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dog: occasional chronic vomiting periods most of his life..sucralfate

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My dog has had occasional chronic vomiting periods most of his life. In the past these were stopped with an injection for nausea followed by giving him Sucralfate. This always cured him and he would go over a year without problems. We recently changed vets and this one has given him Metronidazole without first giving an injection to knock out the nausea. For some reason this vet just won't do it. The medication has not helped even when we could get it down him. Now he is refusing everything and if we get the pill down him he just vomits it right back up. He will drink water but he vomits it right back up. He is becoming very malnourished. What could be the problem?
Submitted: 11 years ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  NancyH replied 11 years ago.
http://www.marvistavet.com/html/sucralfate.html
indicates that sucralfate is used to treat ulcers.
I suggest you get the medical records from your previous vet faxed over the current one and maybe even see if your current vet will call the old one to find out why the previous treatment was being used.
You need to get your dog back in to the vet for fluids for dehydration and for a reconsideration of the treatment plan as this treatment is not working.
Sometimes vets prescribe a med they carry and are reluctant to use one they don't. You can always ask for a prescription for the oral med that works. YOu need to find out what anti nausea drug the previous vet used and get the new vet to use it. If he won't then pick another vet who will work with you for your dogs health and best insterests.
First give the new vet a chance to resolve the problem the initial medication has not fixed but if he is not helpful then find another vet.
Hope this helps!

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