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Submitted: 4 years ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  CriticalCareVet replied 4 years ago.
Welcome to JustAnswer! I am a licensed veterinarian and would be glad to help!

With vomiting, there is always a concern about dehydration, as well as the underlying cause.

This can range from simple stomach upset to a mor serious blockage.

If you are able to see the veterinarian, that would be best - as an x-ray can make us feel much better - noting that this would not be a blockage.

Sometimes in these cases, even if the cause is just an upset stomach, it is hard to give them medications by mouth as they can vomit that back up before it has a chance to be absorbed and work.

For this reason, if the vomiting continues, sometimes even a short veterinary visit, subcutaneous fluids for hydration and injections for nausea can be enough to stop the cycle of vomiting, help them feel better, and then give you a chance to continue oral medications at home and supportive care to help resolve the issue.

Regardless - when this happens, for an upset stomach - often we choose medications to settle the stomach and help with the discomfort.

For you now, at home - you should remove food and water for 12-24 hours.

If the vomiting stops - considerations would then be:

1) One option would be a veterinary prescription bland diet called Hill’s I/D (LINK HERE).

The second option would be a home-cooked bland diet. A common bland diet is boiled white rice and either boiled white meat chicken or boiled hamburger. Whichever protein source is chosen (chicken or hamburger) it is recommended to offer a mixture of 2/3 rice and 1/3 of the protein source.

If the diet is tolerated, and once clinical improvement is seen, it is recommended to SLOWLY transition back to the normal diet.

When you start to transition to the normal diet, you can initially offer a food mixture with the majority being the boiled rice and meat and have a small amount of normal dog food mixed in.

Each day you can gradually decrease the amount of rice and meat and gradually increase the amount of normal dog food in the mixture.

We recommend a slow transition over 3-5 days to reduce possible stomach upset.

2) Famotidine (Pepcid A/C) - LINK HERE

But again - if this is not getting better, or you are noticing loss of appetite, lethargy, continued vomiting, worse signs of discomfort - or blood in the stool - those would be indications to see your veterinarian for evaluation.

Good luck.
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