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Our dog is 7 years old. He is a mixed puggle type. 20lbs.

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Our dog is 7...

Our dog is 7 years old. He is a mixed puggle type. 20lbs. Normally very active and in great shape.

Veterinarian's Assistant: I'll do all I can to help. What is wrong with the Puggle?

Hes been sluggish and very inactive for about 12 hrs now. Not eating much at all, threw up twice and diahreah. He keeps sleeping and when he wakes he seems sore and keeps stretching and

Veterinarian's Assistant: This sounds like it might be serious. I'll let the Veterinarian know what's going on ASAP. Is there anything else important you think the Veterinarian should know about the Puggle?

Has severe allergies. Had him on oclacinanib for two years, now he's been changed over to cytopoint monthly shot. However, seems mainly unrelated

Submitted: 6 months ago.Category: Dog Veterinary
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Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Altman, Veterinarian replied 6 months ago
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Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Altman, Veterinarian replied 6 months ago

I am so sorry to hear your dog is vomiting with diarrhea. The stretching is abdominal cramping and if he is doing a "downward dog" position (i.e. forelegs laying down and hind legs standing up) this is an indicator of abdominal distress and he should be evaluated asap by a veterinarian. If he is not doing this you can try the recommendations below before considering the er.

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 please consider having your dog seen by a veterinarian sooner rather than later. 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 him 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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Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Altman, Veterinarian replied 6 months ago

I am glad to see you were able to view my responses earlier. How is your Puggle doing? I would love an update when you are able

Please let me know if I can be of any further assistance to you both today

If the information I have provided was helpful I would be grateful if you would rate our chat with the stars at the top of the screen so I am compensated for my time. Thank you and best of luck to you both, truly!

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