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My male pit is 4 years old, and 2 nights ago he threw up 3

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Hi! My male pit bull is 4 years old, and 2 nights ago he threw up 3 different times. It was yellow liquid. Then the next night he threw up the yellow liquid again. Today he has thrown up once, but it was brown with some undigested food in it. I'm by sure what to do for him. We live in a Rural area and there are no vets available until Monday...
Submitted: 5 months ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Altman replied 5 months ago.

Welcome to Justanswer! I am Dr. Altman and happy to assist you both today!

I am so sorry to hear your dog is vomiting. First, please remove the water. If there is continued actively vomiting we want to minimize anything orally to stop the nausea and abdominal cramping resulting in vomiting. I know the thought is your pet needs to drink to maintain hydration but if there is actively vomiting even water there is risk of becoming more dehydrated with water intake.

If there is no improvement then please consider having your dog seen by a veterinarian sooner rather than later. They can give injectable medications to bypass the intestinal tract and hopefully get the nausea under control. The reason you are now seeing brown with undigested food is as the body is showing gi upset it becomes stagnant or there is reduced motility so the food is not moving through as it should

1- Keep indoors to avoid eating grass/ leaves for 6-8 hours from last vomiting episode

2- Offer a small amount of water (1-2 teaspoons hourly) for a few hours

3- Start Pepcid (famotidine) 0.25 mg/ pound every 12 hours OR prilosec (omeprazole) 0.5 mg/ pound daily for the next 3 days with the second administration of water (crushed if needed). Both are more effective than zantac to control gi signs in dogs

4-If no vomiting, offer small amount of white rice and boiled boneless or ground chicken or ground beef. For example, one tablespoon hourly for a few hours then slowly start to increase the amount while reducing the frequency. Keep on this diet for several days then wean into regular diet.

5- If vomiting continues after doing the above, I would encourage having your family veterinarian perform an examination to determine the next step to getting Daddy comfortable and what exactly the underlying cause is.
6- Leash walks frequently which is the safest way to get the gi tract motility moving again, 15+ minutes 3-4 times daily if possible

Indications your dog should be seen by a veterinary er sooner include: sticky gums that are pale, yellow, blue, purple, temperature rectally >103.5, progressive lethargy with less responsiveness to you, vomiting or diarrhea that includes blood, resting respiratory rate (breaths per minute) >60, swollen abdomen.

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Expert:  Dr. Altman replied 5 months ago.

I am glad to see you were able to view my responses earlier, hopefully the information I have provided has helped control Daddy's vomiting episodes? I would love an update when you are able...

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