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My 4.5 bl chihuahua was vomiting several times last night. I

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My 4.5 bl chihuahua was vomiting several times last night. I am concerned that he may have eaten something bad on the floor. What should I do?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Peter replied 1 year ago.

Welcome! Thanks for asking your question. My name is***** am a licensed veterinarian and I will be assisting you today. First I need to ask you a few questions so that I can be well informed and give you the best advice.

1- Do you know what he ate off the floor?

2- How is he doing now?

3- How many hours since he last vomited?

4- What was in the vomit?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
I don't know what he ate. He looks ok. 2 hours. Food and water.
Expert:  Dr. Peter replied 1 year ago.

1- Any other symptoms?

2- Any pre existing medical conditions?

3- How many times has he vomited?

4- Did he ever vomit without food in it?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
No. No. 4 times. No.
Expert:  Dr. Peter replied 1 year ago.

Please give me a few minutes to type your answer. Thank you.

Expert:  Dr. Peter replied 1 year ago.

Friend, when we see vomiting of undigested food it is called "regurgitation" as the food has not been digested. Possible causes could be esophagus disorders (megaesophagus, strictures, parasites), gastritis, ingestion of a foreign body or even part of a systemic disease.

I am going to make some recommendations below, if he continues to regurgitate the next step would be a hands on examination with family veterinarian and xrays as initial screening test. This is what I would try:

1- Do not give things like Pepto Bismol or imodium.

2- No food or water for 8-12 hours. Need to give his gastrointestinal tract time to rest.

3- After 8-12 hours offer a small amount of water. Wait half hour, if no regurgitation, offer small amount of rice (50%) and boiled boneless chicken or ground beef (50%) 4-6 times a day. Keep on this diet for several days then wean into regular diet.

4- If he continues to vomit after doing the above he will need to be seen by your family veterinarian for a hands on examination and xrays.

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