Does your adult coton vomit frequently? What do you feed him?

by Iris
(Bristol,CT)

My Tuffy is vomiting,he does on occasion, if he doesn't chew his food right, but last night was bad, he usually eats his dry food at night and goes to sleep. He woke up trembling and dazed and I held him for a while, he wanted to get down, I put him down, he ran in the living room and puked three large thick piles of food. I did not feed him today.He is quiet but not happy. I will call the Vet but also want to know what you guys think.

love, Iris and Tuffy

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Dec 12, 2015
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wow, this is a surprise! here's more Tuffy news NEW
by: Iris

I was surprised this topic and my questions were still getting response.
Well, it's been round three. Again, tuffy made more calcium oxalate bladder stones that were cutting and bleeding ,but this time I was away and my son and daughter in law took him to an emergency veterinary, where instead of another bladder surgery they put him on antibiotics,and said he's going to need a different surgery,it was life or death. Tuffy had the urethra moved out of his penis to a new larger hole in the area of his (neutered) testicles so his urine would come out the new hole and if he made more stones they might pass through this hole in the rear. He had to wear the head cone for a month strait which caused him very painful matting.His,Groomer was kind enough to come to the house and trim tuffy to get the matted hair off. She ended up shaving him all the way down only his Tail and ears were left long.
We are both advancing in our recovery. Tuffy had his,stitches removed Friday, my broken clavical
Is healing, my frozen shoulder is going to take time and p.t.Tuffy sends his love@!
Love and face licks, Tuffy and,iris
Happy Holidays!



Dec 12, 2015
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vomiting NEW
by: Elena

I have a 16 month old Coton that has had picky eating/regurgitation/vomiting (vet said 'acid reflux, allergies' )over the past year....basically since we got him from a breeder in CT. It seems that he does well on a new diet for some time and then he crashes and refuses to eat and gets sick...After many expensive tests (Ultrasounds, bloodwork, XRAYS) we finally bit the bullet and did an endoscopy/colonoscopy because he really stopped eating and you could tell he wasn't feeling well. He has IBD and just very recently will need to start medicine to keep down the inflammation and then return to slowly introduce him to foods that his body won't turn against. If you are constantly dealing with digestive issues with your dog and food changes don't help, and you have a super crazy picky dog that refuses to eat all day except a bit later in the day, then go with your gut and dig deeper. Our dog has suffered for so long in his short little life and now we are on the path to help him feeling better. One thing I always remember the internist telling me at Angell Memorial is that it is not normal for a dog to vomit a couple of times a week..let alone every week...unless it is empty stomach syndrome. Good luck!

Jan 26, 2015
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Thanks from Iris and Tuffy NEW
by: Anonymous

We love you all!

Jan 26, 2015
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Tuffy NEW
by: Vicky & Jonah

Glad to hear Tuffy's recovery is still on a good path. I'm sorry thou you & he had to go through the stress. It certainly does not make life any easier when your best friend is sick. Glad all is going well.

Jan 26, 2015
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Tuffy NEW
by: Gale

Thanks for sharing - hopefully no one else will have to go through such a terrible ordeal. I'm so glad to hear Tuffy's doing better.

Jan 25, 2015
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Tuffy's health NEW
by: Iris

I was very surprised to see this pop up in my email since I originally posted it last year.
After reading all the replies I see Tuffy is not a lone puker. He too has on occasion thrown up yellow bile and foamy saliva.i think at times he has taken too much water at once and spit up what was left after digesting. I cut back on the freeze dried liver because
I think he was not chewing it up and the small chunks were irritating his stomach.I now make sure he is not getting such a lot of variety which can make even a human nauseated. I make him fresh chicken soup without adding salt and give him some of the chicken chopped up in a bowl of broth to make sure he is getting a lot of fluids.I had to give away his regular food as he is now on a restricted diet.Nov8 and 11,2014 he had 2 surgeries, he's recovering from surgery for bladder stones (calcium oxalate). I wrote about it recently.it was painful and traumatic. He had 26 stones trapped in his urethra.The Vet put him on prescription food Royal Canin Rx urinary SO. He gets the canned and dry food. Which is meant to increase his thirst so he will drink enough water to dilute the urine and keep the crystals from forming stones. He's not throwing up any more.
Please research this disease and make sure your dog is not getting high oxalate foods that cause bladder and kidney stones. It is a common disease in small dogs because they have smaller bladders and drink less.the urine gets very concentrated, an ideal environment for crystals present in the urine to develop into stones. I did not know there was anything wrong with my dog until he suddenly could not pee because a large stone was blocking it . suddenly tuffy was leaving tiny glistening spots on the carpet in the room where I was sitting at my computer. Thank God I got an email newsletter just then from AKC that morning and read an article;"why has my dog suddenly started peeing in the house?" that described the symptoms of this condition. It saved his life, needless to say I rushed him immediately to the Veterinarian.

Jan 25, 2015
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re: vomiting NEW
by: Sassys mom

This is for a post from last yr. I'm not yet a coton owner. My baby is a pocket beagle. I found this while researching cotons as a possible option because I'd heard they have very little health issues. Reading they may hv stomach issues however has made me more than nervous. My little girl appeared to have a sensitive stomach, we tried everything. What we've learned after many months, labs, xrays, ultrasound, surgery with biopsies and around $10,000+ is, healthy dogs should not get sick in general. Our little girl was finally diagnosed with IBD. To anyone who has a dog with a "sensitive stomach", please seek quality medical advice from a specialist if it does not clear up & your vet has ruled out why. I can recommend one if you're in the Portland/Vancouver area.

Jun 11, 2014
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Thanks Bode;s mom NEW
by: Iris

Great advice, thanks~

Jun 11, 2014
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Re:Vomiting Dog
by: Anonymous

Hi There! Our dog Bode used to vomit in the morning. We mentioned it to our vet because it started to become a very frequent event. The vet said that the reason Bode was vomiting so frequently in the morning is because he didn't have any food in his stomach so the acid in his stomach was causing him to vomit. We started giving Bode later dinners/snacks before bed and it seemed to fix his vomiting problem immediately. Also, on the rare occasion that he does vomit we have found that if we get him to eat a few bites of kibble it will calm his stomach and stop the vomiting. Best of luck to you and your sweet pup!

Jun 06, 2014
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Truffles mom,right on!
by: Iris

Truffles is one lucky pup and has a great Mom.
Best Wishes and lots of continued joy with your "fluffernutter" ;-).
I was raised with dogs, my kids were raised with dogs, and their kids too. As a single working commuter empty nester, I could not care for a dog so I settled for , fish, chameleons, and guinea pigs (all one at a time) that lived in cages and I could enjoy when I was home.Though, I longed for a dog.One day I saw an ad in the paper for Coton de Tulear puppies. WHAT? Never heard of THAT breed! So I looked it up online, fell in love, printed out a Coton puppy picture and hung it on the wall at work. After a couple of weeks, I made the phone call.I half hoped the puppies were all gone by then but no, they were still there. The Breeder brought my tiny 6 week old boy to me, he fit in the palm of my hand. The rest is history.(much of it I have posted at this website, including Tuffy's sire and dam. I took a week of work to bond with him.
I was telling my Tuffy the other day as we browsed the pet store and picked up his favorite liver treats,(more $$$) "Tuffy, I said,"see the guinea pig? Only sometimes, I wonder if I should have gotten another guinea pig".(less $$)NOT!
I love my Tuffy SOO much,he's my good boy, my dear companion.
love and blessings, Tuffy's mom.

Jun 05, 2014
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Halo
by: Truffles Mom

Iris, I did not know that Ellen DeGeneres started the company I was just recommended that brand by the breeder that I purchased Truffles from. Halo has beef chicken turkey pheasant salmon flavored dog foods And treats. But that website carries blue Buffalo and all other kinds of dog food so there is a lot more to choose from than just the halo brand.
Truffles does not get table food as a norm, he strictly eats his dog food, and he eats about one cup a day mixed chicken & veggie & either salmon or turkey or pheasant . I never run out of food but I run down to the last servings every three months. The 1 pound bag of the chicken treats are tiny little niblets that are used any time we leave him alone in the house & for tricks or car treats.

The only table food he gets on a regular basis, depends on how regular a basis I eat fresh green beans, which is quite often. I only chop up a few cleaned but raw sometimes I might be steamed and I put them aside in the fridge to sprinkle on his food He goes nuts for his "Greena beanas"

I don't think when somebody gets on the real like this they necessarily know in advance how expensive the little white fluffernutter's are, and finding the site was a great savings of time and money for me to get his food and not have to lug it in from the store.

Jun 05, 2014
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Truffles eats Halo food
by: Iris

Truffles mom,Thanks for sharing that about Halo food.I know Ellen Degeneres started that company, I thought it was all vegetarian? Good to know they have chicken as well. Is that every 3 months order all for one dog? My Tuffy takes three or four days to finish his one cup of dry food in his bowl, but he does gobble up fresh cooked food ie: chicken and canned tuna.

Jun 05, 2014
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Food for cotons
by: Truffles Mom

I feed him halo grand dog food. They are made in the USA. I find them cheaper by ordering from a site that hand write two thank you cards for the holidays. I order about every three months one 10 pound bag of chicken small breed dog food, 14 pound bag of vegetable medley, 14 pound bag of either salmon or pheasant mix, a bag of souks chicken treats, and a bag of chicken and cheese biscuit treats. They delivered to your door within two days free of charge as long as you order $50 or more. They take returns easily and have you donate whatever it is that you didn't like or ordered by accident if that was the case. They have all kinds of other brands and they are cheaper than Petsmart or Petco. Check them out:
Www.chewy.com
Tell them Truffles sent you- :)

Jun 04, 2014
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Tuffy's getting better
by: Iris

Tuffy did spit up a little fluid after he drank water last night, but seems to be holding down food.I mad a pot of chicken soup, gave him the chicken and carrots and a bit of broth last night. He seemed to be getting a better appetite and ate some of his dry food too.Tuffy tossed his kong at me this morning and stood by the shelf where his treats usually are kept.(I'm out of his favorite liver treats),Get the hint mom?
Today I took him out to Petsmart, they have USA made freeze dried beef liver treats, no additives. I brought him home he ate two treats from the kong(it slows him down so he eats small bits)and then I put his natural balance lamb crumbles on top of his dry food and he ate a good amount of both. We are recovering thanks to G-D. No trip to the Vet this time!
PS Tuffy is always on leash with me outdoors.We don't have a fenced yard,he is is mainly a house companion. My baby boy. xxx

Jun 04, 2014
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bebe
by: Anonymous

I forgot to mention that it is the SENSITIVE brand of science diet that i give him, this is what the breeder recommended, i had to change because i did not listen to her and gave him what the vet suggested, and he threw up a lot

Jun 03, 2014
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Bebe. Vomiting
by: Anonymous

He started when we brought him home. The breeder told me to switch to science diet same that was mentioned previously with a tiny bit of science diet can mixed. Never been a problem since. He gets 1/4 cup twice a day. Can not play after he eats just likewise a child. We wait al least an hour before we play ball . Sometimes he looks like he might throw up I start to calm him down and it goes away. Must be the breeds

Jun 03, 2014
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water
by: Iris

I filter my tap water so that's the only water I give my dog. I think the high breed dogs we have do not have the digestive stamina of mixed breeds. I know from experience, I had a dog once I called a kangaroo mix, when people asked what breed he was. He was a rescue and supposed to be a boxer mix.BeeBee ate anything, he was like garbage disposal. Onece he ate my husband's wool socks that fell out of the dryer. That was an interesting sight, seeing wool yarn coming out of his tail end. He was a great dog, we loved him.

Jun 03, 2014
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ps re vomiting
by: Iris

P.S.I also sent an email to the IAMS company, to test that batch, since it is new bag I recently purchased and I did not see it on a recall list. Y' never know.
kisses, I.

Jun 03, 2014
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Grateful for our Coton community!
by: Iris

Thanks everyone for responding. I had listed all the things Tuffy will and will not eat over the years (he is 6 yrs. old now) so I didn't think to do that again. I leave about a cup of his dry food IAMS probiotic mini chunks in his bowl. It usually takes three or four days for him to eat all of it, because like me, he grazes a lot during the day the eats at bedtime what's in his bowl. He gets Pure Bite freeze dried liver treat in his kong, I also put a chopped up slice of Natural Balance Lamb roll on top of his dry food daily, which he also grazes on, but leaves his dry food for bedtime. Tuffy is very particular about food and treats, he refuses most dog foods. I ran out of his liver treats so I gave him some of those beef dental chew sticks we tried but smelled weird to me and Tuffy, but this time he ate two of them. I suspect he ate that too fast and maybe a piece got stuck and not swallowed right.or maybe the ingredients made him nauseated, since that's not something he usually eats. I did give him chicken and rice, he ate it last night and seemed to be getting better, and ate almost a cup full. Today I had to put his frontline plus application on so I expect he's going to be down a day or so more. We will stay in touch. So far, tummy seems settled.
XOX Iris&Tuffy

Jun 03, 2014
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Poor Tuffy
by: Truffles Mom

I am so sorry to hear about Tuffy. :( While we all have the same breed, we all have varying environments & this site is a GodSend for Coton care!

My Truffles at times gets sick out if the blue but most often is is a yellow spit like substance & he does it in bouts of 3. No food, just sylvia like. My vet is useless so I attribute it to Trufexus medicine I give him. If anyone has an alternative suggestion or comment about Trifexus please reply.

Truffles eats better than I do but I could skip a meal while truffles is a lean, 12 lbs. I feed him Halo dry small bread chicken , plus a veggie blend , plus a salmon or turkey & pheasant blend daily. If he's too persnickety to eat that with upset tummy, i cook white rice plain & plain boiled chicken. I heard canned pumpkin ( not pie mix) is good for these situations also, He usually will always take a treat & loves Zukes chicken treats; they are bite size & good got trick treats also.

I used filtered water & live in a HOA community so he is never out & about without me so I know what he does or doesn't get into but if your Tuffy roams free make sure to investigate all the plant species he can eat. For example, mints are bad while basics & parleys are good,

Do let us all know how Tuffy recovers.

Jun 03, 2014
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Sweet Tuffy
by: Gale

Please let us know how Tuffy's doing. Sending lots of love and get well wishes.

Jun 03, 2014
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TUFFY
by: sherry cotton candie

Hope he is feeling better today. I wonder also if he could have gotten into something maybe from the garbage?

Cotton has always vomited easily, she is so picky and I used to try every canned food halfway decent to try to get her to eat.
Anything with a gravy in it always makes her sick which is almost all of them. Natural balance canned liver/vegees is about the only cn'd food I buy.

Mine get boiled chicken about once a week, Raw instinct chicken medallions, Nature's variety instinct grain free rabbit meal and ( blue freedom grain free that is given in their cages when traveling and sprinkled around their toy box, they like to graze on this).

I never buy any kind of jerky as it has been recalled so much.
Natural balance lamb formula comes in little tubes and they like it in their kongs as a treat when left alone.

Raw carrots and blueberries are about the only steady other treat they get. They love an occasional bowl of vanilla ice cream and it has never upset them. (plus a few handouts from the dinner table).

I started buying the raw instinct because of Candie's anal gland problems, it works wonders for her but like every other food they will not eat the same thing every day.

Wish I would have listened to the breeder and never started feeding table food, it has created little monsters.

Hope this helps and gives you more ideas. Had you changed Tuffy's food lately or has he gotten any new flea/heartworm meds?

Please let us know how he is doing and hope you are also doing well.


Jun 03, 2014
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Tuffy
by: Terry and Chloe

The only time we've had a problem with Chloe was after a long trip we took ( 12 hour trip?) It happened on the way home so I did take her to the vet and he recommended the boiled chicken (I always use organic) and rice. Chloe loves it. Is there a chance Tuffy got into something. It's true coton's are very particular about their food. Chloe gets no table scraps but for treats she gets carrots, beans, pumpkin, and apple slices all organic. Her food is all natural and we feed her small amounts in the a.m. and p.m. Does your water have a high percentage of chlorine or fluoride is so try ring water. Chloe does not get tap water. Good luck there are some very good responses to your post. We're wishing Tuffy well soon.

Jun 03, 2014
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Jasper is picky- Finely finding foods hewill eat
by: Leslie and Jasper

The one time Jasper vomited was when he ate too much. I have scrambled and he hated it. I have him on more human palate. He loves -our left overs grilled salmon. He likes organic roasted chickens as well as grilled or boiled chicken. He loves cheese. when I am having not too strong cheese, he gets some. As far as canned food he is getting into Cesar's Cuisine.The can is a perfect serving size. Jasper is 12lbs
He gets 3-4 a day. He also loves strawberry frozen yoghurt. He will as a sample size and he likes banana frozen yoghurt

Jun 02, 2014
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sick stomach
by: Vicky & Jonah

While waiting to get to vet try a little cottage cheese or can CHICKEN rice soup but mix full can of water so it's not to strong.

U can also use CHICKEN noodle just don't give noodles. Other then that boiled chicken. A bite of saltine crackers & if u do not have pepcid u can use pepto bismo or milk of magnesium (wrong last word I think. I hope u know what I mean)

I'm sorry to hear Tuffy is sick. I hope it is not serious & just an upset stomach. Let us know.

Jun 02, 2014
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Vomiting
by: Steph

Hello! I have two Cotons (both female, same litter.) they also have had problems with vomiting- so much so that one was diagnosed w pancreatitis. They are both now on Science Diet ID low fat can and dry food. I also moved them from 2 meals/day to three. Same amount, just spread across so their stomachs are never empty. We cut out all treats, except for carrots, apple and green beans. This worked wonders! Oh- we also do Pepcid 5mg when they have a flare up! Good luck!

Jun 02, 2014
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Tummy upset
by: Anonymous

Try introducing boiled chicken and wite rice until the tummy settles down, that is what I have done,

Jun 02, 2014
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Tuffy
by: Anne

Our coton, Molly vomits on occasion for what seems like no reason. She does seem to have a sensitive stomach and the doctor has recommended that we give her a 5 mg of Pepcid AC to sooth her stomach when she gets sick. If Tuffy doesn't have any other symptoms, I would reintroduce food or keep him on boiled chicken and rice for dinner and see if he holds it down. Also, vet recommends feeding smaller amounts more frequently. We are home so that is not a problem.


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