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I’m watching my friends 11 year old dog, today she tore up a…

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I’m watching my friends...

I’m watching my friends 11 year old dog, today she tore up a foam pad while I was out. She ate her dinner (dry food which the owner grinds up ) now she has terrible gas, has been drinking water, then she had dirarhes and now she vomited a mixture of brownish liquid. She seems alert but got in her bed and is watching the door.

Veterinarian's Assistant: I'll do all I can to help. The Expert will know if the dog will be able to digest that. What is the dog's name?

Olive

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

She is sort of a nervous, she been with me for 4 days

Submitted: 7 months ago.Category: Dog Veterinary
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Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Beth, Dog Veterinarian replied 7 months ago
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Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Beth, Dog Veterinarian replied 7 months ago

I'm sorry Olive isn't feeling well, it's extra stressful when something comes up while dog-sitting-

The foam isn't likely to be toxic, but certainly could cause stomach irritation. There is some chance too, depending on if she swallowed any larger pieces, there could be some risk for an obstruction in the GI tract. But that could take a bit of time to know if there is a bigger issue with passage of any material.

An antacid would be safe to try tonight, though with the vomiting she has already had she may not be able to keep it down. Do you have anything like Pepcid AC, Zantac, or something similar on hand at home? And do you have an estimation of her weight?

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Customer reply replied 7 months ago
No antacids but could go to the store weighs about 25 lbs
Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Beth, Dog Veterinarian replied 7 months ago

So my preferred choice is Pepcid AC or generic famotidine, any grocery store or drug store should have it in the antacid aisle, at about 25 lbs you could give her a 10mg tablet every 12 hours, more info here: https://www.petplace.com/article/drug-library/drug-library/library/famotidine-pepcid-for-dogs-and-cats-2/

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Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Beth, Dog Veterinarian replied 7 months ago

I think it would be ok to try that for tonight and see how she seems in the morning, if she is continuing to vomit or have diarrhea it would be best to have her seen in person with a vet, sometimes they need an injection to help reset their system for nausea (bypass the stomach).

If she seemed better in the morning, a bland diet for a few days can be helpful, something like chicken and rice (or some other low fat protein and low fiber starch in equal parts), starting with a small amount to make sure we keep it down, and can continue for a few meals just so what is going through is easily digestible.

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Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Beth, Dog Veterinarian replied 7 months ago

I hope that helps for some things to try, hopefully she just needs a little time, but if she is seeming more sick, or begins vomiting blood or dark coffee-ground like material, or is passing black/tarry stool, I would try to get her checked out in person as soon as possible.

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Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Beth, Dog Veterinarian replied 7 months ago

How is Olive doing today?

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