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    Default Chloe Can't Keep Down Her Dinner...

    Over the past week my puppy Chloe has thrown up her dinner 3 times within an hour of eating it. I leave her for an hour and try to feed her some dry food but she then refuses to eat (which is very unusual for her!) It hasn't been every night, just some of them and that's whats worrying me.

    She is on 2 cup of dry food mixed through about 600g of tinned food a night.
    I have been feeding her and Amy the same brand of wet food since we got them and have only changed the brand of bickies when Chloe out grew needing the specialty puppy ones. So I'm thinking the food might not actually be an issue.

    The vomit is almost completely dry and smells and looks almost exactly like her dinner. After she has vomited she snuggles up with one of us or her sister and just lies there.

    Other than that, she is still running around barking and playing all day, so she seems perfectly healthy. I'm just not sure what is causing the vomiting. She has never had this problem before.

    If anyone has any idea that would be great, I am open to suggestions about a new diet if that might be what causing it.
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    So does your dog vomit her other meals during the day? Puppies need the meals to be broken up into 2/3 meals a day depending on what age they are, so I assume you are not feeding her daily quota all at once?

    Depending on the breed your puppy is, that actually sounds like a fair bit of food for one meal-time TBH.
    So, my first guess is that she is vomiting the meal back up in it's entirety because it was simply too much food for her stomach to handle in one go.
    That to me would be the first and most common cause of this happening.
    The next thing on my list would be ensuring you do not feed puppy within an hour before or after exercising etc. That can do it also, along with other more dangerous things.

    The next thing on the list isn't so great, so perhaps you could answer those points I've discussed first? Cheers.
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    I would go with DA's idea that this is just to much food - try reducing it by a 1/4 and see how your pup goes on that. If there is still issues try reducing it by another 1/4 and then if there are still issues I would suggest a trip to the vet.

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    Chloe is a 1yr old Great Dane X. She has been on the same amount of food for about 3 months now and might have to bump it up again, as she has stopped gaining weight which is odd because she isn't near full grown yet. We feed her meal in 2 parts, half in the morning and half at night.

    Is there any chance she could have just eaten to fast?
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    If she is eating too fast then yes she could be throwing it back up. Particularly if she's worried that the other might get it.

    Also you say she is Dane X so while GD take a long time to reach their full weight and height the X in her might not so I am thinking you mean her weight? When you say she's still growing??

    A lot of dogs are gangly and thin around the 1yo so I'd wait to sort out the vomiting problem then increase the food or change the diet to a food designed for higher energy dogs/working dogs. I have my young dogs on active food.

    Put a brick in the bowl which makes her eat around it to slow her down if she is gulping and supervise her eating so you know exactly what's going on. If that is all it is then there are special bowls you can get to replace the brick.

    I also assume she is healthy in every other way??

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    She is a GD cross, so unless you know what she is crossed with exactly, it can be hard for you to gauge what height, body frame and weight she will truly end up with as a fully-grown adult.

    Yes, she could have wolfed her food down. Do you supervise her when she eats so you know how fast or slow she is consuming it?
    What bothers me is that she is only doing this with the nightly meal and not every night, not the morning one? You need to consider what is different then between them...monitor closely enough and the answer will present itself.

    Do what MAC has suggested, try all those things, but if no improvement then I would DEFINATELY take her for a look-see by your vet. Have them check her intestines and stomach to make sure there is nothing wrong in that department.
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