FYI - this is a descriptive post about our dog and her vomiting issues - read at your own risk!
We have a lab-mix "puppy" who is about 1 1/2 years old. We've had her since she was about 4 months old. She has always been a bit of a puker frankly. After the first few months we switched her dog food b/c we suspected a wheat/corn allergy, so we switched her to Blue Buffalo brand. For a while she seemed fine on that, but the vomiting continued. Now she is on Natures Recipe Easy to Digest brand and we still have issues with her!
Sometimes she'll go a day or two, maybe even 3 w/o vomiting, and other times she'll vomit every time she eats. When she does vomit, the food is usually still pretty whole (undigested).
I have taken her to the vet and all I get is "change her food" or "it's something she's eating" (like something in my yard or I guess food that's fallen on the floor - or whatever that means) and it's not. For example, she threw up again today and has not eaten one single thing outside, not one leaf, nothing. (It's raining today so I have watched her outside every second b/c I don't want her playing in the mud). She ate her breakfast and it came back up within 5 minutes).
We are not overfeeding her, in fact, we are underfeeding her (she is only eating 2 cups a day - any more than that and her vomiting is worse).
I just do not know what to do about it. She has the most sensitive stomach it seems. Should I be concenred about something medical? Not only am I worried about her (how could she possible be getting enough nutrients if her food keeps coming back up), but I am also sick and tired of cleaning up dog vomit!
Any advice or suggestions (especially if someone's dog has been through this) is much appreciated!
Thank you all for your responses. We are trying some new things and looking for a new vet.
My lab mix puppy had a similar vomiting problem when we first got her. It turns out she had worms. Hopefully your vet has tested her for worms, but if not suggest it. The fix was one pill given to my dog who pooped out the worms about 3 hours later. She still has a very sensitive stomach if she eats anything besides her regular food, but she doesn't throw up all the time anymore.
I'm surprised that your vet hasn't researched a diagnoses more than that. Taking into consideration the symptoms you've given I would 1st suspect IBS (Irritable bowel symptom). If weight is fine the vet my not be too concerned and not try any treatment though chronic vomiting is not good for you or she in the long run. I would do a Google search on the subject and see what you think. You might could try some home remedies that others have used but most likely IBS should be treated with prescription meds. Could be that a new vet is in order too.
our dog had a vomiting/diarrea issue his first year. we stopped giving him bones to chew on. that worked. had no issues after that. also, i notice that mine will eat grass and throw it up later; however, that seems pretty normal b/c i had another dog that did the same thing. we just make sure he doesn't eat any grass. good luck
S., did you figure out what was wrong with your pup? I'm having an identical problem with both of my dogs! I've taken them to two different vets and spent almost $1000 on bloodwork, dewormers, abdominal x-rays, and special food... and NOTHING has changed. They both puke up every meal; even rice!