Vomiting certainly can be caused by eating rocks, but, there are other causes as well like a simple upset stomach
, infections or even part of a systemic disease. Giving an enema if there is the possibility of an obstructed foreign body is Not indicated as you can cause perforation of the intestines leading to fatal consequences. Instead of giving an enema or a laxative follow the below recommendation, though conservative it is often effective:
1- Start him on Pepcid AC (famotidine
) 0.1-0.2mg per pound body weight every 12 hours. You can find Pepcid AC over the counter in any pharmacy. If you do not have pepcid ac leave without anything. Do not give pepto bismol.
2- No food or water for the next 6-8 hours. Need to give belly time to rest.
3- After 6-8 hours offer a small amount of water. Wait half hour, if no vomiting, offer small amount of rice (50%) and boiled boneless chicken
or ground beef (50%) 4-6 times a day. The idea behind the rice is to help pass things (rock) in the feces. Keep on this diet
for several days then wean into regular diet.
4- I do not have a good explanation why dogs eat rocks, socks, shoes, etc. Often, this type of behavior
is a sign of boredom, can be caused by nutritional deficiency, etc. In dogs who are known to have this type of behavior the best treatment is avoidance.
5- If after doing the above you do not see any improvement. Then, he will need to be seen by a veterinarian for an xray. Consider having him checked by your local ASPCA or shelter where they often offer veterinary services at lower cost.
Hope the above helps, if you have additional questions I will be glad to answer them.