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My dog started throwing up foamy bile since last night. this

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My dog started throwing up foamy bile since last night. this is the most she's ever thrown up ever - 4 year old Bull Terrier. I took her out last night before bed and she ate a bunch of grass and threw up outside. When I woke up today she had puked in her crate and when I let her out she puked on the floor twice. All together she's puked 10 times in the past 12 hours. We had a party last night and there were some grapes, but she couldn't have eaten more than 10 if she ate any at all. What should I do? Is there anything I can do to help her without going to a vet?
Submitted: 3 years ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Dr. Drew replied 3 years ago.
Hi, thanks for your question. Grapes can cause severe kidney failure in dogs, so even one or two is a situation not to be taXXXXX XXXXXghtly. It is possible that this vomiting is due to having eaten something else, which may have triggered pancreatitis, a common problem in dogs who have been fed items that they are not used to. Because of the life-threatening risks with grape ingestion, my best suggestion is to get her to a veterinarian immediately, so that she can be started on IV fluids to help protect the kidneys.
Customer: replied 3 years ago.
I want to avoid the vet if at all possible. Is there anything I can do at home to help her? Is there a time frame that if she keeps throwing up it is life threatening?
Expert:  Dr. Drew replied 3 years ago.
You will be risking kidney failure and death if she is not started on intravenous fluid. It's important that you realize that.

At-home care of stomach upset usually involves restricting food and water for 8-10 hours. A single dose (one time) of pepto-bismol sometimes will settle the stomach (1 tablespoon per 30-40 pounds), but otherwise, no oral medicines are likely to be useful in such a case. Certainly, nothing is going to prevent kidney damage if she is one of the dogs that is susceptible to grape poisoning.
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