I have an 8 week old boston terrier puppy who was vomiting and took to the vet. After x raysd it was determined he had gastitis and was put on reglan. This was yesterday. I still cant get him to drink much or eat much. He is very tired. He has quit vomiting tho. Thanks
Type of Animal: Boston Terrier
Age: 8 weeks
Name of Dog: Buster
Hi there,Thanks for your question regarding your young 8 week old Boston boy who has had vomiting for the last 24 hours or so. You will have to keep a very close eye on him now - even though he has stopped vomiting, as it doesn't take long for young, small puppies like Buster to become dehydrated. Given he hasn't had a full vaccination course either - he is potentially susceptible to parvo virus as well. You need to do your best to coax him to drink as a bare minimum. Often puppies will go for a warm chicken broth. To make this for Buster - just boil up some chicken, scoop of the solids and feed him the luke-warm broth. If you can't even coax him with this - then you may have to get him back to your Vet today for intravenous fluids and supportive care in the hospital - but hopefully he will be more interested in this broth. I would also suggest a very bland diet for a few days and cooked, boneless, skinless chicken breast and white rice is ideal for this. Keep a close eye on Buster. If he won't take the chicken broth today, or if the vomiting resumes, then you really should get him back to your regular Vet today for close monitoring and supportive care. Best of luck with Buster and do keep me up to date with your progress. Don't forget to click an excited face :-D if this has been helpful. Please be sure to reply using the REPLY TO EXPERT button if you need any further help or advice.
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Thanks so much!! He had IV fluids yesterday injected under his skin. Will try the chicken broth today and will take him back to the vet, we just got him two days ago and are heartbroke he is sick. Thanks!
No problem Steve. It sounds as though he had subcutaneous fluids yesterday - which while being effective, aren't nearly as effective as IV fluids - particularly for this type of scenario. The only difficulty they may have with giving him IV fluids is that he is so small - and therefore so are his veins!Best of luck and I hope he improves soon. Kind Regards,Dr Edwards
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