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She started vomiting three days ago, followed by diarrhea.

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she started vomiting three days ago, followed by diarrhea. vomiting stopped, but continues to have diarrhea, very foul smelling and stomach is starting to get distended
JA: I'm sorry to hear that. Hopefully it didn't make a mess. Did the dog eat anything unusual?
Customer: She's a Staffordshire Bull Terrier (3 years old) and it's almost impossible to keep her from eating whatever she finds, especially outside. The only thing I can think that might have triggered this is she got into a tube of hydrocortisone creme. But we also just moved to this area and there are many cats that neighbors let out. I try to clean up the cat droppings as much as I can, but I know she tries to eat that too if she can get to it on her lead
JA: What is the Staffordshire bull terrier's name?
Customer: Velvet
JA: Is there anything else the Veterinarian should be aware of about Velvet?
Customer: She is not spayed. Her behavior is always sweet and happy, even now. But she is laying in her cage more than usual. She is drinking water, but not eating much. Our old vet told us to give her a little wheat bread, which she did eat and didn't throw up.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. John replied 1 year ago.

Hello. Thanks for writing in. My name is***** and I would be happy to help you. I am not set up to do phone calls but would be happy to answer any questions you do have online. If you get a request for a phone call, it is from the website and not myself. Chances are that this is not from eating any of the hydrocortisone cream. While it may cause gastrointestinal upset, this would be excessive. My concern is that there is something more serious going on. The distended stomach should raise concerns about potential fluid buildup in the abdominal cavity. That can occur due to protein loss through the GI tract from chronic or severe diarrhea but liver problems, kidney problems and right sided heart problems should also raise concerns. The may be a severe enough pancreatitis to cause fluid buildup as well. A bloated stomach, a mass in the abdomen (less likely with her age) and a gastrointestinal foreign body should also be a concern. At this point, there isn't much you can help her with at home. Giving her canned pumpkin for increased fiber intake would be the safest thing, but this is probably beyond that. I would recommend getting her to your vet today to get evaluated. Please let me know if you have any other questions or concerns. Hope this helps.

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