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My male Maine Coon (22.5 lbs, 11 yrs old) has been throwing

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My male Maine Coon (22.5 lbs, 11 yrs old) has been throwing up every couple hours; initially food and after that a white liquid; he appears listless and different and keeps throwing up just when I think he has stopped. I do not have live plants; he is indoors only and I don't think he has eaten anything to cause this. It is late tonight and our emergency location is not close to me.
Can you give me an idea what I can do until the morning when I hopefully can get him to my vet.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Cat Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Peter replied 1 year ago.

Welcome and thanks for asking your question. My name is***** am a licensed veterinarian. I am currently not set up to make a live call. But, I am happy to answer your question on this thread. First I need to ask you a few questions so that I can be well informed and give you the best advice.

1- Any pre existing medical conditions?

2- How long has this been going on?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
No. 1 - No
No. 2 - About 5-6 hours, but spaced every 1 and a half hours; he has thrown up 5 times since 5PM; it is now 10PM.
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Are you responding soon???
Expert:  Dr. Peter replied 1 year ago.

Friend, in any case of vomiting the first thing to do is give the gastrointestinal tract time to rest. This is what you can do until he is seen by family vet in the morning:

1- Do not give things like Pepto Bismol or imodium. Start him on Pepcid AC (famotidine) 10mg 1/4 tablet every 12 hours. You can buy Pepcid AC over the counter in any pharmacy.

2- No food or water for 10-12 hours. Need to give his gastrointestinal tract time to rest.

3- After 10-12 hours offer a small amount of water. Wait half hour, if no vomiting, offer small amount of rice (50%) and boiled boneless chicken or ground beef (50%) 4-6 times a day.

4- Follow up with your family veterinarian for a hands on examination.

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Dr. Peter

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
It is too late for me to go to my pharmacy; I have already left a voice mail with my vet for the morning. I will remove all food and water until then.
Expert:  Dr. Peter replied 1 year ago.

Remove the food and water as described above.

Please reply if you have additional questions.

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