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She has been throwing up a substance, No, Sasha 2 yes old,

Customer Question

She has been throwing up a brown substance
JA: I'm sorry to hear that. Hopefully it didn't make a mess. Did the dog eat anything unusual?
Customer: No
JA: OK. The Veterinarian will know what to do. What is the dog's name and age?
Customer: Sasha 2 yes old
JA: How old is Sasha?
Customer: 2
JA: Is there anything else the Veterinarian should be aware of about Sasha?
Customer: No
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Submitted: 5 months ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Dr. B. replied 5 months ago.

Hello & welcome, I am Dr. B, a licensed veterinarian and I would like to help you with your wee one today.

How long has she been showing signs?

Does it look brown like food or coffee grounds?

Can she keep water down?

Are her gums nice and pink (not white/pale)? Moist or sticky?

If you press on her belly, does she have any tensing, tenderness, discomfort, or pain?

Could she have eaten anything she should not have (ie bones, stones, socks, toys, plants, chemicals, human meds, etc)?

Any diarrhea or black stools?

Customer: replied 5 months ago.
Doing this for a few days it's just brown the other day I gave her some French fries and she threw them up.she keeps water down she is not playful no black stools or diarrhea her gums are fine and her belly sames to be fine
Customer: replied 5 months ago.
Hello
Expert:  Dr. B. replied 5 months ago.

Hello,

I am actually typing my reply just now, but again can you tell me what this brown substance looked like?

Customer: replied 5 months ago.
My husband says he gave her a treat this morning and it's called milk bone marosnacks the inside of those are the same color.I've been giving her those ever since she's been a baby
Expert:  Dr. B. replied 5 months ago.

Thank you,

First, I am glad to see that she has none of those sinister signs and that her brown vomit looks like the treat. With that in mind we can breathe a sigh of relief (since brown coffee ground like vomit is a sign of stomach bleeding) and based on the signs we are seeing, we do have a few concerns for Sasha. Common causes we need to consider include bacterial or viral gastroenteritis, pancreatitis, parasites/protozoa infections, general dietary indiscretions, and ingestion of harmful items (ie toxins, plants, non-edible items).

With this all in mind, as long as she can keep water down, we can try some home supportive care to try to settle her stomach. To start, if she hasn’t just vomited (since otherwise we’d need to rest her stomach for a few hours first), then you can consider treating her with an antacid. Common OTC pet safe options would be: 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), or 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 food to allow absorption. Of course, do double check with your vet if she has a known health issues or is on any medications you haven't mentioned. And I would note that if you give this and she cannot keep it down due to nausea that is usually a red flag that we need to bypass her mouth with injectable anti-vomiting medication from her vet.

Once that has had time to absorb and she is steadier on her stomach, you can consider starting her on a easily digestible diet like cooked white rice with boiled chicken, boiled white fish, cottage cheese, scrambled eggs, or meat baby food (as long as its garlic/onion free). 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 they will be better tolerated/absorbed by the compromised gut. Therefore, it should get more nutrients in and result in less GI upset. As long as improvement is being seen, I usually advise continuing this until the signs are settled, and then weaning her slowly back to her normal diet.

Overall, there are a wide range of agents could trigger this GI upset we are seeing with Sasha but thankfully stomach ulcers are not a worry for her. Therefore, we’d want to start supportive care to settle her stomach. If she cannot keep that or water down at any point, appears dehydrated already, or doesn’t respond to the above within 12-24 hours; then we'd want to get her vet involved. They can assess her hydration, rule out fever, make sure there is nothing in her stomach that shouldn't be there or any sinister viruses present. Depending on their findings, her vet can treat her with injectable anti-vomiting medication +/- antibiotics to settle her stomach, and get her back feeling like herself.

All the best,

Dr. B.

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Customer: replied 5 months ago.
Thank you
Expert:  Dr. B. replied 5 months ago.

You are very welcome, my dear.

All the best,

Dr. B.

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