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My 10 year old, 40 pound terrier mix male dog, Buddy, had

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My 10 year old, 40 pound terrier mix male dog, Buddy, had diarrhea at 4 a.m. this morning. He has vomited yellow, foamy vomit 3 times and had 2 more incidents of diarrhea (Brown loose) nothing visible in vomit or diarrhea including blood. Buddy likes to eat grass, but has not eaten any today. He has had no food since yesterday, he's a grazer. I haven't seen him drink water either. He's been quiet all day except whining tO go out.
Submitted: 2 months ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Peter replied 2 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- Have you been holding his food or he is simply not eating?

2- How long since the last time he vomited?

3- Did he get into anything or eat something out of the ordinary?

4- Any pre existing medical conditions?

5- Any other symptoms?

Customer: replied 2 months ago.
Not eating by his choice, he's a grazer so eats when he's hungry. No food since Yesterday. He vomited about 1.5 hours ago. Healthy boy. Up to date on shots and preventatives. Not eaten anything out of ordinary that I know of. Usually likes grass on morning outing. None today.
Expert:  Dr. Peter replied 2 months ago.

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

Expert:  Dr. Peter replied 2 months ago.

Friend, vomiting and diarrhea can be caused by primary problems occurring in the gastrointestinal tract or secondary to a systemic disease. Buddy being anorexic and lethargic is simply a consequence of not feeling well. It will be difficult for me to determine the exact underlying cause without a hands on examination and some testing. But, common causes are: Dietary indiscretion, ingestion of a foreign body, infections, kidney or liver disease, etc. to name a few causes. In this case to determine the exact underlying cause Buddy will need to be seen by a veterinarian for a hands on examination, blood work, urinalysis and xrays as initial screening test. Treatment will be based on exam and test results. If possible, I would have him checked today he may benefit from supportive care (IV fluids, anti emetic, etc.) pending test results. If you can not have him seen today by a vet this is what you can do:

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

2- No food or water for 3-4 hours. Need to give his gastrointestinal tract time to rest. Keep him indoors in a cool room when fasting.

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. If possible blend the food with some water and force feed him a small amount with dropper.

4- Follow up with your family veterinarian for a hands on examination in the morning. If cost is a concern look into your local ASPCA or Shelter where they often offer veterinary services at a lower cost.

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 2 months ago.

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

Dr. Peter