I have a female pit mix that is 4 years old. She was 63 pounds but we have gotten her down to 53 pounds with 7 more pounds to go. She is eating Wellness Healthy Weight dog food. She has environmental allergies and she has just developed some food allergies. The vet had her on R/D Science Diet which broke her out so bad it took two months for it to clear and after three months her fur has finally come back. She still had some hot spots on her back legs which the vet gave her antibiotics, steroids, started her on Wellactin Omega 3′s which she gets 3 in the morning…..I originally had her on brewers yeast but not now since she is on Omega 3s.
She has had her yearly exam with full blood work which came back fine. She has always had a good appetite and no changes in her urination nor defecation routines. Her current vet is a conventional one and I am trying to find something that will prevent this girl from throwing up in the early mornings. Usually it is just yellow liquid that she brings up. The vet told me to give her Pepcid AC and that worked for a while but now she seems to be doing it more often. Is there anything I can give her in a form of a supplement or natural food item that will help her stop the throwing up. Please let me know what you think I could try without any affects of an allergic reaction. Thanks, Sheryl
If your dog has skin allergies that respond to diet then her vomiting is very likely due to food intolerance also. I would advise adding probiotics such as Gastriplex and digestive enzymes such as Animal Essentials Plant Enzymes and Probiotics. With vomiting due to food intolerance/allergies a canned diet with no grains and an alternative protein is usually the first recommendation.
With food allergies the most common allergens are chicken, beef, corn, rice, wheat and soy. So, a novel protein such as bison, venison or rabbit with a novel carbohydrate such as sweet potato is an optimal diet.
You may try to switch the diet slowly over 2 weeks to make sure she acclimates properly. Also, feeding her half her dinner early evening then the other half when she goes to bed may decrease the vomiting in the morning. It likely should decrease the acidity in her stomach over night. Best of luck.
Colleen Smith DVM, CVA