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There is a medical phenomenon known as "food bloat" where a dog over consumes food and causes a substantial GI upset. It's not recommended to give volumes of water nor is it recommended to induce vomiting. Both of these can cause even more gastric distress. Instead, you should wait a few hours before introducing anything orally. This will allow some of the food to clear. Every hour or so, you should encourage him to get up and walk, which will encourage normal digestion and flow of food from the stomach to the intestines. If you begin to see any behaviors like panting, pacing, refusing to lay down, acting like he needs to vomit, drooling, etc. he needs to be examined promptly at your local ER.Once you do introduce fluids, do it very slowly. The more water that goes into his stomach the more plump the kibble will become which will increase his discomfort. Many veterinarians will recommend a 24 hour fast until the food has had a decent chance to leave the intestines.More info here: http://www.greenbrier-emergency.com/food-bloat-overeating-in-dogs/If I can help further, let me know.
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