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My dog was vomiting earlier and is now vomiting bright red

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My dog was vomiting earlier and is now vomiting bright red blood
JA: I'm sorry to hear that. Hopefully it didn't make a mess. Did your dog eat anything unusual?
Customer: no we have a new puppy so I have had more food out than normal but it has been out for over a week now.
JA: What is the dog's name?
Customer: Joie
JA: Is there anything else the veterinarian should be aware of about Joie?
Customer: She has a grade 3 heart murmur. Had it for 10+ years. Elderly. 16 yo. Otherwise acting completely no
Submitted: 15 days ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  PitRottMommy replied 15 days ago.

Hello, JACustomer. I have been a Veterinary Nurse for over 15 years and would be happy to help you today. I'm reviewing your question right now.

Customer: replied 15 days ago.
K thx
Expert:  PitRottMommy replied 15 days ago.

If your companion is vomiting blood, she needs to go directly to your local animal ER clinic to be examined and treated. This can be a major symptom and her condition may debilitate quickly.

Failing this, I can give you some steps to take at home to help your companion’s stomach feel better. It often helps to give something to calm the stomach and a bland diet with higher fiber. This can help to reduce the instance of nausea/vomiting, avoid or address changes in the stool, etc. If you do not see a marked improvement from your pet or you see worsening of symptoms, they absolutely must be examined by a veterinarian.

The first step is to administer a dose of regular pepcid (famotidine) every 12-24 hours. You will want to give 0.5mg/pound of body weight (a 10# ***** would receive 5mg, a 5# ***** would receive 2.5mg, etc). For this, you can visit any human pharmacy and buy the OTC brand name Pepcid, or you can use the cheaper, off-brand “famotidine” that’s available. Either will be useful.

2 hours following a dose of famotidine, the time needed for the medication to begin working, you can offer a bland diet. To make this, you’ll combine white or brown rice, boneless, skinless chicken breast and sufficient water for cooking in a stock pot. Boil on medium until it turns to mush and the breast is easily flaked. To avoid more nausea, start with small amounts to begin with and offer the amount every 2-4 hours. A few teaspoons to start is typically sufficient and you can work your way up every 2-4 hours in incremental increases until you’re sure no vomiting will be seen. If your companion requires a more palatable food, try adding in pureed baby food in chicken, turkey and similar flavors. Avoid those that contain onion or garlic in the ingredient panel. Work up to feeding exclusively until at least 3 days following the resolution of the GI upset. After this, work on slowly switching back to the regular food that your companion typically eats.

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Customer: replied 15 days ago.
My suspicion is ulcers. What symptoms should I look for?
Expert:  PitRottMommy replied 15 days ago.

The first one is blood in the vomitus. We can certainly see vomiting, not wanting to eat or drink, tenderness in the abdomen, etc. I would highly recommend a visit to the ER tonight.