Dog Veterinary

Ask a dog vet and get answers to your dog health questions

Ask a Dog Veterinarian,
Get an Answer ASAP!

Since the middle of April my elderly dog has been vomiting…

Customer Question
Since the middle of April...
Since the middle of April my elderly dog has been vomiting intermittedly. They thought it was pancreatitis and adviced to try Science Hill I/d food. She continued to vomit every 4-5 days and stopped eating the dry food. So I tried the wet food. She ate that for a little while and won't eat that at all. So then they tested for pancreatitis and said it was negative but gave her antibiotics anyway. They also advised a rice and boiled hamburger or boiled chicken meal. She stopped eating at all by Friday, except I did get her to eat a little chicken. Saturday I decided she was constipated and the vet gave her some stool softener. She puked again on Sunday morning and I did not feed her last night or this morning except her pills. When I went home at lunch she had puked up with pills. (Pills - she has some nerve damage in her spine and arthritis and is on tramadol and gabapentin and Dasaquin chews. Since she keeps throwing up those pills are not all in her system and her lameness is returning so that is a concern too.) I forgot, they did have me add a Pepcid to her pills too. In April they did blood tests to make sure the pills for her lameness were not affecting her and they said the blood test was fine. So I think I need another opinion on the vomiting and constipation. She is drinking water. Today she acted interested in food although I did not feed her. She seems alert and oriented. We don't know her age because she was adopted but probably around 12. She is a brown lab/cheseapeake bay retriever mix. Thanks!!!
Submitted: 2 years ago.Category: Dog Veterinary
Show More
Show Less
Ask Your Own Dog Veterinary Question
Answered in 7 hours by:
6/23/2015
Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian replied 2 years ago
Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian
Category: Dog Veterinary
Satisfied Customers: 34,224
Experience: University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 45 years of experience
Verified
I'm sorry that your question wasn't answered in a timely manner. When my patient demonstrates chronic gastrointestinal distress in the form of inappetence, vomiting and/or diarrhea yet diagnostics in the form of blood and urine tests reveal nothing untoward, I proceed to ultrasound my patient's abdomen. I'm particularly interested in the gastrointestinal tract itself and ultrasound is quite sensitive in detecting changes in the GI tract such as the inflammation associated with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and malignancies such as lymphoma and solid tumors such as gastrointestinal adenocarcinoma - all of which should be important considerations at Maggie's age. Alternatively, you might presumptively treat IBD with either prednisone, the antiinflammatory antibiotic metronidazole or both. You also have the option of scoping and biopsying her GI tract which should be definitive but I do understand how invasive that is for an elderly dog such as Maggie and costly for you. Dosing orally at this time sounds problematic, however, because of her vomiting and our not knowing if she can retain oral medications. In such cases, I'll dispense an antiemetic drug such as maropitant (Cerenia) temporarily in order to quiet down the vomiting reflex.A food intolerance is always a consideration and it can arise at any age and even after my patient has been eating the same food for some time. I wouldn't consider food intolerance as important as either IBD or malignancy, however, at her age. Food intolerance is addressed with presumptively hypoallergenic diets. I prefer the hydrolyzed protein diets available from her vet. Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.
Ask Your Own Dog Veterinary Question
Was this answer helpful?
Ask Dr. Michael Salkin Your Own Question
Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian
Category: Dog Veterinary
Satisfied Customers: 34,224
34,224 Satisfied Customers
Experience: University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 45 years of experience

Dr. Michael Salkin is online now

A new question is answered every 9 seconds

How JustAnswer works:

  • Ask an ExpertExperts are full of valuable knowledge and are ready to help with any question. Credentials confirmed by a Fortune 500 verification firm.
  • Get a Professional AnswerVia email, text message, or notification as you wait on our site. Ask follow up questions if you need to.
  • 100% Satisfaction GuaranteeRate the answer you receive.

JustAnswer in the News:

Ask-a-doc Web sites: If you've got a quick question, you can try to get an answer from sites that say they have various specialists on hand to give quick answers... Justanswer.com.
JustAnswer.com...has seen a spike since October in legal questions from readers about layoffs, unemployment and severance.
Web sites like justanswer.com/legal
...leave nothing to chance.
Traffic on JustAnswer rose 14 percent...and had nearly 400,000 page views in 30 days...inquiries related to stress, high blood pressure, drinking and heart pain jumped 33 percent.
Tory Johnson, GMA Workplace Contributor, discusses work-from-home jobs, such as JustAnswer in which verified Experts answer people’s questions.
I will tell you that...the things you have to go through to be an Expert are quite rigorous.

What Customers are Saying:

It was so professional, so personally concerned (as we were) and you answered all of our questions. George and I are so happy that I found "JustAnswer" on my Google search -- you are now in my "Favorites" list! And, yes we do love our kitty - she makes our life complete!

Bev & GeorgeBoca Raton, FL

Wonderful service, prompt, efficient, and accurate. Couldn't have asked for more. I cannot thank you enough for your help.

Mary C.Freshfield, Liverpool, UK

This expert is wonderful. They truly know what they are talking about, and they actually care about you. They really helped put my nerves at ease. Thank you so much!!!!

AlexLos Angeles, CA

Thank you for all your help. It is nice to know that this service is here for people like myself, who need answers fast and are not sure who to consult.

GPHesperia, CA

I couldn't be more satisfied! This is the site I will always come to when I need a second opinion.

JustinKernersville, NC

Just let me say that this encounter has been entirely professional and most helpful. I liked that I could ask additional questions and get answered in a very short turn around.

EstherWoodstock, NY

Thank you so much for taking your time and knowledge to support my concerns. Not only did you answer my questions, you even took it a step further with replying with more pertinent information I needed to know.

RobinElkton, Maryland

< Previous | Next >

Meet the Experts:

Dr. Debbie

Dr. Debbie

Dog Veterinarian

904 satisfied customers

Companion animal veterinarian practicing for over 10 years.

Dr. Andy

Dr. Andy

Medical Director

16,147 satisfied customers

UC Davis graduate, emphasis in dermatology, internal medicine, pain management

Dr Scott Nimmo

Dr Scott Nimmo

Dog Veterinarian

10,315 satisfied customers

BVMS, MRCVS. { Glasgow UK }

Dr. Gary

Dr. Gary

Dog Veterinarian

10,063 satisfied customers

DVM, Emergency Veterinarian, BS (Physiology)

Dr. Scott

Dr. Scott

Veterinarian

9,615 satisfied customers

15 years of small animal, equine and pocket pet medicine and surgery.

Dr. Bruce

Dr. Bruce

Veterinarian

9,533 satisfied customers

15 years of experience as a small animal veterinarian

Rebecca

Rebecca

Dog Veterinarian

8,299 satisfied customers

More than 30 years of companion animal practice.

< Previous | Next >

Related Dog Veterinary Questions
My 7 yo golden retriever has been diagnosed with lymphoma.
My 7 yo golden retriever has been diagnosed with lymphoma. She is currently has had her second chemo treatment. She is not doing well with this second treatment. Vomiting, diarrhea. We have given her … read more
Dr. Bruce
Dr. Bruce
Veterinarian
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
9,533 satisfied customers
He is limping on his back leg, not sure if it's arthritis or
He is limping on his back leg, not sure if it's arthritis or his leg is hurt? … read more
Dr. Gabby
Dr. Gabby
Veterinarian
Doctoral Degree
4,408 satisfied customers
14 year old dog with inflammatory bowel disease. Past three
14 year old dog with inflammatory bowel disease. Past three weeks on hypoallergenic food and 250 mg twice a day of metronidazole. Still has explosive diarrhea and this afternoon stomach noises started… read more
Scott Perry
Scott Perry
Veterinarian
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
2,680 satisfied customers
My dog has lymphoma and is undergoing thoe CHOP protocol.
my dog has lymphoma and is undergoing thoe CHOP protocol. today I noticed a little jelly-like blood in his stool. took him to the vet to check him out- bilirubin and amylase were normal, lipase was 41… read more
Dr. John
Dr. John
Veterinarian
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
5,053 satisfied customers
Yoda was diagnosed with diabetes and pancreatitis about a
Yoda was diagnosed with diabetes and pancreatitis about a month ago. He was about 18 lbs and gets insulin 2 times a day. The last few days he is crying and whining as if in pain about 20 minutes after… read more
Expert
Expert
Associate Veterinarian
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
1,009 satisfied customers
Our dog was diagnosed with lymphoma. The vet prescribed 20
our dog was diagnosed with lymphoma. The vet prescribed 20 mg of prednisone twice a day. He is a 13 year old 73 pound lab. We started the prednisone and 75 mg of Zantac on Wednesday. So today is day t… read more
Sean Egan
Sean Egan
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
550 satisfied customers
He has had pancreatitis. It seems to be under control.
He has had pancreatitis. It seems to be under control. Recent ultra sound sowed slight minerals action … read more
DocPaul
DocPaul
Doctoral Degree
713 satisfied customers
My Russel has pancreatitis. He was in the hospital for 4
My Jack Russel has pancreatitis. He was in the hospital for 4 days getting IV fluids. After bringing him home he did fine but a couple of days later his appetite fell it has fallen so low that he will… read more
DocPaul
DocPaul
Doctoral Degree
713 satisfied customers
He has a lymphoma tumor pushing on his colon, restricting,
He has a lymphoma tumor pushing on his colon, restricting, but not blocking it. He's trying to poop but can't. I know he is terminal, but is there anything I can do to help him defacate? … read more
Dr Scott Nimmo
Dr Scott Nimmo
Dog Veterinarian
10,315 satisfied customers
My dog was diagnosed with pancreatitis last week, and during
Hi. My dog was diagnosed with pancreatitis last week, and during the course of treatment, also began showing symptoms of IMHA. He is currently on azathioprine, prednisone, and two antibiotics. As of y… read more
Dr. Kara
Dr. Kara
Doctoral Degree
5,407 satisfied customers
Is cheese a couse of pancreatitis in dogs? It is a
It is a conversation we (dog people) had at the off leash today. One person said that a dog should never be given cheese as it cuases pancreatitis. Most of us have never heard of this although I know that a high fat diet /low carb diet can cause it. Most cheeses (particularly many processed Cheddar) is very high fat so that may be where the idea comes from. … read more
Dr. Deb
Dr. Deb
Associate Veterinarian
Doctoral Degree
568 satisfied customers
Our 14yo schnoodle keeps having pancreatitis attacks, is
our 14yo schnoodle keeps having pancreatitis attacks, is there an enzyme we can feed her to lessen the condition? … read more
divealot1
divealot1
DVM
8 satisfied customers
What is the difference between EPI and Pancreatitis?
Customer's Question: Can you tell me the difference between EPI and pancreatitis? I have a 10-year-old dog. He has been diagnosed with pancreatitis, the first of February with two visits to the vet. H… read more
Scott Perry
Scott Perry
Veterinarian
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
2,680 satisfied customers
He has had lameness in one leg for 2-3 weeks, and the vet
He has had lameness in one leg for 2-3 weeks, and the vet did not see any obvious cause. Today he started having lameness in the other hind leg, too. There is no known injury. I am hoping there is a s… read more
Dr. Stacy
Dr. Stacy
Veterinarian
Doctoral Degree
650 satisfied customers
Well, she started some steroids for the lymphoma she was
Well, she started some steroids for the lymphoma she was diagnosed and was wondering if once on the maintenance dosage, will she not pee as much? … read more
DocPaul
DocPaul
Doctoral Degree
713 satisfied customers
My 15 year old Labradoodle has inflammatory bowel disease
My 15 year old Labradoodle has inflammatory bowel disease for over a ;year and now I am feeling bony type growths on her ribs. She has continues to lose weight over the past year but otherwise, acts f… read more
Dr. Meghan Denney
Dr. Meghan Denney
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine
1,983 satisfied customers
Lymphoma. She has lymphoma and she cannot breathe tonight
She has lymphoma and she cannot breathe tonight I'm planning on doing chemo but I need to give her something tonight and I have dexamethasone 2 milligram tablets she weighs 40 pounds … read more
Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin
Veterinarian
34,224 satisfied customers
Diagnosed this week with Lymphoma. My dog has arthritis in
diagnosed this week with Lymphoma. My dog has arthritis in her hips and has been on Carprofen and tramodol for years to control pain. Oncologist pulled her off of Carprofen and switched her to Gabapen… read more
Dr. B.
Dr. B.
Veterinary Degree (BVMS)
3,478 satisfied customers
Disclaimer: Information in questions, answers, and other posts on this site ("Posts") comes from individual users, not JustAnswer; JustAnswer is not responsible for Posts. Posts are for general information, are not intended to substitute for informed professional advice (medical, legal, veterinary, financial, etc.), or to establish a professional-client relationship. The site and services are provided "as is" with no warranty or representations by JustAnswer regarding the qualifications of Experts. To see what credentials have been verified by a third-party service, please click on the "Verified" symbol in some Experts' profiles. JustAnswer is not intended or designed for EMERGENCY questions which should be directed immediately by telephone or in-person to qualified professionals.

Disclaimer: Information in questions, answers, and other posts on this site ("Posts") comes from individual users, not JustAnswer; JustAnswer is not responsible for Posts. Posts are for general information, are not intended to substitute for informed professional advice (medical, legal, veterinary, financial, etc.), or to establish a professional-client relationship. The site and services are provided "as is" with no warranty or representations by JustAnswer regarding the qualifications of Experts. To see what credentials have been verified by a third-party service, please click on the "Verified" symbol in some Experts' profiles. JustAnswer is not intended or designed for EMERGENCY questions which should be directed immediately by telephone or in-person to qualified professionals.

Show MoreShow Less

Ask Your Question

x