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I'm dogsitting a coonhound and he's thrown up 3 times today.

I'm dogsitting a coonhound...

I'm dogsitting a coonhound and he's thrown up 3 times today. Was concerned that he had perhaps gotten into a rawhide without us knowing and now I'm paranoid about a blockage

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

Not that I can pinpoint, but he does like to chew so I don't know if he's eaten any part of the toys that he has destroyed

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

He's 10 months old, a treeing walker coonhound mix, and very thin. He eats three meals a day, no recent changes to his diet, and isn't acting lethargic or in pain. Sometimes when he stands it seems a bit wobbly, but he hasn't fallen He drinks loads of water too

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I am so sorry to hear the dog you are sitting for is vomiting. 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.

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 but also rule out an obstruction sooner if this is a concern with his age and not being your dog

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.

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 him comfortable and what exactly the underlying cause is.

Indications he 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 3 months ago
If the dog has progressed to vomiting bile, is this a sign to bring him in to be seen immediately? I have removed access to food and water and he is only let outside when he appears to need to vomit. Since I last wrote, he has been acting a bit listless and is no longer playing

I apologize for the delay, I had left to see appointments. If things are progressing and if you haven't already yes I would have him seen at this point

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I'm just following up on our conversation about your pet. How is everything going?
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Customer reply replied 3 months ago
I took him in and we ended up getting fluids and maropitant for him. He’s doing much better now, thank you!!

Thank you so much for the update, happy to hear he is on the mend :)

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