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My 6 month old French Bulldog has been off his food for the…

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My 6 month old French Bulldog has been off his food for the past 24 hours and dry heaving and some snall vomiting white foam

Veterinarian's Assistant: I'm sorry to hear that. Hopefully it didn't make a mess. Did the dog eat anything unusual?

Not that I am aware of. He does love to eat parts of the grass

Veterinarian's Assistant: What is the dog's name?

Duke

Veterinarian's Assistant: Is there anything else important you think the Veterinarian should know about Duke?

We have had to have a slight change to his diet . He no longer has any fresh meat . Only kibble

Submitted: 8 months ago.Category: Dog
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Dog Specialist: Dr. B., Veterinarian replied 8 months ago
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How long has he been showing signs?

Any coughing?

Can he keep any water down?

Are his gums pink or white/pale? Moist or sticky?

If you press on his belly, any tensing, tenderness, discomfort, or pain?

Could he have eaten anything harmful (ie bones, toys, plants, chemicals, human meds, etc)?

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Customer reply replied 8 months ago

Signs for about 24hrs

No coughing

Drinking heaps of water

Gums are a little sticky but are pink. His breath is a little bad

He has access to some native lily pillies trees and bark .also a fully grassed backyard of which he will often chew.

No pain bloating or tenderness .

Dog Specialist: Dr. B., Veterinarian replied 8 months ago

Hello again,

First, I am glad to see he hasn't those urgent signs I asked about. Furthermore, I've checked into those trees and the berries are non-toxic (but if he were to eat a lot of bark that could cause blockage in the intestines). Otherwise with Duke's signs we would be wary of possible bacterial or viral gastroenteritis, pancreatitis, parasites/protozoa infections, or dietary indiscretion.

With this all in mind, we can try some home supportive care to try to settle his stomach, reduce the vomiting and also that nausea putting him off eating. To start, if he hasn’t just vomited (since otherwise we’d need to rest his stomach for a few hours first), then you can consider treating him an OTC pet safe antacid [ie Pepcid (More Info/Dose @http://www.petplace.com/article/drug-library/library/over-the-counter/famotidine-pepcid), Zantac (More Info/Dose @ http://www.petplace.com/article/drug-library/library/over-the-counter/ranitidine-hcl-zantac),Tagamet (More Info/Dose Here @ http://www.petplace.com/article/drug-library/library/over-the-counter/cimetidine-hcl-tagamet)]. Whichever you choose, we’d give this 20 minutes before offering food to allow absorption. Of course, do double check with your vet if he has a known health issues or is on any medications you haven't mentioned. Though if he cannot keep it down due to nausea, that is usually a red flag that we need to bypass his mouth with injectable anti-vomiting medication from his vet.

Afterwards, you can consider starting an easily digestible diet like cooked white rice with boiled chicken, boiled white fish, cottage cheese, scrambled eggs, or meat baby food (as long as its garlic/onion free). There are also OTC vet diets that can be used (ie Hill’s I/D or Royal Canin’s sensitivity) too. The aim of these diets is that they will be better tolerated/absorbed by the compromised gut. Therefore, it should get more nutrients in and result in less GI upset. As long as improvement is being seen, I usually advise continuing this until signs are settled, and then weaning slowly back to your normal diet.

Finally, as dehydration is a risk with his being so young (especially if he is vomiting any of that water), we need to keep an eye on his hydration. To check that he isn't dehydrated, there are a few things you can test. Further to checking for gum moisture, do make sure he doesn’t have sunken eyes and that he doesn’t have a "skin tent" when you lift the skin. To see how to check these parameters for dehydration, you can find a good video HERE (http://www.ehow.com/video_12232503_dog-dehydrated.html). If you are seeing any signs of dehydration already, then that would be our cue to have him seen before this becomes an additional issue (especially as it is often dehydration that makes them feel unwell).

Overall, his signs do raise some concerns here. The increased water drinking is likely just a side effect of nausea (as opposed to systemic issues given how young Duke is). Therefore, we’d want to start supportive care to settle his stomach. If he cannot keep that or water down at any point, appears dehydrated already, or doesn’t respond to the above within 12-24 hours; then we'd want to get his vet involved. They can assess his hydration, rule out fever, make sure there is nothing in his stomach that shouldn't be there or any sinister viruses present. Depending on their findings, his vet can treat him with injectable anti-vomiting medication, fluids, appetite stimulants, +/- antibiotics to settle his stomach, and get him back feeling like himself.

Kind regards,

Dr. B.

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I'm just following up on our conversation about your pet. How is everything going?

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