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Q&A: Dog throws up for no apparent reason?

Question by Del: Dog throws up for no apparent reason?
My dog, a 3 year old Polish Lowland Sheepdog, will sometimes just throw up. He doesn’t throw up any food, just plain, bright yellow liquid (bile?)

I can’t see that he’s eaten anything weird, but I suppose he could be and I’m just not noticing it.

He is quite deep chested so I’m wondering if that could have something to do with it, as I know those kinds of dogs are suceptible to bloat.

Also, it’s usually early in the morning this happens, though I don’t know if that means anything.

Any ideas what this could be? Poisoning? Food allergy?

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Answer by Eric
Take him to the vet, he may have parvo which can be deadly if not treated. My Beagle had parvo a couple of years ago.

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Question by pattil: My dog has a rash…any help with ideas what might be causing it?
My 6 year old Brittany Spaniel has had a strange rash on his belly and inside of his thighs. He does have terrible allergies to fleas, certain foods, etc. We did an extensive food allergy testing when he was a year old and he’s on a diet I cook for him…no grains, only fish and a few other ingredients. We don’t use chemicals in our house or on him (no flea treatments or dog soaps, just sulfate free all natural soaps). He did have a flea on him about a month and a half ago while we were out of town and got a bite that caused a slight rash with itching. That healed up but this “rash” is different. It looks like chicken pox. At first I thot ring worm, but it’s not that. It looks like what an ant bite looks like on a human, but there’s about 20 of them. I can’t figure out what’s causing it. The vet says just put him on prednisone and antibiotics. I did do the antibiotics but not the predisone. There’s no itching or discomfort at all from these bumps/rash. Any ideas?
I chose not to do the prednisone because I want to find the source first…I’m all for the steriods as I know it can help, but I’d like to know the cause first :)

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Answer by Omega
If you dog just had a shot just recently he might be allergic to that. Many dogs have been having allergic reactions to shots. Also it seems like you dog is allergic to many things so he might have gone outside and rubbed against the grass or a plant that made him react. Have you changed something like your shampoo, body spray or lotions?Or he might have eaten something. My dog had something like that but he got it when we cleaned our carpets. Hope it clears up well.

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Help with a weird looking bug bite?

Question by Amelia X: Help with a weird looking bug bite?
I have this weird bug bite on the back of my left leg. I think it’s from a mosquito, since I saw one right before I got bit. I’ve had it for a couple of days and the skin around it developed a red, blotchy rash. Around that is a thick, pale ring. So, from the inside outward: bug bite, red rash, pale ring. It looks like the exact opposite of this, with the red and white reversed: http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/8/8e/Bullseye_Lyme_Disease_Rash.jpg
Also, the bite is a bit smaller.
It DOES NOT look like a bulls-eye, so I’m pretty sure I don’t have Lyme Disease. Also, I have multiple bites like this, but the one on my leg is the worst (I got them all in one night, so I’m pretty sure they were from the same type of bug). From the middle of the mosquito bite to the edge of the white ring, it is almost 1 1/2 inches.
All of the bites have swelled up pretty big. They’re itchy and are sensitive to the touch. I have no other symptoms, except a sore throat that I got the same night I was bitten (however I think this might have just been allergies, and the sore throat is almost completely gone now).
I have very sensitive skin and I’m allergic to quite a lot (pollen, honey, dogs, mold, etc.) However, none of my allergies are fatal. Do you think maybe I got an allergic reaction to the bite? I’ve gotten mosquito bites years ago and they didn’t look like this! Could I have devolped some type of allergy to it?
The swelling seems to be going down a bit, but after that I noticed a white ring. I just want to make sure this isn’t serious or anything. If anyone has any ideas of what could be causing this, or some pictures, I would be very grateful. Thanks!
It looks exactly like this, but with a white ring around it. http://www.skinsight.com/info/files/image_upload/Bite1%20copy_2_0.jpg

Best answer:

Answer by Shadow
I also had one like that but not as big as one inch…..i just applied alcohol to it…..pray….and….after 18 hours the white thing turned solid and detached….i even examined it…..it looked crystallized…..but in your case it might take maybe the longest is a week.

-new user

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Question by Love’s Excelling Way: Anyone’s dog on the Honest Kitchen food? Wondering if it’s healthy enough? Also is it tasty for the dog?
My little monkey is sooo picky! He only likes one kibble. And he eats it in the evening when he’s hungry. It’s Orijen. He will only eat the one kind, not the fish one. I have tried him on RAW, he doesn’t like it, Taste of the Wild, Blue Buffalo, Wellness, Halo. All kinds and he won’t eat any other kibble but Orijen. But I know that his breed is prone to allergies and feeding the one kind forever is not good. So I wanted to try The Honest Kitchen. Wondering if anyone feeds it to their dogs and if it’s healthy enough. www.thehonestkitchen.com

Thank you so much for your help if you can answer!
Lol. that was a funny answer Dogzzz. You may be right. I checked out that website. But I still do want to make sure he gets the best food possible. He’s a cute little monkey and I love him!

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Answer by mediocregenius4
I’m sure it is healthy enough for him/her. You MUST be careful of a dog’s allergies. Give him plain yogurt, sounds weird but it helps their digestive system and keeps their ears clean from yeast infections!!! I have this to my dog all the time he loved it. Every night at 8. Also, they’re not allergic to it.
It’s not that the dog doesn’t like something, it’s most likely because they know their stomach simply cannot handle it. This is true for most dogs unless they’re curious haha. Oh puppies =]
Oh and many dogs are allergic to corn and grains….doesn’t help many dog foods are made out of this.
A simple meal you can make anytime for your puppy is rice and hamburger. Don’t mix anything else unless they’re puppy vitamins. Your dog will be able to get nutrients from this.

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Q&A: Is Halo Purely For Pets good for my dog?

Question by Lillian: Is Halo Purely For Pets good for my dog?
My Papillon Mix, just two yrs. old, has developed an allergy, nibbles her knees. Took her to the vet who referred me to a dermatologist. BEFORE THE DERMATOLOGIST…
I initially had her on Halo’s Spots Stew, Dry and Canned in the Chicken, with Halo’s Antioxidant Chicken and Cheese Biscuit, for one and one-half years; then the itching surfaced. I was told to feed her either venison, rabbit or kangaroo.
For her next six months, I fed her Natural Balance Venison with Sweet Potato, Dry and Canned including their Venison Biscuit ALL Grain Free. Well, nothing changed; IT IS LIKE I NEVER CHANGED THE FOOD OR THE BRAND!!!
NOW, the vet sent me to the dermatologist to take blood work for environmental allergies; the result was her blood yielded nothing!!! The derm. was glad that I had changed to venison for the past six months; however, did not approve of the “over the counter” venison by Natural Balance. The derm. AND the vet want Science Diet. They claim an investigation was conducted, and they have more of a handle on what REALLY goes into these pet foods with Science Diet; the “over the counter” ones, NO HANDLE.
I do not like the reviews on Science Diet; yes, it may be better than Pedigree, but it is not high in good ingredients.
I spent $ 1,000 between the vet and the derm. and they still cannot specifically tell me the actual allergy. Since the blood work yielded nothing, then, an environmental allergy is on the back burner.
The derm. wants me to use venison by Science Diet. The derm. felt it just may be a food allergy; and even preferred rabbit or kangaroo. I don’t want that either. If none of this venison, rabbit or kangaroo stuff doesn’t work, then the next step is pin pricking, like when a person has allergy injections. I don’t like that even for people.
Well, lamb is not the answer to vets and derms. these days; however, since my Papillon Mix, Chanel Emma, has never had lamb, I thought about Halo’s NEW Dry Lamb to go with their canned lamb that they still have.
That is why the derm. mentioned rabbit and kangaroo, these are NEVER HAD.
In any event, I just wanted to know if Halo, OVERALL, is really a good product. I really like the works from a brand of food, human-grade, grain free, wheat free, no by-products, no meal, made in the USA.
I believe the FDA approved Halo regarding human-grade; however, others like Wellness is good, but is it also human-grade. I could really use an aspirin with all this spinning around.

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Answer by Dawn
Halo is an excellent food. It might not work for every dog, but the ingredients are very good. You may want to research a raw diet for the dog with allergies. I know people who have tried everything with no change until they started feeding raw and symptoms were gone in a matter of 7-10 days.

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