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Dog is vomiting and shaking. I’m not too sure if she ate…

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Dog is vomiting and...

Dog is vomiting and shaking

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

I’m not too sure if she ate anything random, but I did give her a different form of food.... she usually eats the hard stuff but I have her chewy instead

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

Coco, 5years

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

That is all

Submitted: 2 months ago.Category: Dog Veterinary
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Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Gary, Dog Veterinarian replied 2 months ago
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Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Gary, Dog Veterinarian replied 2 months ago

Vomiting in dogs can be due to many things including:
1. gastroenteritis (inflammation/ irritation/ infection of gastro-intestinal tract)
2. dietary indiscretion
3. foreign body obstruction
4. pancreatitis (infection of pancreas gland)
5. organ/ endocrine abnormality
6. cancer in older dogs

We typically shoot x-rays to rule out an obstruction and run bloodwork to rule out pancreatitis and organ disease.

The majority of cases will be due to a non-specific gastroenteritis and conservative care at home can often relieve the signs. My guess is that it's from the diet change here with Coco.

This is what I would do for now:
1. With hold food and water until he goes 6-8 hours without vomiting
2. Give over the counter Pepcid AC (Famotidine) at a dose of 0.25 mg per lb every 12-24 hours
3. After the fasting period you can try either a bland diet of broiled chicken/ hamburger and rice. If not available, you can just give small frequent meals (3-4 meals/day rather than 1-2 meals/day). If any diarrhea is noted, you can also give 1-2 teaspoons of canned pumpkin with the meals. The extra fiber helps firm up loose stool and promote normal colon motility.
4. This will usually resolve the signs in 2-3 days if a non-specific gastroenteritis.

If that does not help, then bloodwork and x-rays may be indicated to rule out other causes and getting an exam and work up would be ideal.

I hope this helps, let me know if you have any other questions.

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Customer reply replied 2 months ago
If I don’t take her to the vet tonight and wait until tomorrow morning can things worsen
Customer reply replied 2 months ago
Do you think she is in pain if she is shaking
Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Gary, Dog Veterinarian replied 2 months ago

It should be fine to wait until morning. I don't think it sounds too serious right now.

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Customer reply replied 2 months ago
What symptoms would show seriousness
Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Gary, Dog Veterinarian replied 2 months ago

If there's continued vomiting, lethargy or bloody diarrhea. Those would make me want to get her seen sooner.

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