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Past ten days, my dog has completely lost her appetite.

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For the past ten days, my dog has completely lost her appetite. First she stopped eating her dog food. Then she stopped eating treats. We started giving her our food, like tuna just to get her to eat something. She tries to eat but then throws it all up. She was about 35 pounds, now she is about 25 pounds. She's a puggle.
Submitted: 5 months ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Peter replied 5 months ago.

Welcome! Thanks for asking your question. My name is***** am a licensed veterinarian and I will be assisting you today. First I need to ask you a few questions so that I can be well informed and give you the best advice.

1- How old is she?

2- Any pre existing medical conditions?

3- Any other symptoms?

Customer: replied 5 months ago.
1. She is ten years old
2. No other medical conditions
3. She has no energy now but I'm sure that's because she isn't eating
Expert:  Dr. Peter replied 5 months ago.

1- Does she ever vomit without food?

2- Can you take a look at her gums and see if they are pink or pale?

Customer: replied 5 months ago.
1. No, she only vomits food.
2. Her gums look pale
Expert:  Dr. Peter replied 5 months ago.

Please give me a few minutes to type your answer. Thank you.

Expert:  Dr. Peter replied 5 months ago.

Friend, when we see vomiting of undigested food it is called "regurgitation" as the food has not been digested. Possible causes could be esophagus disorders (megaesophagus, strictures, parasites), gastritis, tumors or even part of a systemic disease. So, treatment will be dependent on exact underlying cause.

At this stage, I would highly recommend you consider having her checked by your family veterinarian for xrays and blood work as initial screening test to determine the exact underlying cause. You see, pale gums is not a good finding this could be a sign of: Anemia, poor circulation, blood shifting to other organs, etc. I would try to get her in to see family vet as soon as possible for the above testing. If cost is a concern look into your local ASPCA or Shelter where they often offer veterinary services at a lower cost. In the meantime, this is what you can do:

1- Do not give things like Pepto Bismol or imodium. Start her on Pepcid AC (famotidine) 10mg 1/2 tablet every 12 hours for the next 2-3 days. You can buy Pepcid AC over the counter in any pharmacy.

2- No food or water for 3-4 hours. Need to give her gastrointestinal tract time to rest.

3- After 3-4 hours offer a small amount of water. Wait half hour, if no vomiting, offer small amount of rice (50%) and boiled boneless chicken or ground beef (50%) 4-6 times a day.

Note: Raise her eating and drinking bowl on to a small stool to force her to raise her head when she eats or drinks.

4- Follow up with your family veterinarian for a hands on examination, xrays and blood work as initial screening test.

My goal is to provide you with excellent service - I hope I've provided the information you were seeking, if you feel you have received anything less, please reply back as I am happy to address follow-up questions. Kindly rate me when you are done.

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

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

Dr. Peter