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This afternoon, my Yorkie was having one of his stomach

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This afternoon, my Yorkie was having one of his stomach issues and started eating some grass and vomited a little, as usual. But, since then, he is constantly licking his nose, dry coughing, and empty vomiting (trying to vomit without any results). I'm far away from any emergency vets (I'm working as truck driver). Any hints on what else to observe or what could be done before some nearby vet can see him?
JA: I'm sorry to hear that. Hopefully it didn't make a mess. Did the dog eat anything unusual?
Customer: Not that I could see. He sometimes pick stuff from the floor.
JA: What is the dog's name and age?
Customer: Chip, he'll be 9 next month.
JA: How old is Chip?
Customer: Almost 9 years old.
JA: Is there anything else the veterinarian should be aware of about Chip?
Customer: Other than having his upset stomach time to time, he's pretty healthy.
Submitted: 22 days ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  PitRottMommy replied 22 days ago.

Hello, JACustomer. I have been a Veterinary Nurse for over 15 years and would be happy to help you today. I'm reviewing your question right now.

Expert:  PitRottMommy replied 22 days ago.

I can give you some steps to take at home to help your companion’s stomach feel better. It often helps to give something to calm the stomach and a bland diet with higher fiber. This can help to reduce the instance of nausea/vomiting, avoid or treat changes in the stool, etc. If you do not see a marked improvement from your pet or you see worsening of symptoms, they absolutely must be examined by a veterinarian.

The first step is to administer a dose of regular pepcid (famotidine) every 12-24 hours. You will want to give 0.5mg/pound of body weight (a 10# ***** would receive 5mg, a 5# ***** would receive 2.5mg, etc). For this, you can visit any human pharmacy and buy the OTC brand name Pepcid, or you can use the cheaper, off-brand “famotidine” that’s available. Either will be useful.

2 hours following a dose of famotidine, the time needed for the medication to begin working, you can offer a bland diet. To make this, you’ll combine white or brown rice, boneless, skinless chicken breast and sufficient water for cooking in a stock pot. Boil on medium until it turns to mush and the breast is easily flaked. To avoid more nausea, start with small amounts to begin with and offer the amount every 2-4 hours. A few teaspoons to start is typically sufficient and you can work your way up every 2-4 hours in incremental increases until you’re sure no vomiting will be seen. If your companion requires a more palatable food, try adding in pureed baby food in chicken, turkey and similar flavors. Avoid those that contain onion or garlic in the ingredient panel. Work up to feeding exclusively until at least 3 days following the resolution of the GI upset. After this, work on slowly switching back to the regular food that your companion typically eats.

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Expert:  PitRottMommy replied 21 days ago.

Checking in, JACustomer. How is your companion feeling? I didn't hear back from you yesterday. Do you need more help?