Dog.

This is a very common situation with our breed.

Now, as I said, this is just a a thought. But, my main comment would be.... If this is an only an occasional experience, with no apparent ramifications, and you have had a professional review of the situation, I would not be overly concerned

My one caveat would be that if you see an increase in vomiting or an obvious change in your dog's behavior (especially vomiting, appetite or bowel activity) a vet visit is required.

I am not a vet,
My comments are simply based on my years loving this breed.

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I meant to add, that a dog's urine color can change substantially with certain food. Beets turn my pup's pee red, for example. Cooked carrots.. orange. If your boys urinalysis came back OK., then again... I would not be overly concerned. Yes, Liver distress or kidney problems will often present themselves with dark or discolored urine. As can high glucose content. So, if you are concerned, I would not hesitate to have a full blood panel done. Dark urine is mot frequently an indication of dehydration, in both humans and pets.

Sorry to talk about pee so much, but my father (now 90yo) was a urologist and it was common dinner table talk! LOL

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I'd want a complete senior panel which includes blood and urine--I'd be less concerned about the vomiting if it is infrequent but most of my Dobes have actually had pretty cast iron stomachs so vomiting was a concern for me. And discolored urine would have me calling for a vet appointment promptly.

Let us know what you find out but I think you need some more basic information discolored urine can be a marker for too many things--some of them not particularly significant and some very significant.
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I, too, would be more concerned about the strange color of the urine than an occasional vomiting episode. I run a complete blood panel on my dogs every year (my vet calls it a "senior panel") every year starting at roughly age two to look at kidney and liver function, among other things. I would personally be running that now.
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