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Question Why is my 4 month old dobe throwing up?

We started our now 4 month old,Twinkie, on Acana, but it was too high in protein we were told as she always had loose stools. So we switched to NOW brand. This was s bit lower in protein and fat, and close to a raw food diet. She cleared up fine even after we finished the pumpkin addition. Then recently, we noticed that on an empty stomache, first thing in the morning, that treats were not agreeing with her. We would give her treats to reward her for eliminating outside first thing in the morning. She would throw up the treats and water soon after. So we started using her kibble to reward her on an empty stomache.
But tonight, after she'd eaten, and been given treats, shortly after she threw it all up again. She also had a small piece of beef jerky that came up. Her other treats were a good quality, turkey, liver and some charcoal(?) which we were told was good for upset tummy...any ideas? She's a happy, playful, normal fun little girl otherwise.
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I would call your vet. For such a young pup, this sounds like A LOT of digestive distress. Call your vet and try to get some resolution to the diet, perhaps simplifying it for a while. Are all your treats made in the USA?
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I second calling a vet. She could have an obstruction.
I'm also confused on why she was on pumpkin? If she was having loose stool problems, pumpkin helps "move things along." and could certainly give her loose stool...

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This is not an isolated incidence, and I find it concerning she's throwing up both food and water. I would schedule a vet appointment ASAP, maybe even take her to an e-vet if it's possible.



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I second calling a vet. She could have an obstruction.
I'm also confused on why she was on pumpkin? If she was having loose stool problems, pumpkin helps "move things along." and could certainly give her loose stool...
Pumpkin can move things along, it also firms things up. It's really good for upset tummies and loose stools.

I wonder how long OP had the puppy, maybe it's stress of a new home and too many kibble changes.

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I didn't know that too much protein cause loose stool? My dog's vet suggested that her food had too high of protein to fiber ratio when she was constipated and they told me to give her green beans to loosen things.

Do you think it could be a food allergy or sensitivity of some kind?
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I will call the vet this morning. She woke up hungry(went directly to where the food is kept)
We've had her since she was 8 weeks old. Could it be that she ate too quickly? She tends to belch often,but also eats rapidly. Maybe it's an allergy to the new treats... (?)We've just been giving them to her since Thursday. Thanks for all the help so far
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I agree with the other posts, take her to the vet.

What I know is that when you switch foods on young puppies, even one her age, you need to do it slowly. They can get an upset very easily and then, you have a problem. Too rich, even if it is a good dog food can cause this. Changing quickly can. Lay off the treats. It sounds like you are giving her too many different things and could be the problem.

Go to the vet to be sure.
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To answer your question "why is my 4 month old dobe throwing up?" the answer is "because he is sick". He needs to see a Vet.


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I second calling a vet. She could have an obstruction.
I'm also confused on why she was on pumpkin? If she was having loose stool problems, pumpkin helps "move things along." and could certainly give her loose stool...
Pumpkin has the effect of absorbing liquid and that will suck up extra fluid in the digestive tract or attract fluid to an otherwise constipated digestive tract to help it along.

Pumpkin works both ways - enough fiber to fill out a stool and soak up moisture or just to help the intestines with the job in general. Amazing stuff.


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How old is your pup now - your avatar shows 8 weeks. How often are you feeding her? Puppies should not have large meals, as it puts a great load on their digestive tracts. Also, depending on how she eats, she may be swallowing air, and like a baby, may have trapped air in her stomach, and when she burps, the air pushes the food up. Sometimes it can help to pat them on the back and sides, kind of like burping a baby, make her sit for a moment after she eats, to help the air 'rise', and also walk her, slowly - no playing or racing around for a bit, just a leisurely walk to help work any gas bubbles out.


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How old is your pup now - your avatar shows 8 weeks...
From the thread title...I'm guessing four months




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Well, Twinkie is doing great. The vet said she's just eating too fast and the air in her tummy caused her to throw up her food. The treats also could just be too rich on her tummy first thing in the morning. So, our solution is to feed her smaller amounts more frequently, and look for a food dish that regulates her food intake. Also, we are feeding her more of her own dog food as treats to reward her instead of the treats, especially first thing in the morning. Then it wouldn't be too rich on her empty tummy, the vet said. Thanks for your help everyone!
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