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Daily dry heaving -- no apparent illness. Ideas?

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For about two weeks my 3yr old Maine Coon has been dry heaving 1-2 times per day.   Nothing has been regurgitated.  His appetite is strong, energy level is normal, and his stool looks good.  Being a long hair, I suspected hairballs, so I started brushing him rigorously every day and gave hairball gel.  No luck.

 

The only bit of context I can provide is a recent change in his diet.  5-6 weeks ago he started vomiting after every meal; he was on Wellness Core dry. After doing some research I moved him over to a raw food diet.  Right away he stopped vomiting and his stool firmed up and now has no odor.

 

When he was vomitting I brought him to the vet.  They tested for pancreatitis, did an X-ray, and a full blood test.  I was told his organs are in good shape and they found no "red flags".  Pancreatitis was negative, and X-ray was fine, though they believe he should lose a pound.

 

Does anybody have ideas about what might make him dry heave?

post #2 of 9

I would still suspect hairballs, especially in a long hair cat.  Discuss with your vet the maximum allowable dose of a lubricant to to him to toss it up.  It seems like your vet did a lot of work to exclude other causes, maybe your cat needs a coupe more days to resolve this?

post #3 of 9
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It could well be.  I mean, he appears healthy in every other way.  And while the vet hasn't seen him since this started, I'm fairly optimistic this isn't life threatening.  I adopted him just over a year ago and he's always had a dry heaving session every couple of weeks.  It's just way more frequent now.   In that time I've never seen him actually cough up the hairball. 

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Originally Posted by machinist View Post

For about two weeks my 3yr old Maine Coon has been dry heaving 1-2 times per day.   Nothing has been regurgitated.  His appetite is strong, energy level is normal, and his stool looks good.  Being a long hair, I suspected hairballs, so I started brushing him rigorously every day and gave hairball gel.  No luck.

The only bit of context I can provide is a recent change in his diet.  5-6 weeks ago he started vomiting after every meal; he was on Wellness Core dry. After doing some research I moved him over to a raw food diet.  Right away he stopped vomiting and his stool firmed up and now has no odor.

When he was vomitting I brought him to the vet.  They tested for pancreatitis, did an X-ray, and a full blood test.  I was told his organs are in good shape and they found no "red flags".  Pancreatitis was negative, and X-ray was fine, though they believe he should lose a pound.

Is he drinking enough? Could he be allergic to anything bes sleeping with that could s affect him. How soon after he gets up when does he start heaving. The vet said no hairballs or a foreign objects.
I'm sorry I couldn't be much help but let us know the outcome of this problem please.

Does anybody have ideas about what might make him dry heave?
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post #5 of 9

Is there any wheezing in his breathing?  It could be feline asthma.  My boy Munchie has it and my hubby would describe his episodes as Dry Heaving. 

post #6 of 9

My vet recommended for my long haired kitty that I give him a teaspoon of plain ol' Vaseline a day when he's been doing heavy grooming or hairballin'. It's the same ingredient as in most flavored hairball gels, except 1/12th the price and "Original" flavored. My vet told me that because it's Vaseline it passes in the same form it went in but helps with the hairballing process. Unlike mineral oil based hairball aids it does not also act as a laxative.

post #7 of 9
Poor kitty. Yuk. Vaseline.
post #8 of 9
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Thought I'd give an update today. Thank you all for your suggestions. Feline asthma seems to resonate the most. I thoroughly cleaned the apartment and fired up my air purifier. Can't really tell if this helped or not. But today I could tell Peanut wasn't doing well. He ended up vomiting up a live round worm! Sooooo.... I'll be going to the vet to get some Drontal tomorrow (worked the last time). Could worms be making him dry heave?!
post #9 of 9
Poor baby. No wonder he's been dry heaving. I'd ask the vet to do blood tests if I were you.
Does your kitty go outside?
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