Harley, it is possible that the ball could have caused some irritation in the gastrointestinal tract. But, the fact that he is lethargic, not eating
and uncomfortable most likely is that there could be another foreign body in his gastrointestinal tract. This is what you can do:
1- Do not give things like Pepto Bismol or imodium. Start him on Pepcid AC (famotidine
) 10mg every 12 hours for the next 2-3 days. You can buy Pepcid AC over the counter in any pharmacy.
2- No food or water for 4-6 hours. Need to give his gastrointestinal tract time to rest.
3- After 4-6 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 he continues to vomit, lethargic or anorexic after doing the above, he will need to be seen by your family veterinarian for xrays.
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