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Our Yorkie is about 7 years old (tiny yorkie) weighs about 5

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our Yorkie is about 7 years old (tiny yorkie) weighs about 5 lbs , has been throwing up white and clear foam looking substance.
JA: I'm sorry to hear that. Hopefully it didn't make a mess. Did the dog eat anything unusual?
Customer: her normal diet of wet food with dry
JA: What is the dog's name?
Customer: Maggie May
JA: Is there anything else important you think the veterinarian should know about Maggie May?
Customer: she has been very healthy
Submitted: 10 months ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Deb replied 10 months ago.

Hello, I'm Dr. Deb and will do my best to help you today.

I'm sorry for this concern about Maggie May. I do have a few additional questions to ask about her if you don't mind:

1. How is she otherwise acting? Is she lethargic, for example, or any loose stools?

2. Sometimes it's difficult to tell the difference between vomiting and coughing. Are you fairly certain that she's vomiting?

3. How long has she been acting this way?

Thanks, Deb

Customer: replied 10 months ago.
about 3 days ago she had loose stools, that has gone away and now she is spitting up white clear foam like.
Expert:  Dr. Deb replied 10 months ago.

Thanks for the additional information and answers to my questions.

I'll assume she's vomiting then and my response will reflect this. Please give me a few minutes to type back a response for you. Deb

Expert:  Dr. Deb replied 10 months ago.

If Maggie May is actually vomiting or gagging up white foam, then I have several thoughts as to what might be going on:

1. She may be feeling a residual nausea from whatever caused her loose stools from a few days ago.

2. She might have ingested something with a foul taste

3. Yorkies don't tend to chew on things such as grass or sticks which can irritate the back of the throat, but I'll include it to be complete.

Regardless, the following would be my suggestions for her:

1. I'd give her over the counter Pepcid AC which may help to settle her stomach. The does for a dog this size would be about 1/8th of a 10 mg tablet twice a day...clearly a very small amount at one time.

2. I'd withhold food for about 8-12 hours and give everything a chance to settle down. I always worry about low blood sugar in these small breeds when they don't eat so I'd rub a small amount of honey or pancake syrup on her gums (if she won't eat it) every several hours to keep her blood sugar levels high.

3. If she doesn't seem to be as nauseous, then I'd offer her a very small amount of boiled, skinless, boneless chicken breast and 20-minute white rice but only a very small amount at one time. I wouldn't feed her any of her regular food.

Hopefully, the above will be sufficient to resolve the problem. Deb

Expert:  Dr. Deb replied 10 months ago.
I'm just following up on our conversation about your pet. How is everything going?
Dr. Deb
Expert:  Dr. Deb replied 10 months ago.

Hello again,

I'm just following up on Maggie May. How is she doing? Deb