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Fine until yesterday ate at 2am - vomit at 11am - acted

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fine until yesterday ate at 2am - vomit at 11am - acted normal, stool, urine eyc. ate dinner at 330pm vomit at 10pm (both times food) then 3am vomit yellow foam. waiting to call vet
JA: I'm sorry to hear that. The Veterinarian will know if vet will be able to digest that. How old is vet?
Customer: Sailor will be one year on the 18th
JA: Is there anything else the Veterinarian should be aware of about vet?
Customer: no
Submitted: 4 months ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. B. replied 4 months ago.

Hello & welcome. I am Dr. B, a licensed veterinarian and I would like to help you with your wee one today.

Can he keep water down?

Are his gums pink or pale/white? Sticky or moist?

If you press on his belly, does he have any discomfort, tensing or pain?

Could he have eaten anything he should not have (ie plants, toxins, toys, bones, medications, etc)?

Customer: replied 4 months ago.
can keep water down and wants dfood but do not want to feed until dr appt. Pink moist gums- no tummy pain
Customer: replied 4 months ago.
did not eat anything we arre aware of that she should not
Expert:  Dr. B. replied 4 months ago.

Thank you,

First, I am glad to hear that those signs I asked about are normal, as they often are warning signs of urgent issues. As well, its always good to hear that we have a dog that wouldn't eat odd items. Now based on the signs we are seeing, we do have a few concerns. Common causes we need to consider include bacterial or viral gastroenteritis, pancreatitis, parasites/protozoa infections, or general dietary indiscretions.

With this all in mind, since she can keep water down, we can try some home 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, a wide range of agents could trigger the GI upset we are seeing. Therefore, in her case, we’d want to start supportive care to settle her stomach until her vet is open. If she cannot keep that or water down, appears dehydrated already, or doesn’t respond by the time her vet is open; then we'd want her seen. They can assess her hydration, rule out fever, make sure there is nothing in her stomach that shouldn't be there or any sinister viruses present. Depending on their findings, her vet can treat her with injectable anti-vomiting medication +/- antibiotics to settle her stomach, and get her back feeling like herself.

Please take care,

Dr. B.

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Expert:  Dr. B. replied 3 months ago.

Hello again,

How is everything going with your wee one?

Warm regards,

Dr. B.