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My 13 year old Westie accidentally ate some (cooked) chorizo…

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Hi my 13 year old Westie accidentally ate some (cooked) chorizo that fell on the floor at lunch. That was about 11:30 and he has not eaten anything since, is refusing to eat now (he usually has a large appetite!) and his stomach is making loud gurgling noises although no diorehia or vomiting I’ve notice yet. Will he be ok?

Veterinarian's Assistant: I'm sorry to hear that. The Expert will know if the dog will be able to digest that. What is the dog's name?

Jasper

Veterinarian's Assistant: Is there anything else important you think the Veterinarian should know about Jasper?

I don’t think so - he usually eats dry food and is always hungry!

Submitted: 7 months ago.Category: Dog Veterinary
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Dog Veterinarian: Dr. B., Veterinarian replied 7 months ago
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Hello & welcome, I am Dr. B, a licensed veterinarian and I would like to help you today.

Based on Jasper's situation, I suspect the fat content in the chorizo has triggered a gastritis or pancreatitis. Therefore, if he is feeling nauseous enough to refuse food, we'd want to take a few steps at this stage. To start, you can consider treating him 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.

Afterwards, you can consider starting an easily digestible diet like cooked white rice with boiled chicken, boiled white fish, cottage cheese, scrambled eggs, or meat baby food (as long as its garlic/onion free). The aim of these diets is that they will be better tolerated/absorbed by the compromised gut and can help with mild pancreatitis as well. 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 signs are settled, and then weaning slowly back to your normal diet.

Overall, his signs do raise some concerns here. Therefore, we’d want to start supportive care to settle his stomach and see if we can get him eating for us. If he cannot keep that or water down at any point, appears dehydrated already, or doesn’t respond to the above within 12-24 hours; then we'd want to get his vet involved. They can assess him and treat with injectable anti-nausea medication +/- appetite stimulants if needed to get him back feeling like himself.

Kind regards,

Dr. B.

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Customer reply replied 7 months ago
Thanks for that. I don’t have any pet safe antacid in the house at the moment and as I’m in Australia is 12:30am so nothing is open! Will it be safe to monitor him until the morning? He hasn’t been sick or had runny stools yet. Is there anything else I can do to make him more comfortable?
Dog Veterinarian: Dr. B., Veterinarian replied 7 months ago

Hello again,

Yes, its fine to just keep an eye at this point and stick to a light diet for a few days.

Bet wishes,

Dr. B.

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Customer reply replied 7 months ago
Great - thank you - are there any signs or symptoms I should watch out for to indicate it’s getting worse (or better)?
Dog Veterinarian: Dr. B., Veterinarian replied 7 months ago

You are very welcome, my dear.

Mainly we just want to make sure Jasper's gums stay pink, his belly remains comfortable (pancreatitis can cause pain just past where the ribs end), and that we don't see profuse (especially bloody or coffee ground like vomit) vomiting or diarrhea. But usually we see short term gastritis sign for these cases that we can settle with the above.

Have a lovely day,

Dr. B.

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Dog Veterinarian: Dr. B., Veterinarian replied 7 months ago
Hi,

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

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