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Old 11-26-2006, 02:20 PM
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My friend acquired an English bulldog a few months ago. When the dog, Lulu, arrived, she was emaciated. The breeder claimed it was something that some of her bulldogs did after having litters -- she had just had her last litter 8 weeks before.

Everything my friend fed her she threw up, including the food the breeder sent with her (Nutro/Science Diet mixture). She would throw it up about half an hour after eating -- the food would be full and undigested, and it would come up in a large amount of foam. After that, she would throw up more a couple hours later, and more, and more. Basically she threew up all day long.

My friend has tried everything with limited sucess. She's managed to bring her up to a healthy weight, so obviously Lulu is getting some nutrition, but she still throws up.

First she tried raw -- but she threw that up. Switched to EVO and she threw that up. She's tried CN Chicken, CN Lamb..Vegetarian Food was the worst..And now she's trying a fish based food which seems to be working better than anything else but she stills throws up.

She mixes a ton of digestive enzymes in the food (enzymes for different things -- meat, vegetable, grain, dairy, etc). She uses raised bowls (the only piece of advice the breeder offered ). She's tried soaking the food in water, putting something in the bowl for Lulu to work around (so she doesn't eat too fast). She's tried feeding her several small meals in a day instead of larger less-frequent meals. She isn't fed treats. Nothing works. She took her to our regular vet who did X-rays and blames it on her vaccinations. Took her to another vet who performed the regular tests and couldn't find anything wrong.

She can't afford to go to a specialist -- there aren't any nearby and with Christmas nearing she would literally be fired if she tried taking time off work. We work in a grooming parlor and with 60 dogs a day, there's no way she can take time off and travel to a specialist.

Otherwise Lulu is in good health. When she came here she had hot spots, missing fur, dandruff, and greasiness...but she gets bathed a couple of times a week (more if she pukes on herself) and so she doesn't have bad skin anymore. She has a lovely temperament and is active enough for a bulldog I suppose lol. Snores alot. She doesn't throw up after drinking. She isn't dehydrated.

She met another bulldog who had the same problem, and talked to a few bulldog people who said it is a rare problem in the breed -- is it? Does it have a name? Any suggestions?

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Old 11-26-2006, 02:36 PM
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Could it be the problem were there esophagus is too big? I think its just called something like mega esophagus.

I know a dog came into my vet with it and it sounded like that was there problem. It was jsut a pup though and he told them to feed the dog and then stand it up,like have its front paws on the persons knees for a while. That was aparently jsut a very mild case though.
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Old 11-26-2006, 02:55 PM
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That sounds awful.

What about other vet's opinions?

I honestly do not know. Maybe someone else will have a better idea.

Good luck to your friend and her pup.
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Old 11-26-2006, 03:33 PM
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Sounds like she could have mega esophogus like a previous poster stated. She needs to be checked and put on a quality food. Bulldogs are sensitive dogs and have a lot of health problems.
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I'll ask her about the mega esophogus -- the vet may already have checked her for that -- she did do X-rays.

I forgot to mention that Lulu has a clipped palate -- could that cause vomiting?

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Old 11-27-2006, 03:07 PM
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The palate puts them more at risk for aspiration and pneumonia-I don't think ti would cause vomitting.

They probally didn't use contrast with the x ray and they have to to diagnose mega esophagus.

She could try the feeding upright anyway. Five small meals a day followed by five minutes up right.
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One of my bulldog-mixes had frequent puking issues. We fed him Nutro brand when we first got him (which worked well for our other bulldog) but he just couldn't digest it well and as soon as he got a little active or drank too much, it would come up. This happened at least 3 times a week, sometimes every day. We switched to a couple of other brands and finally settled on Purina for Sensitive Systems. It's a smaller kibble and smells fishy, but it did the trick. In the next 4 years we had him, he never threw it up.

But it sounds like she could have more than just a sensitive stomach problem. I like this website for looking up medical conditions: http://www.petplace.com/dogs/megaeso...ogs/page1.aspx

I know cleft palates can cause food and water to go down the windpipe instead of the esophagus. I wonder if your bulldog is having the reverse problem -- somehow getting air into the esophagus/stomach while she's eating. Might explain the frothy mixture that's in the food vomit, but I've not heard of this before so it's just a theory. Elongated palate problems can result in gagging breathing noises and frothy saliva vomit, but usually not food vomit.

Bulldogs also tend to be sensitive to allergy problems, including food allergies. You can get a blood test to see exactly what she's allergic to and how badly, but it's kind of an expensive test. A food allergy was the first thing I thought of when I started reading this but with her being on several different diets, it may not be the case.

I'm not sure what else to advise. If there's a vet school nearby, that might be worth checking out. If your friend can't get off work during the holidays, it sounds like she could wait to take her in when she's got the time off work as long as the dog is getting enough nutrition and isn't getting dehydrated. The vomitting can't go on too long without causing other problems, but it's a good sign that she's healthy otherwise.
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