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My dog is little, just 9 pounds. She appears to need to

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vomit, but cannot do so...
My dog is little, just 9 pounds. She appears to need to vomit, but cannot do so and just makes the motions but nothing comes out. Her nose is warm and she is lethargic. This has been going on on and off since 2am this morning
JA: I'm sorry to hear that. This sounds like it might be serious. I'll let the Veterinarian know what's going on ASAP. Is there anything else important you think the Veterinarian should know about your dog?
Customer: She is a Chinese crested powder puff with hair.
Submitted: 10 months ago.Category: Dog
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Dog Specialist: PitRottMommy, Veterinary Nurse replied 10 months ago
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Dog Specialist: PitRottMommy, Veterinary Nurse replied 10 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?

Any changes in her stool?

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Customer reply replied 10 months ago
No changes. She recovered yesterday, and now is doing it again tonight. Gurgling noises coming from her as well.
Customer reply replied 10 months ago
Stool fine, ate and drank fine today after recovered, but now back to same as I described fro last night.
Dog Specialist: PitRottMommy, Veterinary Nurse replied 10 months ago

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: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-P6NfbxeLX0

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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Dog Specialist: PitRottMommy, Veterinary Nurse replied 10 months ago

How is your companion feeling this morning, JACustomer?

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