Maui has thrown up most of what he's eaten for the past 2 days. Sometimes, he tries to eat it. Other times, he just walks away from it. What is the best thing to do when he throws up? Let him eat it? Make him leave it? Also, what is the healthiest thing to do as far as food goes. Do I continue to give him his food? Give him something else (a dog equivalent to crackers)? Just have him drink water (which he continues to drink normally)? I call the vet tomorrow if it continues. Thanks for any help in the meantime.
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Maui has thrown up most of what he's eaten for the past 2 days. Sometimes, he tries to eat it. ... he continues to drink normally)? I call the vet tomorrow if it continues. Thanks for any help in the meantime.

i don't let them eat their puke, mostly because it grosses me out. i think the rules are, withhold food for the first 12 hours or so, but give lots of water, maybe some chicken broth. after the first 12 hours, offer rice (cook it in chicken broth for some additional electrolytes and nutritional value), and see how it goes. if pup is still puking, take him to the vet.

i'd still call the vet first and run your course of action by them, also mention any other symptoms (runny stools, lethargy, unwillingness to drink water, etc).
-kelly
Maui has thrown up most of what he's eaten for ... if it continues. Thanks for any help in the meantime.

i don't let them eat their puke, mostly because it grosses me out. i think the rules are, withhold food ... run your course of action by them, also mention any other symptoms (runny stools, lethargy, unwillingness to drink water, etc).

It's gross, but I actually find it somewhat reassuring when one of my dogs tries to eat her or his own puke (I normally don't allow it because it makes me want to puke). In general I've noticed that when the vomiting is a result of eating too much and/or too quickly, they're eager to scarf it back up. But when they're puking because they're ill they leave it alone.
An acquaintance claims that dogs eat their own sick because they don't want the other pack members to know they're weak or ill. To me, that's a stretch.
Kathleen
An acquaintance claims that dogs eat their own sick because they don't want the other pack members to know they're weak or ill. To me, that's a stretch.

I don't think its such a stretch given that weakness is a bad thing to exhibit in nature. I don't know that dogs are domesticated enough to have lost a survival instinct/rule like that. Then again I may have just watched one too many nature shows.

Tara
Maui has thrown up most of what he's eaten for ... if it continues. Thanks for any help in the meantime.

i don't let them eat their puke, mostly because it grosses me out.

me too.
i think the rules are, withhold food for the first 12 hours or so, but give lots of water, maybe ... additional electrolytes and nutritional value), and see how it goes. if pup is still puking, take him to the vet.

I took his food dish up but he saw where I put it and is really begging for it. he was ever barking/crying for it which he never does because he knows knows that he always has to be quiet to get food.
i'd still call the vet first and run your course of action by them, also mention any other symptoms (runny stools, lethargy, unwillingness to drink water, etc).

the puking in the only sign, he is still very active, going potty normally and getting enough water which is great. he doesn't show signs of dehydration either so thats good.
thanks for the advice, I shall try the chicken broth and call the vet
i don't let them eat their puke, mostly because it ... other symptoms (runny stools, lethargy, unwillingness to drink water, etc).

It's gross, but I actually find it somewhat reassuring when one of my dogs tries to eat her or his ... sick because they don't want the other pack members to know they're weak or ill. To me, that's a stretch.

that's interesting, thanks for the input
I don't think its such a stretch given that weakness is a bad thing to exhibit in nature. I don't ... to have lost a survival instinct/rule like that. Then again I may have just watched one too many nature shows.

heh. that doesn't explain why they eat each other's vomit (and, occasionally, fight over it!). or the cat's. my theory is that dogs are just gross.

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An acquaintance claims that dogs eat their own sick because they don't want the other pack members to know they're weak or ill. To me, that's a stretch.

..vomiting is part of a dog's life. Wolves regularly eat up to 9 pounds of food, then cache it in various spots miles apart. This means they vomit a portion of the meal on cue into a hole and cover it up for later. Bitches also vomit up food for their puppies.

..also if the food is cold for some reason they can vomit. If they want to give it another run it's fine with me.
buglady
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I took his food dish up but he saw where I put it and is really beggingfor it. he was ever barking/crying for it which he never does because heknows knows that he always has to be quiet to get food.

..give him a portion of the food. How much are you feeding? Do you try to feed him small meals several times a day?

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