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I fed my dog this morning and gave him water. Now she won’t…

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I fed my dog...

I fed my dog this morning and gave him water. Now she won’t drink water and eat her food for lunch. She is still playing. And seems normal. Just won’t be ordering it right now. If she does it’s very small amounts

Veterinarian's Assistant: I'll do all I can to help. Strange behavior is often perplexing. I'm sure the Veterinarian can help you. What is the dog's name and age?

Baby girl. She is a German Shepherd. About nine months old

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

Not that I can think of

Submitted: 8 months ago.Category: Dog Veterinary
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Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Deb, Dog Veterinarian replied 8 months ago
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Hello, I'm Dr. Deb and will help with this concern about Baby Girl. Please give me a few minutes to type back a response for you.

Thanks for your patience. Deb

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Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Deb, Dog Veterinarian replied 8 months ago

My concern when a dog this age vomits and then doesn't want to eat is that they may have an obstruction since puppies tend to eat so many things they shouldn't; however, having said that, there are other possible explanations which wouldn't be as serious. Since she's playing and not acting lethargic, the following is what I'd suggest:

1. Withhold water for 8-12 hours, then offer small amounts of water or pedialyte through the day.
2. Withhold food for 12-24 hours and then offer a bland diet of 1 part boiled, skinless, chicken breast (or leanhamburg) to 4 parts 20-minute white rice. Feed only a small amount at one time, 3-4 times through the day. I would not feed any regular dog food.

3. You can give Pepcid AC (Famotidine) which might help with the nausea. This is available at most human pharmacies. The dose would be 0.25 mg/lb twice a day. For example, the dose for a 40-50 lb dog would be 10 mg twice a day with the dose for a 60- 70 lb dog 20mg twice a day.

Other options include Prilosec at a dosage of 1/2 mg per pound once a day. For example, a 40-50 lb dog could be given 20 mg once a day.

Zantac can be given at a dose of approximately 1 mg per pound twice a day which would be 75 mg for a 40-50 lb.

If she continues to vomit and or worsens in any way, then a vet visit may be wise.

I hope this helps, Deb

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Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Deb, Dog Veterinarian replied 8 months ago

Hello again,

I'm just following up on Baby Girl. How is she doing? Deb

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