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Old 02-03-2016, 04:20 PM
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Default Tiny spit-up, maybe regurgitation, sometimes with food, when he drinks lots of water?

Okay, so I just wanted some opinions. I brought this up with my vet and she said it was probably just backward sneezing-- which is a thing Chihuahuas apparently do that sounds scary as freak and is totally normal.
After comparing the two sounds though, they are a little different. He does backward sneeze plenty, but there is also this thing he does right after he drinks a lot of water or drinks really fast. It's a similar but slightly different noise and is followed by him spitting up a small puddle of goo, probably saliva and water mixed. It sometimes contains a few pieces of kibble in various stages of sogginess, but not always. The puddle is usually pretty tiny, but on rare occasions when he downed a TON it was a fair size.

Should I be worried? Is this common for Chis? is his throat / stomach just a little too tiny, causing him to cough some of it back up?

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EDIT: I'm having trouble deciphering whether it is vomit or regurgitation. Sometimes he acts like he knows it's coming, with heaving etc... sometimes it's just sudden-- like this morning when I picked him up and he just randomly spit up on me or when he just randomly spit up while he was on his puppy pad because I had told him to go potty. There was no retching before-hand in either of those cases. I'm also pretty sure it's not all of his stomach contents.... just the water, sometimes with a few pieces of kibble but definitely not all of the food in his stomach.

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Are you feeding the kibble dry?
Try feeding it soaked
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It is dry Nutro Ultra for Toy Breeds, with one Nutro berry treat very carefully crumbled up into it with any large berry pieces removed to prevent choking. ( I gave him a piece with a larger berry piece in it once and he had trouble swallowing it and started hacking trying to get it out of his throat. ) I will try it soaked this evening. I know you use warm water... do you pre-soak it before the meal? and for how long?
Do you think the rough texture could be irritating him or something?

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Dry kibble is not good for any dog, adding water will make it easier to digest.
When dry kibble hits the stomach it soaks up liquid and swells. Cheaper kibbles made from plant based materials will swell up a lot more than better kibbles with a higher meat content.
It also keeps them in a permanent state of dehydration, so they drink large quantities of water to compensate.
Just add the water five minutes before you serve the food, you can't keep soaked food, so treat it as fresh once it is soaked (keep it in the fridge and throw out after a day or so)
Alternatively look for a good quality food that isn't kibble. There are some great canned, frozen and dehydrated foods on the market now
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Thanks! He is a picky eater, so I am not sure if he will take other foods; he loved canned wet food though, so I think he will still eat it pre-soaked. The food he was being fed by his previous owner was very bad for him, full of filler and poor ingredients, so I was trying to find a healthier food. I did some research, but it's so hard to tell what's good and what's just bull / promotion.... do you think the food soaked would be okay, or is there another food you'd more suggest?

When we first got him, he would have nothing to do with meat or cheese... when he took to the berries, we decided to try a more fruits and veggies diet just to get him eating SOMETHING.... but now that we have fixed his eating habits, maybe he would be more open? Ultra does have meat in it listed as the very first ingredient, but I'm not sure if it's enough.

We buy his food from petsmart right now, so it would be helpful if they carry it there-- but we have a lot of health food stores here, some of which have small dog isles which may carry the foods if Pet Smart doesn't have them. I'd be willing to hunt and could talk to the hubbie about paying a little extra if the food offers nutrition that is worth it.

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Also, do you think that's what is causing the spit-up then? Or do you think they are two separate issues? I want to make sure he is a good healthy boy who can live as long and happy of a life as possible.
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Personally I wouldn't feed kibble at all, it is too processed and too far way from 'real' food.
The one you are feeding isn't bad though as kibbles go, Dog Food Advisor gives it 4.5 stars. Nutro Ultra Dog Food | Review and Rating

Increasing the moisture content should stop the regurgitation and cuts down the chances of bloat.
I would try and feed a good variety rather than relying on one brand. As long as they are introduced carefully it is better to offer several types of food, different protein sources, wet as well as dry, fresh as well as processed.
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Great! and a helpful website too!
I will check it out and see what I can find in the stores that is on the positive list. I think a mix of foods would be perfectly up his alley, and allow the fruit/veggie side to entice him while also getting him to eat some additional meats alongside it. I'll soak the food and try to get some more sources into the mix; I'll give the soaked food a few days and leave some feedback on it.... the mixed food might be slower depending on time allowance, but I'll get to it ASAP.

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