Does anyone else have a doberman with a sensitive stomach?

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My dobie girl has a really sensitive tummy.... she can't even have an ice cube without vomiting.  She can only eat her food.  Even buying the same kind and brand i need to make sure I get new food before she runs out of her old food and mix it slowly or she will get sick.  I have asked the vets and they don't know why.  They have run the tests for worms and parasites etc. As far as we know nothing is wrong with her she has an appetite her stool is normal. It does not happen all the time ... but I don't see a pattern on when it happensShe just get sick.  Has anyone else had to go through this or do you have any suggestions or ideas? 

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Hi Soleil,

I'm not sure what to do about this. The Doberman in general is knows somewhat for having a sensitive stomach, especially when young. Young Dobermans also have the habit of eating odd random things. I haven't had this problem with a Doberman, but one of our two cats, we found him in a dumpster a few months ago, he has an odd problem like this. I think he might just eat too fast though. Some days he's fine, but then he goes several days were every time he eats he vomits his food back up. The vet can't find any problem with him either.

One idea is whip worm. This parasite is easily missed - but it usually causes diarrhea not vomiting. Could she be eating something when you're not looking? They can be sneaky! When Drayko was a puppy, for several days I kept finding white powder on his face. i could imagine where it came from. I paid closer attention and eventually discovered an open bag of flour on a low shelf in the pantry - half gone.

Another thought, do you use a strong cleaner on any surfaces she may be licking?

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Hello Horse,

I don't think she is getting into something... I have not caught her and when she gets sick i try to watch very closely. (although I know she can be a sneaky girl)  She does eat grass though.  I can't get her to stop that.  As far as eating to fast that does not seem to be problem cause it happens when sometimes when she has not even been fed yet.  She seems to get sick when she drinks to fast.  We don't use any strong cleaners that can she use.  Pine Sol on the floors but we rinse the floor well.  For everything else i use a the gentle cleaners that say them are safe for around dogs.  I think I am going to try to slowly switch her food to something made for sensitive stomachs.  Any suggestions? 

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The sensitive stomach food is a good idea. I know several hard-core dog people that would be preaching the benefits of a raw food diet to you right now - but honestly, I don't understand that diet. I've been over the zealous debates and I still think if I was a dog with a choice, I'd go for the bag of quality kibble.

Grass is fine. If you're not using any rough cleaners and are using dog-friendly cleaners, I doubt you put anything down on the lawn. I'd be sure no one else has either. Our three Dobermans LOVE grass. In the summer it's probably 1/3 or more of their diet. They love after I mow. Those ninnies chomp it down like a herd of horses.

My other thought is the watter. It's doubtful, I mean, our dogs drink stagnate water when they can find it and have now ill effects - but perhaps she is sensitive to something. Is it well water?

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I saw something interesting when I was researching our FiFi's final illness - she died of cancer this past week.  Dogs may be allergic to "grains".  They are not in the natural diet of carnivores - so allergies may be part of diets where cereal content is high. FiFi was diabetic for the last 3  1/2 yrs of her life - and therefor on the"Atkins diet" - if protein and high fat. Raw fruits and vegetables were used to add "filler" - stuff that she did not digest but filled up her tummy.  Her favorites were carrots and green beans, along w/ cauliflower, brocolli stalks and Kohlrabi, thinly sliced, thank you very much.  Needless to say, this is in our minds as we fed our "Precious Peaches and
Cream", our 5 yr old dobie.
Oh - and if anyone is curious, Fifi had perfect eye sight whenshe dies - which is unusual for any dog who has diabetes morethan 2 years.  We were able to control her blood sugars very well and keep her in optimal condition

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I'm sorry about Fifi.

I don't think dogs are carnivores. They ear and digest a lot more greens and other foods than I think most observers realize, and they digest them. I know our Dobermans eat a tone of grass in the summer. They'll spend hours just like horses grazing around. Like nearly all animals though, dogs aren't built for a diet of grain, and neither are we. But, since society has grown - the world relies on forming grains for the average earthling's diet.

A wild dog's diet is a diet of survival. I bet they'd like some greens.