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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 44 years of experience
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Our 12 year old dog was sick and throwing up all night 2 nights

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Our 12 year old dog was sick and throwing up all night 2 nights ago. We took him to vet yesterday. They took x-rays (everything was ok). They think some pork he ate may have made him sick. They said he was dehydrated. They gave him a pain shot, put some fluids under his skin and gave him an anti nausea shot and sent him home. This was yesterday around 3:00 p.m. Once home he has eaten a little bit and kept it down and also drank a little water. My concern is he has not urinated since he came home yesterday. He's very tired and just wants to sleep. Is this normal?
Submitted: 5 months ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 5 months ago.
Rocky's not urinating yet suggests that his hydration status is still poor; he wasn't administered enough fluids subcutaneously to not only replace those lost in his vomitus but also to provide his normal daily intake of ~30 mL (2 measuring tablespoons)/lb of body weight. He can make up that deficit if he drinks enough and keeps it down but until he does so he'll remain tired - "feeling like a dishrag". Were diagnostics in the form of blood and urine tests performed at the vet along with X-rays? At Rocky's age I have to be concerned with more vomiting disorders than I would be in a much younger dog.

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