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He got into the thistle bird seed and ate some. He just

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He got into the thistle bird seed and ate some. He just threw up some thistle seeds. T
JA: I'm sorry to hear that. The Veterinarian will know if T will be able to digest that. How old is T?
Customer: Actually it is C oby and he is 7 years old, 65 pounds, good h ealth, weight
JA: Is there anything else the Veterinarian should be aware of about T?
Customer: He ate the bird seed sometime this morning and just t hrew up.
Submitted: 1 month ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Altman replied 1 month ago.

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Expert:  Dr. Altman replied 1 month ago.

Luckily bird food isn't toxic, per se. Eating very large amounts of the bird seed could cause stomach upset or potentially even an obstruction. So at this point we will treat for the gi upset Coby is experiencing

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

1- Keep from eating grass/ leaves for 6-8 hours from last vomiting episode but get him out on a leash walk of 15 minutes to help move any seed out of the stomach and get the gi tract moving again

2- Offer a small amount of water (1-2 teaspoons hourly) for a few hours in 6-8 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)

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 Coby comfortable

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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