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How frequently is Abby vomiting?
Is she acting really weak or lethargic?
About how much does she weigh?
How long now has Abby been vomiting for. It has been about every 30 minutes or less since it started?
Vomiting is a common cause of dogs being seen at the vet during an emergency appointment. The simplest cause of vomiting is gastritis, or upset stomach from eating something that didn't sit well. This issue can oftentimes be treated at home as long as the pet isn't getting too dehydrated.
The more serious causes are
-infectious disease (like parvovirus)
Given how frequently she is vomiting and for how long it has been going on I am very concerned about something serious is going on. The most concerning would be a foreign body obstruction.
If at all possible I would get her to an ER vet today if this vomiting continues. They can make sure nothing serious is going on and give her an injection to stop the vomiting for 24 horus.
As long as she is not too weak or looking any worse and you can't get her to an ER right away you can try some things at home to see if you can settle her stomach before heading to the vet. I would still call her vet first thing in the morning though.
I would recommend the following until Abby can be seen by a veterinarian:
1) Do not feed her for 6 to 12 hours after she last vomited and hold her water for a few hours, after several hours start offering her frequent and small amounts of water or pedialyte (so she doesn't gulp down a large amount of water and make herself sick).
2) After at least 6 hours, offer a small amount of a bland diet like boiled chicken and rice or canned chicken or meat baby food (without onion powder). If she holds that down you can start feeding her during her mealtimes but use the bland diet and give her small amounts at first.
3) After several days you can transition her back to her normal diet.
4) Start giving Prilosec OTC (omeprazole). Purchase the 20mg tablets and give 1 tablets of these (20mg) once every 24 hours for the next several days. This can help settle her stomach. You can purchase this antacid over the counter at a Pharmacy or grocery store. Pepcid AC (famotidine) is also an alternative option if that is what you have in the house. You should start this as soon as possible and it works better on an empty stomach
If she vomits more than 3 times in a 24 hour period without being fed, or if she continues to vomit for more than 24 hours she should be seen by a veterinarian. If she becomes weak, very painful, or is losing a lot of fluid through vomiting and/or diarrhea she should be seen sooner at an emergency vet.
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