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Dog Not Eating? It Could Be Acid Stomach!

on January 21, 2014

We spent part of the holidays out of state visiting family that live 1200 miles away, and, of course, we took Daisy with us. She was quite happy spending two days each way in the car relaxing on Big Blue in the back seat snuggled up next to DD, and she only asked for water/potty breaks every 3-4 hours, so she was a good little passenger.

I'm a happy pup as long as I'm with my family...and on Big Blue!

I’m a happy pup as long as I’m with my family…and on Big Blue!

She was able to find several comfortable positions for her leg, even though she was restricted to some degree by the car harness and seat belt.

Yep, this is a good snoozing position.

Yep, this is a good snoozing position.

No one could understand how I was comfortable using the seat belt as a headrest, but I liked it!

No one could understand how I was comfortable using the seat belt as a headrest, but I liked it!

And she created her own little adventures, like when she took a ride on the luggage cart with DD:

Hey, this thing is pretty cool! What do you mean it's not made for doggies??

Hey, this thing is pretty cool! What do you mean it’s not made for doggies??

We were gone for 8 days, and for the first four days, she was fine. But by the fifth day, she was refusing to eat her normal dog food and she was throwing up a small amount of bile once a day.

We thought maybe it was the stress of travel that she wasn’t used to or maybe something strange she licked, but when we got back home, this continued. It was weird because she would go straight to her food and looked like she was interested in eating, but when she smelled it, she seemed to be repulsed by it – like she and it were opposite magnetic poles. She would sniff it two or three times as if trying to convince herself to eat, but each time, she’d pull her head back, stare at her food almost longingly, and then back away from it.

We had an appointment with the vet just a few days after returning home for another re-evaluation of her leg, so we told him what was happening with her eating.

We were shocked when he said it was most likely acid stomach that was brought on from travel! We know dogs like their routines and prefer to be in familiar surroundings, but we didn’t know that going without those two primary things for a week could cause a physical problem.

The solution was simple: one Pepcid AC tablet once a day, at the same time each day. We decided to give it to Daisy in the hour before her dinner (she was, as always, thrilled to get anything wrapped in cream cheese!). He was definitely right – she couldn’t eat her breakfast, but after the evening Pepcid, she had no trouble eating dinner. We did this for three days, and all was once again right in Daisyville. No more acid stomach.

So if your dog has been exposed to some major difference in their little world and you notice some type of gastrointestinal problem, acid stomach may be the answer. Always check with your vet first to be sure.

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32 responses to “Dog Not Eating? It Could Be Acid Stomach!

  1. 2browndawgs says:

    Wow that is something. I am glad she is better. Storm had to do the Pepcid when she was pregnant and that solved her issue. I also think sometimes breaking up the food into several small meals helps with tummy issues. We have had to do that at various times too. I was thinking Freighter would have issues after the stress of the shows this weekend, but he hasn’t had any so far.

    • raisingdaisy says:

      I’m glad Freighter didn’t have any stress issues after the shows. Daisy didn’t have any problem the first time we traveled for a lengthy time with her when she was 1, but maybe things change with some dogs as they get older. Usually we only take her on day trips, so she’s not really used to being away from home for a whole week.

  2. I’m glad you feel better Daisy. Many thanks for this information, we will keep it in our mind when we plan our holiday.

  3. katiebblogs says:

    Wow, so glad you’re feeling better Daisy. That’s good to know and such a good thing you realized sooner rather than later!

    • raisingdaisy says:

      By the time we got home from our trip, we realized we could feel Daisy’s ribs protruding when we’d pet or hug her. All her fuzzy hair tends to cover up weight loss, but it startled us when we discovered it. At her size, Daisy can’t afford to lose even one pound!

  4. Will and Eko says:

    Thanks for the info, good to know.

  5. optie says:

    Thanks for sharing this, we travel with our dogs, mostly for just 3 – 4 hour trips and they are fine but it’s good to know that there is a link between a break in routine and stomach acid.

  6. Mags Corner says:

    Wow, we had never heard of this. Thanks for sharing this experience. Happy to know it had an easy fix and sweet Miss Daisy is back to eating and doing well. Hugs and nose kisses

  7. ILoveDogs says:

    I’m so happy to see Daisy wore a car harness! I didn’t know about the stomach acid issue from travel. That is something to take into consideration on her next trip… perhaps something to head off the stress. I don’t usually promote stuff when I post, but this product called Travel Calm from Earth Heart could help. It has natural ingredients to help with anxiety and car sickness.

    • raisingdaisy says:

      We never even take her for short drives without a car harness, it’s just too risky. I shudder to think of all the dogs we had previously during years before they made doggy harnesses and what danger they were in without our even knowing it. Thanks for mentioning Travel Calm, I’ll be looking into that; I prefer natural products.

  8. I never go on holiday 😦 Glad your feeling better Daisy, hang on, I just herd Mom say, she might take me away in the summer..WoooHooooo xxoxxx

    Mollie and Alfie

    • raisingdaisy says:

      Oooo I hope you do get to go on holiday this summer! It’s fun and exciting, and your system may not be as fussy and delicate as mine. But just in case – pack that Pepcid! 😉

  9. Misaki says:

    Who knew! I know we doggies like our routine, but didn’t realise it could cause such distress. Hope Daisy’s ok now xxx

    • raisingdaisy says:

      Yes she’s fine now, thanks Misaki! I didn’t know about this either, we thought Daisy was just pulling one of her “I want egg and rice mixed into my food” moves. She never gets her way when she does that, but she still tries sometimes!

  10. ThatJenK says:

    Good advice – glad she’s feeling better! I’ve heard Pepcid is okay to give to dogs, but have yet to run into that situation myself. If they’re feeling nauseated (e.g. motion sick in the car) it’s apparently okay to give them ginger for that, also just like you’d give a person.

    • raisingdaisy says:

      That’s interesting, Jen. I didn’t know dogs could be given ginger for motion sickness too. Fortunately Daisy doesn’t suffer from motion sickness, but who knows – that may change sometime in the future as well!

  11. Papoe says:

    Oh…I didn’t know Doggie can be stress too after a long drive and out of the routine. I thought we are the only one 😉

    Good to know she is alright now 🙂

  12. Marty the Manx says:

    Mom said she ran into this problem with Oskar the Samoyed who came before all of us and had to use Pepcid too. Glad it worked for you. Mom was VERY excited to finally find your blog!
    Whisker Kisses
    Marty the Manx

    • raisingdaisy says:

      Thanks for visiting, Marty! I’m sorry to hear Oskar had the same problem, but it’s good to know the solution is a good one! We’re coming by to visit with you now. 🙂

  13. I never thought of Pepcid for doggy. Interesting! I am glad Daisy has such a sensitive family to notice these things and take good care of her! Maybe she was just too excited to have a long car adventure. She certainly didn’t look anxious sitting in the photos! 🙂

    • raisingdaisy says:

      She showed no other symptoms at all. The vet said she doesn’t have an actual problem with travel and probably enjoys the stimulation that a new adventure offers (which is why she always looked happy), but inside apparently there can be a certain amount of distress that there’s no daily routine and that she’s constantly in unknown territory. Before we take another week-long trip, we’re going to find out if there’s anything we can do to head this off.

  14. Oh that is a good thought. Just like sapiens, us pups also have GERD.

  15. Gary Alan says:

    Good thing your vet knows what he’s doing. I am glad for Daisy because she has good companions around her who considers her as part of the family. I also had that kind of situation when my dogs suddenly refused to eat. I discovered it was because of their dog food which I buy from the store. It slowly poisons them with the chemicals and preservatives contained on it. What happened to Daisy might be an initial symptom. I suggest I you try home made dog food. There are a lot of recipes out there but you don’t have to rely on them totally. You can create your own recipe and I know you know what kind of ingredients are nutritious and healthy for your dog. Our diet is not that different from them and what we eat, they normally eat it also. We love to it fresh nutritious, they do the same. It could be the best for your Daisy just as it is with my Douglas and Dennis.

    • raisingdaisy says:

      It’s so coincidental to read your post today – just last night, we were talking about switching Daisy to homemade food! Her store-bought food is of a higher quality than many, but still, it’s not organic and we don’t really know about the preservatives and other chemicals that are in there. In our home, we eat organics and we were thinking of making Daisy’s food from the same things we eat….if it doesn’t break the bank! Thanks for the suggestion, I think you just gave us the confirmation we needed. 🙂

  16. ” I discovered it was because of their dog food which I buy from the store”
    Gary is right on! Our pets were suffering from abnormal weight gain, poor skin, and bad breath for a long time before we decided to adopt an all raw diet. Raw diets don’t work for all pets, but it worked for our two dogs! We hope Daisy doesn’t run into anymore food-related issues!

    • raisingdaisy says:

      Wow that’s so interesting! Daisy’s been doing fine since we fixed the acid problem in her stomach. I guess the “stress” of lengthy travel just isn’t good for her. I’ve been hearing a lot about the raw diet for dogs over the past few months, it does seem like a good alternative for many dogs. Thanks so much for the info!

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