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My dog has eaten what appears to be sticks. Her stomach was gurgling right now. She was doing the same thing yesterday and vomited bile, leaves and a little blood. We kept a close eye on her and she felt better in the afternoon to eat and seemed recovered. Now however it seems her symptoms are returning.
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Dog Specialist: Dr. Kara, Dog Veterinarian replied 7 months ago
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Dog Specialist: Dr. Kara, Dog Veterinarian replied 7 months ago

I am very sorry to hear about Juno vomiting sticks, leaves, and bile as well as a small amount of blood a couple times after possibly eating sticks, and I'd like to help.

Vomiting can be related to something as simple as a quick change in diet or treats or getting into something she should not have, eating plant material or a toxin. More serious causes are viral or bacterial infections, pancreatitis, a dietary allergy or sensitivity, inflammatory bowel disease, internal organ failure, a full or partial gastrointestinal obstruction or even infiltrative cancers like lymphoma.

Sometimes if a dog vomits forcefully, or eats something irritating to the gastrointestinal tract (like plant/wood material), the lining of the esophagus or stomach gets irritated and the small blood vessels in the esophagus or stomach break and thus we see blood or a pink tinge in the vomit. Sometimes dogs eat plant material/sticks for fun, but other times it is a symptom of feeling nauseous.

Is she happy, bright, playful and alert as usual?

Is she running a fever (rectal temperature greater than 103F)?

Are her gums a nice bubblegum pink color and smooth feeling rather than feeling sticky?

Was the blood relatively a small amount?

If she seems perfectly normal otherwise it is possible that whatever she got into didn't agree with her and that caused stomach upset and irritation and that may lead to diarrhea too. We do want to watch her closely though as if she ate enough wood material then she could suffer from an obstruction.

If she seems normal other wise there are a few things we can try.

To try and settle her stomach today you can give either:

1) Pepcid-ac (famotidine) at a dose of one half of a 10mg tablet per 10 to 20 pounds of body weight every 12 hours.

OR

2) Prilosec (omeprazole) at a dose of one quarter of a 20mg tablet per 10 to 20 pounds of body weight every 24 hours.

These will reduce stomach acid and should help if this is related to simple nausea and gastrointestinal irritation. These medications can be used for a few days as needed as they are quite safe. In her case with blood in her vomit I would give one of these for at least two weeks to protect her gastroesophageal lining while it heals.

I would not feed her any food for 8-12 hours after the acid reducers are started.

This should help stop gut spasms and restore normal gut motility. Small amounts of water or ice cubes given frequently are fine as she needs fluids. You can give her pedialyte to replace electrolytes too but Gatorade is much too high in sugar which can make her gastrointestinal irritation worse. Do not her drink too much at any one time as that can lead to vomiting.

After her food fast start a bland diet of 1/3 boiled hamburger (or boiled, white, skinless chicken), all fats and juices drained off the meat, mixed with 2/3 boiled, plain white rice. Add 1-2 tablespoons of canned pumpkin (not pie filling, just pumpkin) to each meal for fiber to help push and remaining wood/plant material through. Feed small meals frequently until you figure out that it is sitting well with her, then gradually increase the amount and decrease meal frequency. I would start with 1/4 cup for the first meal.

Once she feels better (no vomiting for 48 hours) start mixing in her regular dog food very slowly. Less bland more regular with each day. It should take a week or so to convert her back.

If she has a tense painful abdomen, continues to vomit even with the acid reducers, becomes very lethargic, has very pale/white gums or tar like stools, or runs a fever greater than 103.5F then she really must be seen by a veterinarian as soon as possible on an emergency basis as anything you give orally will just come back up worsening her dehydration, and she may have significant gastrointestinal damage.

Please let me know if you have any further questions.

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Dog Specialist: Dr. Kara, Dog Veterinarian replied 7 months ago

Hello, I wanted to make sure that you didn't have any further questions for me, and I'd like to know how things turned out for your pup. If you could give me an update that would be great, thank you, ***** *****

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Dog Specialist: Dr. Kara, Dog Veterinarian replied 7 months ago
Hi,

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

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