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My 12 month old basset cross lab has been throwing up once

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My 12 month old basset cross lab has been throwing up once a day for a few days, and every now and then shivering like she is cold. then today she has started crying? this is very unusual. she also is keeping her tail down and curled under.
Welcome! My name isXXXXX am a UC Davis graduate, and currently, a Medical Director of a veterinary hospital.

I am sorry to hear about this concern for Poppy.
Vomiting causes can include:
- Dietary indiscretion (eating something you do not know about)
- Stomach or intestinal foreign body
- Something that was given to them (new food, new treat, human food)
- Intestinal parasitism (not just the worms, but the microscopic bugs like Giardia and Coccidia). They can cause vomiting also, not just diarrhea
- Toxin exposure would be less likely, unless you have reason to suspect exposure to a chemical.

To help settle the stomach you can use of the following, but not as a replacement for veterinary examination include
1.Pepcid A.C. (famotidine) comes in 10mg, 20mg, or 40mg tablets.
You can give it every 12 hours. You can give 0.5mg per pound of body weight. So, a 20 pound dog would get 10mg.
2.Prilosec (omeprazole). It comes in 10mg or 20mg tablets.
You can give in every 24 hours. You give 0.5mg per pound of body weight. So, a 20 pound dog would get 10mg
3.Zantac (Ranitidne). It comes in 75mg, 150mg, or 300mg sizes.
You can give it every 8 to 12 hours. You give 0.25 to 1mg per pound of body weight. So, a 20 pound dog would get roughly 1/3 tablet of the 75mg. Even with bigger pets, it is easiest to get the smallest size tablet. Even a 75 pound dog would only need one 75mg tablet.
4.Pepto-Bismol or Kaopectate
You can give it every 8 hours. The average dose is 1ml per pound of body weight, and that is the TOTAL dose for the day, which should be divided into two or three doses. So, if a pet weighs 30 pounds, they would get a total of 30ml a day divided. This is dosing for regular strength Pepto-Bismol. If you use maximum strength liquid, give half as much.

I get particularly worried with repeated vomiting at this age, since we see so many puppies eating foreign bodies.

The shivering is also strongly suggestive of bad nausea or abdominal pain, so that is another big clue to get into a vet today for some good supportive medication.
Very sorry that Poppy is not feeling well. Please let me know if there is anything I did not cover for you. I hope that information has been helpful.
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Customer: replied 2 years ago.

would it be ok for me to give her a little bit of a pain killer, paracetamol for example? along with a little omeprazole (I have this) just for tonite?


Hi Meg,
Pain killer? No. May really cause problems for digestive tract.

Omeprazole, absolutely.

Certainly, if symptoms get worse, more vomiting or painful in the belly, you'll want to get into an ER vet.

Hope that additional information helps. Definitely, reply to me if there is any other way I may assist you. I hope my responses have been satisfactory?
Dr. Andy
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