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My puppy throws up after eating and drinking. Thick clear

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My puppy throws up after eating and drinking. Thick clear saliva comes from her mouth and nose.
Submitted: 12 months ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Gene replied 12 months ago.

Hi there,

Few questions for you:

1. How old is Nalani exactly?
2. Has there been any diarrhea?
3. How is Nalani's appetite?
4. How long has this been going on?
5. How does she seem to be feeling otherwise?
6. What do you feed her?

Customer: replied 12 months ago.
9 weeks
no diarrhea
no problems with appetite
little over 24 hours
feeling ok
IAMS dog good
Customer: replied 12 months ago.
IAMS dog food
Expert:  Dr. Gene replied 12 months ago.

Got it, thanks!

There are many different possibilities:

1. Ingestion of foreign material +/- partial intestinal obstruction
2. Respiratory infection - what you are seeing may be a productive cough - mucus brought up from the lungs, causing a choking/vomiting sound, then it is spit out - all of this can look like vomiting
3. Infectious intestinal disease - most serious is a parvo virus infection. This is very serious and typically affects young puppies. Vomiting and diarrhea are the most common signs but some dogs just vomit or just have diarrhea initially (http://www.veterinarypartner.com/Content.plx?P=A&C=&A=581&SourceID=)

Since Nalani seems to be feeling well otherwise, I think it's probably safe to wait until tomorrow, but I would get her in to see your vet within next 1-2 days if the vomiting/coughing continues; if it stops, you could continue to monitor and take it day by day. I would not feed anything else tonight, but tomorrow morning, same food can be given. If problems, continue, especially if diarrhea develops, appetite decreases or any other issues come up, call your vet and make an appointment for evaluation (if diarrhea develops, take her in right away, don't wait).

Hope this helps! Please let me know if you have any other questions.

Customer: replied 12 months ago.
If it's #1 above which I believe it could very well be, is it ok to wait it out or should I take her to a vet right away. How long is too long?
Expert:  Dr. Gene replied 12 months ago.

I think that if she is eating well and is otherwise seemingly fine, it's safe to wait. When you see that appetite decreases, diarrhea develops, she becomes lethargic or if the vomiting continues through tomorrow, I would then take her in. If her symptoms continue, I would not wait longer than 1-2 days...

Expert:  Dr. Gene replied 12 months ago.

Hi again, just checking in to see how Nalani is doing! Hope all is well. Please be sure to rate my answer if you've found it helpful and let me know if any other questions came up.

Expert:  Dr. Gene replied 11 months ago.
Hi,
I'm just following up on our conversation about Nalani. How is everything going?
Dr. Gene