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Some hot sauce was spilled on the floor and before I could

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some hot sauce was spilled on the floor and before I could clean it up my daughters dog licked some up,now some hours later he is puking and now is puking bile and isn't doing well...is there something that we can use to counteract the hot sauce,we cant afford to call the vet at 2 am...any help you could give until we can get to the vet would be appreciated!!
Submitted: 2 months ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. B. replied 2 months ago.

Hello & welcome, I am Dr. B, a licensed veterinarian and I would like to help you with today. I do apologize that your question was not answered before. Different experts come online at various times; I just came online, read about your wee one’s situation, and wanted to help.

Again I do apologize that my colleagues could not aid you sooner, but wanted to help poor wee Tucker. Now if he licked hot sauce, then this will have certainly caused his gut upset. Therefore, we'd want to see if we can get him comfortable and counter that nausea. First, if you haven't already, you will want to rinse his mouth with cool water to remove any residue. After if he hasn’t just vomited (since otherwise we’d need to rest the stomach for a few hours first), you can consider treating with an OTC pet safe antacid like Pepcid (More Info/Dose @http://www.petplace.com/article/drug-library/library/over-the-counter/famotidine-pepcid), or Zantac (More Info/Dose @ http://www.petplace.com/article/drug-library/library/over-the-counter/ranitidine-hcl-zantac). Whichever you choose, we’d give this 20 minutes before offering food to allow absorption. Of course, do double check with your vet if he has a known health issues or is on any medications you haven't mentioned. Also if you give this and he cannot keep it down due to nausea that is usually a red flag that we need to bypass his mouth with injectable anti-vomiting medication from his vet.

Once he is more settled, you can offer a bit of milk to neutralize this (lactose free is ideal) and then can plan to try small meals of a light/easily digestible diet. Examples you can use are cooked white rice with boiled chicken, boiled white fish, or scrambled eggs, or meat baby food (garlic/onion free only). 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 continuing this until the signs are settled, and then weaning slowly back to what you normally feed.

Please take care,

Dr. B.

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