Q. My dog is waking up in the middle of the night' licking the floors excessively. I let her outside so she can eat grass. Then she vomits.

A. Withhold food for 12-24 hours. Allow small amounts of water or unflavored PediaLyte. Resume feeding a bland diet (1:1 ratio of plain boiled boneless chicken and plain white rice). Feed in small, frequent amounts waiting at least one hour between feedings. If the vomiting stops, transition slowly to the regular diet. If not, see your veterinarian. Discuss the use of an antacid for your dog before bedtime. You can also try feeding a small meal just prior to bedtime.

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A. Licking followed by vomiting almost certainly means that your dog is waking up nauseated in the middle of the night. There's a condition called bilious vomiting syndrome in which some dogs become nauseated very early in the morning because it's been so long since they've eaten. If your dog is otherwise well (good appetite, normal water intake, normal stool, playing normally) you can try feeding a small meal right before bed time to see if it helps. If there's not rapid improvement after doing this, take her in the vet for an exam and diagnostics.

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