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My 4 year old golden has been throwing up since last night.

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my 4 year old golden has been throwing up since last night. She ate 1/2 cup of chicken and rice and threw it up within 20 mins. Our vet is closed and I'm not sure if this is an emergency. I have some Promethazine 25 mg from when my daughter was sick. Can I have my dog this and if so how much?
Submitted: 2 months ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Altman replied 2 months ago.

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Expert:  Dr. Altman replied 2 months ago.

I am so sorry to hear your dog is vomiting. First, please remove the food and 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 and eat to maintain hydration and nutrition but if there is actively vomiting even water there is risk of becoming more dehydrated with water intake.

Promethazine is used in dogs for motion sickness but has a very low bioavailability orally in dogs so not advised at this time. In addition, giving it now orally likely will result in further vomiting episodes

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 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)

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 Harlow comfortable and what exactly the underlying cause is.

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 2 months ago.

I am glad you were able to view my responses. I am going to be taking a break for a little while but wanted to check in to ensure there are no additional questions before I go?

Expert:  Dr. Altman replied 2 months ago.

Good evening, I wanted to check in on Harlow to see if the vomiting has subsided? I would love an update when you are able.

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Expert:  Dr. Altman replied 2 months ago.
Hi,

I'm just following up on our conversation about Harlow. How is everything going?

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