Now when we see vomiting after eating fruit pits whole, we do have a few considerations. If this had been recently, we'd have worried that the bit was causing an intermittent obstruction in her stomach
. But 12 hours later and the chance of blockage in the intestines would be our top concern here. Especially if she is vomiting because she cannot pass anything through her GI.
With this in mind, we do have to tread with care. The reason is because blockages with fruit pits can do a lot of damage to the intestines. They are not soft or completely smooth, so they can damage the gut lining, causing bleeding
, perforate the intestine, or cut off circulation to the area they are stuck (leading to that tissue dying).
Therefore, if she is constantly vomiting, whining and restless; these are red flags that would suggest a blockage. And the safest option here would be to have her to her vet urgently. They can palpate +/- xray her gut to tell you where the pit is caught and whether she can pass it. If its mid-way (so removal from the stomach via scope or from the colon via an enema) and it is caught, then surgery may be indicated.
If there is any delay in your getting her seen, I do want to note that you can give her an antacid to try to soothe her nausea. 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 recommend 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)
This medication of course shouldn’t be given without consulting your vet if she does have any pre-existing conditions or is on any other medications. Ideally, it should be given about 30 minutes before food to ease her upset stomach
. Of course, if she cannot even keep that down, it'd be another red flag that we really need her seen at this stage (especially since dogs that nauseous often need us to bypass their mouths and use injectable anti-vomiting medication for them).
If you did find that she totally settled after the antacid, then you can try to use a GI lubricant to get the pit moving (of course don't try this if she is actively vomiting since aspirating this into her lungs could be disastrous). We often will use this with a light diet (ie rice with boiled chicken
, white fish, scrambled egg, etc) and alongside a fiber source (ie tinned pumpkin, all bran, etc) to push the put through. For mild cases, we will use cat hairball medication (ie. Catalax, Laxatone, etc) in this manner. This is available from the vet or the pet shop. It works to lubricate the gut and can facilitate the movement of hard feces or fruit pits out of the rectum. That said, as her signs sound worryingly severe, you will need to consider a stronger GI lubricant like Miralax (1 tsp per 24 hours), lactulose or food grade mineral oil. Ideally, we'd want to mix these into food for safe administration. These can help get things moving for her and hopefully pass this pit without complications.
Overall, I am very concerned that she has a blockage with this fruit pit. Since they can cause serious harm, we need to tread with care and it'd be advisable to have her seen +/- xrayed now. If you are delayed at all, you can try to reduce her nausea with the above. And if she did totally settle, those further steps could help this pass if it is not severely caught in her gut already.
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