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Old 01-23-2007, 11:47 AM
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My chihuahua is 1 1/2 years old and since I got her at 8 weeks of age, several times a month she throws up yellow bile. It always happens at around late morning usually at between 11-12 pm. The vet doesn't seem to be too concerned but I'm getting tried of cleaning up. This happens around 3 times a month. Does anyone know what could be causing this and how to prevent it? I heard things like chewing on rawhide, going too long without food and haivng too much variety in food, but none of this seems to make any difference. Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks.
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Old 01-23-2007, 12:49 PM
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I don't have much advice. Every once and a while my pups will throw up that clear/yellowish liquid too. Just a few drops though. If it's a recurring thing I'd probably take your chi to the vet just to check it out
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Old 01-23-2007, 01:24 PM
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My chihuahua is 1 1/2 years old and since I got her at 8 weeks of age, several times a month she throws up yellow bile. It always happens at around late morning usually at between 11-12 pm. The vet doesn't seem to be too concerned but I'm getting tried of cleaning up. This happens around 3 times a month. Does anyone know what could be causing this and how to prevent it? I heard things like chewing on rawhide, going too long without food and haivng too much variety in food, but none of this seems to make any difference. Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks.
Smokey did that a couple of times after chewing a rawhide bone . I stopped giving her rawhide chews months ago and no problems since. I have read in too many places that rawhide is not good for dogs.
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Old 01-23-2007, 01:28 PM
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I have always found that dogs throw up bile when their tummies are empty or they've gone too long between meals / snacks. If it doesn't get absorbed by food, it rumbles around in there until they toss it.

One of the purposes of bile is to process fat. One of my dogs happens to be on Innova Evo because she has cancer, and it's a good diet for cancer patients (high fat, high protein, low carbs). I've found that since she's been on Evo, no more puking of bile. I think the higher fat content in the food is giving the bile more to do. Many of us choose foods that are low in fat because we're trying to keep our dogs fit, and I think it correlates to how many are throwing up bile.
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Old 01-23-2007, 02:11 PM
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One of my dogs happens to be on Innova Evo because she has cancer, and it's a good diet for cancer patients (high fat, high protein, low carbs). I've found that since she's been on Evo, no more puking of bile. I think the higher fat content in the food is giving the bile more to do. Many of us choose foods that are low in fat because we're trying to keep our dogs fit, and I think it correlates to how many are throwing up bile.
I just finished a book on canine cancer prevention and treatment and I was looking for a good food to switch to...not trying to pirate the thread, but thanks!
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Old 01-23-2007, 02:56 PM
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I would say try a different food and feed smaller amounts more often. Toy breeds seem to do a lot better on foods with a higher fat/protein content because of their fast metabolisms. What are you feeding your Chi?

You can't throw up bile if there is food in the stomach so less time between meals will help a lot...
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Old 01-23-2007, 03:33 PM
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For a while I stopped giving rawhide but it didn't help so I started giving it to her again. I give her a biscuit when she gets up in the morning (which is around 11, she's in no hurry to get up) and I broke her meal up into 3 smaller portions which she gets at around 2pm then around 7pm and late in the evening at around 10:30. None of this is helping and the vet said it's nothing, that she's healthy. I feed her cesar wet food and I used to give her iams dry but I thought maybe the dry food may be causing it so I haven't given it to her for almost 2 months.

Someone on another forum said it's something to do about acid build up in the stomach and that giving her acid blockers might help, so maybe that's something to look into because I don't know what else to try.
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Old 01-23-2007, 03:42 PM
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Have you tried giving the early meal in the morning? Skye is prone to the yellow upchuck too but changing her feeding times has helped with that a lot. She only gets a light half cup of Royal Canin in the morning sometimes with a spoonful of yoghurt, sometimes with an egg, sometimes with a sprinkle of cheese. She is fussy as all get out so if I don't throw in a 'goodie' she turns up her nose.

Since I started that I no longer get startled out of my morning daze by stepping in a warm puddle of bile.
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Old 01-23-2007, 04:36 PM
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Well, first of all, the foods you are feeding are VERY poor quality, especially the Caesar! I would bet money that if you switched her to a high quality diet and added one early morning meal that this would stop all together. The Caesar dog food is equivalent to feeding her pure junk. Like if we ate fast food every single meal. I suggest you try a nutritious food instead. Canned or dry is fine, just choose a food of quality!

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Old 01-23-2007, 07:14 PM
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Yeah my vet said cesar is junk food too but she's a fussy eater and she likes it. Anyway there was a time when she was on home cooked meals and she was getting meals in the morning when she was a puppy so this is an ongoing problem that doesn't seem to be going away no matter what I try. On another forum there was someone with a rottie with the same problem said they give their dog tums and it helps a lot.
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