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we gave our maltese a cooked bone which we brought home from a restaurant 2 days ago, waitress said it was simmering for 2 days , our dog nibbled on it a little bit and walked away , later that night she started throwing up , very listless not really eating anything except a little bit of her treats but she is drinking some water, dad diarrea this morning .what should we do?
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Hi there,

Thanks for your question regarding your Maltese girl who has had diarrhea and vomiting over night and this morning. I am currently typing up a response and will have something for you in the next 5 minutes.

Thank you for your patience.

Kind Regards,

Dr E

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Dog Veterinarian: Pet Doc, Dog Veterinarian replied 1 year ago

Hi again,

Thank you for your patience. There are a number of things that could be going on here with your Maltese girl overnight and this morning and we need to consider anything from an infectious gastroenteritis, to a toxicity (hopefully there isn't anything your girl could have gotten into), to intestinal worms or even a foreign body obstruction. Hopefully she wasn't able to chew and swallow any parts of this bone, as this could easily have caused an obstruction in your Maltese girl's case. You will definitely need to continue to keep a close eye on your Maltese girl, and if this vomiting continues, then you will need to get her seen by your local vet today if possible, or afterhour's vet if they are closed.

For now, make sure your girl has plenty of fresh water available and encourage her to drink. The biggest concern right now is that she could become dehydrated. If she won't drink or can't keep water down, then you are best to get her seen by your local vet today where they can start her on some intravenous (IV) fluids. You can with hold her food until later this afternoon now, and from then you can start her on a bland diet of cooked, boneless, skinless chicken breast and boiled white rice. Don't worry about getting her to eat this morning, but definitely encourage her to drink now and over night. If she isn't interested in drinking, then you could try making her up a fresh chicken broth. For this, just boil up some fresh chicken until cooked, scoop off the solids, allow the liquid to cool, then feed her this luke-warm broth.

For now, please keep an eye on her mucus membranes, capillary refill time and respiratory rate tonight as follows (do be careful that your girl doesn't try to bite you):

Mucus membranes - flip her lip and look at the color of her gums. They should maintain a nice salmon pink color. Get her to the vet if they appear white or very pale pink, or if they are a dark deep red color.

Capillary Refill time - this measures blood perfusion and test this by putting your thumb on her gum to apply pressure. After you release your thumb you will see the gum blanch. Capillary refill time is the amount of time it takes (in seconds) for the gum to return to a healthy pink color from the blanched white color. If 2 seconds or less don't worry - if it is taking significantly more time, again - off to the Vet.

Respiratory Rate - if she seems to be panting or breathing rapidly this morning, this is a sign of shock and or pain and a signal for a trip to the vet.

For now, you may also want to try her with a little pepcid. The typical dose for this type of situation is 0.25mg per pound of body weight up to twice daily. You can read more about the use of Pepcid in dogs online here: http://www.petplace.com/article/drug-library/library/over-the-counter/famotidine-pepcid

Best of luck with your girl and hopefully these symptoms settle in the next few hours. As above, if she can't keep water down, or if any of the parameters above don't seem right, then definitely play it safe and get her seen by your local ER vet this morning. If she settles down, but still has diarrhea tomorrow, then you will need to take a fresh sample in to your local vet to get it sent for a full fecal culture. I hope all of the above makes sense? If you have more questions or if I can help in any other way, please do not hesitate to ask! If you would like to accept my answer, please press RATE OUR CONVERSATION (I am not compensated in any other way). Bonuses are always welcome. Thanks! I hope to work with you again soon!

Kind Regards,

Dr E

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I'm just following up on our conversation about your pet. How is everything going?

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