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She has been periodically throwing up or having loose

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She has been periodically...

She has been periodically throwing up or having loose stools. I have been giving her rice one meal a day and her cry good the other Dr

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

That is hard to say ,we have a large wooded yard and she spends 2_3 hours out unsupervised.

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

Muffin, and 9. a maltipoo.

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

Muffin

Veterinarian's Assistant: Is there anything else the Veterinarian should be aware of about the dog?

She seems her usual self , other than the digestive issues.

Submitted: 3 months ago.Category: Dog Veterinary
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Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Peter, Veterinarian replied 3 months ago
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Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Peter, Veterinarian replied 3 months ago

1- How much does she weigh?

2- Is she lethargic?

3- Any other symptoms?

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Customer reply replied 3 months ago
She Weighs around 15 pounds. Not lethargic, no other symptoms.
Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Peter, Veterinarian replied 3 months ago

Please give me 5-10 minutes to type your answer. No need to accept the phone call request. Thank you.

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Customer reply replied 3 months ago
Ok
Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Peter, Veterinarian replied 3 months ago

Friend, vomiting and loose stools can be caused by many different medical conditions. I will not be able to pinpoint the exact underlying cause without a hands-on examination and some testing, I am sorry. But, common causes are dietary indiscretion, intestinal parasites, ingestion of a foreign body, infections, or even part of a systemic disease, etc. to name a few causes. In any case of vomiting and diarrhea the first thing to do is give the gastrointestinal tract time to rest. This is what you can do:

1- Do not give things like Pepto Bismol or Imodium. Start her on Pepcid AC (famotidine) 10mg 1/2 tablet every 12 hours for the next 2-3 days. You can buy Pepcid AC over the counter in any pharmacy.

2- No food or water for 8-12 hours. Need to give her gastrointestinal tract time to rest.

3- After 8-12 hours offer a small amount of water. Wait half hour, if no vomiting, offer a small amount of rice (50%) and boiled boneless chicken or ground beef (50%) 4-6 times a day. Keep on this diet for several days then wean into regular diet.

4- If she continues to vomit after doing the above she will need to be seen by your family veterinarian for a hands on examination.

My goal is to provide you with excellent service - I hope I've provided the information you were seeking, if you feel you have received anything less, please reply back as I am happy to address follow-up questions. Kindly rate me when you are done.

Dr. Peter

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