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My 13 year old dog has been throwing up all day today. At…

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My 13 year old dog has been throwing up all day today. At first it looked like he was throwing his food then when he throw up a it was a yellowish liquid foam. He also has diarrhea. He doesn't want to eat and I can't get him to drink any water. He's not one to get sick. He did once when he ate some strawberries. I cooked some plain rice for him, all he does is smell it. HELP

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

Little Man

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

Nothing I can think of now.

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Customer reply replied 5 months ago
OKAY

I am so sorry to hear your dog is vomiting. I am always concerned when I hear a senior pet is showing these symptoms and would advise a veterinary exam before the weekend and the potential for a veterinary er visit. If you elect to begin trying treatment at home, first please remove the water. If there is continued actively vomiting we want to minimize anything orally to stop the nausea and abdominal cramping resulting in vomiting. I know the thought is your pet needs to drink to maintain hydration but if there is actively vomiting even water there is risk of becoming more dehydrated with water intake.

Again if there is no improvement then please consider having your dog seen by a veterinarian sooner rather than later. They can give injectable medications to bypass the intestinal tract and hopefully get the nausea under control

1- Keep indoors to avoid eating grass/ leaves for 6-8 hours from last vomiting episode

2- Offer a small amount of water (1-2 teaspoons hourly) for a few hours

3- Start Pepcid (famotidine) 0.25 mg/ pound every 12 hours OR prilosec (omeprazole) 0.5 mg/ pound daily for the next 3 days with the second administration of water (crushed if needed)

4-If no vomiting, offer small amount of white rice and boiled boneless or ground chicken or ground beef. For example, one tablespoon hourly for a few hours then slowly start to increase the amount while reducing the frequency. Keep on this diet for several days then wean into regular diet. Please don't force food if not interested, it increases risk of further vomiting related to nausea

5- If vomiting continues after doing the above, I would encourage having your family veterinarian perform an examination to determine the next step to getting Little Man comfortable and what exactly the underlying cause is.

Indications your dog should be seen by a veterinary er sooner include: sticky gums that are pale, yellow, blue, purple, temperature rectally >103.5, progressive lethargy with less responsiveness to you, vomiting or diarrhea that includes blood, resting respiratory rate (breaths per minute) >60, swollen abdomen.

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Customer reply replied 5 months ago
Thank you

You are very welcome, I hope that Little Man is feeling better soon

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