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He's a 1 1/2 year old siberian husky and he keeps puking and

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He's a 1 1/2 year old siberian husky and he keeps puking and it looks like water
JA: I'm sorry to hear that. Hopefully it didn't make a mess. Did the dog eat anything unusual?
Customer: Is there anything I can give him
JA: What is the dog's name?
Customer: Gambet
JA: Is there anything else the Veterinarian should be aware of about Gambet?
Customer: He's very healthy and very active my neighbors dog well one of hers is doing the same thing and the only thing we can think of is one of their sprinklers broke (The have retention water in guessing is what it's called for their sprinklers but not quite sure) and the water went in between our fence lines where our dogs are always at and I'm guessing he drank some of it and so did Lucy ( her dog) I've also have 2 purebred wolves and they're not doing it just gambet and she has 4 dogs next door and it's just Lucy out of her dogs
Submitted: 10 months ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Customer: replied 10 months ago.
We can't afford to take him to a vet at the moment and I'm just really worried about him and don't want anything to happen to him... I got him from my dad when he was just a baby now he's the only thing I've got of my dad's he passed away 12/1/15
Customer: replied 10 months ago.
I sent you a picture of him
Expert:  Dr. B. replied 10 months ago.

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

How long has he had these signs?

Can he keep water down?

Are his gums pink or pale/white? Moist or sticky?

If you press on his belly, any discomfort, tenderness, or tensing?

Could he have eaten something he should not have (ie bones, toys, plants, chemicals, etc)?

Any diarrhea?

Customer: replied 10 months ago.
I've pressed on his belly and he doesn't seem to bother him I haven't seen him drink since the other day but I'm always in and out and water is always out for him and the wolves
Customer: replied 10 months ago.
He just started puking last night
Expert:  Dr. B. replied 10 months ago.

Thank you,

First, if he is vomiting what looks like water, we do need to tread with care and monitor his fluid intake. This is because dogs too nauseous to keep fluids down tend to be the ones that need injectable treatment. That said, 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 [ie Pepcid (More Info/Dose @http://www.petplace.com/article/drug-library/library/over-the-counter/famotidine-pepcid), Zantac (More Info/Dose @ http://www.petplace.com/article/drug-library/library/over-the-counter/ranitidine-hcl-zantac), Tagamet (More Info/Dose Here @ http://www.petplace.com/article/drug-library/library/over-the-counter/cimetidine-hcl-tagamet)]. 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). 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 here, 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).

Finally, I wanted to note that if funds are a concern, there is help. First, if you have a VCA or Banfield veterinary hospital near you, then you might consider taking advantage of their free first consult offers. You can find vouchers for this via VCA: (http://www.vcahospitals.com/main/offer) & Banfield : (http://www.banfield.com/landing-pages/coupon). Otherwise, you could consider checking out the Humane Society's database (http://www.humanesociety.org/animals/resources/tips/trouble_affording_pet.html) or ASPCA’s database (https://www.aspca.org/about-us/faq/financial-help-my-vet-bills). Both have a lot of branches nationwide, along with ties to other assistance organizations that can keep down costs and surely will be willing to help.

Overall, a wide range of agents could trigger the signs we are seeing but if the water was contaminated from the other dog of anything else, then that could be our culprit. Therefore, we’d want to start supportive care to try to settle his stomach. Though if he cannot keep that or water down, appears dehydrated already, or doesn’t respond to the above within 12-24 hours; then we'd want to get to use those above options to have him seen. They can assess his hydration, rule out fever, ensure nothing in his stomach that shouldn't be, or any sinister viruses present. Depending on their findings, his vet can treat with injectable anti-vomiting medication +/- antibiotics to settle his stomach and get him back feeling like himself.

Please take care,

Dr. B.

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Expert:  Dr. B. replied 10 months ago.
Hi,

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

Dr. B.