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Lethargic, foaming in mouth, normal stool (slightly softer &

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lethargic, foaming in mouth, normal stool (slightly softer & greenish color)
JA: I'm sorry to hear that. Could be a lot of things that cause lethargy. The Veterinarian will know how to help the dog. What is the dog's name and age?
Customer: vomited once & more frequent urination. Energy level fluxuates.
JA: How old is vomited once?
Customer: last night
JA: Is there anything else the Veterinarian should be aware of about vomited once?
Customer: very light, small amount, has not been eating much for 2-3 days
Submitted: 10 months ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  PitRottMommy replied 10 months ago.

Hello, JACustomer. I have been a Veterinary Nurse for over 15 years and would be happy to help you today. I'm reviewing your question right now.

Expert:  PitRottMommy replied 10 months ago.

1) Any changes in diet? New treats? Human food?
2) How long has this been an issue?
3) Any history of GI issues?
4) On any medications at this time?

Customer: replied 10 months ago.
1. No changes in regular diet, however he chews & sometimes eats many things--plastic, wood, pillows, etc. Also he infrequently licks the plate of our food after we finish eating.
2. 2-3 days
3. Not that we're aware of, but we've only had Dobie around 2 months.
4. No medication
Our main concern is not the vomiting though, it was a very small amount. He's a young dog (Doberman mix) 11/2 yrs+- and is usually quite energetic. Now he is sleeping, resting, walking slowly, etc. and he breathes more noisily than usual. He's not even interested in other dogs, which has been his great pleasure until now. Also he's never drooled white foam before.
Expert:  PitRottMommy replied 10 months ago.

The change in behavior is likely due to the GI upset. Most dogs, just like humans, will not want to do much when they don't feel well. The increase is rest is typical when pets don't feel well and the walking more slowly and more noise when he breathes is likely due to GI discomfort. The drooling you're seeing is due to nausea, which goes along with the vomiting and soft stool. Until you have reason to believe otherwise, I would presume that he's eaten something he should not have eaten and it's upset his stomach.

I can give you some steps to take at home to help your companion’s stomach feel better. It often helps to give something to calm the stomach and a bland diet with higher fiber. This can help to reduce the instance of nausea/vomiting, avoid or treat changes in the stool, etc. If you do not see a marked improvement from your pet or you see worsening of symptoms, they absolutely must be examined by a veterinarian.

The first step is to administer a dose of regular pepcid (famotidine) every 12-24 hours. You will want to give 0.5mg/pound of body weight (a 10# ***** would receive 5mg, a 5# ***** would receive 2.5mg, etc). For this, you can visit any human pharmacy and buy the OTC brand name Pepcid, or you can use the cheaper, off-brand “famotidine” that’s available. Either will be useful.

2 hours following a dose of famotidine, the time needed for the medication to begin working, you can offer a bland diet. To make this, you’ll combine white or brown rice, boneless, skinless chicken breast and sufficient water for cooking in a stock pot. Boil on medium until it turns to mush and the breast is easily flaked. To avoid more nausea, start with small amounts to begin with and offer the amount every 2-4 hours. A few teaspoons to start is typically sufficient and you can work your way up every 2-4 hours in incremental increases until you’re sure no vomiting will be seen. If your companion requires a more palatable food, try adding in pureed baby food in chicken, turkey and similar flavors. Avoid those that contain onion or garlic in the ingredient panel. Work up to feeding exclusively until at least 3 days following the resolution of the GI upset. After this, work on slowly switching back to the regular food that your companion typically eats.

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Expert:  PitRottMommy replied 10 months ago.

Checking in. How is your companion feeling today?