Welcome to Just Answer! I would like to help you and your dog with this question, but need a bit more information in order to better assist you.
TAKE AWAY THE DOG FOOD RIGHT NOW!!
When did he eat the oil?
What breed of dog?
How much does he weigh?
He ate it last night about 1100pm. He is a dachshand begal mix and he weighs 32 lbs
He is not acting any different than usual. He is not normally very active so there is no decrease in that. He has gone outside a couple of times and seems to be ok. I have not noticed any diarrhea yet.
Gastroenteritis responds really well to home care (see below) and within a few days the dog is back to normal.
This is an inflammation of the pancreas, often triggered by a high fat meal (such as eating oil). With "acute pancreatitis" dogs are very sick, with severe vomiting, painful belly and fever. However, with a low-grade, chronic fulminant pancreatitis it is basically a "slow burn" version of acute pancreatitis. The pancreas remains inflamed, with periods of pain and nausea, and vomiting intermittently. Pancreatitis is a serious medical problem and is diagnosed by having bloodwork done and possibly x-rays. Dogs with pancreatitis may need to go on a course of antibiotics to treat the chronic pancreatitis and may need a prescription food to "put out the fire" of this chronic problem. Typically the diet is ultra-low fat. At first dogs may not want to eat it because of feeling nauseated and it does not tempt her. But with medications they soon feel *much* better and keep feeling well if they stays on an appropriate food. For more information: http://www.judithstock.com/Speaking_of_Animals/Pancreatitis_in_Dogs/pancreatitis_in_dogs.html http://www.peteducation.com/article.cfm?cls=2&cat=1580&articleid=335 http://www.veterinarypartner.com/Content.plx?P=A&S=0&C=0&A=2214
When treating pancreatitis,, for patients that I see, I usually have them on something to block stomach acid production. The drug I usually reach for in dogs is ranitidine, which is Zantac. You can buy it at your local pharmacy. Legally, I cannot prescribe medications for a dog that I have not seen! Here is more about ranitidine, including dose:
If your dog were my patient, I would start him on Zantac.
1. WITH-HOLD FOOD until it has been 24 hours since he last vomited. This gives the intestines a chance to rest and heal.
2. When he is fasting, he can have lots of clear fluids.
Wait until it has been 4 hours since he last vomited, and give small amounts of plain water to start.
So, water is fine, but if he keeps that down for 2 hours, he can then have pedialyte, Gatorade, apple juice diluted 50:50 with water, or chicken or beef broth diluted 50:50 with water. Give the fluids in small amounts frequently. For a dog this size that means about 1 cup an hour.
3. After 24 hours without vomiting, you can start your dog back on a bland diet.
For patients that I see, I recommend a mixture of 75% cooked white rice, and 25% low fat protein. For the protein you could use extra lean ground beef, boiled with the fat scooped off, or chicken breast boiled with fat scooped off or even scrambled egg cooked without fat in the microwave. Feed small frequent meals. For a dog this size, I would suggest 2 or 3 tablespoons every 3 to 4 hours.
4. After 1-2 days on the rice mix, you would gradually change your dog back to the normal dog food. So, on day 3, give the rice mixture, but bigger meals, spaced further apart. On day 4, mix a little tiny bit of the normal food in there, and decrease the frequency so it is down to 3 meals or so. And so on.
5. Keep your dog as quiet as possible - just out to relieve himself and back in.
If your dog continues to vomit, develops blood in the stool, is lethargic or shows signs of abdominal pain, please contact a veterinarian promptly.
I hope that this helps you to help your dog!
If this has been helpful, please "Accept" my answer and provide feedback.
If you need more information, just click on reply and I will try to provide it!
The above is given for information only. Although I am a licensed veterinarian, I cannot legally prescribe medicines or diagnose your pet's condition without performing a physical exam. If you have concerns about your pet I would strongly advise contacting your regular veterinarian.