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How long has Rocco been vomiting?
Yesterday twice with normal energy level. Today 4-5 times with lethargy this evening.
What is he vomiting? How long since the last time?
last vomited an hour and half ago. the vomit is clear resembling saliva. I just gave him some gatorade mixed with water via syringe.
If he continues to vomit please do not give him anything else orally. It can cause further vomiting so leaving the stomach empty for 12 hours (including water) is sometimes necessary and injectable medications required to stop the cycle
How long since he has held down a meal?
he ate last night and threw up this morning after eating more food. hasn't eaten since this morning. I plan to take him to my vet in the morning. I just wanted suggestions for monitoring him until then.
I am trying to assess how long since he has had any food to determine the best thing for him tonight.
Do you have any karo syrup at home?
I take vomiting and lethargy much more seriously in a little dog like Rocco then, let's say, a Labrador because their sugar can drop so much quicker
no. i would say it's been 24 hrs since he ate without vomiting. He has been drinking water on his own before I gave him the mix with gatorade.
But he has been vomiting it back up...
yes. also this morning when he vomited after eating it was brown in color. since then and yesterday it was clear. I only have grade b maple syrup here now
So you don't have karo syrup at home? Sorry I wasn't sure which question the no was for :)
Go ahead and put a little on your finger and wipe it along his gumline. This is a precaution for low glucose overnight with no food for 24 hours
so it's ok to give him a dab of the grade b maple syrup on his gumline? Should I do anything else?
Unfortunately the hardest thing to do in this situation is to not do anything
If he is holding down the gatorade, you can try a little bit of pepcid or prilosec if you have that
Do you have either?
I mean until you can get to the vet not to do anything since anything given orally will likely result in further vomiting
I don't but I can pick some up
This usually requires injections to control
OK, so 1/8 tablet or pepcid (famotidine) 10 mg every 12 hours
You can crush it and put it in the gatorade to settle the stomach after a few hours of no vomiting of the dose you just recently gave
I understand and I plan to take him first thing when they open in the morning. So you are saying no more fluids?
If he holds down the gatorade you gave him it is ok to repeat hourly but no more then what you are already giving
Perhaps crushing the pepcid in one dose to help reduce stomach acids
But if he vomits again nothing else orally
Until you get him into the vet
Now, giving the syrup (if you go to the store please pick up karo, all little dog owners should have some) along the gumline is safe because he is not swallowing it
should I do both or either or?
I prefer karo as do most vets
It is the most direct way to get sugar in a dog's blood besides iv
ok i'll do karo and hold off on the pepcid for now
Sorry, I thought you mean should you do both the karo and the syrup
I would do the sugar now and wait a few hours to give the pepcid
I didn't mean to confuse you
But no food tonight
If he does have any bowel movements, please make sure you bring it with you
Refrigerated if not fresh
That's ok. I'm not familiar with pepcid. How much should I give him?
10 mg 1/8 tablet crushed into the gatorade
Does this make sense? How else can I assist you this evening?
this does make sense. u have been very helpful. thank u
You are very welcome
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Good luck, I would like to check in on you both tomorrow evening if that is ok?
I am going to exit the chat to assist others with questions unless there is anything else I can assist you with this evening?
Alright well I will monitor for any further questions and return if you do respond again...good luck to you both
Should I let him go to sleep? I know that may be a silly question. Also if giving gatorade hourly should I wake him up to give it to him?