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boxer: My 5 yr..liquid..drinking water but is very sluggish today

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Hi My 5 yr old boxer has been barfing from yesterday until today. He is only bringing up liquid. we gave him rice last night with a little chicken but over night he threwup 4 times no rice came up but a little chicken. he has been drinking water but is very sluggish today. Is there something we could give him to settle his stomack? when outside he is eating grass

I'm sorry to hear your dog isn't feeling well. It may be difficult to treat at home if he continues to not be able to hold anything down. However, you can try as long as he isn‘t painful, pale, overly lethargic, bloated appearing, excessively panting, ate something toxic or unresponsive (which all require more immediate vet attention).

Wait at least 12 hours before feeding anything or since last feeding, a bit longer if still vomiting. Then try giving some pepcid ac ("famotidine", found at any pharmacy) at a dose of 0.25mg per pound of body weight, as long as your dog has been fairly healthy otherwise (no liver/kidney disease or on heart medications). Then you can try very very small amounts of that bland food, like Gerber baby food (chicken or turkey flavors are good) or boiled chicken. Just about a tsp or so. No rice right now, which is too heavy.

If able to hold down, try again in an hour this same amt. If doing ok, do this for a few hrs, then about 1/2 a meal amount for his next meal time. You can repeat the pepcid in 12 hours as well, if you feel it is needed (while the bland diet helps the most, the pepcid may help speed along the GI’s settling). If diarrhea occurs also, you can start adding the rice then.

If doing ok, keep on bland diet for a couple of days, the gradually switch back to normal food. If not able to hold down even the pepcid, he/she'll need a vet visit sooner than later, as injectable medications will be called for, and further diagnostics may be needed to see if this is more than just a stomach upset. Often antibiotics are needed for the bacteria that has built up in the GI tract.

Also, make sure he's drinking water or even some unflavored pedialyte the entire time so as not to dehydrate, but only small amounts offered at a time after fasting for at least 10 hours, and keep him away from heat and indoors while recuperating, except for short leash walks only to do his business.

Here’s some more info about Pepcid:

Best of luck, hope your dog is better in no time!

Customer: replied 7 years ago.
Just want to make sue i have this right. for starters. He has not eaten since last night at dinner. He is drinking water. He is just a moving a little slow but no other signs of a problem except vomiting and it is all liquid. So at this point we should not feed him and give him some pepcid and water only? wait 12 hrs before trying some baby food/
Just make sure it has been about 12 hours since any food or liquid, do not wait additional 12 hours. Then give pepcid only, wait about 20 min to half hour to absorb, then try tiny amount of water and just a tiny piece of chicken, and go from there.
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