I have a 5 yr. old XXXXX XXXXX who has been vomiting for a little over 12 hours now. Other than sleeping a little more than usual, she still seems active, alert, and was acting fine with her morning and evening walks. I need to mention that she was flown from Virginia to Alaska on Saturday so her sleeping a bit more may be from being tired from her trip or being dehydrated from vomiting. She traveled with our other dog (a Shepherd/Lab mix) who is completely fine. The XXXXX XXXXX ate all day Sunday (feeding in the morning, biscuit at noon, and feeding in the evening) and did not throw up or show any signs of illness. She drank water just fine too. Today, she ate fine, seems to have an appetite, but I have noticed she is not drinking as much water as she usually does. My two dogs eat different foods because the shep/lab mix is older and is on senior dry food. Both dog foods are the same brand though (Iams).I have kept an eye on the XXXXX XXXXX most of the time since she has arrived in Alaska except for the few hours I left the house on Sunday and then she was placed in the garage. There are no chemicals, fertilizers, posions, etc. of any kind in the garage, so I highly doubt she could have got into something in there. I have never had any previous problems with her vomiting out of the 5 yrs. that I have had her. She has always been healthy and active. I have felt around her abdomen/chest and neck/throat area and do not feel anything out the ordinary and she doesn't seem to be in pain when I was feeling her. What do you think may be wrong with her? I just opened her new bag of dog food a day ago, but you think maybe it is old/contaminated and making her sick? Or could it just be stress from the flight? Do you think she could have caught something on the flight? Should I take her to the vet and if so when?
Type of Animal: XXXX XXXXXXX Terrier
Name of Dog: Sassy
Trying to push water. Since she only throws up after she eats something, I have given her less food at meal times.
Thanks for the question.While I cannot diagnose Sassy's problem via the internet I can make the following general comments based on my past experience of such cases over the years : 1. As far as the vomiting goes this sort of thing is always a gamble, if you want to be 100% sure you are doing the right thing you should have a vet check Sassy over without delay. That said that there are a number of home remedies for vomiting in the dog, these work well for uncomplicated cases where a dog is otherwise quite bright and happy, where for example a dog has eaten something she should not have out in the yard, or some unaccustomed rich foodstuff, or contaminated foodstuff given her a minor tummy bug. Here are some examples.A. I am aware that some owners use Pepto-Bismol to treat their dogs with gastro-enteritis and report success. Here is a link to a web page which has all the information you might need including dose rates : LINKB. Some owners try and control the situation with diet alone before they try anything else. This is logical and often works, the basis of this is to give the intestinal tract a complete rest and then bring it back slowly to function, resting the alimentary tract is the critical factor. It would go something like this ...C. Starve her for 24 hours but make sure she has access to water.D. The next day feed her four or five small light meals in the day. These meals should be the likes of chicken, fish, scrambled egg etc. with a little rice.E. If she picks up on this diet gradually reintroduce her normal diet over the next few days.3. Also live yogurt added to the food can often help. Some gastro-enteritis situations are caused by an imbalance in the bacteria in your dog's gut. Live yogurt is full of " good " bacteria and will seed them into your dog's intestinal tract and restore the balance. Of course if any of the above does not quickly start to work or if Sassy deteriorates further in any way you should have your vet check her over without delay just to be on the safe side.If I have not covered your question fully enough or you would like to ask more I will be online for the next hour or so and I will be at your disposal.Scott Scott Nimmo BVMS, MRCVS. I have over twenty five years full time experience in treating domestic pets and am pleased to do my best to advise you with your current problem. However please note that this advice and any subsequent advice I may give is for your interest and education only and is not intended as a substitute for an in-person consultation with a qualified veterinarian.
Hello again,Thank you very much for the rating. If I can ever advise you in the future then please get back to me.Good luck with Sassy ...Kindest regards,Scott