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She is a 5 month old American bulldog, and this morning she

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She is a 5 month old American bulldog, and this morning she just randomly started vomiting. Nothing has changed in her diet, unless she got into something outside.
JA: I'm sorry to hear that. Hopefully it didn't make a mess. Did the bulldog eat anything unusual?
Customer: Maybe some dirt, or horse poop, we live on a farm.
JA: What is the bulldog's name?
Customer: Mercedes, she is current on all vaccinations.
JA: Is there anything else the Veterinarian should be aware of about Mercedes?
Customer: No, she is a happy healthy pup. She is acting her normal, s punky self
Submitted: 10 days ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  PitRottMommy replied 10 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.

Expert:  PitRottMommy replied 10 days ago.

Have there been any changes in the flavor of her diet (chicken to salmon, for example) or any holiday food? (I know you said no, just clarifying here).

Any diarrhea?

Is she still wanting to eat?

Customer: replied 10 days ago.
No change in diet, and no diarrhea.Yes, she still wants to eat, but I have cut her off since this started. She has had some water.
Expert:  PitRottMommy replied 10 days ago.

Sometimes we never learn the cause of a GI upset, especially in pups this young who tend to put lots of things in their mouth and vacuum up things they shouldn't.

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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