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He has been acting strange not himself he's vomited at night 2 nights in a row he won't sit still he's up and down and he has red gums

Veterinarian's Assistant: I'll do all I can to help. Hopefully it didn't make a mess. Did the dog eat anything unusual?

No not that I know of

Veterinarian's Assistant: What is the dog's name and age?

Kane 4 almost 5

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

He hasn't eaten and his licking his lips alot

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. I do apologize that your question was not answered before. Different experts come online at various times; I just came online, read about your wee one’s situation, and wanted to help.

What does the vomit look like?

Can he keep any water down?

Are his gums pink or white/pale? Moist or sticky?

If you press on his belly, any tensing, tenderness, discomfort, or pain?

Could he have eaten anything harmful (ie bones, toys, plants, chemicals, human meds, etc)?

Can you take a photo of Kane's gums so I can see what you are seeing? To post it, you can use the paper clip button on the tool bar above the text box (last icon). Or if you cannot see that, then post it on any site (ie Flickr, Photobucket, Imgr Instagram, etc) & paste the link here for me.

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Customer reply replied 7 months ago
Vomit looks like food that's not digested he can keep water down his gums are red and sticky. When pressing his belly he doesn't seem to do anything. He did eat a plant of mine last week.
Dog Veterinarian: Dr. B., Veterinarian replied 7 months ago

Hello again,

First, I'd note that if the plant wasn't ingested in the past day, its not likely to blame here. Anyway, if you can post a photo of his gums, that would be ideal as brick red gums can be an urgent signs of bacterial infection in the blood stream or problems with circulation (sometimes related to GI foreign bodies). Otherwise, his restlessness and vomiting do suggest a possible bacterial or viral gastroenteritis, pancreatitis, parasites/protozoa infections, general dietary indiscretion, or again harmful ingestion (ie toxins, plants, non-edible items).

With this all in mind, if the gums are truly red we are safest having him seen. Any delay and we can try some home supportive care. To start, if he hasn’t just vomited (since otherwise we’d need to rest his stomach for a few hours first), then 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)]. 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. Though if he cannot keep it down due to nausea, that is usually a red flag that we need to bypass his mouth with injectable anti-vomiting medication from his vet.

Afterwards, you can try 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. 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. And if the gums are red (hyperemic) we do need to be careful here.Therefore, its ideal to have him seen if they are. If they weren't or there is any delay, then we'd want to start the above supportive now. Once his vet can see him, they can assess his gums, check for the above, and treat him with injectable anti-vomiting medication +/- antibiotics to get him back feeling like himself.

Kind regards,

Dr. B.

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