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9month Tripawd boxer puppy urping
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6 September 2010 - 9:40 am
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I have a 9mo boxer puppy named Bo that I'm fostering for a local rescue group. He had his front right leg removed about 6wks ago due to owner re-wrapping his leg to tight. He is getting around ok but he currently urping (vomit) up a lot when he hops around. Has anyone else experienced this?? I'm trying to limit his activity after eating and drinking which is eliminating the about of stuff that is coming out when he urps. He will still urp up small amounts. I'm also trying to burp him after eating and drinking but that doesn't seam to help that much.

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6 September 2010 - 11:39 am
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Thanks for joining, and bless you for fostering Bo. With boxers being prone to Bloat, you do definitely want to limit activity after eating. And if he gobbles his food fast, you might consder using a Brake-Fast Dog Food Bowl or other method to slow him down.

But in all honesty, we can't remember anyone reporting "urping" after eating, related to their dog's hop post-amputation. So, this is a first. Hopefully others can relate.

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6 September 2010 - 11:56 am
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Jerry had the same thought I did.  Until you can buy the bowl he mentioned you could try putting a smalll heavy bowl or glass in his food dish and put his food around it.  That would keep him from being able to eat to fast.  Good luck with Bo.

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Debra & Emily, a five year old doberman mix, who was diagnosed with an osteosaecoma. She had a right rear leg amputation on May 19, 2009. On November 10, 2009 she earned her wings and regained her fourth leg.

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Bo doesn't gobble down is food, he picks at it so I don't have to worry about that. I have limited the amount of water I use to wet his food. He hasn't urp'd up any kibble today. I'm thinking the water is the problems since that seams to the when he urps the most. I'm wondering if he is gulping in air when drinking the hopping around is causing him to urp. I'll continue to try to burp him and see it that helps. Thanks for the responses.smiley

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Here is a picture of Bo


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What a sweetheart!  Thank you for helping the little guy out.  He is precious.

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So cute! 

Raising his dishes might make a difference.  I've done that for my last two dogs, though they didn't have this issue, so I can't say for sure that it helps.  I didn't bother to buy raised dishes, I put it on top on of a box I already had that was a good height.

 I know in some cases Pepcid is prescribed for tummy issues, and perhaps this is a related symptom.  Too much stomach acid?  Some meds can cause reflux-type issues.   I think an antibiotic Gerry was on was one such after his amputation.  NSAIDs too (such as Rimadyl). (Correct me if I'm wrong if someone knows better).  I would check with your vet about this urping, in case it could be a med side effect that needs Pepcid or something for him to get over it.

Actually, come to think of it, my first, front-leg tripawd, Yoda, did urp once shortly after coming home from his amputation.  It only happened once and I was advised by the vet, after I described what happened, that he thought Yoda probably drank his water too fast and not to worry as long as it wasn't recurring.  Also at this time, Yoda's dishes weren't raised (I had him at my parent's to recover and forgot the box).  However, I didn't get them raised again until we got back home, and lucky for us, it wasn't something that happened more than the one time.

Good luck!  Keep us updated.

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