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She bit and briught us 3 possums that were small and fit in

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She bit and briught us 3 possums that were small and fit in your hand 2 of them had blood on them but all 3 were still alive, my dog then threw up twice
JA: I'm sorry to hear that. The Veterinarian will know what to do about this bleeding. I'll connect you ASAP. Is there anything else important you think the Veterinarian should know about your dog?
Customer: She wasnt bleeding the possums were
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.

How long ago did she bring them?

Is she up to date on her rabies vaccination?

Can she keep water down?

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

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

Customer: replied 5 months ago.
She is due for her rabies shot next month everything looks good on her she only threw up the 2 times and it was after the 3rd possum. She brought the last 2 possums in about 20mins befire she threw up. She is sound asleep,and so far acts normal. I am just concerned if i should take her to the vet
Expert:  Dr. B. replied 5 months ago.

Thank you,

As long as she isn't overdue that side of our concerns are fine. Though you will need to phone her vet when they are open regarding your states rules on quarantine. If they have been in contact with blood from wild animals (usually when being bit themselves, but your vet will know if this is included in your state's rules), they tend to need to be kept at home and away from people for a few weeks.

Otherwise, her vomiting after handling these animals is something we also need to keep an eye on. This won't be related to the above concerns but we can start 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), Zantac (More Info/Dose @ http://www.petplace.com/article/drug-library/library/over-the-counter/ranitidine-hcl-zantac), or Tagamet (More Info/Dose Here @ http://www.petplace.com/article/drug-library/library/over-the-counter/cimetidine-hcl-tagamet). 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). There are also OTC vet diets that can be used (ie Hill’s I/D or Royal Canin’s sensitivity) too. 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.

Overall, we do need to tread with care in this situation. We can use the above for her gut upset but may need to see her vet if her nausea is too severe. Otherwise, do ring them about rabies protocols for your state to make sure we follow the rules for that.

Please take care,

Dr. B.

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