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My small dog has been vomiting most of the day. Is this an

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My small dog has been vomiting most of the day. Is this an emergency?
Submitted: 5 months ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Peter replied 5 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 5 months ago.

I am sorry to learn Scooter is vomiting. I 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- Did he get into anything?

2- Is he lethargic?

3- How many times has he vomited?

4- Any pre existing medical conditions?

5- How much does he weigh?

Customer: replied 5 months ago.
I don't know of anything unusual he ate. He has tried to vomit many times. He is somewhat lethargic but has gone outside twice. Runs and barks.
Customer: replied 5 months ago.
Scooter weighs 15 lbs
Expert:  Dr. Peter replied 5 months ago.

1- Can you take a look at his gums and see if they are pink or pale?

Customer: replied 5 months ago.
They are pink
Expert:  Dr. Peter replied 5 months ago.

Please give me 5-10 minutes to type your answer. Thank you.

Expert:  Dr. Peter replied 5 months ago.

Vomiting 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 pancreatitis, dietary indiscretion, gastritis, ingestion of a foreign body, infections, etc. to name a few causes. 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 him 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 his 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- If he continues to vomit after doing the above he will need to be seen by your family veterinarian for a hands on examination.

My goal is to provide you with excellent service - I hope I've provided the information you were seeking, if you feel you have received anything less, please reply back as I am happy to address follow-up questions. Kindly rate me when you are done.

Dr. Peter

Expert:  Dr. Peter replied 5 months ago.
Hi Charlene,

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

Dr. Peter