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My dog is not...

My dog is not eating anything or drinking, is moving slowly seems confused

Veterinarian's Assistant: I'll do all I can to help. What is your dog's name and age?

Molly will be 10 years old in a couple of weeks, she is a mini aussie

Veterinarian's Assistant: How old is Molly?

Almost 10 years

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

This came on suddenly today

Submitted: 3 months ago.Category: Dog Veterinary
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Dog Veterinarian: Dr. B., Veterinarian replied 3 months ago
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Hello & welcome, I am Dr. B, a licensed veterinarian and I would like to help you today. I do apologize that your question was not answered before. Different experts come online at various times; I just came online, read about your wee one’s situation, and wanted to help.

Again I do apologize that my colleagues could not aid you sooner, but can you tell me:

Any retching, gagging, lip licking, drooling, or vomiting?

Are her gums pink or white/pale? Moist or sticky?

If you press on her belly, any tensing, tenderness, discomfort, or pain?

Could she have eaten anything harmful (ie bones, toys, plants, chemicals, human medications/drugs, etc)?

Can you take a breathing rate for me (just count her breaths for 10 seconds + multiply by 6)?

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Customer reply replied 3 months ago
She threw up a little about 30 minutes ago the was a piece p
Of plastic in the napkin I cleaned it up with she did get a new toy yesterday and chewed it up a bit I believe the plastic was from the toy she went out front a pooped a little didn't see anything in her poop her gums are moist and pink no drooling her belly doesn't seem sore when I pet it
Dog Veterinarian: Dr. B., Veterinarian replied 3 months ago

Hello again,

First, if Molly vomited plastic, we do need to tread with care as her signs certainly could be from this being in her stomach but there is also a risk of intestinal blockage. With this in mind, we'd want to try some home supportive care to try to settle her stomach. To start, if she hasn’t just vomited (since otherwise we’d need to rest her stomach for a few hours first), then you can consider treating her with 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 food to allow absorption. Of course, do double check with your vet if she has a known health issues or is on any medications you haven't mentioned. Though if you give this and she cannot keep it down due to nausea that is usually a red flag that we need to bypass her mouth with injectable anti-vomiting medication from her vet.

After, we can put Molly on small meals of a light diet. Examples of an easily digestible diet include cooked white rice with boiled chicken, boiled white fish, scrambled egg, or meat baby food (as long as its free from garlic or onion powder). Whichever you choose to offer, you can add some fiber (ie a spoonful of tinned pumpkin or all bran) to the food to bulk up her stool and push this through the intestines. As well, you can also add a dose of a GI lubricant (ie cat hairball medication Miralax, lactulose or food grade mineral oil). These can be beneficial for getting any more plastic slipping through the gut.

While doing this, we do need to keep a close eye on her. Red flags of trouble or obstruction include restlessness, lethargy, vomiting with blood or coffee ground type material, inability to keep any food or water down, anorexia, pale gums, straining to pass feces or passage of black feces (digested blood). If you see these signs, then having her seen would be best for her vet to have a feel of her belly +/- an xray to see where everything is and whether it will pass on its own.

Overall, situations like these always require us to be on our toes and tread with care. At this point, you can consider the above steps for her while keeping a close eye. But if you see any of those other signs, then having her examined +/- xrayed would be ideal so you can appreciate whether there is any risk. But otherwise we'd hope to use the above to push any remaining plastic all through and out the other end over the next 48 hours.

Kind regards,

Dr. B

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I'm just following up on our conversation about your pet. How is everything going?

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