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My daughter and her friend were carving a pumpkin outside

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My daughter and her friend were carving a pumpkin outside and our dog ( we tear old Bichon) nay have consumed some seeds or pumpkin guts. She us not vomiting or anything but is crying and whining a lot. I put her outside as I thought she needed to go do her duty - which she quickly went outside. I have been petting her in my lap for almost an hour and she falls asleep and then wakes up crying again?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Altman replied 1 year ago.

Welcome to Justanswer! I am Dr. Altman and happy to assist you both today!

I am sorry to hear Holly is not feeling well. Pumpkin is not toxic to dogs and can actually help bulk up stools but when eaten raw on occasion can cause loose stools as well.

She maybe having some intestinal cramping as a result of the ingestion so things to do for her:
- Pepcid (famotidine) 0.25 mg/ pound every 12 hours for a few days
- Get her out on a leash walk, not just in the backyard but a 10+ minute walk that stimulates gi motility, reduces cramping and nausea
- No further food tonight and please limit water so she doesn't ingest a large quantity which can be deleterious and cause her to start having vomiting episodes...

Recommend veterinary er if these symptoms are seen:

- Gums are pale, yellow, brick red and sticky indicating dehydration
- Vomiting or diarrhea with blood in it
- Increased lethargy or difficulty getting comfortable
- Swollen abdomen
- Respiratory rate > 60 while at rest
- Temperature rectally <99 or >103.5
- No interest in food for 24+ hours
- No urination for 12+ hours
- Trembling without resolution for more than an hour
- Productive coughing
- Taking a "play bow" or what looks like a downward dog position which is abdominal distress

I hope this information makes sense but please let me know how else I can assist you both today. I am online another 30 minutes to answer any further questions

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Expert:  Dr. Altman replied 1 year ago.

I am glad to see you were able to view my responses earlier. How is Holly doing since you asked your question yesterday? I would love an update!

Please let me know if I can be of any further assistance to you both today!

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