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My dog ingested suave shampoo. He has throw up but now he…

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My dog ingested suave...

My dog ingested suave shampoo. He has throw up but now he will not eat or drink anything.

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

Bruce and he is year and half

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Dog Veterinarian: Dr. B., Veterinarian replied 1 month ago
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Hello & welcome, I am Dr. B, a licensed veterinarian and I would like to help you today.

How long ago did he eat this?

What does the vomit look like?

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

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

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Customer reply replied 1 month ago
He ate less than 24 hours. He ate his breakfast yesterday but threw it up, then he draw water. Last night he ate his dinner but then threw it up a couple hours later. This morning I tried to feed him but he will not eat or drink. His gums are sticky and pink.
He doesn’t have any pain on his belly. He just can’t stay still. I notice he will not lay down or he does it is only for a little bit. He has just been sitting up.
Dog Veterinarian: Dr. B., Veterinarian replied 1 month ago

Hello again,

Now based on his signs it does sound like he has a gastritis or inflammation of the gut from the shampoo. Therefore, we will need to see if we can soothe this for him. 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),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. 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.

Finally, as dehydration is a risk if his gums are already sticky (an early stage sign), do keep an eye on his hydration. Besides gum moisture, make sure his eyes aren't sunken and that he doesn’t have a "skin tent" when you lift the skin. To see how to check those dehydration signs, here is a good video ( http://www.ehow.com/video_12232503_dog-dehydrated.html ) to look at. If you do see any signs of dehydration already, that's our cue to have him seen before this becomes an additional issue (especially as it is often dehydration that makes them feel unwell).

Overall, it sounds like he has given himself gastritis from the shampoo. So, we’d want to start the above supportive care now. 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 start injectable anti-vomiting medication +/- fluids to nip this in the bud.

Kind regards,

Dr. B.

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