The reason I asked is because your two statements appeared contradictory. And if you were preparing to take him in to your vet, you may prefer to defer to them for further information. Therefore, I asked only to ensure that I was following what you wished.
So, I am grateful for your clarification and I do suspect that all of her signs are related to an allergic reaction and this is why she vomited in the car despite being pretreated with the Dramamine.
Now if this has not settled overnight and she still has underlying nausea, then that does need to be addressed for her. Since she is not actively vomiting, you can try treating her nausea and get her eating by using an antacid to settle her stomach
. There are a number of antacids that are available over the counter and pet friendly. I would advise only treating with one, but the two I tend to use are:
* Pepcid (More Info/Dose @ http://www.petplace.com/drug-library/famotidine
* Zantac (More Info/Dose @ http://www.petplace.com/drug-library/ranitidine-hcl-zantac/page1.aspx)
These are usually given 20 minutes before offering food (to allow absorption) and of course you want to double check with your vet if your wee one has a pre-existing condition or is on any medications you haven't mentioned.
Once that has had time to absorb, you can consider starting her on a light/easily digestible diet. If you do so, start with a small volume (a spoonful) to start. Examples would be cooked white rice with boiled chicken
, boiled white fish, or scrambled eggs
(made with water and not milk). There are also veterinary prescription diets that can be used in cases of gastroenteritis (ie Hill’s I/D or Royal Canin’s sensitivity). When you offer that spoonful, give her 30 minutes to settle. If she keeps the food down, you can give a bit more and so on. The aim of the easily digestible diet is that it will be better tolerated and absorbed by the compromised gut. Therefore, it should get more nutrients in and result in less GI upset. As long as improvement is being seen, I usually advise that the diet be continued until she is settled, and that they are then slowly weaned back to their normal diet.
Now in regards ***** ***** swelling, we can address that once her stomach is settled with the above. The reason is because further to warm compressing an allergic swelling, we can treat them with an antihistamine. But the reason we do this second is because some of our antihistamines can cause stomach upset on their own if the stomach is already unsettled. Therefore, once she is a wee bit more settled with the above, you can start her on a low dose of Benadryl (Diphenhydramine). You can read more about its use and the dose @ http://www.petplace.com/article/drug-library/library/over-the-counter/diphenhydramine-benadryl . And this can just reduce the effects of a sting to help it to settle.
Overall, her signs are most suggestive of an allergic reaction that was likely related to an insect sting. Therefore, we'd want to take the above approach at this stage. Of course, if she was too nauseous to keep these down or very depressed, then you can consider following up with her vet for injectable treatment to settle her stomach and reduce that swelling for her. And while less likely with your history, the vet can just make sure that the swelling isn't an abscess (which is what we'd use antibiotics for if present).
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