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Old February 22nd 07, 11:01 AM posted to rec.pets.dogs.health
Doug
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Default Dalmatian Vomiting Mucus, Licking, and Gagging

Hi folks,

Hoping someone can help with an ongoing problem I have with my dog,
Mandy. Mandy is a 7yr old Dalmatian, and for the past 3-4yrs or so
she's had an ongoing problem with vomiting that seems to come on in
"spells" that last several days to a week at a time.

When the problem arises, it starts off with this obsessive licking of
her chops. Basically, imagine a dog with a big wad of peanut butter in
it's mouth that it's trying to clear out and that will give you the
basic visual.

This action goes in spurts throughout the day, generating plenty of
saliva/mucus. Some drools out, and there's a lot that she swallows.

Eventually she gets to the point where she'll start licking her bed,
paws, and anything she can get in her mouth. If you let her out in the
backyard she'll run to the grass and just start devouring it like
there's no tomorrow (to make herself sick). One time when she couldn't
get outside she just ripped the carpet off one of the stairs and tried
to eat that!

When she eventually does throw up, outside of any grass that may be
there, it appears to be almost entirely mucus. If the current "spell"
is really bad, there may be a little stomach acid (yellow?). There's
never been any blood, foreign objects, or anything else - it's been
tested by the vet.

Over the course of several days or a week, the above process will
repeat itself over and over again .. until one day, poof, it's gone.

These little "spells" have come and gone over the last several years,
and it's been pretty much impossible trying to figure out any sort of
pattern or consistent reason why this might be happening. Sometimes it
may happen for a few days two months in a row, sometimes she'll go
months and months before it happens again.

We've brought her to the vet on numerous occasions and she's been
through more tests than I can even recall. Multiple xrays, extensive
blood work, ultrasounds, the works. We've also brought her in to a
specialist based on a referral from our regular vet. Thousands upon
thousands of dollars worth of checkups and tests latest, neither the
specialist nor our regular vet can find anything at all wrong. And
thus, here I am.

I was wondering if anyone out there might have run into similar
problems with their pooch and might have a suggestion regarding the
reason why and potential "fix".

Thanks in advance for any/all suggestions.

Doug.
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Old February 22nd 07, 12:50 PM posted to rec.pets.dogs.health
diddy
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Default Dalmatian Vomiting Mucus, Licking, and Gagging

in thread : Doug
whittled the following words:

Hi folks,

Hoping someone can help with an ongoing problem I have with my dog,
Mandy. Mandy is a 7yr old Dalmatian, and for the past 3-4yrs or so
she's had an ongoing problem with vomiting that seems to come on in
"spells" that last several days to a week at a time.

When the problem arises, it starts off with this obsessive licking of
her chops. Basically, imagine a dog with a big wad of peanut butter in
it's mouth that it's trying to clear out and that will give you the
basic visual.

This action goes in spurts throughout the day, generating plenty of
saliva/mucus. Some drools out, and there's a lot that she swallows.

Eventually she gets to the point where she'll start licking her bed,
paws, and anything she can get in her mouth. If you let her out in the
backyard she'll run to the grass and just start devouring it like
there's no tomorrow (to make herself sick). One time when she couldn't
get outside she just ripped the carpet off one of the stairs and tried
to eat that!

When she eventually does throw up, outside of any grass that may be
there, it appears to be almost entirely mucus. If the current "spell"
is really bad, there may be a little stomach acid (yellow?). There's
never been any blood, foreign objects, or anything else - it's been
tested by the vet.

Over the course of several days or a week, the above process will
repeat itself over and over again .. until one day, poof, it's gone.

These little "spells" have come and gone over the last several years,
and it's been pretty much impossible trying to figure out any sort of
pattern or consistent reason why this might be happening. Sometimes it
may happen for a few days two months in a row, sometimes she'll go
months and months before it happens again.

We've brought her to the vet on numerous occasions and she's been
through more tests than I can even recall. Multiple xrays, extensive
blood work, ultrasounds, the works. We've also brought her in to a
specialist based on a referral from our regular vet. Thousands upon
thousands of dollars worth of checkups and tests latest, neither the
specialist nor our regular vet can find anything at all wrong. And
thus, here I am.

I was wondering if anyone out there might have run into similar
problems with their pooch and might have a suggestion regarding the
reason why and potential "fix".

Thanks in advance for any/all suggestions.

Doug.


I had a dog that did this. We did literally thousands of dollars of
diagnostics. He had an obstruction of the pyloric valve. It was not
discovered until he had an endoscopy. He had ALL the EXACT same symptoms
(and more) It started out sporatic, and increased in length and time until
it became a permanent behavior. Probably caused by ulcers. The ulcers
caused chronic scarring of the pyloric valve until the pyloric valve
eventually scarred closed requiring surgery and reconstruction of the
pyloric valve.

Although the surgeon considered the surgery a success (and it was, because
it DID save his life) the results were not as i had hoped, and i would not
choose that option again. The reconstructed Pyloric valve was opened, but
it never again closed, allowing gastric acid splashback and permanent
ulcers, treatment for ulcers and lifelong close management , 2 hour
feedings night and day for the rest of his life to keep stuff "in there"
and medications.

I would have an endoscopy done examining the pyloric valve.
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Old February 22nd 07, 09:39 PM posted to rec.pets.dogs.health
Doug Archell
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Hi Diddy,

Thanks for the quick reply!

On Thu, 22 Feb 2007 06:50:16 -0600, diddy
I had a dog that did this. We did literally thousands of dollars of
diagnostics. He had an obstruction of the pyloric valve. It was not
discovered until he had an endoscopy. He had ALL the EXACT same symptoms
(and more) It started out sporatic, and increased in length and time until


If you don't mind me asking, could you let me know what other symptoms
your dog was running into?

Although the surgeon considered the surgery a success (and it was, because
it DID save his life) the results were not as i had hoped, and i would not
choose that option again. The reconstructed Pyloric valve was opened, but


Given the choice, what other option would you have gone for?

Doug.
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Old February 22nd 07, 10:11 PM posted to rec.pets.dogs.health
diddy
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Default Dalmatian Vomiting Mucus, Licking, and Gagging

in thread : Doug Archell
whittled the following words:

Hi Diddy,

Thanks for the quick reply!

On Thu, 22 Feb 2007 06:50:16 -0600, diddy
I had a dog that did this. We did literally thousands of dollars of
diagnostics. He had an obstruction of the pyloric valve. It was not
discovered until he had an endoscopy. He had ALL the EXACT same
symptoms (and more) It started out sporatic, and increased in length
and time until


If you don't mind me asking, could you let me know what other symptoms
your dog was running into?


I don't recall, this was back 7 years ago. I know drooling was pronounced.


Although the surgeon considered the surgery a success (and it was,
because it DID save his life) the results were not as i had hoped, and
i would not choose that option again. The reconstructed Pyloric valve
was opened, but


Given the choice, what other option would you have gone for?

Doug.

I would have put him to sleep. But his complications were much advanced by
the time this was diagnosed. He was already run down, and in a life
threatening state.
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Old February 23rd 07, 11:32 AM posted to rec.pets.dogs.health
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Default Dalmatian Vomiting Mucus, Licking, and Gagging

Doug wrote:

When the problem arises, it starts off with this obsessive licking of
her chops. Basically, imagine a dog with a big wad of peanut butter in
it's mouth that it's trying to clear out and that will give you the
basic visual.


That's not unusual. Every time one of my dogs has vomited, they've
licked and licked and licked their lips first.

This action goes in spurts throughout the day, generating plenty of
saliva/mucus. Some drools out, and there's a lot that she swallows.

Eventually she gets to the point where she'll start licking her bed,
paws, and anything she can get in her mouth. If you let her out in the
backyard she'll run to the grass and just start devouring it like
there's no tomorrow (to make herself sick). One time when she couldn't
get outside she just ripped the carpet off one of the stairs and tried
to eat that!


The behavior you've described is more extreme than what I've
encountered, but at a basic level, not unusual.

I was wondering if anyone out there might have run into similar
problems with their pooch and might have a suggestion regarding the
reason why and potential "fix".

Thanks in advance for any/all suggestions.


How often and how much (of what) do you feed her? If she's throwing
up just mucous, then there's no food in her stomach. Some of the
symptoms are extreme, but it could be merely a matter of her meals
being spaced too far apart. It may be a long shot, but I'd try
breaking up her meals into smaller, more frequent portions.

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Old February 26th 07, 03:21 PM posted to rec.pets.dogs.health
Shadow Walker
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Default Dalmatian Vomiting Mucus, Licking, and Gagging

Try breaking down her meals into smaller portions and spread them out over
the day. I have a German Shepherd Collie mix that was poisoned several years
back. She was given peroxide to purge the poison from her stomach. The
peroxide ended up destroying her stomach lining. I was told she would have
to have Pepcid AC for the rest of her life to prevent similar symptoms your
dog is going through. I adjusted her food intake and give her yogurt about
once a month sometimes more often if she has spells of vomiting. It's been
almost four years since and she is doing great.

The vomiting up nothing but stomach vile and mucus is a symptom of over
active glands in the stomach. Dogs can suffer from GURD, acid reflux and
many other stomach problems just like people, they just can not take all of
the meds we can. Diet change and or frequency of feedings can help this out.
Hence your dog trying to eat things, she's so hungry at that moment that she
is willing to eat non food items to quell the pain. If it was nausea she
wouldn't try to eat anything and would just suffer with it and vomit. So
before she vomits she tries to fill the void and bwoop there it is.

If adjusting her food and all doesn't help, see about an acid inhibiter from
your vet.

More than likely though a diet change and frequency in feeding will help
your problem.


"Doug" wrote in message
...
Hi folks,

Hoping someone can help with an ongoing problem I have with my dog,
Mandy. Mandy is a 7yr old Dalmatian, and for the past 3-4yrs or so
she's had an ongoing problem with vomiting that seems to come on in
"spells" that last several days to a week at a time.

When the problem arises, it starts off with this obsessive licking of
her chops. Basically, imagine a dog with a big wad of peanut butter in
it's mouth that it's trying to clear out and that will give you the
basic visual.

This action goes in spurts throughout the day, generating plenty of
saliva/mucus. Some drools out, and there's a lot that she swallows.

Eventually she gets to the point where she'll start licking her bed,
paws, and anything she can get in her mouth. If you let her out in the
backyard she'll run to the grass and just start devouring it like
there's no tomorrow (to make herself sick). One time when she couldn't
get outside she just ripped the carpet off one of the stairs and tried
to eat that!

When she eventually does throw up, outside of any grass that may be
there, it appears to be almost entirely mucus. If the current "spell"
is really bad, there may be a little stomach acid (yellow?). There's
never been any blood, foreign objects, or anything else - it's been
tested by the vet.

Over the course of several days or a week, the above process will
repeat itself over and over again .. until one day, poof, it's gone.

These little "spells" have come and gone over the last several years,
and it's been pretty much impossible trying to figure out any sort of
pattern or consistent reason why this might be happening. Sometimes it
may happen for a few days two months in a row, sometimes she'll go
months and months before it happens again.

We've brought her to the vet on numerous occasions and she's been
through more tests than I can even recall. Multiple xrays, extensive
blood work, ultrasounds, the works. We've also brought her in to a
specialist based on a referral from our regular vet. Thousands upon
thousands of dollars worth of checkups and tests latest, neither the
specialist nor our regular vet can find anything at all wrong. And
thus, here I am.

I was wondering if anyone out there might have run into similar
problems with their pooch and might have a suggestion regarding the
reason why and potential "fix".

Thanks in advance for any/all suggestions.

Doug.



 




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