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My 10 year old poodle has thrown up three times today and I

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my 10 year old poodle has thrown up three times today and I do not know why
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Peter replied 1 year ago.

Welcome and thanks for asking your question. My name is***** am a licensed veterinarian. I am happy to answer your question today. First I need to ask you a few questions so that I can be well informed and give you the best advice.

1- What is in the vomit?

2- Did he get into anything or eat something out of the ordinary?

3- Any pre existing medical conditions?

4- How much does he weigh?

5- Any other symptoms?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
He only goes out to relieve himself and he does not have any health issues that we know of. He is drinking water as usual and only eats once a day.
Expert:  Dr. Peter replied 1 year ago.

1- How much does he weigh?

2- Any other symptoms?

3- How many hours since the last time he vomited?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Weight 15 lbs no other symptoms. The last episode was @45 minutes ago.
Expert:  Dr. Peter replied 1 year ago.

Give me a few minutes to type your answer. Thank you.

Expert:  Dr. Peter replied 1 year ago.

Friend, vomiting can be caused by many different conditions. It will be difficult for me to determine the exact underlying cause without a hands on examination and some testing. But, common causes are: A simple gastritis, dietary indiscretion, ingestion of a foreign body, infections or even part of a systemic disease, etc. to name a few causes. In any case of vomiting the first thing to do is give the stomach time to rest. This is what you can do:

1- Do not give things like Pepto Bismol or imodium. Start him on Pepcid AC (famotidine) 10mg 1/4 tablet 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 8-12 hours. Need to give his gastrointestinal tract time to rest.

3- After 8-12 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 him on this diet for several days then wean him into his regular diet.

4- If he continues to vomit after doing the above he will need to be seen by your family veterinarian for a hands on examination.

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Dr. Peter

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