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Has she had any fatty treats/
Is she up to date on shots?
Did she have any new chew items?
Could she have gotten into anything indoors or out?
How long has this been going on?
she is 5-6 yrs old. she is not current on her shots. no fatty treats, no new chew items. just started today, sometime while i was at work. not sure if she got into anything or not
This may be due to intestinal upset from a change in food, intestinal parasites such as worms, coccidia, or giardia, or she could have a problem with liver or kidney function causing this as when those organs are not working right nausea can result. Infections such as campylobacter, listeria and salmonella are food poisoning type infections that can also cause this sort of reaction in a dog.This could also be due to a swallowed non food item, ingestion of something toxic including plants, mushrooms, chemicals etc. Another issue may be pancreatic inflammation which you can read about here http://www.peteducation.com/article.cfm?cls=2&cat=1580&articleid=335 So seeing the vet to find out what is going on should be a priority. An over the counter med you might consider trying would be Pepcid or Tagamet or Zantac. Be sure to tell the vet when you see them if you use any of these. You can read about dose amounts (and cautions) scrolling down on the pages here http://www.petplace.com/drug-library/cimetidine-hcl-tagamet/page1.aspx http://www.petplace.com/drug-library/famotidine-pepcid/page1.aspx http://www.petplace.com/drug-library/ranitidine-hcl-zantac/page1.aspx If that helps then you can see if some bland food and plain pedialyte added to her water bowl will help her. I would suggest trying boiled chicken meat or hamburger with the fat drained off, mixed with really well cooked rice in a ratio of 1/3 meat to 2/3 rice to see if that works. It's not a balanced diet but OK to use for a few meals while working on controlling digestive upset. But if she is vomiting a lot, then if you can see a vet with her today you should try to do so. Dogs that are vomiting can end up dehydrated pretty quickly. You can check for dehydration by pulling the skin gently up over her shoulders in a 'tent' and release it. If it goes right back down that is good but if some stays stuck up that's a dehydration indicator. If your dog might have gotten into anything toxic, is getting dehydrated, has a rectal temp over 103.5F (normal is 100.5-102.5F), has gums or tongue that look white, blue, gray or yellow tinted where they are normally pink, has a slow color refill if you press on a pink area of gum or tongue, or is becoming lethargic and non responsive to you then I'd get the dog in to see an emergency vet if one is available in your area.
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Answer is given for informational purposes only. It is always best to consult your vet before trying any home care.
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As she is vomiting there really is nothing safe to give her for any fever.
While aspirin is used in dogs it can cause digestive upset so it could make her vomiting and diarrhea worse.
No other over the counter med is safe to use in dogs.
You can read about aspirin use here
If she is running a fever as indicated by rectal temps given above sometimes mechanical cooling is used to reduce that. A cold compress wrapped in a towel held against the abdomen for 5 minutes on and 10 off can work to reduce fevers.
Some people reduce body temps by wiping paw pads, abdomen, and ear flaps with rubbing alcohol which evaporates and cools but you have to be careful the dog doesn't lick any of that and that it does not get into eyes.