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My dog won't eat and he is foaming at the mouth and keeps

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My dog won't eat and he is foaming at the mouth and keeps drinking water also he has thrown up a couple times
JA: I'm sorry to hear that. Hopefully it didn't make a mess. Did your dog eat anything unusual?
Customer: Not that I know of
JA: OK. The Veterinarian will know what to do. What is the dog's name and age?
Customer: Diesel and he's is 4 yrs old
JA: Is there anything else the Veterinarian should be aware of about Diesel?
Customer: He loves to eat and he's 120 lb rottie
Submitted: 10 months ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Peter replied 10 months ago.

Hi, I'm Dr. Peter. Welcome to JustAnswer. I'm reviewing your question now, and will post back with your reply ASAP.

Expert:  Dr. Peter replied 10 months ago.

I am sorry to learn Diesel is not feeling well. 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- How long has this been going on?

2- Did he get into anything or eat something out of the ordinary?

3- Any abdominal swelling?

4- Is he drinking more than usual?

5- Any pre existing medical conditions?

Customer: replied 10 months ago.
This just started this am don't think he ate anything unusual no swelling he's drinking a lot of water no medical conditions
Expert:  Dr. Peter replied 10 months ago.

1- Is he lethargic?

2- Any other symptoms?

3- Can you take a look at his gums and see if they are pink or pale?

4- Can you open his mouth and look around to make sure nothing is stuck in between the teeth, gums, under the tongue, etc?

Customer: replied 10 months ago.
No other symptoms nothing stuck gums are light pink
Expert:  Dr. Peter replied 10 months ago.

1- How long since the last time he vomited?

2- Do you feel comfortable in saying that he is drinking more than usual?

Customer: replied 10 months ago.
He just vomited again and it's just clear and think and he is drinking a lot more water
Expert:  Dr. Peter replied 10 months ago.

Thank you for answering all of my questions. Please give me 5-10 minutes to type your answer.

Expert:  Dr. Peter replied 10 months ago.

I am sure you are worried about Diesel not feeling well, I am sorry. In response to your question, excessive drooling is a common symptom when dogs are having gastrointestinal issues or even part of a systemic disease. The big question in this case and that may explain his lack of appetite and vomiting is: Why is he drinking more than usual? You see, when a dog drinks more water than usual it is a sign of an underlying medical problem. There are many possible causes. It will be difficult for me to determine the exact underlying cause without a hands-on examination and some testing. But, common causes are an active infection, hormonal disorders (diabetes, cushing's), kidney or liver disease, pancreatitis, and even cancer to name a few causes. Unfortunately, of all these diseases have similar symptoms and can not be differentiated on history only. To determine which of the above is the underlying cause your family veterinarian will need to do some blood work (chemistry profile, T4 & CBC) and urinalysis as an initial screening test. Sometimes we need the use of imaging like x-rays or ultrasound to reach a definitive diagnosis. Treatment for Diesel will be determined by exam and test results. For example, if this is related to an infection he will need antibiotics, if related to pancreatitis he will need to be hospitalized for supportive care and medication, etc. Unfortunately, we are very limited as to what you can do at home, I am sorry. I would strongly recommend having him checked this morning by your family veterinarian. In the meantime, this is what you can do for the vomiting:

1- Do not give things like Pepto Bismol or Imodium. Start him on Pepcid AC (famotidine) 20mg tablet every 12 hours. You can buy Pepcid AC over the counter in any pharmacy.

2- No food or water for 4-6 hours. Need to give his gastrointestinal tract time to rest.

3- After 4-6 hours offer a small amount of water. Wait half hour, if no vomiting, you can continue giving him water every hour or so. Do not let him drink excessively. Leave him without food for 8-12 hours then offer a small amount of rice (50%) and boiled boneless chicken or ground beef (50%) 4-6 times a day.

4- Follow up with your family veterinarian for a hands on examination. If cost is a concern look into your local ASPCA or Shelter where they often offer veterinary services at a lower cost.

My goal is to provide you with excellent service - I hope I've provided the information you were seeking, if you feel you have received anything less, please reply back as I am happy to address follow-up questions. Kindly rate me when you are done.

Dr. Peter