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My eight year old west highland terrier got into a bag of dog food. I'm not sure how much she's eaten. She's very uncomfortable in her stomach feels very tight. What should I do?

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

Maggie

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

She's very alert wagging her tail even but she's whining a lot and can't seem to settle

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Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Peck, Dog Veterinarian replied 1 month ago
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Greetings, I'm Dr. Peck, hopefully I might be of some help.

A simple gastric bloat like this is typically not a big issue (as opposed to a bloat with a flipped stomach as may happen typically with large/giant breed dogs). They are typically uncomfortable and can't get settled down. Often they will vomit up a large amount of the kibble they ingested. When these cases present to me I might administer a nausea medication (injection), but typically beyond that it is a simple waiting game for it to work itself out - one end or the other. In these situations I suggest withholding further meals for the time being until they return to normal (e.g. 8-12 hours). If an episode of vomiting occurs it's usually a good thing as it relieves the pressure in the stomach. This is all assuming that they are doing well - i.e. similar to how you state that she's alert, wagging her tail, etc., but a little uncomfortable from eating to much. If she is retching / attempting to vomit without producing anything repeatedly, her discomfort seems to be worsening, she becomes lethargic / weak, or is otherwise worsening in any way instead of gradually improving, then you should seek assessment with a veterinarian which will often include taking some x-rays of their abdomen. In most of these cases, they are a little uncomfortable, might vomit, and the food gets digested and passes. I would not suggest any at home OTC medications at this time. Water should be available free choice still.

Let me know if you have additional followup comments or questions. Write me back and I will reply as soon as I am able.

Otherwise, please kindly rate using the stars so that I receive credit for helping with your question today. Thanks! - Dr. Peck.

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