He used to vomit about 4 times a week. Sometimes diarrhea too - but that is much less now. Maybe once a week or less. Vomit is frothy (like a big lot of cuckoo spit). Mid afternoon is most likely time now.
Food has been changed to a gastro intestinal mix and that seems to help. Am strict about no treats or left overs.
Symptoms are most whining/whimpering in pain now - mostly mid-afternoon and again around 10 pm. Is irritable and restless. Stretches belly across arm of couch as if to alleviate pain. Am worried about the irritability, lest he snap at someone who insists on putting him to sleep!!
Was taking him to the vet fairly regularly for about a month, and he was getting injections to ease the pains, which helped.... but get the impression vet thinks I'm being fussy. Dog is usually fine in vets office, because he's fine when not in pain!
No xray or ultrasound because vet couldn't feel an obstruction.
Feed a handful of pellets in the morning now, more at 6 p.m. (He won't eat it from the bowl now as he finds them boring so I handfeed him until he has enough). Yes, they both get dewormed every two months, regular vaccinations etc.
I have a second dog (ten years old) and he gets irritable with her when he seems in pain. He wants a lot of hugs and cuddles when he whimpers.
Thank you. My concern is mainly about not wanting to bother the vet too much with this, while at the same time not wanting to neglect the dog! Your reply is in line with my vet's opinion, but so far he sees no need to take it further..x-rays, tests etc..... but I am concerned with the irritability and snapping. We'll see how it goes with feeding 4-6 times per day. I appreciate your input. Thanks.
Thanks for your email. I had an emergency on Friday when he ate a metal tube of hand cream and vet had to induce vomiting! Vet also increased the dosage of omeprazole to 20mg per day, so we'll see how we get on with that. I'm trying to minimize visits to vet, as at this stage I fear I just look like a fussy owner.... but this little fellow needs this level of attention right now so I want to do my best for him without pestering the vet clinic too much. Vet doesn't see a longterm problem here and is confident we'll sort it out, so fingers crossed! He's still in the puppy-chewing stage though, so that doesn't help his tummy.