weight gain

Posted by character500
Nov 20, 2010
Hi,my sheltie is four years old and has always been on the heavy side.When her vet explained the dangers for overweight dogs I got serious with her.I have tried several brands of weight control foods but none seem to help.She even gained weight on Iams.She weighs forty pounds and lately she has been vomiting bile.She gets no table food and just carrots fo treats.I do give her rawhie chews.I had her thyroid checked but the test came back abnormal so they are rereading it.The test they took usually comes back high for cats and low for dogs.Mollies came back high.If not for the vomiting I would not be so worried.This just started.I wont hear from the vet untill Wed.and I am a wreck!!Can anyone help?:mad:
Posted by KOPCaroline
Nov 22, 2010
Hi there,

Does your vet know that Mollie has been vomiting bile? And how long the problem has been going on?

Unfortunately theres not much help I/we can be without answers from the vet. I know its a wait, but the vet knows more about Mollie's situation than we do, and thats where your best answers will come from. You can always call them and ask for prophylactic methods, or potential warning signs to look for if you're worried Mollie's health will decline.

I'm sorry I can't be more help, I hope the vet has good news and a plan when they call! Let us know how Mollie goes!
Posted by character500
Nov 26, 2010
Thank you for your response.When I told the vet about the vomiting,she asked me what time it was happening.When I told her it was happening in the middle of the night she said it was because Molly was hungry.She suggested I give her a small amount of kibble or raw carrotsbefore bed.I did that and Molly has not vomited since.

Unfortunatley,she could give me no help on the weight issue.Her blood test for thyroid was abnormal and fell into no normal guidelines.They want to rerun in six months.

In the mean time,I just had to yell at Molly for trying to eat a outside bush.I feel so guilty,like I am starving my dog!!!!

If anyone has run into a similiar problem.please let me know.
Posted by KOPCaroline
Nov 27, 2010
Hey character,

Have you looked in the dog behaviour training forum? A post was just added about a puppy vomiting bile and the main problem being too long a period without food, much like your vet described.

Keep talking with your vet about hormone levels and the thyroid, keeping a watch on that sort of thing is never a bad idea!
Posted by kjd
Feb 7, 2011
Hey, character500!

How often do you feed your dog? Cut the portions and space them out -- you might feed Mollie 6 times in a day (or 8 or 10). She may need to have something in her stomach. By spacing out the feedings, her stomach has something in it, but you can keep the amount down a bit.

Also, increase her exercise. This might be more useful than cutting her food.

Sorry it's been so long since I signed on. I hope Mollie is doing better,
Posted by shirley-muirhead
Nov 14, 2013
I've been reading these posts as my 5 1/2 months old Coton has vomited yellow bile the last 3 mornings, he has two to three meals a day, with the last one at about 7pm to 8pm. He hasn't wanted to eat today though, so, although he is active and happy enough in himself, I think I will take him to the vets unless he improves soon...
Posted by Preethi KOP
Nov 16, 2013
Hi Shirley,

I would definitely encourage you to take your puppy to the vet. Dogs are pretty stoic creatures and they are pretty good at seeming 'healthy' until they are really really sick.

I hope it isn't anything too serious. All the best.

Kind regards,