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What can cause a dog to throw up clear slimy saliva-like fluid? He can drink but will not eat and his breathing is slow. What can be done for treatment?
Hello. Vomiting in dogs can be due to many things including:
1. Gastroenteritis 2. Dietary indiscretion 3. Foreign body obstruction 4. Pancreatitis 5. Organ/ endocrine abnormality 6. Parvo virus- if not vaccinated
This is what I would do for now:
1. Withhold food and water until he goes 6-8 hours without vomiting 2. Give over the counter Pepcid at 0.25 mg/lb every 12-24 hours 3. After the fasting period you can try either a bland diet of broiled chicken/ hamburger and rice. If not available, you can just give small frequent meals (3-4 meals/day rather than 1-2 meals/day). 4. This will usually resolve the signs in 2-3 days. If that does not help, then blood work and x-rays may be indicated to rule out other causes.
Since the dog is not eating, the only thing in his stomach is going to be foam/saliva. If it is more of a coughing/gagging motion, then I would suggest kennel cough at his age. It still sounds like he is nauseated. The lethargy may be because of a fever. You can check this by a rectal temp using a digital thermometer. Normal range is 100-102. A fever would be consist of anything above 103. I hope this helps, let me know if you have any other questions.
What is kennel cough?
Kennel Cough is a mixed bacterial/ viral infection that causes inflammation of the trachea (windpipe). You can usually elicit a cough by rubbing the neck. The coughing leads to gagging which leads to vomiting saliva/ foam. You can often get some relief using Robitussin DM- 1 teaspoon 2-3 times daily. If it's not coughing but instead vomiting/retching, then I would go with the Pepcid and food/ water withdrawal period.
Donner just vomited yellow mucous what could this be?
Thank you. This was helpful! I have Pepto Bismol, will that work?
Okay. Thank you very much. Have a good evening.