Thanks for that extra info regarding your girl. There are a few things that could potentially be going on here from early gastroenteritis (hence the dry heaving and eating grass) to something respiratory in nature like kennel cough
. Hopefully your girl is all up to date with flea and worming treatments as well as vaccinations
In case this is early gastroenteritis, you are best with holding you girl's food until the morning now. From tomorrow you can start her on a bland diet
of cooked, boneless, skinless chicken
breast and white rice for a couple of days. For tonight - make sure she has plenty of access to fresh, clean water and try and encourage her to drink! If the grass eating and heaving continues, try her with a little pepcid. The typical dose is 0.25mg per pound of body weight up to twice daily.
Please keep a close eye
on Fiona's mucus membranes, capillary refill time and respiratory rate tonight as follows:
Mucus membranes - flip his lip and look at the color of the gums. They should maintain a nice salmon pink color. Get your dog to the emergency Vet if they appeal 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 blanced 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.
Continue to keep an eye on your girl and if this behavior
continues overnight, but she is otherwise ok - you would be best to get her checked over by your local Vet tomorrow morning.
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