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He’s been throwing up since yesterday. Yesterday afternoon…

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He’s been throwing up...

He’s been throwing up since yesterday. Yesterday afternoon he threw up food then later on at nigh he threw up like a yellow liquid and right now he’s just throwing up water

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

He ate meat but that’s about it

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

He’s 11 months and he’s a pitbul

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

Pamps

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

He’s usually healthy.

Submitted: 4 months ago.Category: Dog Veterinary
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Dog Veterinarian: Dr. B., Veterinarian replied 4 months ago
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Hello & welcome, I am Dr. B, a licensed veterinarian and I would like to help you today.

Can he keep any water down at all?

By meat, was this his usual food?

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 medications/drugs, etc)?

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Customer reply replied 4 months ago
He throws up everything he eats.
No he usually just eats dog food but we have him some but we’ve given him some before and it didn’t seem to affect anything.
His gums are pink.
When I press on his belly it seems like he’s in pain.
I don’t think he ate anything harmful
Dog Veterinarian: Dr. B., Veterinarian replied 4 months ago

Oh dear,

That is a concern if he is that nauseous. This is because at his age he is high risk for dehydration/lethargy/weight loss with this but also it tends to be these dogs we need on injectable anti-nausea treatment to start to tackle the situation. That said, its good to hear that Pamps didn't likely eat anything harmful but with his signs we'd be worried about a bacterial or viral gastroenteritis, pancreatitis, or parasites/protozoa infections.

With this all in mind, we can try some home supportive care. Again the deck is stacked against us if he cannot keep anything down but I would not that if he hasn't just vomited you could at least try 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 that is 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 in these situations, do keep an eye on his hydration. To check that, there are a few things you can look for. 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, Pamps's signs do raise some concerns here. Therefore, we’d want to try the above supportive care now. Though if he cannot keep that down; then we'd want to get his vet involved to assess him with a view to starting injectable anti-vomiting medication, fluids, +/- antibiotics to get him back feeling like himself.

Kind regards,

Dr. B.

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Customer reply replied 4 months ago
Well ima go see a vet right now and hopefully he could tell me what’s wrong with him
Dog Veterinarian: Dr. B., Veterinarian replied 4 months ago

Hi again,

Given how severely nauseous he is, I do feel that is best for Pamps.

All the best,

Dr. B.

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Dog Veterinarian: Dr. B., Veterinarian replied 4 months ago

Good morning,

That is a worry, what did they diagnose him with?

what did tests did the vet do?

What treatments have been started?

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