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Early Morning Upset Stomach / Whining

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HI All, 

Our wonderful blue brindle 7-year old Arrow is doing great since we got her last November. She has yet to conquer our staircase, which is a premise to a current issue we've noticed...

We sleep upstairs and she sleeps downstairs in her doggie bed. Lately, about once every three days or so, she will start whining early in the morning. We tried to ignore it so as to not encourage it, but we were a bit worried so started going down. When we go down, her stomach is making growling noises as if it's upset. She then wants only to go out and eat grass. Usually after 10 minutes of this she's fine and is soon ready to eat her breakfast. It doesn't seem serious, but it does seem to be persisting. We're wondering if we feed her dinner too early (5:30pm) and she's getting overly hungry? Or could it be separation anxiety inducing the upset stomach? Again, It's not every day, only 2-3 times a week. Usually, especially if she's had a big day at the park or daycare the day before she just sleeps till we come down. Perhaps getting her to conquer the stairs and sleep upstairs would solve this? Any thoughts? 

Much appreciated!

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Her stomach is getting too empty overnight, causing a build up of stomach acids which make it upset.  Try holding back a part of her dinner, or feed her a small snack, right before you go to bed.  Keep track of her weight though as you don't want her to pack on the pounds with the extra food.


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2 hours ago, greysmom said:

Her stomach is getting too empty overnight, causing a build up of stomach acids which make it upset.  Try holding back a part of her dinner, or feed her a small snack, right before you go to bed.  Keep track of her weight though as you don't want her to pack on the pounds with the extra food.

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it might be helpful for a while if you give her one 20mg Human Ranitidine or Zantac tablet later in the evening as well.  Once the lining heals there should be less acid reflux issues too.  (Put the tablet in a little bit of meat or cheese).

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Same as above ^

Our previous hound would eat grass/barf up bile if he had an empty stomach so we would split his meals into three - a morning, an afternoon, and a right before bedtime. Even if he didn't eat it all (he usually didn't) it helped a lot. We also did periodic 2week runs of prilosec for him if he was having a pukey spell. It especially helped around the holidays (lots of traveling) or other times we knew he'd be a bit more stressed than usual.

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We give Petunia a large Milk Bone or other large cookie before bedtime.  She still is more than ready for her breakfast in the AM, but doing so eliminated the tummy squeals and the eating of grass.  She also gets a Pepcid about a half hour before each meal since she was having some reflux. 


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