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My sister has a dog, named Riley, he is a 3 year old pit.

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My sister has a dog, named Riley, he is a 3 year old pit bull. He's throwing up brown liquid with dark brown mushy solids. He didn't see him eat anything he wasn't supposed to but that doesn't mean that he didn't. It started last night around 9pm. He has vomited the same diarrhea like brown liquid and brown mushy stuff a total of 2 times.
Submitted: 9 months ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  PitRottMommy replied 9 months ago.

Hello, JACustomer. I have been a Veterinary Nurse for over 15 years and would be happy to help you today. I'm reviewing your question right now.

Expert:  PitRottMommy replied 9 months ago.

Have there been any changes to the diet? New food? New treats? Human food? The opportunity to get into the trash? Torn up toys, etc?

Customer: replied 9 months ago.
No different goods just tore up a stuffed animal
Customer: replied 9 months ago.
Customer: replied 9 months ago.
He ate 3 French fries from mcdonalds
Expert:  PitRottMommy replied 9 months ago.

Both tearing up a stuffed animal and consuming human food can cause vomiting and diarrhea. I can give you some steps to take at home to help your companion’s stomach feel better. However, if you do not see a marked improvement from your pet or you see worsening of symptoms, they absolutely must be examined by a veterinarian.

It often helps to give something to calm the stomach and a bland diet with higher fiber. This can help to reduce the instance of nausea/vomiting, avoid or address changes in the stool, etc.

The first step is to administer a dose of regular pepcid (famotidine) every 12-24 hours. You will want to give 0.5mg/pound of body weight (a 10# ***** would receive 5mg, a 5# ***** would receive 2.5mg, etc). For this, you can visit any human pharmacy and buy the OTC brand name Pepcid, or you can use the cheaper, off-brand “famotidine” that’s available. Either will be useful. For pets avoiding taking medication readily, you will likely need to using a pilling technique like this one:

2 hours following a dose of famotidine, the time needed for the medication to begin working, you can offer a bland diet. To make this, you’ll combine white or brown rice, boneless, skinless chicken breast and sufficient water for cooking in a stock pot. Boil on medium until it turns to mush and the breast is easily flaked. To avoid more nausea, start with small amounts to begin with and offer the amount every 2-4 hours. A few teaspoons to start is typically sufficient and you can work your way up every 2-4 hours in incremental increases until you’re sure no vomiting will be seen. If your companion requires a more palatable food, try adding in pureed baby food in chicken, turkey and similar flavors. Avoid those that contain onion or garlic in the ingredient panel. Work up to feeding exclusively until at least 3 days following the resolution of the GI upset. After this, work on slowly switching back to the regular food that your companion typically eats.

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Customer: replied 9 months ago.
The vomit is very very foul smelling.. almost like diarrhea but vomit
Customer: replied 9 months ago.
Is that something abnormal?
Customer: replied 9 months ago.
Also, what are symptoms of blockage?
Expert:  PitRottMommy replied 9 months ago.

Blockage typically involves vomiting and eventually not passing stool. Dogs usually lose their appetite. We can see both partial and full blockages, but the symptoms persist over a longer period of time. This is why you see the notation in my response above that if you don't see improvements he will need to be examined. We typically begin treating all vomiting and/or diarrhea cases as GI upsets and move on to diagnostics, hospitalization, etc. if the symptoms don't resolve (and the majority do with the care mentioned above). X-rays, bloodwork, injectable meds, IV fluids therapy, etc. may all be needed in the future if a blockage has occurred, as well as surgery.

The vomit certainly doesn't have a pleasant odor to it, especially in a case where a dog has eaten oily foods like fries. I would consider this fairly normal consider what he's eaten recently.