Hello, my name is***** and I have over 20 years of experience as a veterinarian. I am sorry to hear that Marley had loose stools yesterday and today is lethargic and is vomiting even water.She is likely dehydrated because she has had loose stools and has been vomiting, but if even water is making her vomit you need to take it away from her now. In most cases vomiting and diarrhea are triggered by eating something they should not, too much table food, too many treats
or something they find outdoors.More serious causes of vomiting and diarrhea at this age include toxin ingestions, viral or bacterial infections, a dietary allergy or sensitivity, inflammatory bowel disease, internal organ failure (kidney or liver disease), or a full or partial gastrointestinal obstruction. In a young dog, especially if she never finished her vaccine series, a viral infection such as Parvo
virus, toxin ingestion, or a foreign body leading to a partial or full gastrointestinal obstruction would be the most likely causes of her symptoms. Because she is vomiting even water and this has persisted since yesterday ideally she would see a veterinarian now. If that isn't possible for whatever reason there are some things we can try at home, but if she's not improving quickly she should see a veterinarian for an examination, some diagnostic testing, intravenous fluids and injectable medication to settle her stomach
. To try and settle her stomach you can give either:1) Pepcid ac (famotidine
) at a dose of one 10mg tablet per 20 to 40 pounds of body weight every 12 hours OR2) Prilosec (omeprazole) at a dose of one half of a 20mg tablet per 20 to 40 pounds of body weight every 24 hours These are acid reducers and may help settle her stomach and get her feeling better. They are quite safe and can be given for several days if necessary. I would pick up all food for now and water for a couple hours to allow her stomach to settle after the acid reducers. In a couple hours when you give her water make sure it is in small amounts only. If she drinks too much too quickly that can lead to vomiting. You can also offer ice cubes to lick. To get some electrolytes in you can offer her a 50:50 mix of pedialyte and water. If there is no vomiting for 12 hours offer a bland diet
of 1/3 boiled, minced, white skinless chicken
or boiled, lean hamburger and 2/3 boiled, white rice mixed with some low salt chicken or beef broth to make it more palatable and get additional fluids into her. If she refuses that you can offer a little meat baby food. If she refuses both then don't push it, she needs veterinary care. But if things go well and she perks up, does eat and doesn't vomit feed her the bland diet for 2 to 3 days then slowly start to mix back in her regular food, a little more at each meal. It should take about 5 to 7 days to slowly convert her back to her regular diet. If she continues to vomit even with the acid reducers, runs a fever (more than 103F rectally), or has a lower then normal temperature (less then 99F), has a tense painful belly or if she refuses to eat she should see a veterinarian for an examination, diagnostics, injectable anti-nausea drugs intravenous fluids and supportive care.Please let me know if you have any further questions.