Dog Veterinary

Ask a dog vet and get answers to your dog health questions

Ask a Dog Veterinarian,
Get an Answer ASAP!

My dog hasn't eaten in a few days and throws up water. Her…

Customer Question
My dog hasn't eaten...

My dog hasn't eaten in a few days and throws up water

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 your dog's name and age?

Her name is ***** ***** I think she's about 4. She was a rescue dog

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

She recently had surgery for tumors on her belly back in January

Submitted: 3 months ago.Category: Dog Veterinary
Show More
Show Less
Ask Your Own Dog Veterinary Question
Answered in 1 hour by:
3/16/2018
Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Kara, Veterinarian replied 3 months ago
Dr. Kara
Dr. Kara, Veterinarian
Category: Dog Veterinary
Satisfied Customers: 18,592
Experience: Over 20 years of experience as a veterinarian.
Verified

Hello, I'm Dr. Kara. I have over 20 years of experience as a veterinarian and I'd like to help. Please give me a moment to review your concerns.

Ask Your Own Dog Veterinary Question
Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Kara, Veterinarian replied 3 months ago

I am sorry to hear that Ruby is refusing to eat and vomiting even water.

She is likely dehydrated because she has been vomiting, but if even water is making her vomit you need to take it away from her for now.

In most cases vomiting is triggered by eating something they should not, too much table food, too many treats or something they find outdoors.

More serious causes of vomiting include toxin ingestions, viral or bacterial infections, a dietary allergy or sensitivity, inflammatory bowel disease, internal organ failure (kidney or liver disease), or a full or partial gastrointestinal obstruction. Were the tumors on her belly mammary tumors? If so then metastatic cancer from the mammary tumors leading to an abdominal mass and pressure on her gastrointestinal tract is also a possible cause.

Because she is vomiting even water ideally she would see a veterinarian now.

If that isn't possible for whatever reason there are some things we can try at home, but if she's not improving quickly she should see a veterinarian for an examination, some diagnostic testing, intravenous fluids and injectable medication to settle her stomach.

To try and settle her stomach you can give either:

1) Pepcid ac (famotidine) at a dose of one 10mg tablet per 20 to 40 pounds of body weight every 12 hours

OR

2) Prilosec (omeprazole) at a dose of one 20mg tablet per 40 to 80 pounds of body weight every 24 hours

These are acid reducers and may help settle her stomach and get her feeling better and hopefully get her appetite back. They are safe medications and can be used for several days if need be.

I would pick up all food for now and water for a couple hours to allow her stomach to settle after the acid reducers.

In a couple hours when you give her water make sure it is in small amounts only. If she drinks too much too quickly that can lead to vomiting. You can also offer ice cubes to lick. To get some electrolytes in you can offer her a 50:50 mix of pedialyte and water.

If there is no vomiting for 12 hours offer a bland diet of 1/3 boiled, minced, white skinless chicken or boiled, lean hamburger and 2/3 boiled, white rice mixed with some low salt chicken or beef broth to make it easy to lap up and swallow. If she refuses that you can offer a little meat baby food. If she refuses both then she needs veterinary care.

But if things go well and she does eat and doesn't vomit feed her the bland diet for 2 to 3 days then slowly start to mix back in her regular food, a little more at each meal. It should take about 5 to 7 days to slowly convert her back to her regular diet.

If she continues to vomit even with the acid reducers, runs a fever (more than 103F rectally), or has a lower then normal temperature (less then 99F), has a tense painful belly or if she refuses to eat she should see a veterinarian for an examination, diagnostics, injectable anti-nausea drugs intravenous fluids and supportive care.

Please let me know if you have any further questions.

Ask Your Own Dog Veterinary Question
Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Kara, Veterinarian replied 3 months ago

It has been my pleasure to help you, and I hope that I have earned my 5 star rating. Please remember to rate my service by selecting the 5 stars at the top of the screen (rating me now does not close your question). You are welcome to ask follow up questions about my response here until you are satisfied, simply use the reply box and let me know. Thank you!

Ask Your Own Dog Veterinary Question
Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Kara, Veterinarian replied 3 months ago
Hi,
I'm just following up on our conversation about your pet. How is everything going?
Dr. Kara
Ask Your Own Dog Veterinary Question
Customer reply replied 3 months ago
My dog was put down on Sunday
Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Kara, Veterinarian replied 3 months ago

My deepest condolences, I am so sorry for your loss. She was obviously much sicker than her symptoms showed.

I will ask that your question be cancelled and your deposit be refunded.

Ask Your Own Dog Veterinary Question
Was this answer helpful?

How JustAnswer works

step-image
Describe your issueThe assistant will guide you
step-image
Chat 1:1 with a dog veterinarianLicensed Experts are available 24/7
step-image
100% satisfaction guaranteeGet all the answers you need
Ask Dr. Kara Your Own Question
Dr. Kara
Dr. Kara
Dr. Kara, Veterinarian
Category: Dog Veterinary
Satisfied Customers: 18,592
18,592 Satisfied Customers
Experience: Over 20 years of experience as a veterinarian.

Dr. Kara is online now

A new question is answered every 9 seconds

How JustAnswer works:

  • Ask an ExpertExperts are full of valuable knowledge and are ready to help with any question. Credentials confirmed by a Fortune 500 verification firm.
  • Get a Professional AnswerVia email, text message, or notification as you wait on our site. Ask follow up questions if you need to.
  • 100% Satisfaction GuaranteeRate the answer you receive.

JustAnswer in the News:

Ask-a-doc Web sites: If you've got a quick question, you can try to get an answer from sites that say they have various specialists on hand to give quick answers... Justanswer.com.
JustAnswer.com...has seen a spike since October in legal questions from readers about layoffs, unemployment and severance.
Web sites like justanswer.com/legal
...leave nothing to chance.
Traffic on JustAnswer rose 14 percent...and had nearly 400,000 page views in 30 days...inquiries related to stress, high blood pressure, drinking and heart pain jumped 33 percent.
Tory Johnson, GMA Workplace Contributor, discusses work-from-home jobs, such as JustAnswer in which verified Experts answer people’s questions.
I will tell you that...the things you have to go through to be an Expert are quite rigorous.

What Customers are Saying:

It was so professional, so personally concerned (as we were) and you answered all of our questions. George and I are so happy that I found "JustAnswer" on my Google search -- you are now in my "Favorites" list! And, yes we do love our kitty - she makes our life complete!

Bev & GeorgeBoca Raton, FL

Wonderful service, prompt, efficient, and accurate. Couldn't have asked for more. I cannot thank you enough for your help.

Mary C.Freshfield, Liverpool, UK

This expert is wonderful. They truly know what they are talking about, and they actually care about you. They really helped put my nerves at ease. Thank you so much!!!!

AlexLos Angeles, CA

Thank you for all your help. It is nice to know that this service is here for people like myself, who need answers fast and are not sure who to consult.

GPHesperia, CA

I couldn't be more satisfied! This is the site I will always come to when I need a second opinion.

JustinKernersville, NC

Just let me say that this encounter has been entirely professional and most helpful. I liked that I could ask additional questions and get answered in a very short turn around.

EstherWoodstock, NY

Thank you so much for taking your time and knowledge to support my concerns. Not only did you answer my questions, you even took it a step further with replying with more pertinent information I needed to know.

RobinElkton, Maryland

< Previous | Next >

Meet the Experts:

Dr. Debbie

Dr. Debbie

Dog Veterinarian

904 satisfied customers

Companion animal veterinarian practicing for over 10 years.

Dr. Andy

Dr. Andy

Medical Director

16,416 satisfied customers

UC Davis graduate, emphasis in dermatology, internal medicine, pain management

Dr Scott Nimmo

Dr Scott Nimmo

Dog Veterinarian

10,633 satisfied customers

BVMS, MRCVS. { Glasgow UK }

Dr. Gary

Dr. Gary

Dog Veterinarian

10,086 satisfied customers

DVM, Emergency Veterinarian, BS (Physiology)

Dr. Bruce

Dr. Bruce

Veterinarian

9,682 satisfied customers

15 years of experience as a small animal veterinarian

Dr. Scott

Dr. Scott

Veterinarian

9,615 satisfied customers

15 years of small animal, equine and pocket pet medicine and surgery.

Rebecca

Rebecca

Dog Veterinarian

8,719 satisfied customers

More than 30 years of companion animal practice.

< Previous | Next >

Related Dog Veterinary Questions
They found her mammary tumor has metastisized to her lungs.
They found her mammary tumor has metastisized to her lungs. … read more
Dr. Leah Hill
Dr. Leah Hill
Veterinarian
Doctor of Veterinary medicine
706 satisfied customers
Not sure, but something is. Stomach issues? Her stomach area
Thursday I gave her a small amount of cream of mushroom soup onion and ground beef… read more
Dr. Leah Hill
Dr. Leah Hill
Veterinarian
Doctor of Veterinary medicine
706 satisfied customers
14 year old dog with inflammatory bowel disease. Past three
14 year old dog with inflammatory bowel disease. Past three weeks on hypoallergenic food and 250 mg twice a day of metronidazole. Still has explosive diarrhea and this afternoon stomach noises started… read more
Scott Perry
Scott Perry
Veterinarian
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
2,717 satisfied customers
Can I give my dog a famotidine slurry? he is experiencing a
can I give my dog a famotidine slurry? he is experiencing a pancreatic attack: I am fasting him temporarily and already administered a sucralfate slurry three hours ago. My vet is not answering … read more
Dr. Kara
Dr. Kara
Veterinarian
18,592 satisfied customers
My dog was given doxycycline and famotidine can I give them
My dog was given doxycycline and famotidine can I give them both pills at the same timeout should I wait. He was also given sulcralfate suspension which I'm suppose to give one hour before or after th… read more
Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin
Veterinarian
DVM
3 satisfied customers
Lactulose metronidazole famotidine and the amoxicillin
Lactulose metronidazole famotidine and the amoxicillin prescribed to my dog for liver shunt. Do any of these meds cause pain to the dog? She's being really “moody”… read more
Dr. Altman
Dr. Altman
Veterinarian
Doctoral Degree
9 satisfied customers
My dog vomited. I gave him famotidine but he vomitted again
My dog vomited. I gave him famotidine but he vomitted again after a while. I think he vomitted out the medication. What can I do for him now? What can I give him now?My dog has recently diagnosed with… read more
Scott Perry
Scott Perry
Veterinarian
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
2,717 satisfied customers
My 15 year old Labradoodle has inflammatory bowel disease
My 15 year old Labradoodle has inflammatory bowel disease for over a ;year and now I am feeling bony type growths on her ribs. She has continues to lose weight over the past year but otherwise, acts f… read more
Dr. Meghan Denney
Dr. Meghan Denney
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine
1,983 satisfied customers
My Dog has a tumor in her stomach, Dora 6 years old, I'm
My Dog has a tumor in her stomach JA: I'll do all I can to help. Some lumps are serious and some aren't. Let's see what the Veterinarian has to say. What is the dog's name and age? Customer: Dora 6 ye… read more
Amber Hinson
Amber Hinson
Veterinarian
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
49 satisfied customers
My dog ate a 12 inch chicken treat (the kind they sell in
My dog ate a 12 inch chicken treat (the kind they sell in single 36" sticks), a 4 oz bag of beef treats and about 14 milk bone dental brushing chews. This happened about 1 1/2 - 2 hrs ago. She weighs … read more
DocPaul
DocPaul
Doctoral Degree
714 satisfied customers
My vet gave her famotidine does she take it with food or
my vet gave her famotidine does she take it with food or stand alone? … read more
DocPaul
DocPaul
Doctoral Degree
714 satisfied customers
My vet administered a CereniaI injection and a Famotidine
My vet administered a CereniaI injection and a Famotidine Injection to my dog on Wednesday. I gave her the pill form of each on Thursday. She has lost her appetitie and has explosive diarrhea I tried … read more
Dr. John
Dr. John
Veterinarian
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
5,053 satisfied customers
I used to give my dog Famotidine for stomach issues. Have
I used to give my dog Famotidine for stomach issues. Have not done it for a while and can't remember how to administer it. I have 10 mg tablets that I cut in half and give one in the morning. Should I… read more
Dr. Altman
Dr. Altman
Veterinarian
Doctoral Degree
9 satisfied customers
My 15+ male pittbull has a large tumor in his chest/stomach
My 15+ male pittbull has a large tumor in his chest/stomach area .i4 is rather large and is pushing against his lungs affecting his breathing considerably, his tummy is very swollen and hard I feed hi… read more
Dr Z
Dr Z
Small Animal Veterinarian
Doctoral Degree
3,715 satisfied customers
She has a large mammary tumor, shes 11 years old. Chloe, she
had pattern hair loss , she chews her feet almost raw , but its onl during the fall and into now… read more
Dr. Kara
Dr. Kara
Veterinarian
18,592 satisfied customers
German Shepherd with mammary tumors. We were told she was
German Shepherd with mammary tumors. We were told she was not a candidate for surgical removal of the tumors because tumors were seen in her lungs. … read more
Sarah Snow
Sarah Snow
446 satisfied customers
Doc, where would a mammary tumor be located on a dog? Very
Doc, where would a mammary tumor be located on a dog? Very near the nipple or can they be further away? Thos morning I noticed a mass when petting coopers side. It is freely movable and I assumed it w… read more
Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin
Veterinarian
DVM
3 satisfied customers
My femal dobie had mammary tumor removal surgery today. The
Hi. My femal dobie had mammary tumor removal surgery today. The BM she just had was dark in color flecked with red blood. My vet didn't mention this. Is this normal? … read more
Rebecca
Rebecca
Dog Veterinarian
Doctoral Degree
8,719 satisfied customers
Disclaimer: Information in questions, answers, and other posts on this site ("Posts") comes from individual users, not JustAnswer; JustAnswer is not responsible for Posts. Posts are for general information, are not intended to substitute for informed professional advice (medical, legal, veterinary, financial, etc.), or to establish a professional-client relationship. The site and services are provided "as is" with no warranty or representations by JustAnswer regarding the qualifications of Experts. To see what credentials have been verified by a third-party service, please click on the "Verified" symbol in some Experts' profiles. JustAnswer is not intended or designed for EMERGENCY questions which should be directed immediately by telephone or in-person to qualified professionals.

Disclaimer: Information in questions, answers, and other posts on this site ("Posts") comes from individual users, not JustAnswer; JustAnswer is not responsible for Posts. Posts are for general information, are not intended to substitute for informed professional advice (medical, legal, veterinary, financial, etc.), or to establish a professional-client relationship. The site and services are provided "as is" with no warranty or representations by JustAnswer regarding the qualifications of Experts. To see what credentials have been verified by a third-party service, please click on the "Verified" symbol in some Experts' profiles. JustAnswer is not intended or designed for EMERGENCY questions which should be directed immediately by telephone or in-person to qualified professionals.

Show MoreShow Less

Ask Your Question

x