Oct 25, 2011 2:09 PM by Bonnie Markoff, DVM, ABVP

Throwing up and loss of appetite a worrisome combination

Q: My very healthy Chow Mix, Bear, has been throwing up for a month now. We took her to the vet for a blood and urine work up and there's nothing wrong with her. Now she is not eating unless it's chicken or fish. She goes back to the vet tomorrow, but would like a second opinion on what this could be. She is now throwing up yellow bile. She is 10 years old and has a corn allergy, but has been eating the same diet for 10 years. Thanks for any help you can offer.

A: I am worried about Bear. Vomiting for a month is not good and that turning into inappetite could be a bad sign.

Bear is old enough to have any number of problems. If his labwork and physical exam are not revealing, the next step is usually some sort of imaging. X-rays, abdominal ultrasound or maybe x-rays with contrast material (upper GI) study would probably be warranted. It is important that a thorough exam be performed every time Bear goes in because things can change from day to day. If he has a tumor growing somewhere in his abdomen, we might not be able to feel it today and then might feel it tomorrow.

We would be very happy to provide a second opinion, but need to actually get our hands on Bear and see his lab results in order to help you. Vomiting can be caused by something he ate being stuck in his stomach, ulcers from medications, infections, liver disease, kidney disease, cancers of various organs, pancreatic disease and much more.

I hope you find something that can be treated and Bear is feeling better soon!



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