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Dr. Gary, Dog Veterinarian
Category: Dog Veterinary
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Experience:  DVM, Emergency Veterinarian, BS (Physiology)
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He is breathing really fast rapid heartbeat and having trouble

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He is breathing really fast rapid heartbeat and having trouble throwing up
JA: I'm sorry to hear that. Hopefully it didn't make a mess. Did the dog eat anything unusual?
Customer: He may have ate some hot wing chicken bones
JA: What is the dog's name and age?
Customer: Tippy & age 11
JA: Is there anything else important you think the Veterinarian should know about Tippy?
Customer: He has a small heart murmur
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Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Gary replied 1 year ago.

Hello. Thanks for the question.

It sounds like the vomiting is most likely due to the chicken bones. These can cause irritation of the stomach and intestine. Most of the time they will get digested in the stomach acid and pass normally. It is possible for them to get stuck or perforate the bowel. I like to shoot x-rays and make sure they are digesting down enough to pass.

While waiting for them to pass, I like to give them anti-nausea meds and extra fluid by way of sub Q fluids under the skin. If the x-rays show an obstruction or perforation, then surgery will be needed to remove them. You can get the x-rays when your vet opens in the morning.

I hope this helps, let me know if you have any other questions.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
I have to stay up all night and watch what happens next, he looks like he's suffering
Expert:  Dr. Gary replied 1 year ago.

If he's that bad, I would just go to an ER vet and see if they can start treating right away.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
He's trying to throw up but can't, a lot of hacking
Expert:  Dr. Gary replied 1 year ago.

He sounds pretty nauseous. Some anti-nausea meds like Cerenia or Anzemet should help that a lot.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
I can't afford a vet, I don't know what to do.
Expert:  Dr. Gary replied 1 year ago.

In that case, you could go get a couple meds over the counter that can help:

1. Meclizine- you can give 25 mg once daily to help with nausea

2. Pepto Bismol- you can give 1 teaspoon 2-3 times daily to help coat the stomach and protect against ulcers.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Too late, he died
Expert:  Dr. Gary replied 1 year ago.

I'm sorry to hear that. I wish there was more we could have done to help.