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My shihtzu has not been eating well and today she started

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My shihtzu has not been eating well and today she started with loose stools and throwing up can't get to vet until tomorrow, what can we do to make her feel better, she is only 10 months old
JA: I'm sorry to hear that. Hopefully it didn't make a mess. Did your dog eat anything unusual?
Customer: nothing new
JA: What is the dog's name?
Customer: Izzy
JA: Is there anything else important you think the Veterinarian should know about Izzy?
Customer: can't think of anything else
Submitted: 2 months ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Altman replied 2 months ago.

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Expert:  Dr. Altman replied 2 months ago.

I am so sorry to hear your puppy Izzy is vomiting. First, please remove the water. If there is continued actively vomiting we want to minimize anything orally to stop the nausea and abdominal cramping resulting in vomiting. I know the thought is your pet needs to drink to maintain hydration but if there is actively vomiting even water there is risk of becoming more dehydrated with water intake.

If there is no improvement then continue to remove food/ water until your veterinarian opens tomorrow since they can give injectable medications to bypass the intestinal tract and hopefully get the nausea under control

1- Keep indoors to avoid eating grass/ leaves for 6-8 hours from last vomiting episode

2- Offer a small amount of water (1-2 teaspoons hourly) for a few hours

3- Start Pepcid (famotidine) 0.25 mg/ pound every 12 hours OR prilosec (omeprazole) 0.5 mg/ pound daily for the next 3 days with the second administration of water (crushed if needed)

4-If no vomiting, offer small amount of white rice and boiled boneless or ground chicken or ground beef. For example, one tablespoon hourly for a few hours then slowly start to increase the amount while reducing the frequency. Keep on this diet for several days then wean into regular diet.

5- If vomiting continues after doing the above, I would encourage having your family veterinarian perform an examination to determine the next step to getting Izzy comfortable and what exactly the underlying cause is.

Indications your dog should be seen by a veterinary er sooner include: sticky gums that are pale, yellow, blue, purple, temperature rectally >103.5, progressive lethargy with less responsiveness to you, vomiting or diarrhea that includes blood, resting respiratory rate (breaths per minute) >60, swollen abdomen.

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Expert:  Dr. Altman replied 2 months ago.

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Please let me know if I can be of any further assistance to you both today, I am online another 30 minutes tonight

Expert:  Dr. Altman replied 2 months ago.

I hope that your little one is feeling better after you asked your question yesterday. I would love an update when you are able.

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