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Dog vomiting undigested food. What can I do?

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Happy healthy 3 year old Labradoode, Jack Johnson, has been vomiting undigested food. He has always had a sensitive tummy but more so this past week. I am feeding him small amounts a few times a day and it seemed to help. He did not vomit once yesterday but after a handful of rice last night, he threw up.
Submitted: 9 months ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Peter replied 9 months ago.
1- Does Jack vomit without food?
2- Is he lethargic?
3- Any diarrhea?
4- Any other symptoms?
5- How much does he weigh?
6- Any pre existing medical conditions?
7- Is he on any medications?
Customer: replied 9 months ago.
he does vomit without food. He swallowed a junebug which flew into his mouth, ate grass and vomited. He repeated the eating grass and vomiting twice. No diarrhea, no lethargy, happy and bouncy, 85lbs, no pre existing conditions, no medications. friend says occasionally her doodle does this,too...vomits
Expert:  Dr. Peter replied 9 months ago.
Vomiting can be caused by many different medical conditions. It will be difficult for me to determine the exact underlying cause without a hands on examination and some testing. But, common causes are: A simple gastritis, dietary indiscretion, intestinal parasites, ingestion of a foreign body, infections, etc. to name a few causes. In any case of vomiting the first thing to do is give the stomach time to rest. This is what you can do:
1- Do not give things like Pepto Bismol or imodium. Start him on Pepcid AC (famotidine) 10mg 1/4 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 6-8 hours. Need to give his gastrointestinal tract time to rest. Keep him indoors in a cool room when fasting and no exercise.
3- After 6-8 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. Keep on this diet for several days then wean into regular diet.
4- If he continues to vomit after doing the above he will need to be seen by your family veterinarian for a hands on examination. If cost is a concern look into your local ASPCA or Shelter where they often offer veterinary services at a lower cost.