My dog ate some grass and threw up - but the vomitus was creamy mucus (and the grass, of course). Waht would cause the creamy mucus?
Type of Animal: Boston Terrier
Name of Dog: Leah
Hello, I am Dr. Peter and would like to help. In response to your question, the creamy mucus is appearance is secondary to increase mucus and gastric juices production in the esophagus/stomach as a result of inflammation. Possible causes could be simple gastritis, parasites, dietary indiscretion, ingestion of a foreign body, infections, or even part of a systemic disease to name a few causes. This is what you can do: 1- Do not give things like Pepto Bismol or imodium. Start her on Pepcid AC (famotidine) 5mg every 12 hours for the next 3 days. 2- No food or water for 8-12 hours, keep her indoors away from the heat during the fasting period. 3- After 8-12 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. Keep on this diet for several days then wean into regular diet. 4- If she continues to vomit after doing the above, she will need to be seen by your family veterinarian for xrays and blood work to determine the exact underlying cause. Hope the above helps, if you have additional questions I will be glad to answer them. Dr. Peter
12 years of internal medicine, surgery, and preventive care.