• Whiskey (4-5 months, diverse mix, currently ~25lbs.) started regurgitating today and I was wondering if I should bring him in for an eval or just wait it out. Details: - Has happened twice so far today (3:30pm currently) - Only happened after waking up from nap - Whiskey will wake suddenly, begin making upheaval sounds, and then food falls out of mouth with little force. - Regurgitation, not vomit. Food is wet and soft, I can see bits of kibble, but mostly soft, wet, food colored mass - After food comes up, he acts mostly normal, playful, wants to go outside, etc. No indication that he's in pain or sick. - He seems to be rather hungry afterward. After the first time, I fed him a meal via a food dispensing puzzle ball to make sure he didn't eat too fast. He threw up again a few hours after that. Behavioral History: - Whiskey tries to bite, eat, or destroy via chewing almost everything outside. Grass, sticks, dirt, asphalt, leaves. - Got into a potted basil plant yesterday. Couldn't have eaten much of it, Internet research says basil is non-toxic for dogs. - We got his last round of mandatory shots a week ago. For a few hours after the appointment he was very lethargic & sore, and the injection site was mildly swollen, but he was back to normal before the end of the day. Diet history: - Has been eating American Journey puppy food for a couple months now and have had no problems. - We had been feeding him 3 times a day for a total of 2 cups of dry food a day. (with a little extra tablespoon or so of canned food in the morning) About a week ago he became uninterested in the middle meal and refused to eat that until late in the day, so we decided to switch to 1.5 in the morning and 1.5 at night, and he hasn't shown any problems until today. - It still usually takes Whiskey about an hour or more to finish a bowl if he decides to finish it. He's never been a fast eater. Whiskey has evidently no care about what he puts in his mouth, however, this is the first time he's ever seemed to have a problem. Just wondering if it's something we should check out more closely since this regurgitation has happened twice already, or if it's something that's within the realm of normalcy.

    Hi Rebecca,
    I recommend that you take him into see a veterinarian. The regurgitation along with his history of eating things that he shouldn’t is concerning. This could be caused by a GI foreign body or toxicity but there can be other underlying medical or physical causes for the regurgitation. Your vet can talk to you more about the cause of his symptoms after they have examined him. They may recommend some lab tests and/or x-rays to help diagnose or rule out certain causes. The treatment that he needs will depend on the underlying cause of his symptoms.


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