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Name is Landra, babysitting grandson's dog ....she has up

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Customer: Name is ***** ***** grandson's dog for Christmas....she has spit up white foam twice with just a touch of runs...she is 8 months old and about 20 lbs, bull dog mix
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Customer: she has spit up white foam about twice...not projectile and a little runs this morning....no other systems except real quiet
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Submitted: 11 months ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr Scott Nimmo replied 11 months ago.

Hello and thanks for requesting me,

This is just a quick note to let you know that I am locked on to your question and am working on it now.

I am a small animal vet with many years experience and rest assured I will do my best to answer your question to your satisfaction today. You can expect a written reply sometime within the next five to ten minutes or so.

We also have the option to talk things over by telephone or via an internet service such as Skype. Please get back to me if this is more convenient for you. { There is a small extra charge for phone calls }

Regards,

Dr Scott

Expert:  Dr Scott Nimmo replied 11 months ago.

Hello again

I have worked out an answer for you below ...

Vomiting and diarrhoea are actually quite common in the dog and in most cases this will turn out to be something quite minor which will soon resolve. However this sort of thing is always a bit of a gamble so if you want to be 100% sure you are doing the right thing you should have a vet check her over without delay.

That said that there are a number of home remedies for vomiting and diarrhoea in the dog, these work well for uncomplicated cases where for example a dog has eaten something she should not have out in the yard, or had some unaccustomed rich foodstuff, or has somehow acquired a minor tummy bug. Here are some examples.

1. I am aware that some owners use Pepto-Bismol to treat their dogs with gastro-enteritis and report success. Here is a link to a web page which has all the information you might need including dose rates : LINK

2. Some owners try and control the situation with diet alone before they try anything else. This is logical and often works, the basis of this is to give the intestinal tract a complete rest and then bring it back slowly to function, resting the alimentary tract is the critical factor. It would go something like this ...

A. Starve her for 24 hours but make sure she has access to water.

B. The next day feed her four or five small light meals in the day. These meals should be the likes of chicken, fish, scrambled egg etc. with a little rice.

C. If she picks up on this diet gradually reintroduce her normal diet over the next few days.

3. Live yogurt added to the food or given orally can often help. Some gastro-enteritis situations are caused by an imbalance in the bacteria in your dog's gut. Live yogurt is full of " good " bacteria and will seed them into your dog's intestinal tract and restore the balance. A tablespoon twice a day woul dbe fine for a dog of your one's size.

Of course if any of the above does not quickly start to work or if she deteriorates further in any way you should have your vet check her over just to be on the safe side.

I hope I have covered your question fully enough but if you would like further clarification or to talk things over a bit more then I will be on-line for the next hour or so and I will be more than pleased to continue working with you.

Regards,

Dr Scott

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Expert:  Dr Scott Nimmo replied 11 months ago.

Hello again,

I am just checking back in to see how your dog is getting on after our recent dialogue concerning her gastroenteritis ...

How are things going?

Regards,

Dr Scott

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Expert:  Dr Scott Nimmo replied 11 months ago.

Hello again Landra,

I am just checking back in to see how your grandson's dog is getting on after our recent dialogue concerning her gastroenteritis ...

How are things going?

Regards,

Dr Scott

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