If he potentially ingested some of that toy so recently, it could be playing a role in what we are seeing at the moment. Fluff and bits of soft toy often will pass through the GI but can cause nausea and vomiting while in the stomach. Of course, we always have to keep in mind that the toy could be a red herring, as GI infections, pancreatitis, and dietary indiscretions can also cause these signs.
With this all in mind, since he can keep water down, we can try some home supportive care to see if we can settle his stomach. To start, if he hasn’t just vomited (since otherwise we’d need to rest his stomach for a few hours first), then you can consider treating him with an antacid.There are a number that are available over the counter and pet friendly. I would advise only treating with one, but the ones I tend to use are:
*Pepcid (More Info/Dose @http://www.petplace.com/article/drug-library/library/over-the-counter/famotidine-pepcid)
*Zantac (More Info/Dose @ http://www.petplace.com/article/drug-library/library/over-the-counter/ranitidine-hcl-zantac)
* Tagamet (More Info/Dose Here @http://www.petplace.com/article/drug-library/library/over-the-counter/cimetidine-hcl-tagamet)
Whichever you choose, we’d give this 20 minutes before offering food (to allow absorption) and of course you want to double check with your vet if he has any health issues or is on any medications you haven't mentioned. And I would note that if you give this and he cannot keep it down due to nausea that is usually a red flag that we need to bypass his mouth with injectable anti-vomiting medication from his vet.
Once that has had time to absorb and he is steadier on his stomach, you can consider starting him on a light/easily digestible diet. Examples you can use are cooked white rice with boiled chicken, boiled white fish, cottage cheese, or scrambled eggs (made with water and not milk). There are also OTC vet diets that can be used (ie Hill’s I/D or Royal Canin’s sensitivity) too. The aim of these diets is that it will be better tolerated and absorbed by the compromised gut. Therefore, it should get more nutrients in and result in less GI upset. Furthermore, whichever you choose, you can add a spoonful of canned pumpkin or all bran to this to help push any toy fluff through his GI and out the other end.
Finally, I do want to note some signs to watch for further to those I had you check. If you see any blood or brown material in his vomit, black stools, or he is straining to pass stool and cannot; those would also be signs of a blockage from this item. If we saw those other the signs I had you check, we'd want him seen urgently for an exam +/- xray.
Overall, a wide range of agents could trigger the GI upset we are seeing. Still, if he ate bits of toy, that is a concern here. So, we'd want to use the above just now and monitor him closely. If he settles, we are happy. But if he is not, then we'd want to get his vet involved. They can assess his hydration, rule out fever, make sure there is nothing in his stomach that shouldn't be there or any sinister viruses present. Depending on their findings, his vet can treat him with injectable anti-vomiting medication +/- antibiotics to settle his stomach, and get him back feeling like himself.
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