5mo old Doby, a little vomit and loose stool

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She had some diarrhea a month ago 1-2x.  Today she seemed to have a little as well and first thing this morning vomited all bile.  Vomitted once.  Otherwise acts just fine, wagging her nub, acting silly, running, etc.  I know say rush to the vet with anything but I am wondering if this is somewhat common?  Been 10+ yrs since I raised a pup.  I might get more worried if she was not acting right.  

 

I did noticed that she seemed to try and pee several times in 15min.  Not sure if she was marking or what.  I did have our other dog out with her playing yesterday so maybe she is remarking.  Not sure.  

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Vomiting bile would be a cause for some concern.. Is she eating? Drinking a normal amount of water? Have a temp?

Maybe while you're keeping an eye on her, try some boiled chicken and rice.. maybe a bit of canned pumpkin ( not pie filling.. the real deal)

Not a vet here and I tend to worry a little too much..but they are our precious babies.. let us know how she's doing..\

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Well, she ate her dog food as normal late morning, drinking water, out playing with my son as normal, jumping running, etc.  Certainly does not act ill.  

I ready that Dobys should have about 1-2 ribs showing a bit.  Hers did but sort of filled in now, no ribs showing.  I think she is eating enough...lol  I was going to taper her back but I feed twice a day and she usually does not finish what I put out and rolls it over to the next feeding.  

 

Just over 5mo and 38.5lbs

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Hi viper.

Not too sure about the 1-2 ribs showing advice. I used to know some hard core pig hunters who used to say this about their various hunting dogs, but these dogs were athletes. They would hunt them a couple of times a week, and run them besides push bikes when not hunting. They were fed high protein RAW type diets and they were FIT adult dogs.

I used to take my previous dobe out with them. She wouldn't hunt but loved to run with pack. We used to do at least 10kms plus through heavy terrain, often very steep, then sprint to chase a pig at the end of that, so it was pretty demanding. My dog Cleo never showed any ribs in all that time. She was super fit. She had a lot of muscle over her ribs, but they never showed.

My present dog Storm is nowhere near as taxed but is fit enough, and I wouldn't be happy if she was showing any ribs, considering she is eating a fairly standard high protein diet, and isn't in the realms of the type of exercise mentioned above. Maybe it's just me, and I stand to be corrected if I'm wrong, but I would not try to leave ribs showing, especially on a 5mo dog that's still got plenty of growth left in them.

If by 'rolling over her food' you mean you leave it in the bowl for the next day, then top up with fresh. I would look at that as the cause for her stomach upset. Leaving food in the bowl for too long is a good recipe for developing enteritis in your dog. My dobe had this when I got her as a pup, and she appeared perfectly happy too except for the physical symptoms.

It might be worth checking it out with your vet.

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Just to illustrate. I consider Storm to be in good condition. Good muscle tone. Low body fat as you can see some veins around her hocks. Notice that there are no ribs showing at all. Lol, some one asked me if I raced her, the other day. She is 13mo now, and I allowed quite a bit more body fat on her at 5mo because there was a lot more need for nutrition due to her still growing. She eats .5 kg of meat per day at the moment, with 1-1.5 cups of kibble, plus treats during training. She walks 3-5kms in the morning and spends 1-1 1/2hrs per day at the dog park. Due to genetics each dobe will be a little different and females will be finer than males so the mileage will vary, but I wouldn't aim to be showing ribs at 5mo IMHO.