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My 9 year old Bichon is sick. He wanted to go walk this

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My 9 year old Bichon is sick. He wanted to go for a walk this morning. But he has refused to eat breakfast or dinner and any treats. He has had diarhea, soft poops and thrown up.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Altman replied 1 year ago.

Welcome to Justanswer! I am Dr Altman and happy to assist you both today!

I am so sorry to hear that LaLa is not feeling well. I can give you some basic guidelines but if there is no improvement and/ or he begins to have blood in his vomit or stools then please consider a veterinary er before Monday

1- Keep indoors to avoid eating grass/ leaves for 6-8 hours from last vomiting episode, please limit water as well to allow the stomach to rest and abdominal contractions/ nausea to subside

2- Offer a small amount of water (1-2 teaspoons hourly) for a few hours

3- Start Pepcid (famotidine) 10mg 1/2 tablet every 12 hours OR prilosec (omeprazole) 20 mg 1/2 tablet daily for the next 3 days with the second administration of water (crushed if needed)

4-If no vomiting, offer small amount of white rice and boiled boneless or ground chicken or ground beef. For example, one tablespoon hourly for a few hours then slowly start to increase the amount while reducing the frequency. Keep on this diet for several days then wean into regular diet.

5- If vomiting continues after doing the above, I would encourage having your family veterinarian or a veterinary er perform an examination to determine the next step to getting LaLa comfortable and what exactly the underlying cause is.

Indications your dog should be seen by a veterinary er sooner include: sticky gums that are pale, yellow, blue, purple, temperature rectally >103.5, progressive lethargy with less responsiveness to you, vomiting or diarrhea that includes blood, resting respiratory rate (breaths per minute) >60, swollen abdomen.

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Expert:  Dr. Altman replied 1 year ago.

I wanted to check in on you and Lala. How is he doing today? I would love an update when you are able...

Please let me know if I can be of any further assistance to you both today!

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Expert:  Dr. Altman replied 1 year ago.
Hi,
I'm just following up on our conversation about Lala. How is everything going?
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