Dog Veterinary

Ask a Dog Vet and Get Answers to Your Dog Health Questions

Ask a Dog Veterinarian,
Get an Answer ASAP!

Dog Veterinary

He's been vomiting allnight, panting heavy and drinking a

Customer Question
lot of water JA: I'm sorry...
He's been vomiting allnight, panting heavy and drinking a lot of water
JA: I'm sorry to hear that. Hopefully it didn't make a mess. Did the dog eat anything unusual?
Customer: No
JA: OK. The Veterinarian will know what to do. What is the dog's name and age?
Customer: Shelby, 12
JA: Is there anything else the Veterinarian should be aware of about shelby?
Customer: He is being treated for thyroid problems and his hips are bad.
Submitted: 1 year ago.Category: Dog Veterinary
Show More
Show Less
Ask Your Own Dog Veterinary Question
Answered in 6 minutes by:
8/11/2016
Dog Veterinarian: Dr. B., Veterinarian replied 1 year ago
Dr. B.
Dr. B., Veterinarian
Category: Dog Veterinary
Satisfied Customers: 21,664
Experience: Hello, I am a small animal veterinarian and am happy to discuss any concerns & questions you have on any species.
Verified

­­Hello & welcome. I am Dr. B, a licensed veterinarian and I would like to help you with your wee one today.

What did her vomit look like?

Can Shelby keep the water down?

Are her gums pink or pale/white?

If you press on her stomach, any belly tenderness, soreness, tensing or pain?

Any chance she has eaten something harmful (ie plants, bones, non-edible items, drugs/medications)?

Ask Your Own Dog Veterinary Question
Customer reply replied 1 year ago
I woke up about 4 am and there were several spots. I assume the first was when he threw up his dinner, then several spots, mostly a clear yellowish color, like he does after eating grass. He's always been a puker though. He is panting real heavy. Kind of goes through bouts of panting heavy, then normal then again, every 10 seconds or so. He can hardly walk. He's on Thyroxine for thyroid and just finished a small course of Previcol for his hips. Water is staying down, gums look fine. He doesn't seem to be in pain when I press on stomach. He may have eaten something, but that is unlike him.
Dog Veterinarian: Dr. B., Veterinarian replied 1 year ago

Thank you,

First, I am glad to hear that Shelby has normal gums, no belly pain and isn't likely to have ingested something harmful. Now those pink gums rule out severe internal bleeds but also tell us that despite the panting we have normal oxygen uptake. So, we'd assume the panting is due to discomfort (possibly from his joints or his gut/throat from the vomiting) instead of respiratory distress.

With that in mind and considering all his signs,we'd be most wary of a severe bacterial or viral gastroenteritis, possible stomach ulcer from the recent Previcox, pancreatitis, parasites/protozoa infections,or general dietary indiscretion. Of course, at his age we can also see GI signs related to organs issues, IBD and cancer (usually GI based). So, we do need to tread with care with him.

Now as long as he can keep water down, we can try some home supportive care to try to settle his stomach. To start, if he hasn’t just vomited (since otherwise we’d need to rest the stomach for a few hours first), you can consider treating with an OTC pet safe antacid like Pepcid (More Info/Dose @http://www.petplace.com/article/drug-library/library/over-the-counter/famotidine-pepcid), or Zantac (More Info/Dose @ http://www.petplace.com/article/drug-library/library/over-the-counter/ranitidine-hcl-zantac). 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. Also 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 from his vet.

Once he is more settled, you can plan to try small meals of a light/easily digestible diet. Examples you can use are cooked white rice with boiled chicken, boiled white fish, or scrambled eggs, or meat baby food (garlic/onion free only) There are also OTC vet diets (ie Hill’s I/D or Royal Canin’s sensitivity) that can be used too. 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. As long as improvement is being seen, I usually advise continuing this until the signs are settled, and then weaning slowly back to what you normally feed.

Since dehydration is a risk for vomiting in older dogs, we need to keep an eye on his hydration. To check this and make sure dehydration isn’t an issue, there are a few parameters you can test. Further to checking for gum moisture, you will want to make sure his eyes are not looking sunken and that he doesn’t have a "skin tent" when you lift the skin. To see how to check these, you can find a good video HERE (http://www.ehow.com/video_12232503_dog-dehydrated.html). If you do see any of these signs already, then that would be our cue to have him seen before this becomes an additional issue (especially since its often dehydration that makes them feel unwell).

Overall, a wide range of agents could trigger the signs we are seeing and if he is panting in discomfort then we do need to tread with care. Therefore, we’d want to start supportive care to try to settle his stomach. Though if he cannot keep that or water down at any point, appears dehydrated already, or doesn’t respond to the above within a few hours (since we don't want him so unsettled); then we'd want to get his vet involved. They can assess his hydration, rule out fever, ensure there are no sinister lumps/bumps in his stomach that shouldn't be, or any sinister viruses present. Depending on their findings, his vet can treat with injectable anti-nausea medication, gsatroprotectants, gut safe pain relief, +/- antibiotics to settle his stomach and get him back feeling like himself.

Please take care,

Dr. B.

-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

If you have any other questions, please ask me – I’ll be happy to respond. **Afterwards, I would be grateful if you would rate my service by clicking on the "Rate my Expert' button at the top of the page as this is the only way I am credited for helping you. Thank you for your feedback!: )

Ask Your Own Dog Veterinary Question
Ask Dr. B. Your Own Question
Dr. B.
Dr. B.
Dr. B., Veterinarian
Category: Dog Veterinary
Satisfied Customers: 21,664
21,664 Satisfied Customers
Experience: Hello, I am a small animal veterinarian and am happy to discuss any concerns & questions you have on any species.

Dr. B. is online now

A new question is answered every 9 seconds

How JustAnswer works:

  • Ask an ExpertExperts are full of valuable knowledge and are ready to help with any question. Credentials confirmed by a Fortune 500 verification firm.
  • Get a Professional AnswerVia email, text message, or notification as you wait on our site. Ask follow up questions if you need to.
  • 100% Satisfaction GuaranteeRate the answer you receive.

JustAnswer in the News:

Ask-a-doc Web sites: If you've got a quick question, you can try to get an answer from sites that say they have various specialists on hand to give quick answers... Justanswer.com.
JustAnswer.com...has seen a spike since October in legal questions from readers about layoffs, unemployment and severance.
Web sites like justanswer.com/legal
...leave nothing to chance.
Traffic on JustAnswer rose 14 percent...and had nearly 400,000 page views in 30 days...inquiries related to stress, high blood pressure, drinking and heart pain jumped 33 percent.
Tory Johnson, GMA Workplace Contributor, discusses work-from-home jobs, such as JustAnswer in which verified Experts answer people’s questions.
I will tell you that...the things you have to go through to be an Expert are quite rigorous.

What Customers are Saying:

It was so professional, so personally concerned (as we were) and you answered all of our questions. George and I are so happy that I found "JustAnswer" on my Google search -- you are now in my "Favorites" list! And, yes we do love our kitty - she makes our life complete!

Bev & GeorgeBoca Raton, FL

Wonderful service, prompt, efficient, and accurate. Couldn't have asked for more. I cannot thank you enough for your help.

Mary C.Freshfield, Liverpool, UK

This expert is wonderful. They truly know what they are talking about, and they actually care about you. They really helped put my nerves at ease. Thank you so much!!!!

AlexLos Angeles, CA

Thank you for all your help. It is nice to know that this service is here for people like myself, who need answers fast and are not sure who to consult.

GPHesperia, CA

I couldn't be more satisfied! This is the site I will always come to when I need a second opinion.

JustinKernersville, NC

Just let me say that this encounter has been entirely professional and most helpful. I liked that I could ask additional questions and get answered in a very short turn around.

EstherWoodstock, NY

Thank you so much for taking your time and knowledge to support my concerns. Not only did you answer my questions, you even took it a step further with replying with more pertinent information I needed to know.

RobinElkton, Maryland

< Previous | Next >

Meet the Experts:

Dr. Debbie

Dr. Debbie

Dog Veterinarian

902 satisfied customers

Companion animal veterinarian practicing for over 10 years.

Dr. Andy

Dr. Andy

Medical Director

16,087 satisfied customers

UC Davis graduate, emphasis in dermatology, internal medicine, pain management

Dr. Gary

Dr. Gary

Dog Veterinarian

9,949 satisfied customers

DVM, Emergency Veterinarian, BS (Physiology)

Dr Scott Nimmo

Dr Scott Nimmo

Dog Veterinarian

9,704 satisfied customers

BVMS, MRCVS. { Glasgow UK }

Dr. Scott

Dr. Scott

Veterinarian

9,615 satisfied customers

15 years of small animal, equine and pocket pet medicine and surgery.

Dr. Bruce

Dr. Bruce

Veterinarian

8,945 satisfied customers

15 years of experience as a small animal veterinarian

Rebecca

Rebecca

Dog Veterinarian

7,442 satisfied customers

More than 30 years of companion animal practice.

< Previous | Next >

Related Dog Veterinary Questions
My dog got ahold of a small whole chicken bone and swallowed
Hello my dog got ahold of a small whole chicken bone and swallowed it. I do not believe he chewed it up before swallowing. Should I be worried? He doesn't seem to be in pain. … read more
Dr. Deb
Dr. Deb
Associate Veterinarian
Doctoral Degree
556 satisfied customers
She ate a cooked chicken bone a few days ago, displays no
She ate a cooked chicken bone a few days ago, displays no symptoms other than a small amount of blood in her stool today. Should I continue to keep an eye on her or take her into the vet immediately? … read more
Dr. Bruce
Dr. Bruce
Veterinarian
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
8,945 satisfied customers
Older russel ate chicken bones and is extremly sick, can't
older jack russel ate chicken bones and is extremly sick, can't stand. … read more
Pet Doc
Pet Doc
Senior Small Animal Veterinarian
BVSc
2,782 satisfied customers
My dog ate 10 chicken bone wings yesterday from the trash.
My dog ate 10 chicken bone wings yesterday from the trash. When I got home last night he pooped twice and there were shards of bone in the poop. This morning I took him out and he pooped 3 times and t… read more
Dr. Altman
Dr. Altman
Veterinarian
Doctoral Degree
9 satisfied customers
He just swallowed a 5" cooked chicken bone. He's a 36 lb.
He just swallowed a 5 " cooked chicken bone. He's a 36 lb. Australian Shepherd.... … read more
Dr. Peter
Dr. Peter
Doctors Degree
14,316 satisfied customers
What is the dosage of previcox for a 70lb Senior pit with
What is the dosage of previcox for a 70lb Senior pit bull with arthritis? I know it says 2.27mg per lb. but the tablets I have just say 227. help please … read more
Dr. Sara
Dr. Sara
Small animal practicioner
Doctoral Degree
93 satisfied customers
I am currently using previcox to treat my dog's prostate and
I am currently using previcox to treat my dog's prostate and bladder cancer and he is having a second bout with colitis. I had great success treating him with metronidazole the first time around and a… read more
Dr. Gabby
Dr. Gabby
Veterinarian
Doctoral Degree
4,408 satisfied customers
He got into my trash and ate a piece of chicken bone. Today
He got into my trash and ate a piece of chicken bone. Today is 2 days later, and he is crying and sitting on his behind like it hurts. I looked at his rectum area it seems a little red, he is neutered… read more
Dr. Bruce
Dr. Bruce
Veterinarian
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
8,945 satisfied customers
My dog just ate half a small chicken bone. She is a small
My dog just ate half a small chicken bone. She is a small dog. Not sure how well she chewed it up. Heard the bones can splinter and tare their insides, is there something we should do or watch for?… read more
Dr. Altman
Dr. Altman
Veterinarian
Doctoral Degree
9 satisfied customers
My dog ate chicken bones. And is real sick and hasnt ate or
my dog ate chicken bones. And is real sick and hasnt ate or drank since monday what shoukd i do … read more
Dr. Peter
Dr. Peter
Doctors Degree
14,316 satisfied customers
Is it ok to be on previcox and metronidazole at the same
Is it ok to be on previcox and metronidazole at the same time. … read more
Amber Hinson
Amber Hinson
Veterinarian
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
46 satisfied customers
After eating some chicken with bones she has some diarrhea
After eating some chicken with bones she has some diarrhea (loose stool) and seems to be straining to defecate. … read more
Dr. B.
Dr. B.
Veterinarian
21,664 satisfied customers
Mu dog found chicken bones in a constrution site and ate it
Mu dog found chicken bones in a constrution site and ate it 2 days ago. Took him to the vet imediatly, r xay showed no bones, but he throw up a lot of bones fragments. After that (2 nights ago) didn't… read more
Dr. Deb
Dr. Deb
Associate Veterinarian
Doctoral Degree
556 satisfied customers
I believe that my dog has eaten a chicken bone or a piece of
Hi there, I believe that my dog has eaten a chicken bone or a piece of it. As we were out for a walk today, she was sniffing the grass as usual and before I knew it I realized she was chewing on somet… read more
Dr Scott Nimmo
Dr Scott Nimmo
Dog Veterinarian
9,704 satisfied customers
My 7 year Komondor was prescribed gabapentin and Previcox
My 7 year Komondor was prescribed gabapentin and Previcox after he hurt his hip while running after a rabbit. He was on prednisone previously. Today I gave him gabapentin and prednisone by accident. I… read more
Dr. Deb
Dr. Deb
Associate Veterinarian
Doctoral Degree
556 satisfied customers
My dog has pancreatitis and got a hold of a Lamb bone
Hello My dog has pancreatitis and got a hold of a Lamb bone yesterday now she has terrible diarrhea with blood in her stool … read more
Dr. Peter
Dr. Peter
Doctors Degree
14,316 satisfied customers
My 11.6 lb yorkie ate a bunch of cooked chicken wing bones.
My 11.6 lb yorkie ate a bunch of cooked chicken wing bones. … read more
Jane Lefler
Jane Lefler
Dog Behaviorist/Trainer/Breeder/Health
3.75 GPA 36cr. Multiple Tech traini
0 satisfied customers
My German Shepherd ate two chicken wing bones - the side of
My German Shepherd ate two chicken wing bones - the side of the bone with the two small bones. So that is 4 small bones. I was not in the room. From the next room I did not hear bones cracking. I hope… read more
Dr Scott Nimmo
Dr Scott Nimmo
Dog Veterinarian
9,704 satisfied customers
Disclaimer: Information in questions, answers, and other posts on this site ("Posts") comes from individual users, not JustAnswer; JustAnswer is not responsible for Posts. Posts are for general information, are not intended to substitute for informed professional advice (medical, legal, veterinary, financial, etc.), or to establish a professional-client relationship. The site and services are provided "as is" with no warranty or representations by JustAnswer regarding the qualifications of Experts. To see what credentials have been verified by a third-party service, please click on the "Verified" symbol in some Experts' profiles. JustAnswer is not intended or designed for EMERGENCY questions which should be directed immediately by telephone or in-person to qualified professionals.

Disclaimer: Information in questions, answers, and other posts on this site ("Posts") comes from individual users, not JustAnswer; JustAnswer is not responsible for Posts. Posts are for general information, are not intended to substitute for informed professional advice (medical, legal, veterinary, financial, etc.), or to establish a professional-client relationship. The site and services are provided "as is" with no warranty or representations by JustAnswer regarding the qualifications of Experts. To see what credentials have been verified by a third-party service, please click on the "Verified" symbol in some Experts' profiles. JustAnswer is not intended or designed for EMERGENCY questions which should be directed immediately by telephone or in-person to qualified professionals.

Show MoreShow Less

Ask Your Question

x