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Hi. Welcome to Just Answer. My name is***** I'm sorry to hear about this situation with Max. How many times has he vomited over the last 24 hours? How often is it happening? When did he last vomit? Is he acting bright and alert?
That is good that Max is still bright and alert. When a dog is bringing up material, it is important to distinguish vomiting from regurgitation. Vomiting is a very active act while regurgitation is passive. Vomiting is more bile, digested food while regurgitation is food that has sat in the esophagus for a bit of time. Why could a dog vomit? At his age, ingestion of something that has upset the stomach is a pretty common thing. Eating of something that has caused an obstruction is another common thing. Intestinal parasites can cause intermittent vomiting. Infectious issues like parvo also get brought up. Pancreatitis is another potential cause. As far as his situation, at home, all you can really do there is to pull food and water for 8 hours to try and let the stomach rest. With his vomiting for 24 hours many times, it would be concerning that something more serious is happening. Can you get him to an ER clinic for an evaluation since your vet isn't available?
Dogs can have some nonspecific viral issues that can cause vomiting. With his situation, if he chewed up that plastic toy, then that is a big area of focus. They can take some x-rays and see what that reveals. It may or may not give the specific answer. Sometimes with plastic, it may not show on an X-ray and they may want to do a dye series called a barium series to see how things are passing.