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Q: Stomach growling

August 13, 2009 | By Theresa L. | 5 answers | Expired: 1799 days ago

Theresa L.

I've been feeding Mr. B. later at night, for his last feeding, usually at around 8:00 or 8:30, I mix up some wet and dry food. I've been doing this because he was waking up in the morning, and stomach churning not wanting to eat, so I'm thinking stomach pains for being hungry, he must have been going to long between eating, sleeping at night and his morning feeding.

So the last few mornings, he's starting to do it again. I can here his stomach growling, and it takes almost force feeding to get him to eat. Yesterday he didn't eat until 10 - 11 am, vet is clueless, because blood work, feces check, and "butt" all checkout ok, he went to the vet this past week for a bacteria infection, and is now a totally normal healthy pup with healthy poop finally!! and now we have stomach growling issues that make it so he doesn't want to eat in the am. He will eventually eat but I don't want him to get sick again, any suggestions?

Edit: It's been since last night and he still won't eat, I've cooked chicken, I've bought different cans to mix with his dry, I've got so many bowls out and he won't eat anything.... :(

Readers' Answers (5)
Cheryl3651
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Aug 13, 2009

You mention he had a bacterial infection...was he throwing up or diarrhea after eating? If so, he might think eating relates to something unpleasant afterward, like feeling sick. If everything checks out with your vet, and he is eating enough eventually during the day that is a "normal" amount, just keep feeding him his favorites and hopefully he'll eventually realize that food is a good thing and doesn't make him ill afterward. Good luck!

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Amanda E.
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Aug 13, 2009

This is sooo weird! My Duke is the same way!! I now feed him his last meal at 10 PM! He doing well with that. My vet had mentioned that possibly excess stomach acid MAY be the cause but not sure. Duke tends to get this way when he get into something he doesnt normally eat or something unhealthy (like dead stuff out on the trails) I try to keep him away from this crap.

When he gets like this though, he usually wants to go eat grass which I allow. It either makes him throw up and then hes fine or it soothes his stomach a bit.. I use to try and make Duke eat but now I just allow him to not eat if he doesn't feel like it. (His appetite is normally voracious!!)

I do wonder if these kinds of tummy troubles are associated with bloat, a pretty serious emergency condition. Duke has had gastropexy surgery to prevent deadly stomach twisting.

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Amanda E.
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Aug 13, 2009

I don't want to scare you bu t also, I wonder if excess gas in his stomach might be to blame? Some dogs are more prone than others to gas problems. Bloat being the most deadly. I learned about bloat early on. It is also called gastric dilatation and torsion. The stomach swells with air for unobvious reasons and may then twist over on top of its self causing severe pain and a cut off of the blood supply to the stomach on both ends. The dog will likely go into shock and die without immediate treatment.

(Believe me, this scared me into 3 late night emergency room trips) There is a surgery to help prevent the twisting. Weimaraners, Great Danes, German Shepards, and other pure bread large dogs are most prone I have read.

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