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Why is my dog having dry heave and regurgitation episodes?

My dog is an Aus. Shep. mix, she's 7 yrs old. Over the last few months she has episodes of regurgitating her food. I feed her when I get home from work, around 5:00, which she eats with her normal level of enthusiasm. 2-3 hours later she starts dry heaving and frantically licking the carpet and eating anything that is on the floor (hair, dirt, she even tore pieces off a slipcover and ate them whole). When she does vomit, it consists of her food, undigested, and hair. Occasionally when she does not actually vomit anything, her stool in the morning will look like a tubular hairball. I have tried numerous things to alleviate this, including visiting our vet who suggested giving her Pepsid, I've started giving her bottled water to drink, I've even tried spacing out her food (she's eaten the same kind of food for years). Nothing works permanently. This occurs 1-2 x's/week. She also frequently scratches at her snout with her back leg. She never acts sick or depressed. Please help.


Asked by Member 770290 on Nov 19th 2008 in Illness & Disease
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Max

Since the food comes out undigested she eats it to fast. Put water in her food or a tennis ball so she won't eat the food that fast.
Dogs eat grass when they are trying to clean out their stomachs, your dog might be eating hair to clean out her stomach. Does she have any scabs on her nose?


Max answered on 11/19/08. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer