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Is she coughing until she is vomiting or wretching then vomiting this material?
Did Jessica have her first vaccination series at 8 weeks old?
At this point, I would take away her food for the remaining evening and reintroduce small frequent meals in the morning (one teaspoon orally hourly then increase the amount while reducing the frequency)
If she vomits again, remove the food for an additional 12 hours then try again
If she continues to vomit then I would strongly advise seeking a veterinary clinic open in order to have her seen
With puppies of her size at this age they can go downhill very quickly and it would be better to get a diagnosis and treatment before she shows any other signs of illness
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Thanks very much. She is just playing and all of a sudden will start heaving and throw up a tiny amount of foamy fluid twice or three times in a row, then go back to playing. She doesn't seem interested in her food at all though.
Is she licking her lips, increased salivation, or have a gurgling stomach?
Also yes, she has had all her shots and was wormed
Great, thank you
She has a gurgling stomach but is not really licking her lips more than normal.
OK, when was the last time she ate and held that food down?
This morning I think, although I left her kibble out all day. She had a normal bowel movement this morning also and then some diarrhea this afternoon on our walk. She then threw up twice between about noon and 9 pm and had a loose stool. She has been sort of playing with her kibble but also eating bark before I caught her and put her in the house.
and also grass
Yes, those are signs of nausea
I would be concerned with a puppy of her age to continue down this path another 36 hours until your veterinary clinic opens again
Is she holding down water?
I think so although I haven't seen her drink any water. She is sleeping now. Should I take her to the emergency vet tomorrow morning?
Yes, if you try feeding her as I directed above (you can use white rice and boiled chicken, 1 teaspoon hourly in the morning) and she continues to vomit I would advise taking her in along with a fresh fecal sample
Oh my gosh she is going to love that.
If you have any pepcid (famotidine) you can also give her 1/8 of a 10 mg tablet about 20 minutes before trial feeding
So feeding 1 teaspoon hourly for a few hours if she is holding it down then slowly increase the quantity while reducing the frequency
If she vomits again, discontinue and please seek a veterinary clinic that is oen
Can I use chicken broth?
Preferably not, this is much more acidic and salty
The chicken and rice is very very bland
You can use boiled beef
Okay -- I need to get Pepcid at the store so will get the chicken then. Is there anything I can do to make sure she is hydrated?
You can also purchase some pedialyte
But if you are offering her the pedialyte and she begins to vomit this as well then it would be best to seek the veterinarian sooner rather then later
Also, I used to have these problems with my adult Shih Tzu -- she did the same thing -- and I usually nipped it in the bud by giving her a tiny taste of yogurt. Will this work with my puppy?
I would not give her anything but liquids this evening
Okay -- what is pedialyte? baby formula?
Okay so just water tonight and the chicken and boiled rice tomorrow morning
Yes, pedialyte is a baby water that has an electrolyte balance in it
after the pepcid. okay i think I understand. Water tonight. Tomorrow morning 1/8 tablet of pepcid before feeding (about a half hour?) then one teaspoon hourly of the chicken and rice. If she vomits again, take her to the vet.
So just a teaspoon at a time of the pedialyte tonight
How do I get her to drink it?
You can get a syringe in the child section as well
Or use a bulb syringe as well
I like a syringe as you know exactly how much you are giving and easiest to administer
Oh so just dribble it down her throat. She is pretty lively so that will be interesting.
Along where her lips meet...dripping will stimulate licking/ swallowing
So near the cheek
Oh I see. And if she throws up the pedialyte tonight -- not sure there is a 24 hour emergency vet in my town. Am I okay until tomorrow morning?
Yes you should be fine until tomorrow
Okay thank you very much -- you have been really helpful. Have a great night.
You as well
Good luck this evening and tomorrow