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Welcome to the chat!! I am Dr. Altman, a licensed veterinarian and happy to answer your questions today.
So sorry to hear Pasha is not feeling well
How long now since she has vomited?
About an hour.
The fact she is not holding anything down but ice cubes is definitely a concern. I can give you recommendations to see if we can get her to hold down food/ water but first and foremost we need to withhold food/ water for 12 hours to let her gi tract rest
So no food or water for 12 hours. Then maybe to try some plain white rice?
If my recommendations do not help in the next 24 hours then I really do urge a veterinary examination and diagnostics to find out the underlying cause. My recommendations are for simply gi upset
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How much does she weigh please?
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What else could it be besides a gi tract? It came on suddenly - and she has been in good health - good long walks, no hip stuff - very healthy dog.
1- No food or water for 8-12 hours, keep indoors to avoid eating grass/ leaves. 2- After 8-12 hours offer a small amount of water (1-2 teaspoons hourly) for a few hours
3- Start Pepcid (famotidine) 10mg every 12 hours OR prilosec (omeprazole) 20 mg daily for the next 3 days with the second administration of water (crushed if needed)
4-If no vomiting, offer small amount of white rice and boiled boneless or ground chicken or ground beef. For example, one tablespoon hourly for a few hours then slowly start to increase the amount while reducing the frequency. Keep on this diet for several days then wean into regular diet. 5- If vomiting continues after doing the above, I would encourage having your family veterinarian perform an examination to determine the next step to getting Pasha comfortable and determine what exactly the underlying cause is.
Unfortunately at this age it can be many, many things
Including liver issues, inflammatory bowel disease, tumor in the gi tract, metabolic diseases to name a few
Often they do come on this abruptly
But hopefully it is simple gi upset and the steps above will help resolve her signs and getting her feeling better quickly
But if no change with feedings tonight then I would strongly urge a veterinary exam. I get nervous at the end of the week with clinics not open over the weekend and then ending in a veterinary er visit because there is no change
I will make a vet appointment.
Please let me know if I can assist with additional questions or clarify anything today
I don't think so - it is pretty much what I was thinking - but it is good to take her off of all water/food for a little while and then reintroduce.
I take this more seriously with 1.) small breed dogs, 2.) senior pets
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I'm just letting you know that my dog, Pasha, died very late on Thursday night. Thank you for helping out - you really helped me plan what to do. I had rice and chicken all ready for her for the next day - but she had different plans.