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My dog is vomiting bile and now just dry heaves

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My dog is vomiting bile and now just dry heaves
Hi thereCustomer

Thank you for your question regarding your dog. Could you please give me a little more info? How long has this been going on for? What breed and age is this dog? Has there been any diarrhea? What has he or she been eating over the last day or two?

I look forward to hearing from you asap.

Kind Regards,

Dr M D Edwards
Customer: replied 8 years ago.
This started early in am with diahrrea so I fed him rice and hamburg and a 1/2 of a pepcid since the family that babysits hin has had this illness with their dogs in the last 2 weeks.   He is a schitzu and is 3 yrs old. He also has diahrrea with this.
Hi againCustomer

Thanks for the extra info regarding your young Shih Tzu. It definitely sounds as though he is not feeling very well and the fact he has been vomiting bile as probably indicates he probably has some abdominal discomfort as well.


There are quite a number of things that could be going on here from an acute gastroenteritis (from getting into the trash, or something he shouldn't have - or even from raw meat - particularly if it was chicken), a toxicity or something like an obstruction (partial or complete within his bowel) . If this has been going on all day and your dog has not had anything to eat or drink, then I would definitely encourage you to get your dog examined at your local Vet or emergency vet. It is much better being safe than sorry in these situations as there could be a myriad of things going on here and only a full Veterinary physical examination can help pinpoint the cause of the problem in order to instigate a treatment and of course set your mind at ease and give your Shih Tzu boy some comfort from todays events! if other dog's you know he has been around have had a similar problem then it is most likely he has an acute infectious gastroenteritis.

Whatever the case you will definitely need to visit your Vet in the morning - unless he seems absolutely symptomless. Please keep a close eye on your dog's mucus membranes, capillary refill time and respiratory rate tonight as follows:


Mucus membranes - flip his lip and look at the color of the gums. They should maintain a nice salmon pink color. Get your dog to the emergency Vet if they appeal 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 blanced 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.


Please get in touch with your Vet or emergency Vet if these symptoms are ongoing or if you are overly concerned about your dog's current state of health. Please keep in touch and let me know how you get on. In the meantime, continue with bland food only - chicken and rice and plenty of fresh water.


I hope this has been of help to you and do try and get some sleep tonight. If you can't sleep because you are worried - this is enough for me to tell you to visit your emergency vet now.


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Kind Regards,


Dr M D Edwards

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