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We have a 9 week puppy, just got her yesterday. She threw up

a few hours ago and...
We have a 9 week puppy, just got her yesterday. She threw up a few hours ago and seems to be having dry heaves since.
JA: I'm sorry to hear that. Hopefully it didn't make a mess. Did the dog eat anything unusual?
Customer: Not that we know. She was nosing around in the grass right before bed.
JA: What is the dog's name?
Customer: She is worse when left alone in her crate. On my lap she is calmer.
JA: Is there anything else the Veterinarian should be aware of about the dog?
Customer: Mara
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8/22/2017
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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.

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Have there been any changes to the diet? New food? New treats? Bones? Has any human food been fed? Torn up toys or trash? Stressful changes to the environment?

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Customer reply replied 5 months ago
She was just weaned from her mom (from an akc breeder) a couple days ago. She seems much calmer when I hold her. We are using the same food from the breeder and keeping her food seperate from our 9yr Schnauzer. The new puppy is a toy schnauzer.

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. At this age there are so many ailments that can cause a puppy to feel unwell from viruses like parvo to intestinal parasites to the stress of living with a new family.

It often helps to give medication to calm the stomach and a bland diet with higher fiber a few hours later once the medication has been given time to work. This can help to reduce the instance of nausea/vomiting, restore/improve the appetite, avoid or address changes in the stool, help to move ingested items through the GI tract, etc.

The first step is to administer a dose of regular pepcid (famotidine) every 12-24 hours. This should help with GI symptoms. 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. If your companion is avoiding taking medication, 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 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 symptoms. After this, work on slowly switching back to the regular food that your companion typically eats over 10 days. My recommendation is a 10% switch every day. Day 1: 10% new food, 90% old food; Day 2: 20% new food, 80% old food; Day 3: 30% new food, 70% old food, etc. This slow switch process should minimize any risk of GI upset from changing food.

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Customer reply replied 5 months ago
At the moment chat works better. I am sitting on my bedroom floor in the dark with the puppy asleep and everyone else asleep. Just trying to determine if I need to take immediate action. The puppy was also distressed from being in a crate but is now content in my lap, so i may just have a long night here and a vet visit in the morning if I don't see significant improvement.
Customer reply replied 5 months ago
It is reassuring to find a website like this. Thank you.

You're very welcome.

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