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My dog had the ccups hours and then vomit 2 in 30 minutues.

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My dog had the hiccups for 2 hours and then vomit 2 in 30 minutues. Now he has been lethargic and gagging
Submitted: 7 months ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. B. replied 7 months ago.

Hello & welcome, I am Dr. B, a licensed veterinarian and I would like to help you today. I do apologize that your question was not answered before. Different experts come online at various times; I just came online, read about your wee one’s situation, and wanted to help.

Just as we can see with people, dogs can develop hiccups. When they do, it can be related to nausea or induce nausea itself. Therefore, if he is currently gagging and lethargic, we'd want to try and settle his stomach for him. Of course, if you know of any harmful things he may have eaten or he is too nauseous to even keep water down, then we'd want to have a check with his vet urgently.

Otherwise, to soothe this GI upset, you can consider treating him with an antacid. Common OTC pet safe options would be Pepcid (More Info/Dose @, Zantac (More Info/Dose @, or Tagamet (More Info/Dose Here @ Whichever you choose, we’d give this 20 minutes before offering food to allow absorption. Of course, do double check with your vet if he has a known health issues or is on any medications you haven't mentioned. And I would note that if you give this and he cannot keep it down due to nausea that is usually a red flag that we need to bypass his mouth with injectable anti-vomiting medication from his vet.

Though if we can get him settled with that, we can plan to start him on a light/easily digestible diet. Examples you can use are cooked white rice with boiled chicken, boiled white fish, cottage cheese, or scrambled eggs (made with water and not milk). There are also OTC vet diets that can be used (ie Hill’s I/D or Royal Canin’s sensitivity) too. The aim of these diets is that they will be better tolerated/absorbed by the compromised gut. Therefore, it should get more nutrients in and result in less GI upset. As long as improvement is being seen, I usually advise continuing this until the signs are settled, and then weaning him slowly back to his normal diet.

Please take care,

Dr. B.


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Expert:  Dr. B. replied 7 months ago.
I'm just following up on our conversation about your pet. How is everything going?