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My 14 lb JRT was pulling up lame intermittently this weekend

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My 14 lb JRT was pulling up lame intermittently this weekend . He is 2 1/2 years old, healthy, on no medications. I fed him yesterday at 0730. At 1230 I gave him 1/2 a 81mg baby aspirin with some wet food. At around 1930 on our walk he stopped and had a tiny emesis. He ate a good supper around 2000. At 2300 he vomited. Since then, around every 2 hours he starts to link kanji slips
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Customer: lick his lips and wretch. He just had another small emesis of undogested food around 0345. Nothing bloody.
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Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. B. replied 1 year ago.
Hello & welcome, I am Dr. B, a licensed veterinarian and I would like to help you with your wee one today. Based on his signs, it does sound like the Aspirin has not agreed with him. Often we can see nausea, appetite loss, vomiting, and even stomach ulcers with this. So, in your lad's case, we'd need to stop the Aspirin (he may even need gut safe pain relief from his vet if he is still lame) urgently. As well, if he can at least keep a bit of water down, we can try him with an OTC antacid. Common OTC pet safe options would be Pepcid (More Info/Dose @http://www.petplace.com/article/drug-library/library/over-the-counter/famotidine-pepcid), Zantac (More Info/Dose @ http://www.petplace.com/article/drug-library/library/over-the-counter/ranitidine-hcl-zantac), or Tagamet (More Info/Dose Here @ http://www.petplace.com/article/drug-library/library/over-the-counter/cimetidine-hcl-tagamet). Whichever you choose, we’d give this 20 minutes before offering food to allow absorption. Of course, do double check with your vet if he has a known health issues or is on any medications you haven't mentioned. Though if you give this and he cannot keep it down due to nausea that is usually a red flag that we need to bypass his mouth with injectable anti-vomiting medication +/- gastroprotectants from his vet.Though if he can we can then follow this with a light/easily digestible diet. Examples you can use are cooked white rice with boiled chicken, boiled white fish, cottage cheese, or scrambled eggs (made with water and not milk). The aim of these diets is that they will be better tolerated/absorbed by the compromised gut. Therefore, it should get more nutrients in and result in less GI upset. And this can be fed in small meals to just help counter the effect of the Aspirin on the stomach and give the stomach acid something to chew on besides his stomach.Overall, considering your lad's recent history, the Aspirin is our most likely culprit here. Therefore, we'd want to stop treating with it now and protect his stomach and reduce nausea with an antacid. If he settles we are happy. Though if the vomiting continues, he shows belly pain, black stools, or coffee ground like vomit; then we may need to have him checked by his vet since a stomach ulcer would be a concern here. Please take care,Dr. B. -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------If you have any other questions, please ask me – I’ll be happy to respond. **Please rate my service afterwards, as this is the only way I am credited for helping you today. Thank you! : )