My 4 years old male Japanese Spitz always has a sensitive stomach, he used to throw up yellow liquid once a week then it changed to once a month after I started giving him kelp a year ago.
However, recently he started to throw up food about once a week 2 hours after his dinner, no change in his diet or living environment, since he’s a bit overweight his dry food is also his treats. I went to the vet 10+ times when he used to throw up a lot and sometimes with diarrhea, unfortunately no findings as to why, vet said could just be sensitive stomach. Anyhow, just about 3 hours ago he threw up his dinner again then an hour later he had very small patches of soft stool with very little blood attached I observed.
Anything I can do to help his sensitive stomach? Should I be concerned that there very little blood in his stool? His blood work always came out nicely, did ultrasound, x ray 2 years ago with the same problem we had just now, all looked positive.
Thank you for any suggestions/recommendations.September 12, 2017 at 10:58 pm291
Dr Renata SnowVeterinarian
I’m very sorry to hear your dog has chronic problems – these can be frustrating for everyone involved. It’s great that you’ve already done investigations to rule out some of the more sinister causes of vomiting and diarrhoea. I’m afraid it’s impossible to make recommendations without having read all his medical records and having done a physical exam – but two things you could discuss with your vet, if you haven’t already done so, are:
1. Diet – depending on the suspected cause of the problem, your vet might advise feeding a diet that is blander, lower in fat, higher in fibre or hypoallergenic. S/he might also suggest a 6-8 week diet trial +/- a permanent diet change. It is worth trying to follow your vet’s advice as closely as possible
2. Referral to a specialist – if you and your vet feel that you’ve already done as much investigation as you can at their clinic, but you still don’t think you have an answer, the next step is to see a specialist. Your vet should be able to advise you on whether referral is appropriate at this stage and which specialists are available.
Regarding the blood in his stool, whether you need to worry depends on what’s causing it. This is a question better answered by your regular vet, who is able to physically examine your dog.
Good luck and I hope things improve for you and your dog!October 24, 2017 at 11:01 pm