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My Shepard is vomiting clear mucus several times this

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Customer: My Shepard is vomiting clear mucus several times this evening.
JA: Thanks. Can you give me any more details about your issue?
Customer: It started 3 1/2 hours ago and he wretches and gags and the amount of clear mucus has been increasing. He appears to settle for a while and then it starts up again.
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Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
The dog does not have a rigid stomach and hasn't eaten any food other than his usual food from the vet. He is 2yrs old and otherwise healthy.
Expert:  DrMelJ replied 1 year ago.

Hi there. Thanks for the question. Let me see if I can help. In your description you said your dog is a shepherd.... If this means a German shepherd or German shepherd cross, then I am very concerned that your dog may be showing signs of bloat or gastric dilation and volvulus. This condition is common in young active deep chested dog breeds like shepherds, Great Danes, dobermans, Labradors, etc. this is a very serious and potentially fatal condition. I would highly recommend that you get your dog to a vet immediately for an exam to determine if this is the cause for his retching and vomiting of mucus/saliva. There is nothing you can do at home to help. Other possible causes include ingestion of a foreign body or pancreatitis. I hope this helps. Best of luck.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
The vomit has turned fo***** *****.
Expert:  DrMelJ replied 1 year ago.

Yes that still fits with bloat or GDV. It's really just the dog vomiting up foamy saliva that they are producing but can swallow down to their stomach because the stomach is bloated or twisted and so the saliva can not enter it. This is seriousl. You need to go to an emergency vet right now.

Expert:  DrMelJ replied 1 year ago.
I'm just following up on our conversation about your pet. How is everything going?
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
We had him checked out by the vet on Emerg duty, there was no bloat. He gave us something to settle his stomach, and he has been fine since then.
Expert:  DrMelJ replied 1 year ago.

I am so glad to hear that things turned out ok. Over the Internet it's hard to tell what's going on obviously. We have to base our recommendation on any possible scenario that could fit the clinical signs that you describe. It obviously would be a must worse scenario to tell you Things will be ok and then have your dog get seriously ill. Please remember to rate my response if you found our chat helpful. Take care.