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Experience:  15 yrs experience in vet med, 8 in emergency med. Founder of a non-profit animal rescue
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She keeps vomiting and she feels like a skeleton. Her

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She keeps vomiting and she feels like a skeleton. Her appetite is there bit she just can't hold down her food.
JA: I'm sorry to hear that. Hopefully it didn't make a mess. Did the dog eat anything unusual?
Customer: No she's thrown up every so often since she was little but now it's constant almost everyday. I've started hand feeding her cheese to try to help her gain weight. It seems to be helping but I'm still worried.
JA: Is there anything else important you think the Veterinarian should know about the dog?
Customer: She's a chow chow. She's never been to the vet before.
Submitted: 1 month ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  PitRottMommy replied 1 month 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 1 month ago.

Have there been any changes to the diet? New food? New treats? Bones? Has any human food been fed? Torn up toys or trash? Stressful changes to the environment?

How old is she?

Customer: replied 1 month ago.
Nothing new to her diet. No new treats or toys. We have a new dog, that's about the only change that's been made in the last 6 months that is worsened severely. Ive been hand feeding her cheese to try and make her gain some weight back, it seems to be working, she hasn't thrown it up in the last three days. That it's self is amazing. She's 8 years old.
Expert:  PitRottMommy replied 1 month ago.

I can give you some steps to take at home to help your companion’s stomach feel better. However, 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. She truly needs to be switched off of cheese and on to a food that is more nutritious as cheese is not nutritionally sound for her and over time will cause nutritional deficiencies if this is all she eats.

It often helps to give medication to calm the stomach and a bland diet with higher fiber a few hours later once the medication has been given time to work. This can help to reduce the instance of nausea/vomiting, restore/improve the appetite, avoid or address changes in the stool, help to move ingested items through the GI tract, etc.

The first step is to administer a dose of regular pepcid (famotidine) every 12-24 hours. This should help with GI symptoms. 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. If your companion is avoiding taking medication, you will likely need to using a pilling technique like this one: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-P6NfbxeLX0

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 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 symptoms. After this, work on slowly switching back to the regular food that your companion typically eats over 10 days. My recommendation is a 10% switch every day. Day 1: 10% new food, 90% old food; Day 2: 20% new food, 80% old food; Day 3: 30% new food, 70% old food, etc. This slow switch process should minimize any risk of GI upset from changing food.

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Customer: replied 1 month ago.
What should be the chicken to rice ratio?
Expert:  PitRottMommy replied 1 month ago.

50/50 is suitable.

Customer: replied 1 month ago.
She just threw up all the pepcid. Do you think ondansetron would be a better substitute?
Expert:  PitRottMommy replied 1 month ago.

You can try the ondansetron. However, if she vomits it up she absolutely needs to be seen. Dosing info here: http://www.petplace.com/article/drug-library/library/prescription/ondansetron-zofran

Expert:  PitRottMommy replied 1 month ago.

Checking in. How did the ondansetron work for her?

Expert:  PitRottMommy replied 1 month ago.

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