I have a 2 year old German Shepherd/Doberman mix who dry heaves/gags or throws up…

I have a 2 year old German Shepherd/Doberman mix who dry heaves/gags or throws up when she gets to the tops of the stairs at night. She’s very active and we changed her diet about 3 months ago to fix her previous vomiting issue. We did nutriscan and she’s been doing awesome on the new diet, but still continues to do this at night when we go up the stairs. Any idea what could be the issue?

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Krista Magnifico
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Heart disease? Has she been to the vet? Please go asap

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I agree with Dr. Magnifico – Doberman Pinschers, at least, are VERY prone to cardiac problems. It kills over half our breed. Please, call your vet, call a cardiologist, get your hands on a holter and get an echocardiogram done. More information: https://dpca.org/PublicEd/the-doberman/health/genetic-diseases/dilated-cardiomyopathy/

Krista Magnifico
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She needs to see a vet. If she has heart disease they can explain the pathopysiology of the process. It is beyond what we can provide here. If you want to learn about it you can search for “why do pets cough with heart disease”. You will get lots of info. Coughing and vomiting can be related.

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Jenna, vWD has nothing to do with cardiomyopathy (though it’s REALLY GOOD you did that test). Please, read the link I provided and call the vet about it.