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My 11 month old dog started vomiting this afternoon and has

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My 11 month old dog started vomiting this afternoon and has vomited 8 times since, it's been 5 hours now and she won't eat or drink anything, I took her for a small walk but she seems lathargic and has a glassy look in her eyes, we don't have a local vet but I think I can take her to one tomorrow morning, I am worried, could it be something serious? Is there anything I can do to make her comfortable until I am able to take her to a doctor?
Submitted: 5 months ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. B. replied 5 months ago.

Hello & welcome, I am Dr. B, a licensed veterinarian and I would like to help you with your wee one today.

Has it been 5 hours since her last vomit?

Are her gums pink or pale/white? Moist or sticky?

If you press on her belly, does she have any discomfort, tenderness, or tensing?

Could she have eaten something she should not have (ie bones, toys, plants, chemicals, etc)?

Customer: replied 5 months ago.
Hi Dr. B, it's been 5 hours since she began vomiting, she vomited last 30 minutes ago. Her gum is a little pale and sticky.
I pressed her belly but no sign of discomfort.
Not sure if she swallowed anything but it all began after I walked her this afternoon. She ate grass that's all I saw her eat that's not her food, she started vomiting shortly after; within 15 minutes of our walk
Expert:  Dr. B. replied 5 months ago.

Thank you,

If she did eat grass, I suspect it was an initial sign of nausea. Now in regards ***** ***** signs, we do have a few concerns at her age. Common causes we need to consider include bacterial or viral gastroenteritis, pancreatitis, parasites/protozoa infections, general dietary indiscretions, and ingestion of harmful items (ie toxins, plants, non-edible items).

With this all in mind, as long as she can keep water down, we can try some home supportive care to see if we can settle her stomach. To start, if she hasn’t just vomited (since otherwise we’d need to rest her stomach for a few hours first), then you can consider treating her with an antacid. Common pet safe OTC ones we can use include Pepcid (More Info/Dose @http://www.petplace.com/article/drug-library/library/over-the-counter/famotidine-pepcid), or Zantac (More Info/Dose @ http://www.petplace.com/article/drug-library/library/over-the-counter/ranitidine-hcl-zantac). Whichever you choose, we’d give this 20 minutes before offering food to allow absorption. Of course, do check with her vet before use if she has any known health issues or is on any medications you didn’t mention. As well, if you try this and find her nausea too severe to keep it down, then that is usually a red flag that we need her vet to bypass her mouth with injectable anti-vomiting medication.

Once that has had time to absorb and she is steadier on her stomach, you can consider starting her on a light/easily digestible diet. Start with a small volume (a spoonful). Examples you can use are cooked white rice with boiled chicken, boiled white fish, cottage cheese, scrambled eggs, or meat baby food (as long as its garlic/onion free). When you offer that spoonful, give her 30 minutes to settle. If she keeps the food down, you can give a bit more and so on. As her stomach stabilizes, you can offer more. 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 that the diet be continued until her signs are settled, and that they are then slowly weaned back to their normal diet.

Since dehydration is a risk for your wee one, we need to keep an eye on her hydration. To check this and ensure she’s not becoming dehydrated, there are a few things you can test. Further to checking for gum moisture, you will want to make sure her eyes are not looking sunken and that Chappie doesn’t have a "skin tent" when you lift the skin. To see how to check these parameters for dehydration, you can find a good video HERE (http://www.ehow.com/video_12232503_dog-dehydrated.html). If you are seeing any signs of dehydration already, then that would be our cue to have her seen before this becomes an additional issue for her (especially as it is often dehydration that makes them feel unwell).

Overall, a wide range of agents could trigger the GI upset we are seeing and we do need to tread with care for Chappie. Therefore, in her case, we’d want to start supportive care to settle her stomach. If she cannot keep that or water down, appears dehydrated already, or doesn’t respond to the above within 12-24 hours; then we'd want to get her vet involved. They can assess her hydration, rule out fever, make sure there is nothing in her stomach that shouldn't be there or any sinister viruses present. Depending on their findings, her vet can treat her with injectable anti-vomiting medication +/- antibiotics to settle her stomach, and get her back feeling like herself.

Please take care,

Dr. B.

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Customer: replied 5 months ago.
She just threw up again, it's while and foamy. She is refusing to drink water, she only drank a few hours ago she won't drink any more
Expert:  Dr. B. replied 5 months ago.

Poor love,

In that case rest her stomach (no food, sips of water only) for the next 4-8 hours. Once it has calmed, then try the above to soothe her stomach.

All the best,

Please take care,

Dr. B.

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Expert:  Dr. B. replied 5 months ago.
Hi,

I'm just following up on our conversation about Chappie. How is everything going?

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