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My 8 yr old yellow lab has had diarrhea the last 24 hours and today thrown up pink foam on two occasions. Had full annual checkup 2 weeks ago w clean blood test and stool sample. Of course this happens on holiday, but should I take him to emergency vet
Submitted: 6 months ago.Category: Dog Veterinary
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Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Peter, Veterinarian replied 6 months ago
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Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Peter, Veterinarian replied 6 months ago

I am sorry to learn your dog is vomiting. I will do my best to help you today. First I need to ask you a few questions so that I can be well informed and give you the best advice.

1- Did he get into anything?

2- How often is he vomiting?

3- How much does he weigh?

4- Is he lethargic?

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Customer reply replied 6 months ago
We don't think he got into anything
He has vomited twice this morning. Pink foam on both occasions. Has had diarrhea for 24 hours. Went out 3x overnight. Fed him rice last night and nothing today
He weighs 90lbs
He is not lethargic. Moving around normally, sleeping comfortably, jumping on furniture
Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Peter, Veterinarian replied 6 months ago

I am sorry for the delay in response, I had some technical issues at this end. Please give me a few minutes to type your answer. Thank you.

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Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Peter, Veterinarian replied 6 months ago

Friend, when we see blood in the vomit we can assume something is damaging the wall of the upper gastrointestinal tract.Or, this could be part of a systemic disease. Common causes are ulcers, ingestion of a foreign body, infections, etc. to name a few causes. The diarrhea is secondary to the primary cause. If he is not showing any other symptoms this is a good sign. However, the best option would be having him seen by ER veterinarian. If you decide not to go to ER vet this is what you can do until he is seen by your veterinarian:

1- Do not give things like Pepto Bismol or Imodium. Start him on Pepcid AC (famotidine) 20mg tablet every 12 hours. You can buy Pepcid AC over the counter in any pharmacy.

2- No food or water for 6-8 hours. Need to give his gastrointestinal tract time to rest.

3- After 6-8 hours offer a small amount of water. Wait half hour, if no vomiting, offer a small amount of rice (50%) and boiled boneless chicken or ground beef (50%) 4-6 times a day. Keep on this diet for several days then wean into regular diet.

4- If he becomes lethargic, anorexic, continues to vomit when fasting, pale gums, abdominal swelling, etc. have him checked by ER veterinarian. Otherwise, follow up with your family veterinarian.

My goal is to provide you with excellent service. If you have any follow-up questions don't hesitate to ask. If finished, please take a moment to rate my service it is how I get compensated. See you again soon!

Dr. Peter

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