We increased the amount of food we gave our puppy, and she was doing okay, but now we have noticed it has been harder for her to make a bowel movement, and she just vomited three times 5 minutes after she ate two tablespoons of food. The vomit was whole chunks of food, so I am not sure she was even chewing her food up.

Does anyone know the reason why this would happen?

  • Any particular reason why you increased her food? – Spidercat May 1 '14 at 17:02
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    How long has this been going on for? – John Cavan May 1 '14 at 17:17
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    I increased her food from 1/4 cup to 1/2 cup. She is 14 weeks old, and the bowel movements have been irregular for 2-3 days, and the vomiting started today. – John Janssen May 1 '14 at 17:30

The list of reasons why a dog may vomit is huge and many are related to various diseases and illnesses. However, the most common reason is something they ate, as a result of physical composition or drug/poison based. Dogs are often indiscriminate in what they'll eat, and swallow, and the result of this can be vomiting or more serious problems.

I think, at this point, I would strongly recommend that you bring her to the vet for an examination. The fact that she's both vomiting and struggling to defecate signals, to me at least, a serious problem which could be an injury or worse. There's really no way to tell without the examination.

It could be something she ate or she may have developed a food intolerance (very real possibility), and so easy to resolve, but that's still going to need veterinary confirmation.

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    I am taking her to the vet in an hour. It seems as if she isn't chewing her food at all, the food intolerance is a definite possibility. – John Janssen May 1 '14 at 17:38
  • I will post the results from the vet visit for all to see. I wasn't sure if anyone knew why this may be happening or not. – John Janssen May 1 '14 at 17:39
  • @JohnJanssen - Good to hear. :) – John Cavan May 1 '14 at 17:39
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    Way too many variables really. – John Cavan May 1 '14 at 17:39
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    I took her to the animal hospital and she had roundworms, and she also has an upper respiratory infection. The vet gave her de-wormer and gave me an antibiotic for the infection. Since she is inhaling the food without chewing, I think I may add a little warm water to her food(There is a recipe on Food Website that explains this. The food may be too hard for her to chew, which is why she feels she has to eat without chewing. – John Janssen May 2 '14 at 15:14

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