Hi again Chadwick,
Thank you for your question. My name isXXXXX and I am happy to be able to help you today. As you can probably appreciate, there are a number of possible causes for his symptoms here including acute gastroenteritis (from getting into the trash, something or he shouldn't have - or even from raw
meat - particularly if it was chicken
), a toxicity or something like an obstruction (partial or complete within his bowel) . If this has been going on all day and your boy has not had much to eat or drink, then he is likely a bit dehydrated for now.
You are best with holding his food for now and then try him with something bland tomorrow midday. Cooked, boneless, skinless chicken breast and white rice is ideal for this. In the meantime, try and encourage him to keep drinking. If he can't keep water down, he will quickly become dehydrated - so if this is the case, I really would encourage you to get him to your local ER Vet this evening if you can.
For now, please keep a close eye
on his mucus membranes, capillary refill time and respiratory rate as follows:
Mucus membranes - flip his lip and look at the color of his gums. They should maintain a nice salmon pink color. Get him to the emergency Vet if they appear white or very pale pink, or if they are a dark deep red color.
Capillary Refill time - this measures blood perfusion and test this by putting your thumb on his gum to apply pressure. After you release your thumb you will see the gum blanch. Capillary refill time is the amount of time it takes (in seconds) for the gum to return to a healthy pink color from the blanched white color. If 2 seconds or less don't worry - if it is taking significantly more time, again - off to the emergency Vet.
Respiratory Rate - if he is continuously panting throughout the night this is a sign of shock and or pain and a signal for a trip to the emergency Vet.
Hopefully these symptoms settle in the next few hours. You may also want to try a little pepcid for your boy. The typical dose is 0.25mg per pound up to twice daily. You can read more about the use of pepcid in dogs online here: http://www.petplace.com/drug-library/famotidine
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