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My chihuahua has been throwing up tonight first it was s

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my chihuahua has been throwing up tonight first it was his food from earlier this afternoon then he keeps throwing up white foam and now he keeps digging in the carpet..he definitely doesn't feel good but i'm an hour and half from the vet hospital...what should i do
Submitted: 6 months ago.
Category: Veterinary
Expert:  Pet Doc replied 6 months ago.

Hi there,

Thanks for your question regarding your boy Newbie. I am currently typing up a response and will have something for you in the next 5 minutes.

Thank you for your patience.

Kind Regards,

Dr E

Expert:  Pet Doc replied 6 months ago.

Hi again,

Thank you for your patience. There are a number of things that could be going on here with Newbie this evening and we need to consider anything from an infectious gastroenteritis, to a toxicity, to intestinal worms or even a foreign body obstruction. You will definitely need to continue to keep a close eye on Newbie and if this vomiting and discomfort continues, then you will need to get him seen by your local ER vet tonight.

For now, make sure that Newbie has plenty of fresh water available and encourage him to drink. The biggest concern right now is that he could become dehydrated. If he won't drink or can't keep water down, then you are best to get him seen by your local ER vet tonight where they can start him on some intravenous (IV) fluids. You can with hold his food until the morning now, and from then you can start him on a bland diet of cooked, boneless, skinless chicken breast and boiled white rice. Don't worry about getting him to eat tonight, but definitely encourage him to drink now and over night. If he isn't interested in drinking, then you could try making him with a fresh chicken broth. For this, just boil up some fresh chicken until cooked, scoop off the solids, allow the liquid to cool, then feed him this luke-warm broth.

Please keep a close eye on his mucus membranes, capillary refill time and respiratory rate as follows:

Mucus membranes - flip his lip and look at the color of his gums. They should maintain a nice salmon pink color. Get him to the emergency Vet if they appear white or very pale pink, or if they are a dark deep red color.

Capillary Refill time - this measures blood perfusion and test this by putting your thumb on his gum to apply pressure. After you release your thumb you will see the gum blanch. Capillary refill time is the amount of time it takes (in seconds) for the gum to return to a healthy pink color from the blanched white color. If 2 seconds or less don't worry - if it is taking significantly more time, again - off to the emergency Vet.

Respiratory Rate - if he is continuously panting throughout the night, this is a sign of shock and or pain and a signal for a trip to the emergency Vet.

For now, you may also want to try him with a little pepcid. The typical dose for this type of situation is 0.25mg per pound of body weight up to twice daily. You can read more about the use of Pepcid in dogs online here: http://www.petplace.com/article/drug-library/library/over-the-counter/famotidine-pepcid

Best of luck with Newbie and hopefully these symptoms settle in the next few hours. As above, if he can't keep water down, or if any of the parameters above don't seem right, then definitely play it safe and get him seen tonight. I hope all of the above makes sense? If you have more questions or if I can help in any other way, please do not hesitate to ask! If you would like to accept my answer, please press RATE OUR CONVERSATION (I am not compensated in any other way). Bonuses are always welcome. Thanks! I hope to work with you again soon!

Kind Regards,

Dr E

Expert:  Pet Doc replied 6 months ago.

I hope all of your boy's parameters were normal? Let me know if you need any further help. Hopefully he improves in the next hour or two.

Kind Regards,

Dr E

Expert:  Pet Doc replied 6 months ago.

Hi again,

How is Newbie doing now? Hopefully that vomiting settled and he is back to normal now. It would be great to get an update when you get a moment.

Kind Regards,

Dr E

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