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My 6 year old Maltese/bichon mix dog had a cold beginning of

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My 6 year old Maltese/bichon mix dog had a cold beginning of the month. started with coughing and congestion. Went to the vet and she was put on two prescriptions. Clavamox 125mg and guaifenesin 100mg. After she seemed better but still a little congested. Within the past two weeks she's had spouts of vometing multiple times within short periods of time. You can definitely tell she's still congested and can hear it when she breaths. She's been on and off with an appetite sometimes not even eating dry food all day. We feed her wet food at night and she never turns that down. Not sure if I should be concerned or if it's still just because of the cold she had almost a month ago. Please help!
Submitted: 7 months ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Peter replied 7 months ago.

Hi, I'm Dr. Peter. Welcome to JustAnswer. I'm reviewing your question now, and will post back with your reply ASAP.

Expert:  Dr. Peter replied 7 months ago.

Welcome! Thanks for asking your question. My name is***** will do my best to help 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- Is she vomiting secondary to the coughing?

2- Did your vet take x-rays?

Customer: replied 7 months ago.
I'm sorry I should have said this. She's no longer coughing since she finished the meds, just congested. And she seems a lot more tired and mellow lately. And no they did not take X-rays.
Expert:  Dr. Peter replied 7 months ago.

When she vomits, there is no coughing during the vomiting episode, correct?

Customer: replied 7 months ago.
Expert:  Dr. Peter replied 7 months ago.

1- What is in the vomit?

2- Is she still on guaifenesin?

3- How long since the last time she vomited?

Customer: replied 7 months ago.
Last time was like a week ago and it was 4 times within two hours, first one was all the food she ate that morning then the rest was green bile. This time it was about an hour ago and it was three times within 5 minutes and it was all bile as she has not eaten yet today due to no appetite. And no she's no longer on it, she finished it on the 13th.
Expert:  Dr. Peter replied 7 months ago.

Thank you for answering my questions. Please give me 5-10 minutes to type your answer.

Expert:  Dr. Peter replied 7 months ago.

Ashely, I am sorry Bella is vomiting. In response to your question, sometimes a dog can regurgitate food or saliva if they are forcefully hacking or coughing. In this case, however, it sounds like Bella is vomiting from a gastrointestinal problem, not a respiratory disorder. I don't think the vomiting is related to the cold she had a month ago. When we talk about vomiting this can be caused by many different medical conditions. It will be difficult for me to determine the exact underlying cause without a hands-on examination and some testing, I am sorry. But, common causes are a simple gastritis, dietary indiscretion, intestinal parasites, ingestion of a foreign body, infections, etc. to name a few causes. To determine the exact underlying cause she will need a hands-on examination by your family veterinarian, fecal analysis, and possible x-rays as an initial screening test. Finally, I would also recommend you discuss with your vet about doing a chest x-ray if she is congested, important to rule out things like bronchitis, etc. In the meantime, in any case of vomiting the first thing to do is give the stomach time to rest. This is what you can do:

1- Do not give things like Pepto Bismol or Imodium. Start her on Pepcid AC (famotidine) 10mg 1/4 tablet every 12 hours for the next 2-3 days. You can buy Pepcid AC over the counter in any pharmacy.

2- No food or water for 6-8 hours. Need to give her gastrointestinal tract time to rest.

3- After 6-8 hours offer a small amount of water. Wait half hour, if no vomiting, offer a small amount of rice (50%) and boiled boneless chicken or ground beef (50%) 4-6 times a day. Keep on this diet for several days then wean into regular diet.

4- Follow up with your family veterinarian for a hands on examination.

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